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Producer Caught In Extortion Plot Involving Jay Z Master Recordings Worth $15 Million

April 22nd, 2014 8:50am EDT
Producer Caught In Extortion Plot Involving Jay Z Master Recordi
Music producer Chauncey Mahan was questioned by police on Friday in connection with an alleged theft and extortion plot involving Jay Z master recordings worth between $15 and $20 million.

Jay Z's Roc-A-Fella Records produced several recordings between 1998 and 2002 when Mahan worked with the rapper. The masters disappeared in 2002, and Jay Z and his team thought they were lost.

According to TMZ.com, Mahan kept several of the recordings in his Northridge, Calif., storage facility and contacted Live Nation, which is partnered with Jay Z's Roc Nation, this month. Mahan offered to give the t...
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Jay Z & Beyonce To Tour Together This Summer?

April 16th, 2014 1:00pm EDT
Jay Z & Beyonce
Jay Z and his wife Beyonce have sparked rumors that they are planning a U.S. stadium tour this summer after recent surprise appearances at each other's concerts.

A source told Page Six that the pair will kick off their tour in June with stops at 20 venues. The power couple are also reportedly planning a concert in New York City on July 4.

Jay Z completed his "Magna Carta...Holy Grail" tour in January. Beyonce wrapped up her "Mrs. Carter" world tour last month in Lisbon, Portugal. She told the crowd: "This has been an incredible tour ... If you all don't know, tonight makes 132 shows."

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Beyoncé sobs during final Mrs. Carter Show concert

March 28th, 2014 11:20am EDT
Beyonce
Beyoncé broke down in tears during her final 'Mrs. Carter Show World Tour' performance.
The 32-year-old superstar - who has two-year-old daughter Blue Ivy with husband Jay Z - bid farewell to her fans during her last show in Portuguese capital Lisbon on Thursday night (03.27.14), and was overcome with emotion as she thanked them for supporting her during her grueling 132-date tour.
She told the cheering crowd: "This has been an incredible tour ... If you all don't know, tonight makes 132 shows. Tonight is the last show of the 'Mrs. Carter Show'.
"We started a year ago. And I want to say, th...
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New Daft Punk Track Featuring Jay-Z Leaks Online, But Is It Real?

March 11th, 2014 8:01pm EDT
Daft Punk
If you ever wanted to hear Jay-Z rap his typical "uhs" and "yeahs" over the beats of a Daft Punk song, you're in luck.

No one knows exactly when, but the French EDM duo and Hova recorded a single called "Computerized" sometime during the last few years, according to numerous reports, and the song leaked online on Monday. The song's legitimacy has also been questioned by fans and critics alike, which may explain why it was never released.

The song comprises most of the robot duo's "The Son Of Flynn" off their soundtrack for Disney's "Tron Legacy with their repeating robotic vocal "computer...
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Kelsey Lee Offield Broadens Art Appeal With GUSFORD Gallery

March 8th, 2014 7:15pm EST
Kelsey Lee Offield Broadens Art Appeal With GUSFORD Gallery
Los Angeles' opened its latest exhibition, to ask her what makes the space unique and how she's hoping it contributes to the appreciation of art as a whole.

Firstly, Kelsey is breaking down the walls of the stereotypical artist-gallery relationship, by being hands-on involved. "I work a lot with my artists," she explained. "I'm trying to create a space that can be a platform for young, creative, contemporary working artists. They work in all mediums."

On Friday, the gallery unveiled Complex Candy, a showcase by American painter Dorielle Caimi, which will be on display through April 19. I...
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Jourdan Dunn awestruck by Beyoncé

March 7th, 2014 10:20am EST
Jourdan Dunn
Jourdan Dunn is in complete awe of Beyoncé.
The model of the moment has been a fan of the R&B superstar ever since she was nine years old and embarrassed herself when she first met her idol at the Met Ball in New York City last May by asking if she could "hold" her.
She told Miss VOGUE magazine: "I used to pretend I was the fifth member of Destiny's Child. She saw us, smiled and began walking over. We both turned to see if Jay Z or someone was nearby. She said, 'Hi,' and told us that she thought we were beautiful. I think I said, 'Can I just hold you?' "
Jourdan achieved her life's dream ...
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Beyonce Photos: Beyonce Takes The Mrs. Carter World Tour To London's O2 Arena

March 6th, 2014 9:30pm EST
Beyonce Photos: Beyonce Takes The Mrs. Carter World Tour To Lond
Beyonce showed off her moves on stage at London's O2 Arena Wednesday night while performing on her "Mrs. Carter World Tour."

The sexy singer flaunted her curves in a number of outfits, and was even joined at one point by husband Jay-Z for a duet on single "Drunk In Love."

Beyonce has played six shows at London's top concert venue, kicking things off last Friday night with a sold out show. She and Jay were spotted at the White Lyan pub afterward, where they drank Martinis made from chicken bones.

The trendy Hoxton, East London tavern serves up the Chicken Bone Martini, which -- contrary t...
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Jay Z And Beyonce Heat Up London's The O2

March 2nd, 2014 12:30pm EST
Beyonce
Jay Z joined Beyonce onstage at her London gigs this weekend.

The 32-year-old singer and her spouse enthralled crowds with their latest collaboration, 'Drunk in Love', on both Friday and Saturday night as the pop icon kicked off the first of six 'Mrs. Carter Show World Tour 2014' concerts at London's The O2 arena.

The surprise appearance from Jay, 44, was just the icing on the cake for Beyonce, who clearly reveled in the opportunity to perform new material for fans for the first time on her revamped world tour.

The singer interspersed old favourites such as 'Crazy in Love' and 'Single La...
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Beyonce Bans Daughter From Sugar

February 16th, 2014 2:03pm EST
Beyonce
Beyonce doesn't let her daughter eat sugar.

The 'Drunk in Love' singer has Blue Ivy, two, with rapper husband Jay-Z and they are committed to her having as healthy a lifestyle as possible, which means cutting out unnecessary sweet treats.

A source said: "She make sure Blue only eats healthy. She doesn't get any white sugar unless it's a birthday party or a special occasion."

For a treat, Beyonce is said to give the youngster fruit slices, and she is not allowed any pre-packaged goods either.

The source added to Us Weekly magazine: "Processed foods are a big no in their family."

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Beyonce Makes Surprise Appearance At Jay Z Concert

February 2nd, 2014 2:00pm EST
Beyonce
Jay Z stunned the crowd at his pre-Super Bowl concert in New York City on Saturday night by bringing wife Beyonce onstage for a duet.

The rap superstar was playing at the Pier 40 venue for a gig organized by DirecTV and halfway through the show he asked the crowd, "Any sexy ladies in New York City tonight?!"

The whooping audience was wowed when she strutted onto the stage in a sexy black dress and the couple performed a rendition of their duet Drunk in Love.

After the track, Jay Z told fans, "All hail to the queen!" as Beyonce departed.

The Super Bowl, where Beyonce performed at half-ti...
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Five Best Performances From The 2014 Grammys

January 28th, 2014 1:05am EST
Daft Punk Grammys
With so many great live performances at Sunday night's 56th Grammy Awards, it's been hard* whittling them all down to the five best. Well, the five best that didn't include any weddings, Broadway adaptations of Little Red Riding Hood meets Harry Potter meets Showgirls, or cut-off performances, that is.

The night was all about mixing the past with the present, and in some cases the past, present and future.

5. Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Merle Haggard and Blake Shelton: 2/4 of the original Highwaymen with the legendary Haggard and modern Country giant Shelton wasn't the tightest voc...
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Beyoncé wears $10m diamonds to Grammys

January 27th, 2014 12:20pm EST
Beyonce
Beyoncé wore over $10 million worth of diamond jewelry at the Grammy Awards.
The 32-year-old singer - who wowed audiences with a performance of her hit 'Drunk In Love' with her husband Jay Z - ensured all eyes stayed on her in a lace Michael Costello gown which she teamed with millions of dollars worth of diamonds from designer Jessica Schwartz's collection.
The stunning mother-of-one - who left her two-year-old daughter Blue Ivy at home during the event on Sunday night (26.1.14) - accessorized her white lace gown with chandelier earrings and statement cocktail rings on each finger of her...
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Beyonce & Jay Z Top Billboard's Power 100 List

January 25th, 2014 12:00pm EST
Beyonce & Jay Z Top Billboard's Power 100 List
Beyonce and Jay Z are the most influential players in the music industry, according to Billboard magazine. The publication put them on the top spot of its annual Power 100 list.

Billboard analyzed market share, revenue and other data to compile its list. The power couple have each founded their own companies, Roc Nation and Parkwood Entertainment.

The rapper's longtime associate, Lyor Cohen, came in at number 74 on the list. He told Billboard: "Artists have always had the power but courage is in short supply. It's just that the hip-hop generation believes in the possibilities. Jay and Bey...
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Beyonce And Jay-Z To Perform At Grammys

January 20th, 2014 5:03pm EST
Beyonce and Jay-Z
After weeks of speculation, it appears Beyonce and Jay-Z have been confirmed as performers at the Grammys next week.

While Grammy organizers haven't announced what Jay-Z and Beyonce will do at the awards show, their names appeared in a commercial Sunday night along with a list of other performers such as Taylor Swift, Katy Perry, Lorde, Daft Punk, and Kendrick Lamar.

Jay-Z could be headed to the stage multiple times, as his nine nominations is the most for an artists this year. His nods include Best Rap Song for Holy Grail and Best Rap Album for Magna Carta...Holy Grail.

The show will be...
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Beyonce & Jay Z Rent A Zoo For Daughter Blue Ivy's Birthday

January 11th, 2014 8:34am EST
Beyonce & Jay Z
Beyonce and Jay Z made their daughter Blue Ivy's second birthday really special by renting out a zoo.

On Tuesday, the couple spent the day at the Jungle Island bird sanctuary in Miami Zoo and spent the whole afternoon observing and interacting with monkeys, penguins and kangaroos, according to TMZ.com.

It's unknown how much the A-listers spent on the party for their little one.

It wasn't the only special treat for the toddler. The rapper's close friend Kanye West, who has seven-month-old daughter North with his fiancée Kim Kardashian, wrote Blue Ivy a lullaby.

And at some point, Beyonce...
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Thoughts On The 2014 People's Choice Award Music Winners

January 9th, 2014 7:20pm EST
Favorite Pop Artist:  Britney Spears
On Wednesday, January 8th, the 2014 ‘awards’ season went underway with the ‘prestigious’ People’s Choice Awards. As interesting as the film and TV categories are themselves, this particular post will key in on the music categories/awards, which are…interesting.  The categories for the People’s Choice music awards are as follows:  Favorite Male Artist, Favorite Female Artist, Favorite Breakout Artist, Favorite Pop Artist, Favorite Country Artist, Favorite Country Music Icon, Favorite Hip-Hop Artist, Favorite R&B Artist, Favorite Band, Favorite Alternative Band, Favorite Song, Favorite Album,...
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12-Year-Old Wows Crowd With Rapping Skills At Jay-Z's Concert - Watch!

January 7th, 2014 12:03pm EST
Jay-Z
Jay-Z got more than he bargained for when he invited a 12-year-old boy up on stage during his concert in North Carolina.

According to E! Online, the boy was holding up a sign that read "Can I rap for you?" Jay-Z invited him on stage to rap his verse from the hit Clique. After saying his name was Justin, he took the mic and looks prepared to rap before realizing he was in front of thousands of people.

After a few false starts and stressed breaths, Justin began to rap and feed off the cheers of the crowd - that is, until Jay-Z stepped in and told him to skip "the drug dealing part", and, "g...
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Celebrity Sex Tape Wish List: Beyonce & Jay Z, Ellen DeGeneres & Portia DeRossi, More

December 31st, 2013 1:00pm EST
Jay Z & Beyonce
Vivid Entertainment just released its "Top 10 Hottest Couples" wish list of stars it would most like to add to its popular celebrity roster.

Prince William and Kate Middleton came in at number one for the third year in a row, followed by Katy Perry and John Mayer in second place and Beyoncé and Jay-Z in third place.

"Kate's pregnancy and birth to Prince George only made the couple more popular. They project natural good looks and good health and their stature on the world stage is unparalleled.  We know our chances of getting them to star in a sex tape are slim, but that's what wish lists...
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20 Best Rap Albums Of 2013

December 29th, 2013 9:00am EST
Marshall Mathers LP 2
2013 has been an exceptional year for rap album releases.  Some were hot, while others were far from it – cold as Antarctica. Still overall, there were plenty of releases to be proud of, no questions asked. Below, you’ll find my ‘MIA’ (or called it in) list as well as my top 20 rap albums of 2013. This excludes mixtapes and previously released material FYI.

1) Eminem - The Marshall Mathers LP 2
Aftermath

Eminem set out to prove he’s still the illest MC, epitomized by his vicious performance on the epic “Rap God”.  Ultimately, Eminem accomplishes his task of affirming his ‘god status’, sou...
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Rumor Patrol: Stars Turn Down 'Most Fascinating People', Justin Bieber Retiring, More

December 28th, 2013 3:07pm EST
Barbara Walters
You can't go one week without hearing a ridiculous story involving some of your favorite celebrities. Thankfully, the Starpulse Rumor Patrol is here to sort out what's real and what's fake.

Stars Turn Down Barbara Walters: Angry that Miley Cyrus and Kim Kardashian were picked as Barbara Walter's Most Fascinating People? Well, it might not be Barbara's fault: RadarOnline claims several stars - such as Jay-Z, Kristen Stewart, and Robert Downey, Jr. - turned down the award so that they wouldn't have to deal with an intrusive interview from the venerable newswoman.

Verdict: False. First of al...
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50 Best Rap Songs Of 2013

December 28th, 2013 1:00pm EST
Kendrick Lamar
Ranking favorites from throughout the year is one of the most time-consuming and arduous things to do.  All of the rap songs on this particular list of rap songs from 2013 all stood out to me in some regard.  Are they ordered correctly – most likely not.  Is there complete analysis of each provided below or even a sound reason why they were selected… um…well now… Basically, provided is a statement of a thought, a reaction, or possibly a reason why I though each song was special.  

1) “Blood On The Leaves”

Kanye West

Album:  Yeezus

By far, the best track from Yeezus and arguably the be...
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Top 10 Most Ridiculous Celebrity Rumors of 2013

December 27th, 2013 3:00pm EST
Kim Kardashian
Being a celebrity has its ups and downs. You have the fame and fortune, the adoring fans and everything you could possible want – all the perks that come with being a star. But at the same time, you have to deal with gossip rags tabloids publishing crazy rumors about you and your relationships every day of your life. Maybe it’s just a small price to pay for the glitz and the glam? Sometimes, though, the rumors are far too absurd for anyone to actually believe.

Let’s take a look at the 10 most ridiculous celebrity rumors of the year:

Khloe Kardashian and Steve Martin are dating

Khloe Kard...
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Thoughts On The 56th Annual Grammy Nominations

December 9th, 2013 8:50pm EST
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
The Grammys are like a musician’s Super Bowl, even if the nominations and victorious artists are flawed.  I won’t lie to you, I complain every year that someone won a Grammy that didn’t deserve it while someone else was snubbed. Just last year, during the 55th Annual Grammys, I lobbied hard for Frank Ocean (looking back, I have reservations now) while Mumford & Sons walked out with the Album of the Year trophy.  The year that Taylor Swift won for Fearless, my girl Beyoncé was on a roll until the coveted Album of the Year award was read.  You get my position though! This year,  I find myself...
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Blue Ivy Carter Rocks A Studded Leather Jacket

December 5th, 2013 4:03pm EST
Blue Ivy Carter
Blue Ivy Carter is already showing off her fashionista side at the tender age of 23 months.

Beyonce shared a picture of the adorable toddler on her Instagram account. In the snap, Blue Ivy is wearing a leather jacket with studs spelling out "Miss Blue Carter" on the back. She's also already wearing skinny jeans and floral shoes, and check out that awesome hair!

The daughter of Beyonce and Jay Z will turn 2 this coming January and probably have one of the best birthday parties ever. While her parents have been protective of her and have been trying to keep her away from the constant snappi...
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Beyonce treats Jay Z to vegan birthday feast

December 4th, 2013 11:20pm EST
Jay Z
Beyonce Knowles treated Jay Z to a vegan feast for his 44th birthday on Wednesday.

The 'Love On Top' hitmaker took her rapper husband, who has vowed to stick to a plant-based diet until Christmas Day, to the popular organic restaurant, Café Gratitude, in Los Angeles.

The couple, who left their 23-month-old daughter, Blue Ivy Carter, at home for the occasion, tucked into a range of meatless dishes including marinated kale salad, Indian curried lentils and corn tacos with chipotle butternut squash, according to gossip website TMZ.com, before enjoying vegan chocolate truffles for dessert.

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Beyonce & Jay Z 'To Go Completely Vegan' For 22 Days

December 4th, 2013 5:00pm EST
Beyonce
Beyonce and her husband Jay Z are drastically changing their diet for the next 22 days. The couple was inspired by a close friend to give up meat and dairy products, so they are going vegan until Christmas Day.

Jay Z, who turns 44 today, explained on his Life and Times blog: "Psychologists have said it takes 21 days to make or break a habit. On the 22nd day, you've found the way.

"On December 3, one day before my 44th birthday I will embark on a 22 Days challenge to go completely vegan, or as I prefer to call it, plant-based!

"This all began a few months back when a good friend and vegan...
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Jay Z Will Move Foward With Barneys Partnership Despite Racial Profiling Controversy

November 16th, 2013 2:00pm EST
Jay Z
Even though Barneys New York was accused of racial profiling at its flagship store in Manhattan, Jay Z is moving forward with a partnership with the luxury retailer.

Fans have pressured the rapper to call off the deal over allegations that two young black shoppers were detained by police  after making expensive purchases at the store.

But Jay Z said on Friday that he will go through with the project "under the condition that I have a leadership role and seat on a council specifically convened to deal with the issue of racial profiling."

He added in the statement on his website: "I am in ...
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Jay Z To Release His First Fragrance

November 2nd, 2013 1:34pm EDT
Jay Z
Rapper Jay Z is moving on from the racial profiling controversy surrounding top etailer Barneys by unveiling plans to launch his first fragrance exclusively at the store.

Barney's bosses faced a public backlash in October over allegations two black shoppers had been hauled before New York police during separate shopping trips after staff questioned how they could afford to buy expensive designer items.

Both parties have since filed discrimination lawsuits against executives at the retailer, and the scandal prompted calls for the 99 Problems hitmaker to cut his ties with brand bosses, who ...
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Jay-Z addresses Barneys controversy

October 27th, 2013 3:35pm EDT
Jay-Z
Rapper Jay-Z has broken his silence after he was urged to cut ties with luxury retailer Barneys over the reported racial profiling of two customers at the U.S. store.

Fans are demanding the hip-hop star end his association with the high-end chain, which has come under fire over allegations two young black shoppers were detained by cops after making expensive purchases at a New York City branch.

More than 1,400 signatures were added to an online petition asking Jay-Z to pull his name from an upcoming fashion collection he curated with designers at Barneys, which he was rumoured to be profi...
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Timbaland Has Post-Divorce Party With Jay Z And Lenny Kravitz

October 20th, 2013 9:33am EDT
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Timbaland celebrated his pending divorce last night in Paris -- with Jay Z, Lenny Kravitz ... and 30 ACE OF SPADES BOTTLES!!

The three rolled into Club 79 after Hova's Berclay Arena concert ... and an employee tell us the bottles were worth around $26k -- but they were all comped.

We're told Timbaland enjoyed a "guys night out" while taking pics with fans ... keeping things pretty mellow with the ladies, despite his new status.

TMZ broke the story ... Timbaland's wife filed for divorce this week and asked for the rapper to pay child support on two kids -- one he fathered, one he didn't.
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