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Beyonce Was 'Not Impressed' By Jay Z When They Met

October 1st, 2013 5:15pm EDT
Jay Z had to work hard when he started dating Beyonce because she was "not impressed" by his superstar status.

The 43-year-old rapper has recalled his early attempts at trying to romance the 'Halo' singer when they first began dating and revealed he had to "wine and dine" her to get to know her better.

Speaking of the moment they shared the cover of Vanity Fair's 2001 Music Issue, he told the magazine: "We were just beginning to try to date each other. Well, you know, you've got to try first. You got to dazzle ... wine and dine."

The couple - who are proud parents to 20-month old daughte...

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's 'Made in America' Documentary Picked Up By Showtime

August 31st, 2013 8:00pm EDT
Jay Z
Rapper Jay Z's Made in America Festival documentary has been acquired by Showtime.

The film, directed by Ron Howard, will debut at the Toronto International Film Festival in Canada on September 7, and air on Showtime in America on October 11.

A statement from Showtime’s entertainment president David Nevins, reads, "Ron Howard and Jay Z have crafted an inspirational portrayal of American resilience, drive and creativity, interwoven with an incredible showcase of musical talent."

The film follows the creation of the rapper's new two-day musical festival, which he launched last year with p...

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...

Jay-Z Didn't Sleep For Two Days After Trayvon Martin Verdict

July 25th, 2013 3:05pm EDT
Jay-Z was so disgusted by the controversial verdict in America's Trayvon Martin case, his bubbling anger kept him awake for two days.

Neighbourhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman was acquitted of murder and manslaughter charges after fatally shooting the 17 year old black teen in Florida in 2012.

A number of stars have since denounced the jury's decision, while the rapper and his singer wife Beyonce were among those who took to the streets during a demonstration in New York City on Saturday.

The 99 Problems hitmaker has now revealed he didn't sleep for 48 hours after Zimmerman's acquit...

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's Barclays Center Is The Country's Top-Grossing Concert Venue

July 24th, 2013 11:41am EDT
Jay-Z's Barclays Center venue in New York City has eclipsed Madison Square Garden to become America's most profitable concert venue.

The rapper owns a percentage in the company which operates the venue and he is co-owner of resident basketball team the Brooklyn Nets. He also played the opening gig there in September.

The Brooklyn arena has since hosted some of the world's most famous musicians including the Rolling Stones and Sir Paul McCartney, as well as Justin Bieber and Rihanna, and new statistics show the Barclays Center raked in $46.9 million in concert ticket sales between November...

Beyonce And Jay-Z Join Trayvon Martin Protests In New York

July 21st, 2013 10:55am EDT
Beyonce and her rapper husband Jay-Z joined demonstrations on the streets of New York City on Saturday (20Jul13) to protest against the controversial verdict in the Trayvon Martin case.

The stars have been among the most outspoken critics since neighbourhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman was acquitted of murder and manslaughter charges after fatally shooting the 17 year old in Florida in 2012.

The not guilty verdict sparked numerous protests across the U.S. and the celebrity supercouple joined in by attending a rally in the Big Apple on Saturday.

The stars joined the protest outside t...

Alicia Keys, Timbaland, Jay-Z, And Justin Timberlake Rock New York

July 20th, 2013 2:37pm EDT
Alicia Keys
Superstars Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake turned up the heat in New York on Friday by bringing out Alicia Keys and Timbaland to join them onstage during their joint concert.

The "Suit & Tie" hitmakers, who are currently touring North America as the Legends of the Summer, had two special guests lined up for the Yankee Stadium gig with Jay-Z sending the audience into a screaming frenzy as he welcomed Keys to perform their chart smash hit, Empire State of Mind, in their hometown.

Timberlake also got into the Big Apple spirit by belting out a rendition of Frank Sinatra's city anthem "New York, N...

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...

Timbaland apologises to Jay-Z in song form

July 18th, 2013 8:40pm EDT
Hip-hop producer Timbaland has apologised to his frequent collaborator Jay-Z in a song after missing the rapper's 40th birthday following a disagreement.

The beatmaker recently revealed the pair's relationship hit a rocky patch in 2009 after experiencing problems in the studio, prompting Timbaland to skip the 99 Problems hitmaker's age milestone that December.

They have since reconciled, but the producer has now channelled his feelings of remorse over the falling out into a new track, appropriately titled Sorry.

The tune, which features R&B singer/songwriter Keri Hilson, includes the lyr...

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...

Jay-Z visits the real Magna Carta in England

July 18th, 2013 3:20am EDT
Rapper Jay-Z has visited Salisbury Cathedral in England to see the ancient document his latest album Magna Carta Holy Grail is named after.

The hip-hop star turned up unannounced at the historic church to take a look at the world-famous Magna Carta, the 13th century charter of English rights, on Sunday (14Jul13) before his set at the Wireless festival in London later that evening.

The 99 Problems hitmaker posed for snaps in front of the document before spending an hour touring the building with June Osborne, the Dean of Salisbury.

Osborne tells The Sun, "It was great to welcome Jay-Z to ...

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...

Michael Stipe thrilled Jay-Z used R.E.M. lyrics on new track

July 17th, 2013 3:10am EDT
Michael Stipe
R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe is "thrilled" Jay-Z chose to use his band's lyrics in a new track, calling the tribute a "really great honour".

The rapper sampled words from the band's 1991 hit Losing My Religion in a song called Heaven, which features on his new album Magna Carta Holy Grail, and Stipe insists he feels pleased to be included on his friend's record.

He tells NME, "I've known Jay for a long time, he's super cool, super grounded, super smart and super talented. I've always had the deepest respect for him, and his music and choices. We're thrilled (for our lyrics) to be include...

Jay-Z and Kanye West argued for four days over Magna Carta tracks

July 15th, 2013 3:10am EDT
Kanye West
Jay-Z and Kanye West argued for four days over two tracks on the rap mogul's new album Magna Carta Holy Grail.

The 99 Problems hitmaker and West teamed up for 2011 album Watch The Throne, but fell out after Jay-Z refused to include two tracks on the collaborative project as he had them earmarked for his new offering.

Jay-Z recorded the pieces - Holy Grail and Oceans - and played them to West, who was adamant they should feature on their joint album, and relations between the pair became tense after they struggled to reach a decision.

Jay-Z tells Britain's BBC Radio 1, "We had this whole ...

Rihanna joins Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake on stage for surprise Wireless performance

July 14th, 2013 8:40pm EDT
Rihanna thrilled revellers at London's Wireless Festival on Sunday (14Jul13) when she joined her mentor Jay-Z on stage for a surprise performance of their hit track Run This Town.

The 99 Problems hitmaker took to the stage alongside his frequent collaborator Justin Timberlake to close the weekend event, billed as the Legends Of The Summer, but there was another huge name waiting in the wings - fresh from her headlining performance at Scotland's T in the Park festival on Saturday night (13Jul13).

Rihanna teased her appearance with a backstage photo of herself posing outside Jay-Z's dressin...

Jay-Z suggests Robert De Niro fall out was all about respect

July 11th, 2013 3:10am EDT
Robert De Niro
Jay-Z has spoken out about his old feud with Robert De Niro, suggesting the acting veteran showed him a lack of respect after asking the rap mogul to get involved in his New York film festival.

The Raging Bull star was previously said to have reached out to Jay-Z and talked to him about recording a song for the Tribeca Film Festival, but after initially agreeing to the collaboration, the Empire State of Mind hitmaker failed to return De Niro's calls.

The actor allegedly confronted Jay-Z about the incident during Leonardo DiCaprio's birthday party in the Big Apple last November (12), with ...

Jay-Z: 'Damon Dash will bounce back from money troubles'

July 10th, 2013 8:40pm EDT
Damon Dash
Hip-hop mogul Jay-Z is confident his former business partner Damon Dash will bounce back from his financial crisis because he is a "hustler" by nature.

Dash, who co-founded the star's Roc-A-Fella Records and Rocawear clothing line, has been drowning in debt since the old pals parted ways in 2004 and he was recently hit with a new bill from the Internal Revenue Service to the tune of $2.8 million (£1.8 million) after allegedly failing to pay federal taxes on earnings from 2005 and 2011.

He has also been working to pay off a separate tax bill to New York state officials, which stands at ove...

Jay-Z stages six-hour performance in museum for new music video

July 10th, 2013 8:40pm EDT
Hip-hop superstar Jay-Z took over a New York art gallery on Wednesday (10Jul13) to film a music video for his new song Picasso Baby by rapping the track over and over again for six hours.

The 99 Problems hitmaker staged the performance art piece at the Pace Gallery in front of members of the public and celebrity fans, like director Judd Apatow and artist George Condo, rhyming in 45-minute spurts before taking mini breaks, according to Complex.com.

The whole event was filmed by director Mark Romanek and is said to have been inspired by artist Marina Abramovic's recent exhibition at Manhatt...

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 hires Jack White to create letter-shaped vinyl

July 10th, 2013 3:10am EDT
Jack White
Rap mogul Jay-Z has recruited rocker Jack White to create a unique vinyl version of his new album Magna Carta Holy Grail.

The hip-hop superstar reveals he left the track Open Letter off the new project so he could include it on a special deluxe record and he is using the title of the song to inspire the creation of the vinyl release via White and his Third Man Records company.

Speaking to New York's Hot 97 DJ Angie Martinez on Tuesday (09Jul13), he explains, "That (song) goes on the vinyl. Jack White, you know, aside from being a brilliant musician, he has this vinyl store so he makes the...

Producer The-Dream: 'Jay-Z made new album in two weeks'

July 9th, 2013 8:40pm EDT
Hip-hop mogul Jay-Z completed the bulk of his new album Magna Carta Holy Grail within two weeks, according to producer The-Dream.

The hitmaker reveals he was in the studio working on new music with the rapper's wife Beyonce and fellow producer Timbaland in 2011 when he came up with the beat for what would become Jay-Z's title track, Holy Grail.

The song inspired the superstar, who had just completed his Watch The Throne collaborative project with Kanye West, to begin the creative process for his new album - and it all came together within a matter of days.

During an interview with Sean '...

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