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Jay Z (born Shawn Corey Carter; 4.12.1969) Jay Z is an American rapper, as well being former CEO of the legendary hip-hop record labels, Def Jam Recordings and Roc-A-Fella Records.
Net Worth: Jay Z has a net worth of $550 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth (2014)
Childhood: Jay Z was raised in the Bedford-Stuyvesant area of Brooklyn, New York. He attended George Westinghouse Information Technology High School, a school that he shared with Busta Rhymes and The Notorious B.I.G. Jay Z was never a successful academic, and he was involved in drug dealing whilst at school. Jay Z first got into music when his mother bought him a boom box for his birthday when he was young. He started out by freestyling and writing rhymes, taking part in a number of battles. It has been reported that he has battled Busta Rhymes, DMX and Bizzy Bone, of Bone Thugs 'N' Harmony. Reputedly, it was his victorious battle against Zai that caught the attention of a number of record labels.
Musical Career: At the start of his career, Jay Z formed Roc-A-Fella Records with Kareem Biggs and Damon Dash. His own debut album was released on the label. Reasonable Doubt featured production from Clark Kent and DJ Premier, as well as an offering from The Notorious B.I.G. In 1997, Roc-A-Fella forged a distribution deal with Def Jam and Jay Z released his second solo album, In My Lifetime, Vol.1 that same year. The album had Sean Combs (better known as Puff Daddy, or P.Diddy) on production duties. The next year, Jay Z released Vol.2. Hard Knock Life. The lead single from the album, 'Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem)' was a huge hit for the rapper. With producers such as Timbaland and Swizz Beatz on board, the album went on to sell over 8 million copies across the globe. 1999 saw Jay Z release Vol.3 Life and Times of S. Carter. The album has been certified three times platinum and launched the hit single 'Big Pimpin'. In 2000, Roc-A-Fella released a compilation designed to celebrate the talent that they had been nurturing as a label. Jay Z appeared on The Dynasty: Roc La Familia, which sold over 2 million copies in the USA. Jay Z's next solo album, The Blueprint, was released in 2001 and is considered one of the greatest hip-hop albums of all time, by many. Kanye West produced a number of tracks from the album, which launched Kanye's musical career. Following on the titular theme, Jay Z released The Blueprint2: The Gift and The Curse. The double album launched two hit singles, 'Bonnie & Clyde' (which featured Beyoncé Knowles of Destiny's Child) and 'Excuse Me Miss'. The album also featured 'A Dream', a track recorded with Faith Evans. In 2003, Jay Z released The Black Album, after touring with the likes of Sean Paul and 50 Cent. He worked with a number of producers on the album, including Rick Rubin, Kanye West and Eminem. The album featured the massive global hit, ''99 Problems.' The vocals from the album later featured in Danger Mouse's influential underground remix project, The Grey Album, in which he mixed Jay Z's vocal with the instrumentals from the Beatles' The White Album. In 2004, Jay Z collaborated with Linkin Park, on a project called Collision Course. They performed 'Numb / Encore' at the Grammy Awards, where they won the Best Rap / Sung Collaboration song. Despite announcing his retirement in November 2003, at a huge Madison Square Gardens charity concert (which also featured Mary J. Blige, Pharrell Williams and Ghostface Killah), Jay Z released Kingdom Come in 2006. His comeback single, 'Show Me What You Got' was accompanied by a video by acclaimed director, Hype Williams. In 2007, Jay Z's tenth album, American Gangster was released. The album was inspired by the film of the same name, though it is not the official soundtrack to the film. In 2008, amid much controversy, Jay Z was chosen to headline Glastonbury Festival. In response to public criticism from Noel Gallagher of Oasis, Jay Z walked onstage at the event, playing the Oasis song, 'Wonderwall'. In 2009, Jay Z released his eleventh album 'The Blueprint 3', which overall was met with positive reviews and did well commercially; the album debuted at number one in the Billboard 200 selling 476,000 copies in its first week. As it was Jay Z's eleventh album to debut at number one, he broke a record that he'd previously shared with Elvis Presley. In 2011 Jay Z and Kanye West brought out collaborative album 'Watch The Throne' which received mostly positive reviews upon release. The album debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200 charts, selling 436,000 in its first week in the United States. It's Jay-Z's 12th number one album and West's fifth. The album did incredibly well in many end of year album lists. Jay Z followed 'Watch The Throne' in 2013 with 'Magna Carta Holy Grail', which debuted at number one in the Billboard 200, selling 528,000 copies in its first week, exceeding expectations of it selling 350,000 to 400,000 copies. Despite the commercial success, 'Magna Carta...' was met with mixed reviews from critics. Justin Timberlake featured on the song 'Holy Grail'.
Personal Life: Jay Z married his long-term girlfriend, Beyoncé Knowles in April 2008. Despite both their high celebrity statuses, they chose for their marriage to take place in a secret wedding ceremony without publicity. Since 2008, Jay Z's influence and power in the industry have grown year on year. There have been many rumours circulated surrounding his links to the Illuminati. On January 7, 2012 Jay Z and his wife Beyonce welcomed their first child, a daughter named Blue Ivy Carter.
The former couple's two children, Apple and Moses, both feature on 'A Head Full of Dreams', as do Beyonce and her daughter Blue Ivy.
They might have gone their separate ways with their legendary ‘conscious uncoupling’ over a year ago, but Chris Martin has given an illustration of his continued closeness to his ex-wife Gwyneth Paltrow by announcing that she provides guest vocals on Coldplay’s new album.
The former couple’s two children – daughter Apple, 11, and son Moses, 9 – also feature on the band’s seventh album A Head Full of Dreams, according to the singer, as well as Blue Ivy Carter, the 3 year old daughter of his celebrity pals Jay Z and Beyonce. Previously announced guest vocalists have included Beyonce herself, Noel Gallagher and Swedish chanteuse Tove Lo.
Chris Martin at the BBC Studios in November 2015
The 1999 single 'Big Pimpin' is the subject of an enormously lengthy court case regarding a sample from a 1957 Egyptian love ballad.
Jay Z has testified in a Los Angeles courtroom that he does not believe he infringed the copyright of an Egyptian love ballad in order to create the hook for his 1999 single ‘Big Pimpin’.
The rap megastar, whose real name is Shawn Carter, spent an hour and a half explaining about the inspirations from his life and the creative process he and his producer Timbaland undertook in making the hit single, which became one of the biggest of his career at that point.
He and Timbaland are both being sued by the estate of Egyptian singer Baligh Hamdi, who made the 1957 hit song ‘Khosara Khosara’, the melodic flute flourish of which is accused of being unlawfully used as the catchy hook from ‘Big Pimpin’.
Continue reading: Jay Z Denies Copyright Infringement Over 'Big Pimpin' Sample
A number of high-profile stars are suing ElevenParis for using their likenesses without their permission to sell clothes.
A range of pop stars including Jay Z, Beyonce, Kanye West and Rihanna are suing a Paris-based clothes retailer and manufacturer for “brazenly” selling merchandise such as hats, T-shirts and mobile phone cases bearing their likenesses without their permission.
A complaint was filed on Tuesday (October 6th) at a federal court in New York alleging that the company ElevenParis has ignored warnings previously issued by the artists to stop the items in question from being sold. According to Reuters, the retailer’s actions “have caused and are causing immediate irreparable harm” to the plaintiffs.
Beyonce and Jay Z are two of the stars behind the legal challenge
Continue reading: Jay Z, Beyonce And Other Pop Stars Sue Paris Clothing Retailer
To celebrate Tidal hitting 1million subscribers, Jay-Z is hosting a star-studded party in Brooklyn.
Jay-Z has just announced a huge concert titled Tidal X: 10/20, which will feature headline performances from the man himself as well as Prince and Beyonce. The gig is to celebrate Tidal hitting 1 million subscribers and will take place on October 20th at Brooklyn's Barclays Center.
Jay-Z has announced a major Tidal X 10:20 concert to take place in Brooklyn.
Also announced so far are Usher, Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne, T.I., Damien Marley, Fabulous, Thomas Rhett, Indochina, DJ Cipha Sounds and DJ Reflex. The show will also feature Tidal Rising acts including Benjamin Booker, Hit-Boy, Bas, Jidenna, Justine Skye and Raury.
Combs replaces Dr Dre as the highest-earning hip-hop star in the world, making $60 million in the last 12 months.
Despite not having released an album in nearly half a decade, Sean “P Diddy” Combs has been revealed as the highest-earning hip-hop star in the world this year with a gross income of $60 million from June 2014 to June 2015.
Diddy displaces Dr Dre in Forbes’ annual Hip-Hop Cash Kings rundown, with his income coming from various successful business ventures plus number of sponsorship and endorsement deals. His Ciroc brand of vodka has proven extremely popular in the States, and it has been this that has formed the bedrock of his financial health this year.
The rapper has also enjoyed income from his clothing line Sean John, his water brand Aquahydrate and TV network Revolt.
Continue reading: Sean 'Diddy' Combs Revealed As Highest-Earning Hip-Hop Star Of 2015
The rivalry between the two streaming services might have just become more intense.
Tidal users who were tuning in to the livestream of Lil Wayne’s gig at his Lil Weezyana Festival in New Orleans were left missing out when Drake stopped by to deliver a brief three-song cameo. When Drake hit the stage the livestream stopped, reportedly due to the fact that the Canadian rapper is Apple Music’s main man, while Wayne is a co-owner of Jay-Z’s Tidal.
Drake’s performance with Lil Wayne was cut from Tidal’s livestream.
The Tidal twitter account told users, ”Apple is interfering with artistry and will not allow this artist to stream. Sorry for Big Brother’s inconvenience” as Drake took the stage, adding ”We'll be back after the performance.”
He'll accept the prestigious trophy at Sunday night's televised ceremony.
According to a statement from MTV, ‘Ye is being honoured with the award on account of his “career-spanning groundbreaking videos, legendary VMA performances and continued impact on music, art, fashion and culture.”
Kanye West performing at Glastonbury 2015
Continue reading: Kanye West To Receive MTV VMAs Vanguard Award
The Purple One has jumped on Jay-Z’s Tidal bandwagon for the release of his latest album.
Prince has announced that his new album, HitNRun, will be coming our way next month exclusively on Jay-Z’s Tidal streaming service. Dropping on September 7th, the record is the first part of an exclusive partnership between Tidal and the singer. Last year Prince surprised fans by releasing two albums, Art Official Age and Plectrumelectrum with his band 3rd Eye Girl.
Prince has revealed his next album will be a Tidal exclusive.
Prince first announced the existence of HitNRun. during a BBC interview in late July. The album has been co-produced by Joshua Welton, who worked on Art Official Age and will include previously released first single ‘Hardrocklover’.
Continue reading: Prince Confirms New Album 'HitNRun' Will Be Exclusive To Tidal
The Oasis guitarist has previously criticised Jay-Z’s Tidal streaming service.
Noel Gallagher has made his feelings pretty clear regarding Apple’s new streaming service ‘Apple Music'. The former Oasis member has called Apple’s latest venture ‘arrogant’ and added that the service's radio feature was ‘some sort of George Orwell shit’
Noel Gallagher has not signed up for his Apple Music trial.
Speaking to the Varvet International podcast Gallagher said, “Apple Music, world radio: is that some sort of George Orwell shit going on? How can you be so arrogant that you can say, ‘We now fucking own world radio.’”
Continue reading: Noel Gallagher Brands Apple Music 'Arrogant' And 'Orwellian'
The six-hour series will tell the tragic story of Emmett Till.
Rapper Jay-Z and actor Will Smith are reportedly teaming up to produce a new miniseries for HBO telling the tragic story of Emmett Till, a 14 year old whose murder in 1955 is remembered as one of America’s most shocking hate crimes.
Will Smith is teaming up with Jay-Z to produce a miniseries for HBO.
According to Deadline, Smith and Jay-Z will produce what is expected to be a six hour series, along with TV producer Aaron Kaplan. The project marks the first miniseries for Kaplan who is currently working on upcoming Sarah Jessica Parker comedy 'Divorce'.
Continue reading: Jay-Z And Will Smith Are Teaming Up For HBO Miniseries
Jay-Z's Tidal appears to be in free-fall.
Tidal, Jay-Z's streaming service designed to compete with the likes of Spotify and Apple Music, appears to be in disarray after Peter Tonstad - the company's third CEO since its incarnation - resigned after just nine weeks in the job.
Jay-Z is facing tough times at Tidal
"The only thing I can confirm is that I have resigned," Tonstad told Norwegian paper Dagens Næringsliv.
Continue reading: Jay-Z's 'Tidal' In Disarray As Third CEO Resigns After 9 Weeks
Lil Wayne has big news, but not as big as you think.
No, Lil Wayne has not joined Jay Z’s Roc Nation’s label. But you would be forgiven for thinking that, what with Weezy’s cryptic announcement at the KMEL Summer Jam in Oakland. Addressing his fans from the Summer Jam stage, Lil Wayne bragged that he’d “just signed a deal with my motherf***ing idol.”
No, Lil Wayne is not leaving Young Money. Yet.
Alas, it was not a record deal that Weezy was referring to. Instead, he’s partnering with Tidal – that’ Jay Z’s streaming service, keep up – to release his music on the app. Well, there goes one more artist off the Spotify boat.
Continue reading: Lil Wayne's Big Announcement Was NOT About Joining Roc Nation
Does anyone else think Jay-Z might soon really regret Tidal?
Jay-Z could be about to suffer some major embarrassment with his streaming service Tidal, as his wife Beyoncé is among the artists whose music could get removed from the platform if a deal isn't reached with record company Sony.
Beyonce's music could soon be gone from Tidal.
According to a report by Bloomberg Businessweek Sony is threatening to pull all of its artists' music from Tidal including that of Beyoncé who one of the compnay’s co-owners. Bloomberg reports that sources have said Jay-Z is yet to reach a deal on a streaming contract with Sony and the record company is reportedly asking for "large advances" in return for giving Tidal the rights to feature its artists' catalogues.
Continue reading: Could Beyonce's Music Be About To Disappear From Jay-Z's Tidal Service?
Date of birth
4th December, 1969
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"Nothing real can be threatened, nothing unreal exists" Tidal is platinum. 1,000,000 people and counting. Let's celebrate 10/20 Brooklyn.
New Orleans welcomes Wayne home tonight Live on Tidal. 9pm. Wave.
America. Please. read. "Between the world and me" by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Love to all the beautiful souls lost in the Emmanuel Church. Special Father's Day prayers to those who lost their dad.
Playlist wars in the Carter house getting too real. http://t.co/se3HbGTVSX
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and to help artists give that to their fans over and over again…
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Tidal pays 75% royalty rate to ALL artists, writers and producers - not just the founding members on stage.
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