Posts tagged "Jay-Z"

Taylor Swift Calls Out Her “Sexist” Haters: Morning Mix

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:: Taylor Swift has a message for all her haters out there! When asked about the critique of her always writing about ex-boyfriends, she stated “I think frankly that’s a very sexist angle to take. No one says that about Ed Sheeran. No one says that about Bruno Mars. They’re all writing songs about their exes, their current girlfriends, their love life and no one raises a red flag there.” [via MTV News]

:: Speaking of Taylor Swift and her love life…the singer recently gave some advice to friend Selena Gomez. During her appearance on The Talk, Gomez said this about Swift: “[Taylor] was actually at my house the other day and we were sitting by the fire and I was talking about relationships and business in my life and she just kind of looked at me, and she supports me and never judges me for anything, and she was like, ‘Selena, if you’re the smartest person in the room, I think you’re going to be in the wrong room.’” [MTV]

:: Legendary reggae singer John Holt has passed away at the age of 69. He is known for being a member of The Paragons, and for songs like “The Tide Is High” and “Stick By Me.” [The Guardian]

:: Chris Brown, T.I., Trey Songz, J. Cole, and Tinashe are all added to Power 106 FM’s “Cali Christmas” annual concert. It will take place on December 5 at The Forum in Inglewood, CA, and tickets go on sale this Thursday. [Rap-Up]

:: Ever wondered what it would be like if Jay Z, DMX and Ja Rule created a rap super-group? Well it almost happened! In the late ’90s, the three artists recorded separately under Irv Gotti‘s Murder INC. label and even had some collaborations together. But it didn’t work out, as Jay Z and DMX’s relationship became tense. [MTV News]

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Beyonce & Jay Z’s “Drunk In Love” Gets A Tropical Twist: Listen To The ESTA. Remix

Beyonce and Jay Z‘s inescapable smash, “Drunk In Love,” has quickly become the ultimate turn-up anthem for partygoers worldwide. But now the hit gets stripped of its club-ready roots and transforms to a reggae-inspired groove – thanks to ESTA. 

The San Diego-based producer spins the tune into a tropical mid-tempo, featuring bouncy percussion, swooping horns and staccatto guitar flicks. The result is a song that is perfectly suitable for the beach, where Beyonce and Jay Z frequently spent their summer months. Take a listen to ESTA.’s “Drunk In Love” remix below. More »

Adele Is Still Making Serious Money From ’21′ Album: Morning Mix

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:: Adele‘s breakthrough album, 21, was released in 2011 to massive chart-topping success. Fast-forward to almost four years later, and the singer is still making money from the record – up to $128K to be exact! She’ll soon have even more money coming in, as her third album is to be released next year. [ONTD]

:: Beyonce has thrown her fair share of shade throughout her career, but who knew her hubby Jay Z was capable of the same? On a recent trip to The Louvre museum in Paris, a onlooker asked who the rapper is. His response was a quick and sly, “Who are you?” Watch it for yourself here. [Gawker]

:: Nicole Scherzinger may be gearing up for an album release soon, but that’s not stopping her from acting! She’ll be making her West End debut in the Cats musical, starring as “Glamour Cat” Grizabella. The show will run for 12 weeks at London’s Palladium, beginning in December. [Just Jared]

:: Remember Miley CyrusMTV VMA dateJesse Helt? Well the young man (who gave a speech about homelessness) has been sentenced to six months in prison for violating his probation. His attorney (hired by Cyrus) asked the judge to grant Helt leniency and give him a second chance. [Pop Crush]

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Jay Z And Solange’s Elevator Brawl Inspired The Latest Episode Of ‘Law & Order: SVU’ — Seriously

Jay Z and Solange Knowleselevator brawl is one of the most iconic pop culture moments in recent memory. As such, it’s already been referenced in pop songs — Beyonce and Nicki Minaj‘s “***Flawless (Remix)” — and has now inspired an episode of Law & Order:SVU. My first reaction (after bye, Felicia) was what does Solo and Hov’s punch-up have to do with a show about sexually based offenses but it looks like producers found a way to weave it into a story line.

According to THE YBF, the episode, dramatically titled American Disgrace, revolves around: “fictional NBA player Shakir ‘The Shark’ Wilkins — played by Henry Simmons — who is accused of rape by a PR employee from his clothing line. The ish jumps off after a shocking elevator scene, captured via security cam, and goes public via the ‘LMZ’ gossip site. There’s no audio and only raw camera footage. Sound familiar?”

I can’t but I simultaneously can and will. There’s a preview of this Emmy-worthy piece of television, which airs next week (October 8), after the jump. More »

Beyonce Joins Jay Z On Stage At Global Citizen Festival: Watch

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Jay Z headlined this year’s Global Citizen Festival on September 27, in New York’s Central Park. To have one of the biggest rappers in hip-hop history on stage, for a festival raising awareness for extreme poverty worldwide, felt momentous in of itself. When Beyonce made a surprise appearance during his set, however, not even the usually-calm rapper could contain himself as he practically screeched her name: “Make some noise for Beyonceeeee!”

The On the Run tourmates teamed up to perform Jay Z’s “Holy Grail” and “Young Forever,” though with a slight wardrobe malfunction. During the former, Beyonce’s blouse came undone to reveal her nude bra as she sang Justin Timberlake‘s despairing parts with added urgency and jumping up and down in heels. Beyonce could have easily receded into the background during the rest of Jay Z’s verses. Instead, while occasionally tugging her blouse closed, she continued to vibe and dance wildly for the rest of the performance. More »

‘Beyonce And Jay Z On The Run’: Watch Highlights From The HBO Special

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Beyonce and Jay Z‘s latest HBO special aired on September 20, just a week after it was taped during their final joint tour dates in Paris.

By now, the public already knows what to expect of Beyonce and Jay Z On the Run: How Beyonce essentially brought a routine that she perfected during her preceding Mrs.Carter Show World Tour, only now with her husband as the world’s most expensive hype man. How tweaked versions of lyrics addressed and sparked rumors of infidelity and pregnancy. How this tour’s premise was of these two stars imagining themselves as American outlaws – a blockbuster event more anticipated than any million-dollar film adaptation that Hollywood offered this summer.

But the larger point of watching On the Run isn’t to reckon with a new plot twist.

It’s to be dazzled by how expertly produced it all is: Their gritty fantasy played out on the venue’s large screens.  That barre routine during “Naughty Girl.” Words from author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie‘s TED speech, flashing on the screen to cheers. Onikuhhhhhhhhhh. When Jay Z wraps his arms around Beyonce, right when she sings “Surfing all on this good good.” The hazier footage of the couple vacationing on yachts, then playing with Blue Ivy Carter Beyonce’s expertly curated Tumblr come to life.

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Jhene Aiko Performed At A Medical Marijuana Dispensary: Morning Mix

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:: Props to Jhene Aiko for coming up with the most innovative way to promote an album thus far in 2014. She performed an acoustic set at a medical marijuana dispensary in Los Angeles to introduce her music to weed aficionados. [Vibe]

:: Here’s the latest reminder than Beyonce and Jay Z‘s life is way, way better than yours. The Carters were clocked checking out a mansion in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles with an asking price of $85 million. Yes, you read that correctly. [Just Jared]

:: Do you still cringe when you see old school photos? It’s time to follow 5 Seconds Of Summer band member Michael Clifford‘s lead. He just posted one on Twitter and got tens of thousands of retweets. [Twitter]

:: The untimely death of American Idol contestant Michael Johns might not have been due to a blood clot as first reported. New documents suggest the singer might have died from an alcohol-related illness. [TMZ]

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Beyonce And Jay Z Are Allegedly Working On A Joint Album

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Beyonce and Jay Z are allegedly working on a joint LP. Yes, a whole album of collaborations like “Crazy In Love”, “’03 Bonnie & Clyde” and my current favorite “Part II (On The Run)”. The world isn’t ready! Dash Radio’s DJ Skee reported the news this afternoon (September 16) but didn’t cite his source, so it’s probably best to take the revelation with a grain of salt.

There is some precedent for it, however. Hov recorded Watch The Throne with Kanye West and Bey has been hinting at releasing more new music. She was rumored to be working on a sequel to her game-changing visual album but a joint project could be less stressful and take the weight of expectation off her shoulders. (Topping Beyonce is going to be tough). Listen to DJ Skee’s interview after the jump. More »

Beyonce And Jay Z Debut “Bang Bang, Part One” From ‘On The Run Tour’: Watch

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After capping off their highly successful, endlessly headline-generating On The Run Tour in Paris, Beyoncé and Jay Z are still finding new ways to bring their vision to fans, beginning with Part One of Bang Bang, a mini-film shot in support of their tour.

Today, the superstar duo debuted the first piece of the visual, directed by photographer/filmmaker Dikayl Rimmasch. Inspired by “French new wave cinema and the powerful intimacy of legendary independent director and mentor Les Blank,” the captivating clip sees the two hitting the dusty trail for some high-speed car rides (and a quick diner stop) in the vintage 2-minute clip — and yes, there’s an underlying meaning to this duo’s Bonnie & Clyde-esque styling. More »

Jay Z Reportedly Announces That Beyonce Is Pregnant With Their Second Child

Beyonce had announced her first child with husband Jay Z after her 2011 MTV VMAs performance, by dropping her mic, unbuttoning her blazer and rubbing her belly – a message heard loud and clear around the world. According to recent reports, Jay Z  has announced their second (!) child during the September 12 (and final) On the Run concert in Paris, and in a sneakier fashion.

According to Houston radio station MAJIC 102.1, Jay Z was performing his Magna Carta Holy Grail interlude “Beach Is Better,” when he swapped the lyric “I replace it with another one” with “’Cause she’s pregnant with another one.” A fan has since posted a purported audio clip from Jay Z’s performance, although his lyrics are tough to make out. See their Instagram posts below. More »