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Jay Z and Beyoncé's $2 million Super Bowl show

February 3rd, 2014 4:20am EST
Jay Z, Beyoncé and DJ Tiesto were paid more then $2 million to perform at the most expensive Super Bowl party of all-time on Saturday night (02.01.14).
The couple performed for 6,000 guests at Pier 40 on Manhattan's West Side, while DJ Tiesto took to the decks, and the trio banked huge pay checks for their night's work, according to the New York Post newspaper.
Hollywood stars including Leonardo DiCaprio and Jamie Foxx were joined by music legend Sir Paul McCartney to watch Beyoncé and her husband perform her single 'Drunk in Love' at the DirecTV Super Saturday party.
The show took place ...

Macklemore remembers tragic rapper pal who overdosed

January 31st, 2014 3:20am EST
Grammy Award-winning rapper Macklemore has opened up about the death of a young friend he used to attend sobriety meetings with, revealing he had helped make his recording dreams come true the day before he overdosed.

The Same Love hitmaker, real name Ben Haggerty, is a recovering addict and the passing of his pal was a wake-up call to remind him that he always has to be careful as he continues to battle his demons.

In a new interview with MTVu, the rapper says, "I ran into him at a meeting; he was, like, 20 and I was 26... We started, like, going to meetings together. He was addicted to ...

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis book Las Vegas residency

January 30th, 2014 8:40pm EST
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis have become the latest act to book a Las Vegas residency after signing up to perform a series of holiday shows at Wynn Resorts Encore Beach Club and Surrender Nightclub.

The Thrift Shop hitmakers will become the first hip-hop act booked for a concert stint in Sin City when they kick off shows over America's Memorial Day weekend (24-25May14).

Lewis will officially announce the residency with solo DJ shows on Saturday (01Feb14).

The duo, who picked up four Grammy Awards on Sunday night (26Jan14), join Britney Spears, Celine Dion and Sir Elton John among the music su...

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis reveal inspiration for Grammys weddings

January 29th, 2014 3:10am EST
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis decided to stage multiple wedding ceremonies during their Grammy Awards performance because so many fans get engaged on stage during their concerts.

The Thrift Shop hitmakers walked away with four awards at Sunday's (26Jan14) prizegiving in Los Angeles, but it was their ambitious wedding stunt which grabbed headlines.

Queen Latifah officiated as 33 couples tied the knot in the Staples Center during the duo's rendition of gay rights anthem Same Love with Mary Lambert and Madonna, and the rap stars have now revealed their fans inspired the performance.

Lewis, whose ...

Macklemore Tells Kendrick Lamar 'I Robbed You' Following Grammy Win

January 27th, 2014 4:03pm EST
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Macklemore won four Grammys last night, but he texted pal Kendrick Lamar to let him know he should've won at least one.

The rapper texted Kendrick soon after the Grammys ended, "You got robbed. I wanted you to win. You should have. It's weird and sucks that I robbed you. I was gonna say that during the Speech. Then the music started playing during my speech and I froze. Anyway, you know what it is. Congrats on this year and your music. Appreciate you as an artist and as a friend. Much love."

Macklemore then posted a photo of his text to Kendrick on Twitter with the caption, "My text to Ke...

Katy Perry catches wedding bouquet

January 27th, 2014 3:20pm EST
Katy Perry
Katy Perry caught a wedding bouquet during last night's (26.01.14) Grammy Awards.
The music awards ceremony saw 34 gay and straight couples married during a performance of equality anthem 'Same Love' by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis and the 'Dark Horse' singer caught a bunch of flowers thrown by one bride - which tradition dictates means she will be next to marry.
Katy - who has dated guitarist John Mayer for two years - later posted a picture on Instagram of her with the bunch of white roses, and wrote: "Congrats to all the #samelove couples tonight. You had me in tears of joy for y'all! Also....

2014 Grammys - Daft Punk's 'Random Access Memories' Wins Album Of The Year (UPDATE)

January 26th, 2014 6:00pm EST
2014 Grammys - Daft Punk's 'Random Access Memories' Wins Album O
The 56th annual Grammy Awards are set to get underway in just two hours, and we'll have full coverage of the winners right here on Starpulse.

Check this page throughtout the course of the night as we'll be posting the winners as they happen.

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The 2014 Grammy Nominees (winners in bold)

Best New Artist
James Blake
Kendrick Lamar
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Kacey Musgraves
Ed Sheeran

Best Pop Duo / Group Performance
"Get Lucky", Daft Punk & Pharrell Williams
"Just Give Me A Reason", Pink featuring Nate Ruess
"Stay", ...

One Direction to appear on 'Sesame Street'

January 22nd, 2014 12:20pm EST
Niall Horan
One Direction are to appear on 'Sesame Street'.
The British boy band put an educational spin on their debut single 'What Makes You Beautiful' for their upcoming appearance on the iconic children's program next season, in order to help young kids learn the alphabet.
In a preview clip posted to Youtube, Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson pay tribute to the letter "U" by singing along to the track which lists words that begin with letter while a puppet appears alongside them.
Harry declares on the track: "26 letters are in the alphabet, but we're here to sin...

Macklemore: 'Hip-hop community doesn't want me to win Best Rap Grammy'

January 8th, 2014 3:20am EST
Rapper Macklemore fears many members of the hip-hop community will be angry if he wins a Grammy Award for Best Rap Album ahead of Kendrick Lamar.

Thrift Shop hitmaker and his collaborator Ryan Lewis are nominated for seven trophies at the upcoming music prizegiving, including the coveted Best Rap Album award for their record, The Heist.

However, Macklemore admits they are facing some tough competition, including fellow break-out star Lamar with his record Good Kid, M.A.A.D City.

He tells The Source magazine, "We're up against Kendrick, who made a phenomenal album. If we win a Grammy for ...

Macklemore prefers to work during the holidays to avoid relapse

January 2nd, 2014 8:30pm EST
Rapper Macklemore had no problem spending New Year's Eve (31Dec13) onstage in New York's Times Square, because work keeps his mind off the temptations of a drink and drugs relapse.

The Thrift Shop hitmaker, real name Ben Haggerty, has a history of alcohol and drug abuse problems, which resulted in a stint in rehab in 2008, and he admits the Christmas holidays are particularly tough as friends and family indulge all around him.

He tells ABC News, "For me, what is a temptation is coming home off of the road, which is why this time period is interesting. This is when I've fallen back before....

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...

Macklemore thrilled by Eminem's endorsement

November 29th, 2013 7:07pm EST
Rapper Macklemore has been left stunned after learning Eminem's a big fan.

The Not Afraid hitmaker revealed he's fond of Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' new album The Heist in a new Rolling Stone article and the news came like an early Christmas present for the Thrift Shop hitmaker.

Eminem told the publication, "He's really dope... I think there's very technical s**t that he does. He's a really good songwriter, too. Conceptually, the s**t he does is pretty f**kin' incredible."

The quote prompted Macklemore to respond and he tells the magazine, "I really want to Instagram that quote, but Ryan to...

Macklemore and Ryan Lewis back UN gay rights campaign

November 26th, 2013 10:20am EST
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis have become ambassadors for the United Nations' gay rights campaign.
The hip-hop duo - whose hit song 'Same Love' became an anthem for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people earlier this year - have agreed to be 'equality champions' for United Nations Free & Equal, which raises awareness of homophobia and promotes equality for LGBT people across the globe.
Rapper Macklemore said in a statement: "We're so honored to be working with the United Nations and Free & Equal to help spread a message of equality and respect. Ryan and I have always believed that h...

Macklemore remembers Trayvon Martin in poignant AMAs speech

November 25th, 2013 3:10am EST
Rapper Macklemore paid tribute to tragic Florida teenager Trayvon Martin and called for an end to racial profiling as he accepted an honour at the 2013 American Music Awards via satellite from the state.

The Thrift Shop hitmaker was preparing for a gig with his producer pal Ryan Lewis on Sunday (24Nov13) when they learned they had won the Favorite Album - Rap/Hip-Hop prize for The Heist.

They delivered an acceptance speech to the audience at the Los Angeles prizegiving via video link from Miami, and Macklemore used the opportunity to urge fans and viewers to take a stand against race disc...

Eminem Wins YouTube Music Awards 'Artist of the Year

November 4th, 2013 3:10am EST
Eminem has been crowned the Artist of the Year at the inaugural YouTube Music Awards in New York City.

The Berzerk hitmaker reigned supreme on Sunday, as he nabbed the top prize from the popular video sharing site, in a ceremony streamed live on the Internet.

Based on data from the website, Eminem was the most watched, shared, liked, and subscribed-to artist of 2013.

His win came just a day after his appearance as a musical guest on U.S. sketch show Saturday Night Live, and two days before the release of his eighth studio album, The Marshall Mathers LP 2.

Also nabbing awards were Mackl...

Eminem wins Artist of the Year at YouTube awards

November 4th, 2013 3:10am EST
Eminem was crowned Artist of the Year at the YouTube awards.
The 41-year-old rapper walked away with the gong at the ceremony held in New York City last night (03.11.13), while Taylor Swift's 'I Knew You Were Trouble' won the YouTube Phenomenon award.
The Video of the Year award went to the South Korean girl band Girls' Generation for their song, 'I Got A Boy', while DeStorm Power received the Innovation of the Year prize.
Macklemore and Rylan Lewis received the Breakthrough of the Year gong for their new anthem 'Same Love'.
Jason Schwartzman and musician Reggie Watts were presiding the fi...

Two Katy Perry songs leak online

October 17th, 2013 5:20am EDT
Katy Perry
Two new Katy Perry tracks have leaked online.
The songs 'Unconditionally' and 'Birthday' from the singer's forthcoming album, 'Prism', have surfaced on the internet ahead of the record's scheduled release on Tuesday (22.10.13).
'Birthday' is an R&B dance track which has been likened to Whitney Houston's early singles.
'Unconditionally' - produced by frequent collaborator Dr. Luke - is a four-minute love song, and features the lyrics: "I'll walk through this storm, I would / All because I love you."
The leak is bound to be a disappointment for Katy, who has gone to great lengths to keep her...

MTV VMAs: Macklemore Hoping To Thank Justin Timberlake For 'Years Of Pain'

August 25th, 2013 4:44pm EDT
"Thrift Shop" singer Macklemore is hoping to finally one-up childhood rival Justin Timberlake at Sunday night's MTV Video Music Awards.

The Macklemore & Ryan Lewis rapper, real name Ben Haggerty, spent years in the shadows of Timberlake after the "Suit & Tie" singer bested him numerous times throughout the beginning of their careers.

But Macklemore isn't bitter -- he plans on thanking JT if he wins any of the five awards he's nominated for at tonight's ceremony.

"Justin and I have been competitive for years... It started out as a basketball rivalry, hot dog eating championship, where we ...

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis's 'Can't Hold Us' sets a Billboard Hot 100 record

May 10th, 2013 4:27pm EDT
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis's latest single, "Can't Hold Us," has set a new Billboard Hot 100 chart record.

The single, which features Ray Dalton, is the second track from the duo to hit number-one, making them the only duo in history to top the chart with its first two singles.

The rappers spent six nonconsecutive weeks at the top of the charts with "Thrift Shop" (featuring Wanz) earlier this year, and have ousted P!nk's "Just Give Me A Reason" from the top spot.

The duo's third single, "Same Love," is currently at Number 83.

The top ten is rounded out with Justin Timberlake's "Mirrors," R...

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis back on top in America

May 9th, 2013 8:27am EDT
Rap duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis have returned to the top of the U.S. pop charts with the aptly titled Can't Hold Us.

The hitmakers spent six weeks at number one with Thrift Shop earlier this year (13) - and now they're hoping for another run at the top with the follow-up after ending Pink's three-week reign with Just Give Me a Reason, which falls to two.

Justin Timberlake's Mirrors climbs up two spots to three, while Rihanna's Stay falls to four and Bruno Mars' When I Was Your Man rounds out the new top five.

Meanwhile, country act Florida Georgia Line's Cruise finally cracks the top 10 ...

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