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“We’re not a pop band.” When frontman Matthew Healy utters those words at the outset of the 1975’s sleek, dolled-up “Girls” video, we’re to take it as a joke. He doth protest too much, we think, knowing full well what sort of luxuriantly glossy neon guitar music his band specializes in. Never mind the bollocks,… More »

Back in spring 2014, when Sam Smith was beginning his climb from angel-voiced Disclosure collaborator to world-conquering superstar, I worried about the direction his career might take. Noting the distinct lack of star power emanating from Smith at the time, I compared him to Rick Astley (fair) and Susan Boyle (cruel) and wrote, “He is… More »

Who knew a tweet from Weezy last December would unfold into the ugly soap opera that is Lil Wayne vs. Birdman? After nine months, three lawsuits, three spinoff dramas, direct verbal shots, social media shots, subliminal lyrical shots, actual gunshots, a hurled drink, two mixtapes, and an album, here we are. More »

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Here Are Kanye West And Jay Z’s Riders

Riders are among some of the juiciest celebrity gossip we get — just how diva-ish are our favorite stars behind closed doors? — so a…
James Rettig | November 2, 2015 - 11:44 am

Judge Dismisses Copyright Infringement Case Against Jay Z

A judge has dismissed the copyright infringement case against Jay Z over an allegedly uncleared sample in "Big Pimpin'." The case, which was brought up…
James Rettig | October 21, 2015 - 2:11 pm

Watch Jay Z Talk On Kimmel, Perform “Empire State Of Mind” At TIDAL X

Last night, the Barclays Center in Brooklyn was packed with stars to celebrate TIDAL reaching the 1 million subscriber mark. (For comparison’s sake, Spotify sits…
James Rettig | October 21, 2015 - 10:19 am

Jay Z, Timbaland Attend Opening Of “Big Pimpin'” Trial

Back in April we told you Jay Z would testify in an eight-year-old lawsuit accusing a 16-year-old song of ripping off a 58-year-old song. That…
Chris DeVille | October 13, 2015 - 9:36 pm

Jay Z Celebrating Tidal’s 1M Subscribers With Brooklyn Event Feat. Beyoncé, Prince, Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne, & More

Improbably, Tidal has reached a subscriber base of 1 million, according to a rare tweet that Jay Z sent out earlier today. Granted, that number…
James Rettig | September 29, 2015 - 12:21 pm

Diddy, Jay Z, Drake Surpass Dr. Dre On Forbes’ Highest Paid Hip-Hop Acts List

Congratulations, Diddy! You are officially the highest-paid rapper in the world. Forbes published their list of the highest paid hip-hop acts in 2015 today, and…
Gabriela Tully Claymore | September 22, 2015 - 3:45 pm

Montana Of 300 Teases Collaboration With Kanye West, Jay Z, & Lil Wayne

Chicago rapper Montana Of 300 broke out last year with the cult hit “Ice Cream Truck,” and he’s been picking up some momentum since then.
Peter Helman | September 6, 2015 - 6:24 pm

DJ Clark Kent Discusses Jay Z’s Scathing Unreleased Tupac Diss Track

In the great mid-'90s feud between Biggie Smalls and Tupac Shakur, Shawn Carter was a bit player. He and Biggie tossed Tupac a subliminal or…
Tom Breihan | August 14, 2015 - 10:25 am

Jay Z Will Testify In Epic “Big Pimpin'” Copyright Trial

In 1999, Jay Z released the Timbaland-produced "Big Pimpin'," one of the definitive songs of either man's career. The track came out on Vol. 3
Gabriela Tully Claymore | August 12, 2015 - 11:19 am

Jack White’s New Jay Z Vinyl Has A Concealed Flexi Disc You Access With A Knife

Have we reached peak vinyl? Probably, yeah, and shit like this doesn't help. After already releasing a superfluous box set of eight 7-inch records containing…
James Rettig | July 31, 2015 - 2:37 pm

Gwyneth Paltrow Designed A $1,695 Clutch Honoring Biggie & Tupac

Gwyneth Paltrow's website GOOP is selling hip-hop themed pearly clutches. Paltrow enlisted Edie Parker to design the two styles exclusively for GOOP. The "Flavia" clutches…
Caitlin White | July 28, 2015 - 12:50 pm

Cash Money Records Suing Tidal, Jay Z For $50M Over The Free Weezy Album

Fans of Lil Wayne are going through some excruciating pain this year, as the battles over money, music, and life itself seem to keep getting…
Caitlin White | July 16, 2015 - 5:02 pm

Made In America Festival 2015 Lineup

Jay-Z's Budweiser-sponsored Made In America Festival is returning to Philadelphia this Labor Day weekend. Last year, the Philadelphia-based festival expanded into two separate, simultaneous festivals…
Peter Helman | June 24, 2015 - 6:41 pm

Ed Sheeran Took Jay Z And Beyoncé To A Midtown Pub And Covered “Empire State Of Mind”

Beyoncé slummed it with Ed Sheeran at a midtown bar over the weekend after Sheeran's performance on Sunday night at Barclays Center. (Jay Z was…
James Rettig | June 3, 2015 - 8:46 am

Nick Minaj x Jay Z Collab Probably Coming To Tidal Very Soon

Nicki Minaj is one of the many celebrity co-owners of Jay Z’s streaming service Tidal, and she did Tidal a great favor earlier this week,…
Tom Breihan | May 22, 2015 - 11:56 am

Tidal’s Artist Bios Are Unforgiving, But So Are iTunes’

Earlier today someone tweeted a Reddit link into my timeline that seized upon the idea that Tidal bios were shady. Perusing the few they'd collected…
Caitlin White | May 21, 2015 - 5:36 pm

Marina Abramović Is Very Pissed At Jay Z

When Jay Z made his video for "Picasso Baby" two years ago, he took over New York's Pace Gallery and rapped the song for six…
Tom Breihan | May 19, 2015 - 4:18 pm
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