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Last October, Jay Z was photographed exiting Samsung’s Silicon Valley offices, where he’d reportedly taken a meeting with Daren Tsui, the vice president of music at Samsung Media Solutions Center. That bit of news led to speculation that Jay was in talks with Samsung to sell his newly acquired streaming service, Tidal, to the South… More »

The US president’s annual State Of The Union address is always a loaded subject because no one can agree exactly what state the union is in or why it’s in that state, especially in such a polarized, compromised, altogether monumentally fucked political environment. We can’t even agree on who should be considered a part of… More »

In June 2015, a week before the official launch of Apple Music, I was given an in-depth pre-release demonstration of the new streaming service. I was accompanied on this tour by a writer from another music publication, and our walk-through was guided by two high-level Apple Music representatives; all four of us were arranged on… More »

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Tidal Owners Including Jay Z, Arcade Fire, Daft Punk, Kanye West, Jack White, & Madonna Share The Stage At Launch Event

Jay Z bought the Swedish company Aspiro's streaming music service Tidal less than a month ago, but that didn't stop him from rolling out his…
Chris DeVille | March 30, 2015 - 5:27 pm
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The Haxan Cloak Says Jay Z’s Tidal Promo Ripped Him Off

Last night Jay Z began the rollout for his new streaming service, Tidal, but the campaign seems to have already hit a snag. Tri Angle…
Caitlin White | March 30, 2015 - 3:18 pm
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See Jack White, Daft Punk, Kanye West, Madonna, & More Looking Serious In A Promo For Jay Z’s Tidal

Jay Z is not playing with his big rollout of the streaming service Tidal. After many big stars tweeted their support last night, those same…
Tom Breihan | March 30, 2015 - 12:15 pm
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Jay Z’s Tidal Streaming Service Launches With Blue Avatars From Kanye West, Arcade Fire, Daft Punk, Third Man, & Others

Jay Z wants you to know that Tidal, the Scandinavian high-fidelity streaming service that he bought earlier this month, is a big deal. So he…
Tom Breihan | March 30, 2015 - 9:06 am
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Third Man Records Releasing Jay Z’s Magna Carta Holy Grail As Limited Edition Vinyl Box Set

Jay Z previously said that Jack White's Third Man Records would be releasing his 2013 record Magna Carta Holy Grail on vinyl. Then nothing happened…
Caitlin White | March 18, 2015 - 12:27 pm
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The-Dream Explains How Jay Z’s “Holy Grail” Inspired Half Of Watch The Throne

Super-producer The-Dream is the latest artist to be recruited by Genius to annotate some of his biggest hits. His list of annotations is pretty extensive,…
James Rettig | March 17, 2015 - 10:59 am

Jay Z Is Becoming A Streaming Mogul After All

Last week we learned that Jay Z's attempt to buy the Swedish music streaming service Aspiro was blocked by minority stakeholders. His future as the…
Chris DeVille | March 11, 2015 - 5:25 pm

Jay Electronica – “Road To Perdition”

The always-elusive underground rap star Jay Electronica may never get around to releasing an album, but that means it feels like an event every time…
Tom Breihan | March 6, 2015 - 11:00 am
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Jay Z’s Attempt To Become A Music Streaming Magnate Hits A Snag

Back in January, we learned that Jay Z -- or, anyway, Project Panther, a company owned by Jay's S. Carter Enterprises -- had put in
Tom Breihan | March 4, 2015 - 2:33 pm
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Watch Kanye West’s Performance At The Inaugural Roc City Classic NBA All-Star Event

Earlier tonight, Kanye West performed at the inaugural Roc City Classic NBA All-Star Event in New York City. The pre-show featured an appearance from Oklahoma…
James Rettig | February 12, 2015 - 7:59 pm
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The Week In Pop: Fifth Harmony’s Reflection Is The First Great Pop Album Of 2015

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…
Chris DeVille | February 12, 2015 - 4:28 pm
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Detail Says Jay Z And Beyoncé Will Release An Album Together This Year

During a Grammys red carpet interview with Billboard, Detail hinted that a Jay Z and Beyoncé collaborative album is coming, and that it could be…
James Rettig | February 9, 2015 - 8:46 am
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Grammys 2015: The Best GIFs, Tweets, & Videos

As exciting (?) as Music’s Biggest Night™ itself is, the real treasures are the countless GIFs, videos, tweets, memes, and other ephemera that will survive…
James Rettig | February 8, 2015 - 7:08 pm
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Grammys 2015: Winners List

The 2015 Grammys are have officially begun. We'll be updating this post with the winners as they're announced throughout the night. Winners will be appear…
Caitlin White | February 8, 2015 - 6:13 pm
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Rick Rubin Just Annotated A Ton Of Kanye West, Beastie Boys, & Johnny Cash Songs On Genius

One of the redeeming qualities of community-annotated lyric site Genius is that they sometimes recruit cool artists and behind-the-scenes players to talk about songs that…
James Rettig | February 2, 2015 - 6:58 pm
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Watch SNL’s 100% Accurate Jay Z Story Feat. J.K. Simmons As Nas

Besides D'Angelo's stunning musical performance, there was one other highlight on yesterday's Saturday Night Live: Mike O'Brien's The Jay Z Story, "the definitive, fully accurate…
James Rettig | February 1, 2015 - 2:28 pm
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Jay Z Is Buying A Scandinavian Streaming Music Service

Now that every last tech giant is jumping into the music-streaming-service game and paying artists fractions of pennies on the dollar, maybe it makes sense…
Tom Breihan | January 30, 2015 - 8:39 am
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Dipset Diss Jay Z In Light Of Funkmaster Flex Rant

During his Hot 97 radio show on Thursday, Funkmaster Flex called Jay Z's Life + Times website "trash" after they apparently reached out to him…
James Rettig | January 17, 2015 - 12:59 pm
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Watch The Daily Show Defend Jay Z’s Honor After Fox News Smear

Last week, in the wake of the recent killer-cop fiascoes, New York governor Andrew Cuomo met with Jay Z to talk about criminal justice reform.
Tom Breihan | December 18, 2014 - 11:08 am
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Jay Z Meets With Gov. Cuomo To Discuss Criminal Justice Reform

In the wake of the recent wave of police killings, including the Staten Island choking death of the unarmed Eric Garner, New York Governor Andrew…
Tom Breihan | December 11, 2014 - 9:44 am
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