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Drake's Guest Spot At Lil Wayne Gig Becomes Casualty Of Apple And Tidal War


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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.

drakeDrake’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.”

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Kanye West To Receive MTV VMAs Vanguard Award


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Kanye West is to be the recipient of this year’s Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award at the MTV Video Music Awards this Sunday (August 30th).

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.”

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Prince Confirms New Album 'HitNRun' Will Be Exclusive To Tidal


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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.

PrincePrince 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’.

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Noel Gallagher Brands Apple Music 'Arrogant' And 'Orwellian'


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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 GallagherNoel 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.’”

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Jay-Z And Will Smith Are Teaming Up For HBO Miniseries


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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.

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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'.

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Jay-Z - New York premiere of 'Southpaw' for THE WRAP at AMC Loews Lincoln Square - Arrivals at AMC Loews Lincoln Square - New York, New York, United States - Monday 20th July 2015

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Jay-Z's 'Tidal' In Disarray As Third CEO Resigns After 9 Weeks


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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.

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"The only thing I can confirm is that I have resigned," Tonstad told Norwegian paper Dagens Næringsliv.

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Lil Wayne's Big Announcement Was NOT About Joining Roc Nation


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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.”

Lil WayneNo, 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.

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Could Beyonce's Music Be About To Disappear From Jay-Z's Tidal Service?


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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.

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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.

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Performance Artist Marina Abramovic Claims: "Jay-Z Used Me"


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Marina Abramovic, the Serbian performance artist, has claimed Jay-Z "used her" in her music video for his song Picasso Baby in 2013. In the promo, Abramovic performed her work The Artist Is Present, sitting across table from embers of the public and holding her gaze.

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Speaking with Spike magazine, Abramovic said that once Jay-Z arrived at MoMa, where her exhibition took place, she felt the experience only benefitted in.

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Ciara Accidentally Kicks Fan In The Face Whilst Attempting Lap Dance Move


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Ciara accidentally kicked a fan in the face whilst performing in at the Center Stage Theater in Atlanta on Wednesday (13th May). The 'Body Party' singer is currently on her Jackie album tour.

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Read More: Ciara And Seattle Seahawks Player Russell Wilson Are Dating, Sources Confirm.

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Scientific Study Concludes Hip Hop Was More Impactful Than The Beatles


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A study by the University of London and Imperial College has concluded that the emergence of hip hop has had the biggest impact on the charts of any genre since the 1950s. The study also found that the importance of The Beatles may have been overstated, suggesting that the fab five did not spark a musical revolution.

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The study found there were three musical revolutions on the charts, the first being in 1964 with the rise of rock and roll bands such as The Beatles. The second was in the mid 80s with the use of synthesisers and drum machines, while the third came in 1991 when rap and hip-hop infiltrated the mainstream charts.

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Beyonce Knowles and Jay Z - A variety of stars turned out in style for the MET Gala 2015 and the opening of 'China: Through The Looking Glass' which was held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, New York, United States - Monday 4th May 2015

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Music Streaming Dinosaur Grooveshark Shuts Down Overnight After Rights Settlement


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With all the fuss around Spotify and Jay Z’s streaming service Tidal, other, similarly nautical services may have gone slightly under the radar. This includes Grooveshark, a decade-old service, which closed down this week, with a final message to subscribers.

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Jay-Z's Latest Idea To Boost Tidal: Streaming A Free Concert Of His Rarest Tracks


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If you ask most people how they think Jay-Z’s Tidal service is doing, the response will probably be something along the lines of 'not great'. Of course if you asked Jay-Z himself, you’d hear a different story. But facts and figures aside, the rapper turned businessman has just announced he’ll be playing a free concert for Tidal subscribers next month, featuring some of his rarest tracks.

Jay-ZThe rapper re-launched the streaming service last month.

Titled ‘Tidal X: Jay Z B-Sides’ the show will stream live from New York on May 13th and see the rapper performing B-sides and other less known tracks. Tidal subscribers are also being given the chance to win tickets to the performance by submitting a playlist on Tidal and sharing it on Twitter with the hashtag #TIDALXJAYZ.

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Final Show Of Jack White's Acoustic Tour To Stream On Tidal


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The final show of Jack White’s five date acoustic tour will be streamed on Jay-Z’s Tidal platform, the singer has announced, with the performance remaining on the service as an on-demand feature. The show is White’s last gig before he takes a break from live performing.

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White will play Fargo, North Dakota's Fargo Theatre on Sunday evening (April 26th) at 8:30 p.m. local time. The gig marks the end of the Lazaretto singer’s five date acoustic tour which has also seen him visit Anchorage, Alaska; Boise, Idaho; Jackson Hole, Wyoming and Rapid City, South Dakota.

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Beyoncé Shares Pics From Mother Tina's Wedding (Featuring An Adorable Blue Ivy)


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Two weeks after her mother Tina Knowles tied the knot with Richard Lawson, Beyoncé has shared intimate snaps from the big day, showing off her not one but two bridesmaids dresses. Bey's mother Tina married the 68 year old actor on board a yacht on April 12th, surrounded by the couple’s friends and family.

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Beyoncé shared the wedding images on Tumblr, revealing her two bridesmaids dresses for the occasion. In one group photo (which shows the wedding party all sticking their tongues out) Beyoncé is wearing a form-fitting white lace dress with a plunging neckline. The singer also sports a flower headdress, in keeping with the wedding's bo-ho theme.

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Kanye West Deletes All Tweets Mentioning Tidal


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Less than a month after its star-studded New York re-launch, the subscription-only streaming service Tidal is showing early signs that it’s struggling. It’s already tanked on the app store, falling out of the top 700 iPhone downloads chart, and now it appears that Kanye West has deleted all references he’s made to the service on social media.

On Wednesday (April 22nd) Complex reported that the rapper had erased all mentions he’s made to Tidal on Twitter, despite being one of the most prominent supporters of the re-launch, standing alongside Jay Z at the famous press conference on March 30th and appearing in several ad spots for it subsequently. He also changed his profile picture from Tidal’s logo back to the front cover of his 2010 album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy.

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Mumford & Sons Blast Jay Z's 'Tidal'


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Folk-rock superstars Mumford & Sons might have just started some beef with Jay Z after they criticised his new streaming service Tidal as being for the benefit of “new school f***ing plutocrats”.

In a new interview with The Daily Beast, lead singer Marcus Mumford was insistent that his band has no intention of being one of the big name artists to abandon Spotify in favour of the subscription-only service Tidal, which was re-launched by a galaxy of stars at a New York press conference at the end of March.

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Jay Z Removes 'Reasonable Doubt' Album From Spotify, Places It On Tidal


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The much discussed Tidal revolution seems to already be taking effect. Having purchased the new streaming service as part of a joint venture and re-launching it as an “artist friendly” business model, Jay Z has removed his 1996 debut album Reasonable Doubt from Spotify.

The rapper removed his album overnight between Monday and Tuesday, and it is currently unavailable to stream in the US and Canada. It is, for the moment, still accessible for UK users. Instead, North American fans can find it on – you guessed it – Tidal.

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Jay Z has removed his debut album 'Reasonable Doubt' from Spotify

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Rihanna Backs Jay Z With New Track "American Oxygen"


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Rihanna has dropped a brand new track, the poetically titled American Oxygen, and in the process, declared her allegiance for Jay Z's new streaming service, Tidal. The track is Rihanna's take on the "American dream," but you've probably guessed this from the title already.

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Rihanna has also stepped up in support of Jay Z's new service.

The news here is that Rihanna, just like Beyonce before her and Madonna before that has lent her support for Jay Z's artist-friendly alternative to services like Spotify. On Saturday, Beyoncé also debuted her new track Die With You exclusively on the site. American Oxygen is only available to Tidal subscribers, whose numbers are still disappointingly small. Maybe it's the $10 subscription fee? 

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After Her March Madness Performance, Rihanna Releases Her 'American Oxygen' Exclusively On Tidal


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On Saturday night Rihanna debuted her new song ‘American Oxygen’ at the March Madness Music Festival in Indianapolis. But no sooner than fans could scourer the internet for a clip of Ri-Ri performing the track, the full studio version dropped...on Jay Z’s streaming service Tidal.

RihannaIf you’re desperate to hear Rihanna’s new track it might be time to buy a Tidal subscription.

Yes, following Beyonce who, as an anniversary gift to her husband, made her track 'Die With You' available exclusively on Tidal, Rihanna has made sure her latest song will only be heard by Jay-Z’s subscribers.

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Lily Allen And Madonna Offer Their Opinions On Jay Z's Tidal Streaming Service


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The biggest music news of the last few days has been the launch of the subscription-only streaming service Tidal, and the stars have been lining up to give their differing opinions on the controversial business model.

Jay-Z re-launched the service at a star-studded press conference including the likes of Kanye West, Rihanna and Daft Punk on Monday (March 30th), promising that Tidal would be a “better experience for both fans and artists”.

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Lily Allen has expressed concern about Tidal's business approach

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Jay-Z Gets Support Of Big Guns To Launch 'Tidal' Streaming Service


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Jay-Z's rival to Spotify, the streaming service Tidal, got a major publicity boost over the weekend when Kanye West, Beyonce, Nicki Minaj, Rihanna, Madonna and Coldplay all changed their Twitter profile photos blue to raise awareness about the service. Arcade Fire, Jack White, Daft Punk and Calvin Harris also showed their support for the new venture.

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"Together we can make music history. Show support and make your profile photo blue. Turn the tide. #TIDALforALL" said Arcade Fire.

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Jay Z Launches "Artist-Friendly" Streaming Service Tidal With Much Support From Fellow Musicians


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After multiple artists have expressed gripes with streaming services like Spotify, it seems like Jay Z’s Tidal is offering an alternative. Big name performers like Madonna, Kanye West, Jack White, Rihanna and Cold Play are uniting behind the music mogul’s new venture, which promises a more artist-friendly way to publish and stream music.

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Jay Z's new business aims to take care of the artists, moreso than previous streaming models.

 

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Kanye West To Headline Saturday Night At Glastonbury


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Kanye West has been unveiled as the second headline act for Glastonbury 2015. The controversial hip-hop artist will top the bill on the Pyramid Stage on Saturday night, joining Friday’s headliners Foo Fighters. The third and final headliner for Sunday has not yet been confirmed.

Strong rumours emerged earlier on Monday (March 16th) that West was getting the prestigious Saturday night spot, and this was confirmed via the official Glastonbury Twitter feed and by the festival’s organiser, Emily Eavis.

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Kanye West will headline Glastonbury

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Pharrell Says He Could Never Rap Like Jay Z


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With pretty much the whole world at his feet having had the biggest selling single of the last few years, you could perhaps excuse Pharrell Williams for being immodest. But in a new interview he was very humble when comparing himself to one of his musical idols Jay-Z.

Speaking with Germany’s GQ Style magazine, the 41 year old said he would “sound braggy” if he were to rap like Jay-Z and use the same lyrics that he does. He believes that all artists should find their own style and that imitating someone else is unlikely to pay off.

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Jay Z Hit With Paternity Lawsuit Over Alleged Love Child


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Jay-Z is apparently involved in a legal battle concerning his alleged fathering of a love child over twenty years ago. According to the National Enquirer, leaked court documents suggest that Rymir Satterthwaite, a 21 year old aspiring rapper from New Jersey, filed a request for Hova to undertake a paternity test to prove or disprove that he is his father.

Jay-Z, real name Shawn Carter, successfully fought against this suit five years ago, but in December 2014 a paralegal named Lillie Coley, believed to be Satterthwaite’s legal guardian, filed evidence that the rapper had submitted false information to the court to get out of taking the test.

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Jay-Z appears to be embroiled in a paternity lawsuit dating back several years

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Want To Know "One Of The Many Reasons" Why Kim Kardashian Loves Kanye West?


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Kim Kardashian shared on Instagram how she spent her Valentine's Day morning. The 34-year-old reality star shared a collection of goodies, including nail polish and 'sole mate' socks, which she claimed were her 'Valentine's Day essentials'. Yet Kardashian's husband, Kanye West, was missing from the festivities. This year is the first Valentine's Day for the couple since their marriage in May 2014, so where was the 38-year-old rapper?

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So where was Kanye West on Valentine's Day morning?

Read More: So Here's Why North West Cried During Her Dad's Fashion Show (According To Kanye).

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Jay Z Voices Support Of New York Governor's Plan To Improve Police Relations


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Jay Z has finally spoken out in support of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's plan to improve police relations, which he addressed in Wednesday's State of the State speech by outlining a six-point reform package that aims to restore trust between the police and the community.

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Jay Z supports  New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's plan to improve police relations

The 45-year-old rap star called Cuomo's proposed plan a "huge step forward in restoring fairness, protection, sensitivity and accountability for all under our justice system," in a statement via Capitol Confidential.

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Beyonce Gets Cryptic On Instagram: Is She Pregnant Or What?


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Babies, babies are everywhere... well, maybe. The question of the hour is, is Beyonce carrying a second child? Photos were recently snapped of the ***Flawless Queen B at the beach with Blue Ivy. Yonce is buried up to the neck in sand, but what immediately attracted everyone’s attention was a very prominent mound of sand atop her belly region.

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Beyonce looking statuesque and very not pregnat at the Billboard Women in Music awards less than a month ago. 

You see what we’re getting at here, right? Now Beyonce is the calibre of performer, who can afford to not announce anything and just post a cryptic InstaPhoto, leaving everyone to guess. But this one’s pretty obvious, right? Right?

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Jay-Z: "Hip Hop Has Done More For Racial Relations Than Most Cultural Icons"


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Rapper Jay-Z has spoken about the enormous impact he believes hip hop has had on racial relations in America, saying he feels the music has done more than most cultural icons to bring people together. The 45 year old was speaking on the latest episode of Oprah Winfrey's ‘Master Class’ series on her OWN network.

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"I have a very interesting take on the cultural impact of hip hop and it's a strong one, so I just want to prepare people at home,” began the rapper. "I think that hip hop has done more for racial relations than most cultural icons. And I say save Martin Luther King because his 'Dream' speech we realised and President Obama got elected, but the impact of the music, this music didn't only influence kids from urban areas; it influenced people around the world. People listen to this music all around the world and took to this music.”

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Beyonce Shares Snaps From Magical Iceland Holiday With Husband Jay-Z


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Beyonce has given fans a special Christmas treat this year, sharing intimate snaps from her Icelandic holiday with husband Jay-Z earlier this month. The couple visited the wintery paradise ahead of Christmas to celebrate the rapper’s 45th birthday. 

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Solange Knowles Weds Her Long-Term Love


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Superstar soul singer, Solange Knowles, 28, married her fiancé of five years, video director Alan Ferguson, 51, in New Orleans on Sunday, November 16. Close family and friends including the bride’s superstar sister and brother-in-law, Beyonce, 33, and Jay Z, 44, were there to celebrate the union.

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Singer Solange Knowles married her long-term love, Alan Ferguson, in an intimate ceremony on Sunday

It seems white was a theme running strong throughout the ceremony with the bridal party arriving on white bicycles with Solange donning a plunging white pantsuit and cape and Alan looking sophisticated in an all-white suit.

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Jay-Z and Jay Z - Shots from New York's hip hop and RnB radio station Power 105.1's Powerhouse 2014. The event was held at the Barclays Center in New York City, New York, United States - Thursday 30th October 2014

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We Defy You To Keep A Straight Face With Sia's Rendition Of 'Annie' Song 'You're Never Fully Dressed Without A Smile' [Video]


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If anything's going to cheer you up today, let it be the heartwarming video for Sia's rendition of 'Annie' song 'You're Never Fully Dressed Without A Smile'. Released ahead of the movie re-boot, it's got us all a little bit choked up.

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As part of the soundtrack for the new film, Sia has recorded an exceptionally uplifting update on the original song which first featured in the 1977 Broadway run. In the run-up to the new movie's release, an adorable promotional video premiered on 'Good Morning America' alongside the track, featuring the colourful cast doing their best to get commuters and shoppers to smile while out and about in New York City. With signs reading 'Smile' and other encouraging messages, the young actors hand out drawings of smiley faces to strangers as well as free lemonade in return for smiles, high fives, flowers and, for the dedicated joggers of the city, bananas and water. 

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Celebrities leave Harry's Bar, after a private party. Adele was first to leave at 12.30am, followed by Beyonce at 4.15am. Jay-Z and Will.i.am left together at 4.25am

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Beyonce Knowles and Jay-Z spotted on a night out in London

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Jay Z - Pop superstar Beyonce and her husband and rapper Jay Z seen out shopping in London, United Kingdom - Thursday 16th October 2014

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Pop superstar Beyonce and her husband and rapper Jay Z seen out in London, United Kingdom - Thursday 16th October 2014

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Jay Z - Pop star Beyonce and her husband rapper Jay Z were photographed with their daughter Blue Ivy as they arrived at St Pancras train station in London, United Kingdom - Tuesday 14th October 2014

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Musicians, Celebrities And World Leaders Unite To Fight Poverty At Global Citizen Festival


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So there’s SXSW for the hipsters, Coachella for the fashionable crowd… and then there’s the Global Citizen music festival, which has a different vibe altogether. Held in Central Park, the third annual event featured the likes of Beyonce, Jay Z, Alicia Keys, No Doubt, Sting and fun. The star-packed festival is free to attend and sets itself the ambitious goal of “erasing poverty by 2030.”

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After their On The Run success, Bey and Jay graced the Central Park stage in honor of a good cause.

So here’s how it works. The acts all performed for free, with brief speeches by the likes of Jessica Alba, Hugh Jackman and Olivia Wilde speaking in between performances. It was an exercise in raising awareness and putting pressure on world leaders to enact more effective policies on equality. Attendees were also encouraged to take the pledge, which would earn them points to put towards VIP entry.

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Jay-Z - A host of musical stars including Jay-Z and Alicia Keys performed live at the 3rd Annual Global Citizen Festival at Central Park in New York, United States - Saturday 27th September 2014

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Beyonce And Nicki Minaj Team Up For Flawless Performance In Paris


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Beyonce gave fans at her Paris concert an extra special treat on Friday night when rapper Nicki Minaj joined her on stage for a rendition of their duet ‘Flawless’. The performance marked the first time the pair had appeared on stage together, despite releasing the duet last month.

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Dressed in a patterned Versace leotard and a spiked headpiece, Queen Bey was joined on stage by the diminutive ‘Anaconda’ singer who sported a matched catsuit and high ponytail. The performance closed the Paris concert which was part of Beyonce’s ‘On the Run’ tour with husband Jay-Z.

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Jay Z - Celebrity super couple, pop star Beyonce and rapper Jay-Z perform in Paris as part of their their 'On the Run Tour' - Paris, United Kingdom - Saturday 13th September 2014

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Beyonce Shares Backstage Video From MTV VMAs Featuring An Appearance From Blue Ivy


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Beyonce has treated fans to a special look at just what went into making her MTV VMAs performance so spectacular by sharing a backstage video. In the four minute clip, the highs and lows of rehearsals are put on display as Beyonce and her dancers are shown trying to perfect the gruelling routine. First published on her Facebook page, the singer captioned the video, “Flashback Friday! A behind the scenes look at the days leading up to the 2014 MTV VMAs”.

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At the event, held last month, Queen Bey delivered a show stealing 15 minute performance of songs from her self titled album. But the rehearsal process was a difficult as you’d imagine, with the singer's temper being put to the test on one occasion.

Continue reading: Beyonce Shares Backstage Video From MTV VMAs Featuring An Appearance From Blue Ivy

Kanye West Goes Off At Jay Pharaoh At Made In America... And He Might Have A Point


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So Jay Pharaoh’s Kanye West impersonation from the VMAs is still fresh in everyone’s mind, right? Cool. Just checking. Apparently it was still on West’s mind too, when the rapper/designer/artist/superior human being took the stage at Budweiser’s Made in America festival. Instead of bringing out his pal and festival curator Jay Z, or maybe premiering some new music, ‘Ye chose to perform some old favorites and set the record straight on the Jay Pharaoh situation.

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Loved Pharaoh's spoof? Kanye had a few issues with it.

“I called Jay Pharaoh right after the MTV awards,” ‘Ye told the crowd, disapproving of the “Saturday Night Live” comedian’s impersonation of him at the August 24 award show.

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Over A Year Later, Jay Z And Beyonce's Anniversary Trip To Cuba Got The "Okay" From The Treasury Dept


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Cue the “no longer On The Run” jokes, as Beyonce and Jay Z are off the hook for their 2013 trip to Cuba. The Treasury Department’s Office of Inspector General  released a nine-page report on Wednesday, detailing its decision that Beyonce Knowles-Carter and Shawn Carter did NOT violate any laws, when they traveled to the country last year to celebrate their wedding anniversary.

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It's ok, the Carters got the "all clear" from the treasury department.

In April 2013, the Carters’ trip to Cuba sparked widespread controversy. Because of the US embargo, tourism to the country is permitted only under a special license. Suspicions were raised that the couple’s visit to the island nation was in fact illegal – because the two engaged in recreational activities such as a welcome dinner, a walking tour of various Cuban neighborhoods and visits to see student artwork and theater performances, the couple were accused of violating the terms of their educational exchange permit. The story got such wide coverage, that Jay Z was prompted to pen an open letter to his critics and mention the incident in a song (also titled Open Letter). In the song, the rapper implied that he and Beyonce had received clearance from the POTUS himself, although the White House later denied giving permission. The new report rebuffs all claims that the Carters' trip violated the embargo.

Continue reading: Over A Year Later, Jay Z And Beyonce's Anniversary Trip To Cuba Got The "Okay" From The Treasury Dept

Beyonce And Jay Z Have A Lot Of Famous Fans [Pictures]


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They might struggle to behave themselves in an elevator but put Beyoncé and Jay Z up on a stage in front of thousands of fans and they know exactly what to do. The power couple once again shrugged off relentless rumours about their marriage troubles to perform the latest set of their On The Run Tour in Los Angeles.

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Natalie Portman was one of many famous guests who watched the Carters in action over the weekend

Impressing thousands of fans, the duo staged another perfect routine to a star-studded audience that included David and Victoria Beckham, Salma Hayek and Natalie Portman, among others. 

Continue reading: Beyonce And Jay Z Have A Lot Of Famous Fans [Pictures]

Concertgoer Sexually Assaults Woman, Bites Man's Finger At 'On The Run' Show


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Ok, overly enthusiastic music fans everywhere need to reel it in fast, because this is getting ridiculous. A man reportedly had his finger bitten at Beyonce and Jay Z’s On The Run gig in at the Rose Bowl on Saturday, after he confronted another attendee for groping his girlfriend. Following the bizarre sequence of events, Roberto Alcaraz-Garnica, 25, of San Diego was arrested for sexual battery and mayhem. Here’s how the scuffle allegedly came about.

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The power couple have not acknowledged the incident.

“The suspect sexually assaulted the female victim,” Lieutenant John Luna of the Pasadena Police Department told TheWrap Sunday. “The woman's boyfriend confronted the alleged groper, and a fight ensued. During the altercation, the suspect bit the victim, causing serious injury to his finger.”

Continue reading: Concertgoer Sexually Assaults Woman, Bites Man's Finger At 'On The Run' Show

Jay Z and Beyonce - 'Charles James: Beyond Fashion' Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art - Outside Arrivals - New York City, New York, United States - Monday 5th May 2014

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Beyonce Knowles and Jay-Z - 'Charles James: Beyond Fashion' Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art - Outside Arrivals - New York, New York, United States - Tuesday 6th May 2014

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Beyonce, Jay Z and Blue Ivy - Beyonce with husband Jay-Z and their daughter Blue Ivy leaving from Cologne/Bonn Airport after performing at her only german concert - Cologne, Germany - Sunday 16th March 2014

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Beyonce, Jay Z and Blue Ivy Carter - Beyonce and husband Jay Z, carrying daughter Blue Ivy, enjoy family time at the Phoenix Park Visitors Centre's playground in Dublin - Dublin, Ireland - Monday 10th March 2014

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Jay Z - Beyonce and husband Jay Z leaving Mediterranean restaurant Coppinger Row in Dublin after dining out together. As he was exiting, Jay Z was spotted wearing a 'Mrs. Carter' jacket from Beyonce's world tour. - Dublin, Ireland - Monday 10th March 2014

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JayZ and Blue Ivy - Beyonce and husband Jay Z, carrying daughter Blue Ivy, arrive at Dublin Airport - Dublin, Ireland - Saturday 8th March 2014

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