The line clearly meant don’t pit me against my brothers no matter what our differences are (red hat) now go pick up… https://t.co/uboU2HlDF2
Ora first sued the Roc Nation in December, claiming she felt ‘orphaned’ by the label.
Jay Z’s Roc Nation label has responded to the lawsuit filed by singer Rita Ora in December, with a countersuit claiming breach of contract. However the lawsuit is likely to just go away, as Ora’s lawyer Howard King claims Jay Z has already promised to release the singer from her contract.
Jay Z’s Roc Nation has filed a countersuit against Rita Ora.
According to TMZ, in the lawsuit Roc Nation claim they have already spent more than $2.3 million marketing Ora’s second album which is yet to be released. Ora signed to the label in 2008 when she was unknown and was contracted for five albums, only one of which has been released so far.
Continue reading: Jay Z's Roc Nation Files $2.3M Lawsuit Against Rita Ora
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?
Jay-Z is yet to respond to Abramovic's criticism.
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.
Abramovic says Jay-Z used her in his video for Picasso Baby
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.
Continue reading: Performance Artist Marina Abramovic Claims: "Jay-Z Used Me"
Ciara was performing in Atlanta on Wednesday (13th May) when she accidentally kicked a member of the audience in the face.
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.
Ciara accidentally kicked a fan in the face whilst performing in Atlanta.
The study found there had been three music revolutions since the 1950s.
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.
The Beatles may not have been that revolutionary
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.
Continue reading: Scientific Study Concludes Hip Hop Was More Impactful Than The Beatles
So long, Grooveshark, it's been real.
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.
‘Tidal X: Jay Z B-Sides’ will hit on May 13th.
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.
The 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.
White will play the Fargo Theatre in Fargo, North Dakota on Sunday night (April 26th).
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.
White is taking a break from performing live.
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.
Continue reading: Final Show Of Jack White's Acoustic Tour To Stream On Tidal
Tina Knowles married Richard Lawson on April 12th.
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.
Beyoncé has been sharing intimate pictures from her mother’s big day.
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.
It's been a bad start to life for Tidal, with its mobile app tanking and now Kanye, one of its supporters, apparently deleting all mentions of it from his Twitter feed.
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.
Jay Z re-launched Tidal last month, but it's struggling less than a month later
Continue reading: Kanye West Deletes All Tweets Mentioning Tidal
The recently relaunched, subscription-only Tidal has divided mainstream music stars, with folk rockers Mumford & Sons the latest to attack it.
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.
Mumford & Sons performing live
Continue reading: Mumford & Sons Blast Jay Z's 'Tidal'
The rap megastar at the centre of the Tidal streaming re-launch has removed his debut album from Spotify.
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.
Jay Z has removed his debut album 'Reasonable Doubt' from Spotify
Continue reading: Jay Z Removes 'Reasonable Doubt' Album From Spotify, Places It On Tidal
Rihanna backed Jay Z and her LGBT fans in Indiana.
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.
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?
Continue reading: Rihanna Backs Jay Z With New Track "American Oxygen"
Ri-Ri has followed in the footsteps of Beyonce by releasing her new music exclusively on Jay-Z’s streaming service.
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.
If 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.
Yesterday's re-launch of the streaming service Tidal has got the entire music industry talking, but Lily Allen believes that the business model might inadvertently drive fans back into the arms of illegal downloading sites.
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”.
Lily Allen has expressed concern about Tidal's business approach
Jay-Z has launched his streaming service 'Tidal'.
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.
Jay Z has launched his new streaming service 'Tidal'
"Together we can make music history. Show support and make your profile photo blue. Turn the tide. #TIDALforALL" said Arcade Fire.
Continue reading: Jay-Z Gets Support Of Big Guns To Launch 'Tidal' Streaming Service
Jay Z now has a stake in a whole new pie.
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.
Jay Z's new business aims to take care of the artists, moreso than previous streaming models.
The rapper's first ever Glastonbury performance will be as the Saturday night headliner, it was confirmed on Monday.
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.
Kanye West will headline Glastonbury
Continue reading: Kanye West To Headline Saturday Night At Glastonbury
The 'Happy' star spoke to GQ Style magazine about his recent success.
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.
Pharrell Williams performing live in 2014
Continue reading: Pharrell Says He Could Never Rap Like Jay Z
21 year old Rymir Satterthwaite, himself an aspiring rapper, claims that Jigga is his father. Pick any '99 Problems' pun you want...
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.
Jay-Z appears to be embroiled in a paternity lawsuit dating back several years
Continue reading: Jay Z Hit With Paternity Lawsuit Over Alleged Love Child
How did Kim Kardashian spend her Valentine's Day morning? Not with her husband Kanye West as the rapper was off making a special delivery to some fans.
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?
So where was Kanye West on Valentine's Day morning?
The 45-year-old rap star recently said NYC Governor Andrew Cuomo's new plan is a "huge step forward in restoring fairness, protection, sensitivity and accountability for all under our justice system."
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.
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.
The first family of music might be getting a new member soon.
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.
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?
Continue reading: Beyonce Gets Cryptic On Instagram: Is She Pregnant Or What?
The rapper was speaking as part of Oprah Winfrey's ‘Master Class’ series.
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.
Jay-Z has spoken about hip hop's cultural impact
"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.”
The singer waited until Christmas to share the pics from her holiday earlier this month.
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.
Continue reading: Beyonce Shares Snaps From Magical Iceland Holiday With Husband Jay-Z
Family and friends surround Solange Knowles and she marries Alan Ferguson
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.
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.
Continue reading: Solange Knowles Weds Her Long-Term Love
The cast of 'Annie' lead New York City in a collective happiness in a moving video.
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.
Sia never fails to make us smile
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.
Beyonce Knowles and Jay-Z spotted on a night out in London
Gigs in the park are fun and all, but can they really help to end extreme poverty?
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.”
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.
The duo performed he track together for the first time on Friday night in Paris.
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.
Nicki joined Beyonce on stage in Paris
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.
Continue reading: Beyonce And Nicki Minaj Team Up For Flawless Performance In Paris
The singer, who has just celebrated her 33rd birthday shared the four minute clip via her Facebook page.
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”.
Beyonce shows off her impressive collection of MTV Awards
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.
Kanye West used his Made in America platform to fire a few shots back at Jay Pharaoh.
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.
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.
Over a year later, the trip has finally been declared legal.
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.
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.
Beyoncé and Jay Z let their music do the talking as they attract a host of stars to their On The Run Tour over the weekend
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.
Natalie Portman was one of many famous guests who watched the Carters in action over the weekend
Continue reading: Beyonce And Jay Z Have A Lot Of Famous Fans [Pictures]
The show must go on, despite troubling reports from the tour thus far.
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.
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.”
Beyonce has hit back at suggestions her marriage to Jay-Z is on the rocks by posting a cute family photo on Instagram.
Rumours that a seperation is imminent have plagued the music power couple for months, ever since that night at the Met Costume Gala when Beyonce's little sister Solange attacked her brother-in-law in a lift. Even as recently as today headlines globally suggest the pair are to split, yet Beyonce seemed to hit back at her critics without using her words; instead, she took to her Instagram account and simply shared a sweet photo of herself and beau Jay-Z taking a stroll with their adorable daughter Blue Ivy.
The couple wowed the public back at the Met Gala, and it wasn't just because of their attire
Beyonce and Jay-Z have been together for twelve years and married for six, with Blue Ivy born in 2012. Together they are one of the most influential celebrity couples in the world, dominating the music scene and currently performing together on their global 'On The Run' tour. They hit headlines the other day when they treated their entire crew to a surprise rollerskating party at a rink Beyonce used to visit as a child. Their joint tour concludes in September in Paris, and will also be streamed live in a special broadcast on American network HBO.
Continue reading: Beyonce Fends Off Divorce Rumours With Cute Instagram Snap
Budweiser Made in America is coming soon, but what's it like to be made in Denver, Colorado?
Budweiser Made in America
We explore the diverse Denver music scene as Budweiser unveil the latest in their series of documentaries ahead of the fast-approaching Budweiser Made in America festival.
When Jay-Z embarked on his Budweiser Made in America project, the ethos he wanted to represent was simple; bringing together bands and artists of all genres to celebrate the rich variation that has become the US musical community. And where better to enjoy this multi-genre theme than Denver, Colorado, home to the likes of everyone from gentle folk rock crooners The Lumineers to industrial Goth collective Velvet Acid Christ?
We hit the Minnesota music scene in the run-up to Jay-Z's new summer festival.
Budweiser Made In America Press Conference at Los Angeles City Hall on April 16, 2014 in Los Angeles, California - Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images for Budweiser
Budweiser Made in America festival is on its way and, to celebrate, the beer brand unveil a series of music documentaries in different States: this week we explore Minnesota!
Being such a huge part of the world, America has always borne a massively diverse music ethos. In almost every part of the country you can come across a different musical culture and it's with this idea in mind that world famous rap star Jay-Z decided to create Budweiser Made in America festival. It's sole purpose is to bring together a choice selection of both up-and-coming and well-established artists spanning all genres including rock, hip hop, R&B, electronic, punk... the list goes on.
No tickets? No matter! You'll be able to watch Beyoncé and Jay Z's live tour from the comfort of your own home.
Feeling glum because you didn't manage to get tickets to see Beyoncé and Jay Z present their "On The Run" world tour? Well, worry not: HBO will be bringing the couple's eagerly anticipated live shows to the small screen after taping their two French concerts. While it may not be the same as being there in the throng, HBO's coverage should be the next best thing.
"This is a major musical event that belongs on HBO," said HBO programming president Michael Lombardo. "It's going to be a night to remember," via Variety. HBO announced the exciting news on Thursday (10th July) at the Television Critics Association summer tour.
The footage will reportedly be filmed during the Parisian leg of the tour - the pair's only European appearances - on the 12th and 13th September.
Continue reading: Beyonce And Jay Z's World Tour French Show To Be Broadcast By HBO
Something for everybody! New York's 2014 Global Citizen Festival has announced an eclectic line up.
Jay Z, No Doubt and Tiësto have been announced as the main acts to perform at this year's Global Citizen Festival in New York. The annual charity event, which will take place on September 27th on the Great Lawn in New York's Central Park, aims to cater for all musical tastes whilst raising awareness of key world issues.
Rapper Jay Z Has Been Announced As A Headliner Of The Global Citizen Festival 2014.
"Change only takes place when and where there is action," rapper Jay Z said in a statement, via Rolling Stone. "I'm joining the 2014 Global Citizen Festival because I believe through actions, whether it be by raising awareness, getting involved or educating ourselves, the goal to end extreme poverty by 2030 is possible."
Continue reading: Jay Z, No Doubt, Tiesto Excited To Headline Global Citizen Festival
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
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
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
Jay-Z and Swizz Beatz - Beyonce and Jay-Z leaving The Arts Club in Mayfair at around 5am. They were joined at the private members club by hip hop producer Swizz Beatz - London, United Kingdom - Friday 7th March 2014
Beyonce and Jay Z - Beyonce performs live in concert at the O2 during 'The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour'. Husband and rapper, Jay Z joined her on stage for a special guest appearance - London, United Kingdom - Wednesday 5th March 2014
Jay Z - Beyonce and Jay Z arriving at the Arts Club in Mayfair after the Mrs Carter Show World Tour at the O2 in Greenwich. Arriving at around 12:30, they stayed for a couple of hours, departing just after 2.30am. - London, United Kingdom - Thursday 6th March 2014
Jay Z - Jay Z depicted as 'Care Bear Pal' for protecting fragrance proceeds amid racial profiling flak. Artist Daniel Edwards depicts fragrance mogul Jay Z as a Care Bear pal in his latest work dedicated to the rapper's Shawn Carter Scholarship Foundation, which provides college funding for students with financial need for an unveiling this week on Facebook, announces Cory Allen Contemporary Art. 'Jay Z is an entertainer, not a civil rights activist - he defended future college funds by standing up to the criticism for his refusal to break ties with Barney's New York in order to sell his fragrance Gold, which should be a huge fundraiser for the foundation,' said artist Daniel Edwards, referring to accusations of the department store's practice of racial profiling and the rap mogul's reluctance to take a stand against it by withdrawing his merchandise. Titled 'Jay Z Cares and Shares,' Jay Z is depicted smiling, clad in a suit and tie befitting a mogul and surrounded by the Care Bears. 'We regret that Jay Z's opportunity to educate students to fight a policy of racism interferes with his ability to fund their education,' said Whitney Evans of Cory Allen Contemporary Art, 'but we applaud him for not being deterred from his mission to send people to college.' In 2011, the artist criticized Jay Z by depicting him as a 'Scrooge' in an Occupy Wall Street protest piece known as the 'Scrooge Totem Pole,' saying, 'I think Jay Z has made himself a face of Wall Street that Occupiers are protesting against,' referring to the rap mogul's usage of the movement's name to sell his t-shirts without compensation. Edwards went on to say, "Rap stars who turn 'Scrooge' have to suffer some damage to their street credibility, I would think,' added Edwards. Jay Z, whose real name is Shawn Carter, recently said in a statement on his website, "Making a decision prematurely to pull out of this project, wouldn't hurt Barneys or Shawn Carter, but all the people that stand a chance at hig - Los Angeles, California, United States - Thursday 21st November 2013
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