September 3, 2013 |
PHILADELPHIA - Nearly two decades into his unparalleled rap career, Jay Z hasn't abandoned his lofty ambitions. In the last year, the hip-hop magnate (born Shawn Carter) jolted the album release model when he struck a multimillion-dollar deal with Samsung to issue his latest effort, "Magna Carta Holy Grail,” via smartphones, a move that instantly scored platinum status for the album. He also packed stadiums on a summer tour with Justin Timberlake, casually added "sports agent" to his already weighty resume, and was named, along with superstar wife Beyoncé, music's first billion-dollar couple, according to the International Business Times.
August 30, 2013 |
Jay-Z's video for the “Holy Grail” track from his “Magna Carta Holy Grail” album has now made it to YouTube following its 24-hour exclusive premiere on Facebook , a move that's heightened Facebook's profile as a platform for new video content from musicians. Using Facebook, rather than YouTube or Vevo for Thursday's rollout of the "Holy Grail" video, which was directed by Anthony Mandler and features Justin Timberlake during his chunks of the song, “will really allow him to go direct to a massive and instant global audience,” Facebook's head of content partnerships Nick Grudin told Billboard . PHOTOS: Beyonce and Jay-Z through the years “It's something that only Facebook, I think, can really deliver in this way, given the scale of the audiences musicians have and the global nature of those audiences and the social dynamics of what happens when they engage on Facebook," Grudin said.
August 21, 2013 |
Luke Bryan made the invite, and fans responded. The country star's "Crash My Party" landed at No. 1 on the U.S. pop charts this week and caused quite the celebration in doing so. "Crash My Party" sold 528,000 copies for the week ending Aug. 18, according to the Nielsen SoundScan stats that constitute the Billboard charts . That's the largest debut week for a male country artist in almost nine years, Billboard reports. One has to go all the way back to 2004 to Tim McGraw's "Live Like You Were Dying," which bowed with 766,000 copies sold, to find a better country entry from an artist not named Taylor Swift.
August 8, 2013 |
Today comes word from the folks over at Yahoo that searches for the name "Tom Ford" have spiked 155% in the last month and that the search engine's queries for the fashion designer's name are up ninefold in 2013 compared with the same time last year. In this morning's "what's spiking" email, Yahoo Web trends expert Carolyn Clark suggests the spike could have something to do with Jay Z's song "Tom Ford" (sample lyric: "I don't pop molly, I rock Tom Ford") off the album "Magna Carta Holy Grail," which was released in early July.
August 7, 2013 |
Was it really a performance-art event, or just a glorified plug for his new album? Probably some of both. In July, hip-hop artist Jay Z took over New York's Pace Gallery for several hours to stage a marathon version of "Picasso Baby," a single from his album "Magna Carta... Holy Grail," which was released last month. The singer billed the gallery event as a performance-art piece, and the crowd included artist Marina Abramovic, director Judd Apatow and actors Alan Cumming, Rosie Perez and Taraji P. Henson.
August 1, 2013 |
With a simple photo, Beyonce has told her version of the beloved children's tale "Goldilocks and the Three Bears. " You know, the urban, modern-day Instagram version. The "Standing on the Sun" pop diva, 31, shared an adorable photo Wednesday with no caption and not even a glimpse of herself or her family, but the pic got more than 601,000 likes within 24 hours. PHOTOS: Beyonce and Jay Z through the years The snapshot simply showed her little family's shoes du jour : Timberlands, specifically the ubiquitous tan lace-up work boot and its many variatons.
July 29, 2013 |
Pop star Jay-Z will bring his art gallery what-is-it project "Picasso Baby" to television audiences with a new documentary airing on HBO starting Friday. "Picasso Baby: A Performance Art Film," debuting Friday at 11 p.m. on the premium cable channel, chronicles Jay-Z's six-hour performance at New York's Pace Gallery in July. The pop-star performed his single "Picasso Baby" and engaged in various sorts of audience interaction during the marathon gallery event. The documentary is directed by music-video veteran Mark Romanek.
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July 28, 2013 |
Who? Jay-Z, Justin Timberlake and 60,000 fans. When? Sunday. Where? The Rose Bowl. The inevitable? Hellish parking. To preempt some of the traffic snarls at the sold out Legends of the Summer concert, Rose Bowl officials are asking people to show up several hours early and Metro is keeping most of its rail lines open late to accommodate the post-concert masses. “This is a huge operation,” said Metro spokesman Jose Ubaldo. “I don't think we've had a celebrity like Justin Timberlake and Jay-Z doing this together.
July 26, 2013 |
Kanye West may believe he is a god, but somehow Jay Z just upped him in the ontological battle over each's greatness. This particular flame war started in 2012, when singer and longtime civil rights activist Harry Belafonte told the Hollywood Reporter that " I think one of the great abuses of this modern time is that we should have had such high-profile artists, powerful celebrities," he said. "But they have turned their back on social responsibility. That goes for Jay-Z and Beyonce, for example.
July 25, 2013 |
All of us who enjoy watching South Carolina super-stud Jadeveon Clowney play (and plow) are relieved to know his season is not going to be derailed for illegal targeting by some rapper. Clowney is, knuckles down, the nation's best defensive player and a key cog in South Carolina's BCS hopes this season. There were concerns the defensive end might have broken NCAA rules by talking to superstar rapper Jay-Z, who now fancies himself a sports agent looking to represent future No. 1 overall choices in the NFL draft.