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The Roast Of Justin Bieber was tough to sit through — almost as tough as the transition from teen idol to grownup pop star Bieber is trying to pull off. For every Justin Timberlake there are many Jordan Knights, and Bieber risks becoming the next Aaron Carter if he can’t get back to making headline… More »

About three hours after the conclusion of yesterday’s titanic Tidal announcement, Billboard posted a story called “8 Things We Found on Jay Z’s Tidal Streaming Service.” Those eight things were:… More »

People love to hate Simon Cowell — for pioneering TV singing contests with The X Factor and American Idol and/or for playing the role of resident asshole on those shows — but give the guy credit for this much: In this era of rampant individualism, he sees the enduring value of a team. We saw… More »

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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
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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
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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
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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" clutche…
Caitlin White | July 28, 2015 - 12:50 pm
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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
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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 festival…
Peter Helman | June 24, 2015 - 6:41 pm
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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 wa…
James Rettig | June 3, 2015 - 8:46 am
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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
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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
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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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Watch Jay Z’s First Tidal B-Sides Concert In Full

So far only bits and pieces of Jay Z's B-sides concerts for Tidal subscribers have trickled online, including a much-publicized freestyle in which he took…
Chris DeVille | May 18, 2015 - 4:19 pm
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Watch Jay Z Diss Apple, Youtube, & Spotify During Freestyle At NYC B-Sides Concert

Last night, Jay Z held the first of two B-sides concerts at Terminal 5 in New York City, which was exclusively attended by Tidal subscribers,…
James Rettig | May 17, 2015 - 10:49 am
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Prince’s “Rally 4 Peace” Baltimore Concert Will Stream On Tidal, But You Don’t Have To Subscribe

Jay Z's music and video streaming service Tidal has not proved to be very popular so far. However, their latest move seems to be a…
Caitlin White | May 8, 2015 - 12:00 pm
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Noel Gallagher Has Some Dependably Amusing Thoughts About Tidal, Zayn Malik

In his latest Rolling Stone interview, Noel Gallagher offered typically entertaining commentary about some of the year's biggest music stories. For instance, the former Oasi…
Chris DeVille | May 5, 2015 - 2:02 pm
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Tidal Exec Clarifies Jay Z Tweet: “75% Royalty Rate” To Artists Mostly Goes To Labels

Ever since its loud, hubristic launch event a month ago, Jay Z's new streaming service Tidal has been in damage-control mode, with the company doing…
Tom Breihan | April 30, 2015 - 9:55 am
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Jay Z Announces B-Sides Concert For Tidal Subscribers

In yet another move to entice people to join/stick with Tidal, Jay Z has announced that he will perform a free concert in New York…
James Rettig | April 29, 2015 - 8:28 am
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Jay Z Defends Tidal On Twitter

Jay Z took to Twitter earlier today to defend his much-maligned and superfluous new streaming service. "Tidal is doing just fine," her reassures, and the…
James Rettig | April 26, 2015 - 1:43 pm
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Beyoncé And Jay Z Album Coming To Tidal, Says DJ Skee

Tidal arrived on the scene as a lost cause, and it doesn't look like it's getting any better. They've failed to gain traction with users,…
James Rettig | April 23, 2015 - 8:54 am
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Jay Z And Jack White Personally Calling Tidal Users To Say Thanks

Jay Z's streaming music service, Tidal, has been subject to lots of criticism here and around the music industry. And while we can't imagine anyone…
Chris DeVille | April 17, 2015 - 10:17 am
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Jay Z – “Glory” Video

Earlier today Jay Z shared the video for the Blue Ivy-inspired 2012 track “Glory” on his new streaming platform Tidal, and now a version for…
Caitlin White | April 16, 2015 - 5:23 pm
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