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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...

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...

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,...

12-Year-Old Wows Crowd With Rapping Skills At Jay-Z's Concert - Watch!

January 7th, 2014 12:03pm EST
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...

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...

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

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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

December 4th, 2013 5:00pm EST
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...

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 ...

Chris Brown Wants The Same Kind Of Respect That Jay-Z Gets

September 21st, 2013 4:12pm EDT
Chris Brown Jet Magazine
Chris Brown feels like he's been treated unfairly.

The singer has taken issue with the public for failing to look past all of his legal and anger issues and support his music career in the same manner they do for rapper Jay-Z, who's had his own share of problems in the past.

Brown tells Jet magazine that ever since he was convicted of beating ex-girlfriend Rihanna in 2009 he's struggled to regain his popularity.

"Jay Z... is accepted by White America because he shakes hands and kisses babies," Brown tells Jet. "No disrespect, because I'm a fan, but nobody brings up the fact that he stabb...

Jay Z And Beyonce Are The Highest-Earning Celebrity Couple, Made $95 Million Last Year

September 20th, 2013 2:08am EDT
Beyonce & Jay-Z
Singers Jay Z and Beyonce made more than any other celebrity couple this year. They earned approximately $95 million between June 2012 and June 2013, according to Forbes.

Supermodel Gisele Bundchen and quarterback Tom Brady earned a combined $80 million, taking the second spot on the list.  In third place is acting couple Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, who jointly made $50 million.

Jay Z's latest album, "Magna Carta... Holy Grail," went platinum, and his worldwide tour took in a staggering $1.4 million per night.  Beyonce also toured, besting her husband with an average of $2 million per n...

Police Kill Beyonce & Jay Z's Former Bodyguard, Who They Fired For Hiring A Hooker

September 19th, 2013 5:00pm EDT
A bodyguard who once worked for Beyonce and Jay Z died after a stand-off with police during a break-in at a home in Florida last week.

Norman Oosterbroek broke into a neighbor's home in Miami and physically assaulted him. Police discovered Oosterbroek naked and ingesting what appeared to be narcotics. Officers were forced to Taser him, and the bodyguard, 43, was pronounced dead a short time later at Baptist Hospital.

Oosterbroek, who has also worked for Lady Gaga, was reportedly fired by Beyonce and Jay Z after they learned he solicited a prostitute while on duty for them in Las Vegas.


Queens Of The Stone Age Singer Tells Jay Z To 'F--- Off' After Being Asked To Pose With Champagne

September 18th, 2013 6:07pm EDT
Queens of the Stone Age
Queens of the Stone Age singer Josh Homme has a big problem with what he and his band was asked to do at Jay Z's music festival.

The rock band played at Jay Z's Made In America festival in Philadelphia earlier this month. Homme told CBC Radio 2, "That guy's a kook, you know. He has his security frisking the bands on the way in. I just told him 'If you open up my bag, then we're not playing, so I guess it's up to you now to decide whether I'm playing or not.'

"The idea they frisked all my guys, means you’re in some different place, no-one has ever done that."

Later, Jay Z gave the band a ...

Jay Z Confirms North American Tour For Magna Carta

September 4th, 2013 9:46am EDT
If you are planning on checking out a Jay Z show this fall, you just might be in luck! Live Nation announced that Hova will hit cities in North America this year as part of his Magna Carta tour. Although Jay has not yet released specific dates, the tour will likely begin after the hip hop superstar returns from his overseas run.

The JiggaMan will begin the European tour in the UK’s Manchester Arena, Oct. 3. Jay has been on the road for most of the summer promoting the multi-platinum Magna Carta Holy Grail. He and Justin Timberlake wrapped up their collaborative Legends of the Summer tour l...

Jay Z And Beyonce Tried To Stop Brawl At Diddy's VMAs Party

August 27th, 2013 5:07pm EDT
Jay Z and Beyonce
Jay Z and Beyonce were involved in a brawl when Diddy decided someone was dancing too close to his girlfriend Cassie.

The stars partied on the rooftop of the New York Dream hotel after the awards show in Brooklyn. The fight allegedly took place around 1:30 am. Neither Beyonce nor Jay Z actually attended the VMAs.

"Diddy got in a fight with someone partying too close to him and his girlfriend. It was mayhem. Beyoncé was yelling to stop and Jay Z was separating people and getting people away from Bey," a source tells New York Daily News' Confidenti@l.

Another partygoer says, "We were all d...

Jay Z Gives His Employees $50,000 Bonuses

August 7th, 2013 2:00pm EDT
Jay Z
Jay Z is the type of boss many people would love to have. The rapper recently gave each of his employees a $50,000 bonus. His reason? He got a huge tax rebate so he generously rewarded 80 staff members - totalling a whopping $6.4 million.

Some employees were so stunned by the windfall, they checked with the rapper's personal assistant to make sure there wasn't a mistake. The full-time workers are employed at Jay Z's 40/40 clubs and his and Beyonce's three homes.

Jay Z isn't the only celebrity who shares the wealth. Late actor James Gandolfini once surprised his "Sopranos" castmates with s...

Jay-Z Gives Beyonce A Surprise Kiss During Philadelphia Concert

July 27th, 2013 5:11pm EDT
Beyonce's husband Jay-Z surprised her in Philadelphia, Penn., on Thursday night by joining her on stage and kissing her towards the end of her concert.

The rapper, who is currently touring with Justin Timberlake, took some time off to spend time with his sweetie.

Jay-Z snuck up behind his wife and hugged her, and the crowd went wild. Beyonce's look of surprise and the tender moment they shared together prompted concertgoers to cheer for the super couple.

Beyonce's tour has reportedly already made around $55.6 million. Her next show is scheduled for Monday, June 28, at The Staple Center i...

Billboard 'Irrelevant' to Jay-Z

July 25th, 2013 9:30am EDT

Jay Z is quite the business man, but it seems as though not everybody is going to be embracing his business strategies with open arms. Billboard for instance, didn’t count the first million sales of  Jay’s Magna Carta Holy Grail because they were purchased in bulk by Samsung in a non-traditional deal- for his new smartphone app.

The music mogul wasn’t going to let the opposition stop his July 4 rollout, though.

If you’re not with the changing times, you’re irrelevant to me. I’m going to move on.

Jay told hip-hop journalist Elliott Wilson in an interview posted on the rapper’s Life...

Jay-Z Lands 13th Number One Album With 'Magna Carta... Holy Grail'

July 18th, 2013 9:48pm EDT
Jay-Z landed his 13th number one album this week, when his newest release, "Magna Carta... Holy Grail," debuted at the top of the Billboard 200, selling 527,000 copies in its first week.

The rapper accomplished the feat despite electronics giant Samsung purchasing a million copies to give out with a free app, which Billboard said wouldn't count toward the official sales totals.

"Magna Carta..." is the second biggest debut in 2013, coming in behind Justin Timberlake's "The 20/20 Experience."

The album also became Jay-Z's first chart-topper in the U.K.

Ciara's self-titled fourth album lan...

Blue Ivy Looks Exactly Like Her Dad Jay-Z During Toronto Outing

July 18th, 2013 7:00pm EDT
Jay-Z, Beyonce & Blue Ivy
Jay-Z and Beyonce stepped out with their daughter in Toronto, Canada, Wednesday, and the little tike looked just like her dad. The rapper definitely has his own mini-me with 19-month-old Blue Ivy.

Beyonce wore a printed jumpsuit and a black hat as her hubby held on to their baby girl, who wore a white dress and matching bow in her hair.

Dad and daughter even had matching frowns as they stepped out onto the sunny sidewalk.

Last week, Beyonce took a break from her "Mrs. Carter" world tour to enjoy some downtime in the sun with her family. She shared several candid photos on Tumblr.


Jay-Z Being Investigated For Privacy Laws?

July 18th, 2013 9:01am EDT
Jay-Z got some very good news on Wednesday morning, immediately followed by some very bad news. The 43-year-old rapper officially topped the Billboard 200 with the release of his “Magna Carta Holy Grail,“ selling 527,000 copies of the album in its first week. This amazing total does not count the 1 million copies of “Magna Carta Holy Grail” that Samsung pre-ordered to distribute to fans as a part of a reported $20 million partnership.

This partnership also provided Jay with his bad news. His deal with Samsung allowed users of the company’s Galaxy products to download “Magna Carta... Holy G...

Timberlake Leads In VMA Nominations; Macklemore Hot On His Heels

July 17th, 2013 10:00am EDT
The 20/20 Experience
Former NSYNC member, Justin Timberlake, has nearly sealed his triumphant return to the charts as one of the most successful single artists in the biz, by picking up six nominations for the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards.

Like the phoenix from the ashes, Timberlake slammed us early this year with a sudden entrance back into the music business with his stellar single 'Suit and Tie' - a collaboration between him and hip-hop artist and rapper, Jay-Z. Following that came his first album in seven years, the much lauded 20/20 Experience.

Timberlake stands to win the highly sought after 'Video of th...

Jay-Z Made 'Magna Carter Holy Grail' In Two Weeks?

July 10th, 2013 9:10am EDT
Jay-Z reportedly completed most of his latest album, "Magna Carter Holy Grail," within two weeks. That probably wouldn't surprise Starpulse music critic Nicholos Wrobel, who called his latest effort "bland, overproduced and lazy."

According to producer The-Dream, he was working with Jay Z's wife Beyonce and fellow producer Timbaland in 2011 when he came up with the beat for what would become the title track, "Holy Grail."

Jay-Z had just completed his "Watch the Throne" collaboration with Kanye West when he was inspired by The-Dream's music. It sparked the creative process, and Jay-Z's new...

Jay-Z's 'Magna Carta Holy Grail' Is A Bland, Overproduced And Lazy Effort

July 9th, 2013 1:04pm EDT
In a weird sort of way, it’s hard to call Jay-Z’s latest record his “sell out” album, despite the fact that the whole thing sounds like an attempt to cash in on his listeners to make money. Jay does nothing new or interesting at all on “Magna” and if nothing else just managed to craft the blandest record of his career so far. However, his latest record has been released with a flurry of attempts to get media that are so desperate, so cheap, and so alienating that they are borderline disgusting. Making matters worst, Jay has now billed himself as some sort of revolutionary hero of modern mus...

The Morning Roundup: Clooney & Keibler Call It Quits, Khalifa & Rose Wed, Jay-Z's New Album

July 9th, 2013 10:32am EDT
George Clooney & Stacy Keibler
George Clooney & Stacy Keibler have called it quits. The high-profile celebrity couple have broken up after two years together. Clooney was spotted over the 4th of July holiday at his Italian villa without Keibler, who was at a party in L.A. The two actually split a few weeks ago and are on good terms. Word is she wants to have kids someday and she knows that George just isn't that type of guy. (story)

Mariah Carey ended up in the hospital on Sunday after dislocating her shoulder during a video shoot. Mimi's husband Nick Cannon was directing his wife and rapper Young Jeezy in the shoot for...

Jay-Z Bringing Attention To Historic British Document As 'Magna Carta... Holy Grail' Cover Art Goes On Display

July 8th, 2013 6:31pm EDT
The artwork for Jay-Z's new album, "Magna Carta... Holy Grail," has gone on display next to the Magna Carta at Britain's Salisbury Cathedral. The disc will remain there throughout the month.

The artwork, which features two statues with the rapper's name struck out by a black dash, sits next to one of the four remaining copies of the nearly 800-year-old legal document that limited the powers of the King of England.

Photos of the album next to the document were posted on Jay's Life+Times website last week a day before the album was released to a million Samsung customers, thanks to a deal t...

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