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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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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rick Ross – “Movin’ Bass” (Feat. Jay Z)

Rick Ross has shared another track from his second album of the year, Hood Billionaire. So far, we've heard "Elvis Presley Blvd.," the R. Kelly-assisted…
James Rettig | November 11, 2014 - 8:22 pm

Jay Z’s Made In America Festival May Cost L.A. Taxpayers $170k

Jay Z brought his Made In America festival to the West Coast this year, operating a show out of Los Angeles during Labor Day weekend…
James Rettig | November 11, 2014 - 7:46 pm

Preview Law & Order: SVU’s Episode Inspired By The Jay Z/Solange Elevator Incident

It's probably not a surprise that Law & Order: SVU has put together an episode inspired by the famous Jay Z/Solange elevator fight. The ripped-from-the-headlines…
Tom Breihan | October 1, 2014 - 3:08 pm

Watch Beyoncé Join Jay Z, Sting Join No Doubt At Global Citizen Festival

Last night, the Global Citizen Festival was held in Central Park to a sold out crowd of around 60,000 people. Jay Z and No Doubt…
James Rettig | September 28, 2014 - 12:40 pm

Dr. Dre Handily Tops Forbes’ Highest-Paid Hip-Hop Acts 2014 List

Dr. Dre was out here declaring himself hip-hop's first billionaire before Apple's $3 billion purchase of Beats was even confirmed, so it should come as…
Chris DeVille | September 23, 2014 - 3:25 pm
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