Kayne West and Kid Cudi have created a collaboration called Kids See Ghosts, and the duo performed recently at a gig in Los Angeles. Unfortunately for them, Lorde was a member of the audience and has come out to say that West has stolen her stage design.
The New Zealand singer, who shared shots at the gig via her Instagram story, said "I’m proud of the work I do. And it’s flattering when other artists feel inspired by it, to the extent that they choose to try it on themselves. But don’t steal—not from women or anyone else—not in 2018 or ever." Lorde used a rectangular see-through box as part of her 'Melodrama' tour.
You can see the similarities of the stage designs below.
it appears Lorde has seen Kanye’s new Kids See Ghosts stage 👀👁👀 pic.twitter.com/mqpFvn4nls
— Joe Coscarelli (@joecoscarelli) November 12, 2018
Variety reached out to ask a representative of West's to see if Kids See Ghosts had rented her rectangular box. The rep said "he believed West had the set built."
However Es Devlin, who works as a stage designer, has taken to her Instagram page to put the feud to rest. Devlin shared three images of 'CARMEN' by Georges Bizet at the English National Opera in 2007.
She has said "the idea of a floating glass box of course is not in any way new and the geometry precedes all of us. [...] I worked with Lorde on the design for her Coachella performance: I admire both and see no imitation at work here"
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CARMEN by Georges Bizet , English National Opera 2007. . In Act 3 of Carmen, Jose decides to leave the rules and formal certainty of the army in search of liberation: The quest means un-mooring oneself from the known and risking anarchy, chaos, loss of identity. The idea of a floating glass box of course is not in any way new and the geometry precedes all of us. The form finds another layer of resonance in each new context. I did not design the recent Kids See Ghosts performance: I worked with Lorde on the design for her Coachella performance : I admire both and see no imitation at work here: I think the more interesting point is that both artists, responding to our dis-jointed times, are being drawn to this gesture of the fragile floating room: the world un-moored from gravity : where the rules of civilisation and identity as we have known them may soon no longer apply.
In other Kanye West news, he's delayed his upcoming new album 'Yandhi' again. Due to be released on November 26th, West has said it "isn't ready yet." Who knows, he might be gearing up to run for president before it drops.
It felt so good being on the stage last night with my brother Cudi. After performing again, I realize the new album I’ve been working on isn’t ready yet. I’ll announce the release date once it’s done. Thank you for understanding.
— ye (@kanyewest) November 13, 2018