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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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Jay-Z Reveals Cover For Magna Carta, Which Has Already Gone Platinum Basically

When you’re a gigantic stadium-headlining rap star — and when Samsung has already gone ahead and bought its subscribers a million copies of your new…
Tom Breihan | July 2, 2013 - 10:23 am
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Rick Rubin Not Involved With New Jay-Z Album

Ads for Magna Carta Holy Grail, the surprise new Jay-Z album that'll arrive later this week, had Jay in a room with four of the…
Tom Breihan | July 1, 2013 - 4:54 pm
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New Jay-Z Album Quotes R.E.M., Too

Yesterday we posted lyrics for upcoming Jay-Z single “Holy Grail” which features a few lines from Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit.” Well, today he’s released…
Claire Lobenfeld | June 25, 2013 - 2:32 pm
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Here Are Those Nirvana-Referencing Jay-Z Lyrics

Over the weekend we learned two things about Jay-Z’s forthcoming Magna Carta Holy Grail: the tracklist (although no features were revealed, boooooo) and that one…
Claire Lobenfeld | June 24, 2013 - 11:18 am
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Jay-Z’s Magna Carta Holy Grail Tracklist Revealed Via Scavenger Hunt

Yesterday we learned that Jay-Z will incorporate Nirvana lyrics into a forthcoming track. We're not totally sure if that track will be on his next…
Liz Pelly | June 23, 2013 - 3:34 pm
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New Jay-Z Song To Use Nirvana Lyrics, Says Courtney

Surrounding a quick tour she's currently on, Courtney Love recently did an interview with the Huffington Post discussing her new music, a forthcoming autobiography, why…
Liz Pelly | June 22, 2013 - 5:07 pm
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Jay-Z Announces Magna Carta Holy Grail Via Samsung Commercial

I'm not sure it's possible to steal Kanye West's thunder at this point, but if it is, his buddy Jay-Z just did it. Just a…
Tom Breihan | June 17, 2013 - 9:08 am
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The-Dream – “High Art” (Feat. Jay-Z)

One of the first things The-Dream says before getting into any singing on his Jay-Z-featuring cut "High Art" is "girl, I'm missing you like bitche…
Claire Lobenfeld | May 9, 2013 - 4:52 pm
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White House Responds To Jay-Z’s “Open Letter”

This is turning into a weird, weird news day. Earlier today, Jay-Z released a new one-off song called "Open Letter," part of which was about…
Tom Breihan | April 11, 2013 - 3:28 pm
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Jay-Z – “Open Letter”

Jay-Z's been in the news a bunch lately, for going on vacation to Cuba with Beyoncé -- a trip that a couple of Congressmen decided…
Tom Breihan | April 11, 2013 - 10:45 am
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Great Gatsby Soundtrack To Feature New Songs By Jay-Z, The xx, Lana Del Rey, Beyoncé & André 3000

As we reported earlier this year, Jay-Z had a large hand in the music component of the upcoming Baz Lurhmann's film adaptation of F. Scott…
Claire Lobenfeld | April 4, 2013 - 11:09 am
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Kendrick Lamar – “Bitch Don’t Kill My Vibe (Remix)” (Feat. Jay-Z)

As Tom pointed out last week, Young Guru debuted Kendrick Lamar's "Bitch Don't Kill My Vibe (Remix)" featuring Jay-Z during SXSW at BitTorrent showcase. The…
Claire Lobenfeld | March 18, 2013 - 1:49 pm
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Preview Kendrick Lamar’s “Bitch, Don’t Kill My Vibe” Remix, Featuring Jay-Z

Kendrick Lamar is, at the moment, the general-consensus greatest young rapper in the universe, which Jay-Z is the general-consensus best old rap man left standing.
Tom Breihan | March 14, 2013 - 11:56 am
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Watch Justin Timberlake Host & Sing On SNL

Last night, Justin Timberlake returned to Saturday Night Live to host for the fifth time. He took on musical guest duties, as well, as he…
Claire Lobenfeld | March 10, 2013 - 11:30 am
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The 10 Best The Notorious B.I.G. Songs

Choosing the ten best songs by one of Brooklyn's most beloved children, the Notorious B.I.G., is essentially a fool's errand. The rapper, né Christopher Wallace,…
Claire Lobenfeld | March 8, 2013 - 5:14 pm
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Justin Timberlake & Jay-Z Reveal Legends Of The Summer Tour Dates

Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake are two people who are very, very good at performing in front of vast crowds, and they're both present on Timberlake'…
Tom Breihan | February 22, 2013 - 11:38 am
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The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

The two videos I liked best this week are about reintroducing superstars: One who's been away for a while, one who's barely taken enough time…
Tom Breihan | February 15, 2013 - 5:08 pm
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Justin Timberlake – “Suit & Tie” Video (Feat. Jay-Z) (Dir. David Fincher)

Justin Timberlake spent a whole lot of time away from music so that he could try acting, but he really only made one good movie,…
Tom Breihan | February 14, 2013 - 10:34 am
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The 10 Least Boring Moments From The 2013 Grammys

About two thirds of the way through last night's endless Grammy ceremony, Justin Timberlake ambled onstage for the second time, this time to flank Recording…
Tom Breihan | February 11, 2013 - 2:38 pm
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Watch Courtney Love Cover “99 Problems”

Jesus, I don't even know what to do with this. At a small Sundance show last week, Courtney Love played an acoustic cover of Jay-Z'…
Tom Breihan | January 28, 2013 - 11:14 am
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