This album literally saved my life........ I can't thank you all enough.
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.
Rita Ora and Ed Sheeran may soon be making sweet music together.
The two pop powerhouses previously jammed with each other while Rita was signed to Jay Z’s Roc Nation label, but showbiz sources say it’s unlikely that any of the tracks will see the light of day.
After ditching Roc Nation and joining Ed at new label Atlantic Records, a second stab at a duet may be on the cards.
“Ed was one of the artists Rita worked with while still with Roc Nation,” an insider told Britain’s Daily Star newspaper.
Continue reading: Rita Ora And Ed Sheeran 'Likely To Team Up At Atlantic Records'
Rita Ora has signed a new deal with Atlantic Records following her long legal battle with Roc Nation.
The British pop star had been embroiled in a contract dispute with Jay Z's music firm since last year (15), but after settling the lawsuits out of court earlier this month (Jun16), Ora has found a new home at Atlantic Records.
The 25-year-old inked a worldwide recording contract with executives in New York City on Monday (20Jun16), and sang her new bosses' praises in a statement which reads: "Music is my first love and I am looking forward to getting my new songs released. I’m thankful to my new Atlantic Records family for all their support and encouragement. The next chapter is going to be incredible."
Ben Cook, president of Atlantic Records UK, added, "Rita is a rare talent and a true global star. First and foremost she’s a great singer who’s hugely passionate about music and I’m delighted to welcome her to Atlantic Records. We look forward to getting in the studio with her and making an incredible album."
Continue reading: Rita Ora Signs New Deal With Atlantic Records
Rihanna and Coldplay will headline Jay Z's Budweiser Made in America festival later this year (16).
The music event will return to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania's Benjamin Franklin Parkway on 3 and 4 September (16), and Lil Wayne, 2 Chainz, Chance The Rapper, Martin Garrix, Grimes, DJ Khaled, Gary Clark Jr, and A$AP Ferg will also be performing.
The 99 Problems rapper launched the festival in 2012 and headlined that year alongside Pearl Jam. In subsequent years, Jay Z's wife Beyonce, Kanye West, Nine Inch Nails, and others have headlined the festival.
In 2014, it launched simultaneously in Los Angeles, but returned solely to Philadelphia last year (15).
Stars including Justin Timberlake and Jay Z paid tribute to LeBron James after his Cleveland Cavaliers team secured America's National Basketball Association (NBA) championship.
LeBron's hometown franchise, who had never won U.S. basketball's highest honour before, secured the championship by beating the Golden State Warriors in Oakland, California on Sunday (19Jun16).
Cleveland's 93 to 89 point victory in the final game of the NBA finals series saw them edge out Golden State by a margin of four games to three.
After the game ended with the Cavaliers as champions, the basketball legend, 31, was overcome with tears. LeBron, who grew up in Akron, Ohio, with which Cleveland shares a metropolitan area, spent seven years with the Cavaliers from 2003 to 2010, the year he controversially left for the Miami Heat without delivering the city's first NBA championship.
Continue reading: Stars Salute Lebron James After Nba Championship Win.
Rihanna has bought her father a $1.8 million (£1.27 million) mansion in Barbados.
The 28-year-old singer, real name Robyn Fenty, isn't short of money and kindly decided to give dad Ronald Fenty the opportunity to choose a property for himself on the island nation, and give her the bill.
"Robyn was so kind," Ronald told Britain's Now magazine. "She sent me a few houses to choose from around the island. I chose this one, not because it was the most expensive, but it's got the gardens."
Continue reading: Rihanna Splashes $2 Million On Mansion For Her Dad
Romeo Santos has been appointed chief executive officer of the new Latin division of Jay Z's Roc Nation.
Santos, the so-called King of Bachata, will head up Roc Nation Latino alongside his longtime manager Johnny Marines, who will be President of the division, which focuses on developing Latin stars in the U.S. and globally.
Santos has been in talks with Jay Z about the venture for almost four years, but finally signed the deal on Wednesday (08Jun16) in Roc Nation's New York offices. He will also be managed by Roc Nation, while still keeping his record deal with Sony.
“I’m not taking for granted being managed by Roc Nation,” Santos told Billboard.com. “They have a lot of relations. They have a certain reach that I clearly could benefit from. And dealing with Jay Z, who is an artist himself, that’s great...
Continue reading: Romeo Santos Named Ceo Of Roc Nation Latino
Roy was accused of being the infamous ‘Becky with the good hair’ after Beyonce dropped her album ‘Lemonade’ in April.
At the 2016 CFDA Awards on Monday evening all three members of one of the most famous rumoured celebrity love triangles were in attendance, Beyoncé, her husband Jay Z and fashion designer Rachel Roy. It’s the first time the three have been at the same event since Beyoncé dropped her album Lemonade in April and of course all eyes were on the trio to see if their paths would cross.
Beyoncé avoided a run-in with Rachel Roy at the CFDA awards.
According to US Weekly, the CFDA red carpet had no drama as Roy opted to sneak in to the event through a side-door. An insider said: "She was one of the only celebs to not walk the carpet.”
On Tuesday, Ora shared with her fans via Snapchat some documents she was about to sign, writing "contract time!!"
The 25 year old British pop star filed a lawsuit against Roc Nation at the end of 2015 in a bid to have her contract terminated because they refused to release new material by her. However, on Tuesday (June 7th), she shared with her fans that she was in the process of putting pen to paper on a new record deal.
Announcing the news via her Snapchat account, Ora posted a picture of new documents, captioning it “contract time!!” It isn't clear what label she's signed to, though rumours have suggested it might be Warner Bros.
Rihanna and her label boss Jay Z are facing legal action from a Nigerian concert promoter amid allegations the singer scrapped a 2013 performance - and kept her hefty fee.
The two parties struck a deal for the Diamonds hitmaker to perform a 65-minute set for $425,000 (£292,260), and Ubosi made three early payments, totalling $160,000 (£110,000).
He then received a request from Rihanna's team seeking to postpone the show, which Ubosi agreed to, as long as the pop star publicised the new date on her social media accounts, reports TMZ.com.
Continue reading: Rihanna And Jay Z Sued Over Axed Show
Prince, who died on April 21st, would have been 58 today (June 7).
Tidal are celebrating what would have been Prince’s 58th birthday today by adding 15 more of his albums their catalogue. Prince had been a vocal supporter of Jay Z’s Tidal and he released his final two albums, Hitnrun Phase One and Hitnrun Phase Two exclusively on the streaming service last year.
Tidal have just released 15 Prince albums.
The 15 new albums include his follow up to Sign O' The Times, the Black Album which Prince scrapped a week before its release in 1987. There’s also 1995’s The Gold Experience, 1999: The New Master, The Rainbow Children from 2001 and a collection of live albums.
Continue reading: Tidal Releases 15 Prince Albums To Mark His 58th Birthday
Snoop Lion, Snoop Dogg , Jay-Z - Wednesday April 13, 2016; Celebs out at the Lakers game. The Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Utah Jazz by the final score of 101-96 in Lakers Kobe Bryant's last NBA game at Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles, CA. at Staples Center - Los Angeles, California, United States - Thursday 14th April 2016
Jay-Z - Celebrities at the Los Angeles Lakers game. The Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Utah Jazz by the final score of 101-96 in Lakers Kobe Bryant's last NBA game at Staples Center. at Staples Center - Los Angeles, California, United States - Wednesday 13th April 2016
Jay Z - Celebrities at the Los Angeles Clippers game. The Los Angeles Clippers defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder by the final score of 103-98 at Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles. at Staples Center - Los Angeles, California, United States - Wednesday 2nd March 2016
Beyonce, Jay Z , Blue Ivy - Beyonce with husband Jay Z and their daughter Blue Ivy leaving a children's party at Giggles N' Hugs in the Century City - Los Angeles, California, United States - Saturday 27th February 2016
Jay Z, Beyonce' , Kendrick Lamar - Celebrities at the Los Angeles Clippers game. The Golden State Warriors defeated the Los Angeles Clippers by the final score of 115-112 at Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles. at Staples Center - Los Angeles, California, United States - Saturday 20th February 2016
Date of birth
4th December, 1969
This album literally saved my life........ I can't thank you all enough.
Wow. One of the best finals ever. So proud of King James. Salute Warriors Happy Father's Day to all.
My view. Thank you everyone for the love. Humbled. https://t.co/bC23Y464GV
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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.
Indie artists who want to work directly w/ us keep 100% of their music. "If you don't want the CEOs all in the videos" haa #tidalfacts
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