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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 i… 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 »

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 »

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The Week In Pop: Grammys Preview, Starring, Um, Sara Bareilles

Which album are you gunning for at the Grammys? If you're a regular reader of this site, chances are you're hoping Daft Punk gets lucky…
Chris DeVille | January 23, 2014 - 4:49 pm

Watch Jay Z Play Some “Pagan Poetry” As Björk Attends His Concert On Long Island

Björk has been living in New York for a while now, and if you're in New York and you get a chance to see Jay…
Tom Breihan | January 20, 2014 - 12:01 pm

Watch Jay Z Bring A 12-Year-Old Fan Onstage To Rap For Him

At Jay Z's show Sunday in Greensboro, he noticed a kid holding up a sign that read "Can I rap for you?" So he invited…
Chris DeVille | January 7, 2014 - 9:53 am

The Year In Unconventional Album Launches, From artRave to Indiegogo To SNL

The literary giant Alexis Krauss said it best: It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. From big-budget campaigns to no-budget…
Chris DeVille | December 20, 2013 - 10:21 am

Rick Ross – “The Devil Is A Lie” (Feat. Jay Z)

The Rick Ross collab "FuckWithMeYouKnowIGotIt" was easily the best song on Jay Z's last album Magna Carta Holy Grail, and now Jay has returned the…
Tom Breihan | December 19, 2013 - 1:30 pm

The Year In Molly

MDMA aka ecstasy aka Molly has a long, storied musical history and wizened drug rappers Danny Brown and Juicy J have been spearheading a new…
Chris DeVille | December 18, 2013 - 9:04 am

Jay Z Signs Grimes To Roc Nation Management

Now it looks like Jay Z and Grimes have more than just being vegans in common. The rapper’s Roc Nation management company announced via tweet
James Rettig | December 17, 2013 - 3:50 pm

Beyoncé (Feat. Jay Z) – “Drunk In Love” Video

Beyoncé brought much delight to everyone (even those of us who already published our best albums lists) when she released her stunning 17-song visual album
Chris DeVille | December 16, 2013 - 12:53 pm

Beyoncé Just Released A Surprise Album

Bey just surprised everyone by releasing her self-titled fifth solo album exclusively on iTunes. The BEYONCÉ "visual album" includes 14 songs -- featuring musical collaboratio…
Scott Lapatine | December 13, 2013 - 12:31 am

Jay Z Ranks Jay Z Albums Best To Worst

Last year, before he dropped the hyphen, I undertook the difficult task of ranking Jay-Z's albums from best to worst. I had my opinions, and…
Tom Breihan | December 5, 2013 - 9:43 am

Jay Z & Beyoncé Plan To Go Vegan

Today is Jay Z's 44th birthday, and last night, he posted a note on his Life + Times website claiming that he and his wife…
Tom Breihan | December 4, 2013 - 10:19 am

Timbaland – “Know Bout Me” (Feat. Jay Z, Drake & James Fauntleroy)

It's almost comforting to know that Timbaland is still the sort of person who will recruit Jay Z and Drake, two of the world's most…
Tom Breihan | November 15, 2013 - 4:10 pm

The Black Album Turns 10

How big of a deal was Jay-Z in 2003? Big enough that when he announced The Black Album would be his last, he rightfully drew…
Chris DeVille | November 14, 2013 - 9:48 am

Jay Z Releases Statement About Barneys Racism Controversy

Back in September, it was announced that Jay Z and luxury department store Barneys New York would launch a collaborative holiday collection later this year…
Claire Lobenfeld | October 28, 2013 - 12:30 pm

Watch Ron Howard’s Jay Z Documentary Made In America

Showtime debuted the Ron Howard-directed documentary about Jay Z and last summer’s inaugural Made In America festival on Friday, and someone has bootlegged it and…
Claire Lobenfeld | October 14, 2013 - 12:16 pm

Josh Homme Calls Jay Z Rude, Kooky

Jay Z has been called many things over the years, but "a kook" may be a new one. Recently, Jay held his second Made I…
Tom Breihan | September 17, 2013 - 10:38 am

Watch The Made In America Movie Trailer

The last time Jay-Z made a documentary out of a concert, it was called Fade To Black, and it was incredible. Last year, Jay curated…
Tom Breihan | August 30, 2013 - 3:35 pm

Jay Z – “Holy Grail” (Feat. Justin Timberlake) Video

Jay Z has delivered a music video for his Justin Timberlake collaboration, the Nirvana-referencing "Holy Grail." It's the first song from Magna Carta Holy Grail
Claire Lobenfeld | August 29, 2013 - 12:41 pm

Jay Z – “Picasso Baby” Video

Last month, Jay Z stopped by the Pace Gallery in NYC to perform "Picasso Baby" for six straight hours, rapping directly into the face of…
Liz Pelly | August 3, 2013 - 12:53 pm

HBO Will Debut Jay-Z’s Picasso Baby: A Performance Art Film

Jay-Z recently stopped by the Pace Gallery in NYC to play "Picasso Baby" on loop for six straight hours. The experience was documented, and now…
Liz Pelly | July 27, 2013 - 10:19 am
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