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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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Pharrell – “Frontin’ (Disclosure Remix)” (Feat. Jay Z)

Although people tend to think of music publications as monolithic hive-mind entities, the Stereogum staff comprises individuals, and we don't always agree. One prime example:…
Chris DeVille | June 6, 2014 - 1:08 pm
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Owen Pallett Explains Why Recent Hits By Ariana Grande, Haim, And Beyoncé Are So Likable

One of the things Owen Pallett mentioned when we spoke with him about his great new In Conflict is that he doesn't want to make…
Chris DeVille | June 3, 2014 - 1:59 pm
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The Week In Pop: Ain’t Paramore Fun?

The question is not so much "How did Paramore end up on American Idol?" as "Why did it take them so long to get there?"
Chris DeVille | May 22, 2014 - 4:08 pm
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Made In America Los Angeles Lineup 2014

We learned the lineup for the Philadelphia edition of Jay Z's Made In America Festival -- including headliners Kanye West and Kings Of Leon plus…
Chris DeVille | May 22, 2014 - 4:03 pm
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Made In America Philadelphia Lineup 2014

This year, its third, Budweiser's Jay Z-curated Made In America festival is expanding to two different coasts, holding down Labor Day weekend in both Philadelphia…
Tom Breihan | May 22, 2014 - 1:00 pm
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Jack White Talks Scrapped Collabs With Jay Z, Kanye

Jack White has a general reputation as a guy who doesn't like rap, but it seems that this reputation is way off. Talking to Rolling
Tom Breihan | May 21, 2014 - 11:31 am
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Watch Jay Z & Beyoncé’s Action-Packed Tour Trailer Starring Sean Penn, Emmy Rossum, Jake Gyllenhaal, Blake Lively, & More

Jay Z's Life + Times website shared an action-packed promo trailer for the Jay and Beyoncé's upcoming On The Run Tour that kicks off next…
James Rettig | May 18, 2014 - 2:01 pm
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SNL Season Finale: Solange/Jay Z Cold Open, EDM & Pharrell Digital Shorts, St. Vincent Confounds Twitter

Tonight's SNL season 39 finale addressed the week's big viral video (Solange attacking Jay Z in an elevator, in case you forgot) right in the…
Scott Lapatine | May 18, 2014 - 12:42 am
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Beyoncé, Jay Z, Solange Release Statement About Elevator Fight

The pop cultural sphere went off its rocker earlier this week when footage surfaced of Solange physically attacking Jay Z in an elevator at New…
Chris DeVille | May 15, 2014 - 5:28 pm
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Video Shows Solange Attacking Jay Z In An Elevator

Last week, Jay Z, Beyoncé, and Beyoncé's sister Solange Knowles attended the "Charles James: Beyond Fashion" Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum Of Art.
Michael Nelson | May 12, 2014 - 12:15 pm
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The Week In Pop: John Legend Reaches Peak Normalcy

Is he really a legend or isn't he? There's no doubt John Legend is a music industry power-player, the kind of safe yet pliable talent…
Chris DeVille | May 8, 2014 - 4:27 pm
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Major League Lacrosse: “Jay Z Would Not Last One Minute On A Lacrosse Field”

When Jay Z attempted to subliminally diss Drake by calling him "soft as a lacrosse team" on DJ Khaled's new posse cut "They Don't Love
Chris DeVille | April 29, 2014 - 3:00 pm
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DJ Khaled – “They Don’t Love You No More” (Feat. Jay Z, Rick Ross, Meek Mill, French Montana)

DJ Khaled has been an A-list rap fixture for the better part of a decade, even though he doesn't really do anything except yell. I…
Tom Breihan | April 29, 2014 - 10:26 am
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Arcade Fire, Jay Z, Pharrell, De La Soul Win Webby Awards

The results of the 18th annual Webby Awards are in, selected by an International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences (IADAS) panel including Ariana Huffington,…
Chris DeVille | April 28, 2014 - 2:33 pm
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Beyoncé & Jay Z Announce On The Run Tour Dates

Beyoncé and Jay Z have been a couple of roughly equal fame for so long that I'm surprised it's taken them this long to launch…
Tom Breihan | April 28, 2014 - 10:00 am
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Jay Z’s Made In America Fest Is Coming To L.A.

The Jay Z-curated, Budweiser-owned Made In America festival first came to Philadelphia two years ago and quickly established a rep as one of America's better-put…
Tom Breihan | April 16, 2014 - 2:47 pm
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Watch Jay Z Perform With Nas At Coachella

The twentieth anniversary of Illmatic is less than a week away and Nas celebrated in style by performing his entire debut album from beginning to…
James Rettig | April 13, 2014 - 2:47 pm
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LeBron James – “Fuckwithmeyouknoigotit (Freestyle)”

Back in the mid-aughts, hip-hop mixtape culture was driven by MCs aiming to one-up each other by freestyling (or "freestyling") on other people's beats. Lil…
Chris DeVille | April 1, 2014 - 5:42 pm
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Jay Electronica – “We Made It” (Feat. Jay Z)

Last year, Drake heard a track on a recent Soulja Boy mixtape and freestyled over it, and the result was "We Made It," arguably the…
Tom Breihan | March 24, 2014 - 11:15 am
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The Week In Pop: It’s Time We All Agreed That Coldplay Are Great

We need to have a conversation about Coldplay. …
Chris DeVille | March 13, 2014 - 4:22 pm
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