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Beyonce, Jay-Z Drop Surprise Album

And 'Everything Is Love' isn't all love, especially if you're the Grammys

(Newser) - Out of the blue, Beyonce and Jay-Z dropped a joint album that's being described as both unexpected and long-rumored, reports Pitchfork . But Everything Is Love is not all sunshine and rainbows from the duo now going by The Carters, particularly for the Grammys (where Jay-Z went 0-8 at the... More »

After 5 Months of Delays, Jay-Z Will Have to Face SEC

Judge says he must answer questions in financial probe

(Newser) - Jay-Z's busy schedule as he prepares for global tour got a little busier Tuesday when a New York judge said he must spend a day answering questions from the Securities and Exchange Commission in a financial probe of a company he sold his Rocawear apparel brand to over a... More »

George Zimmerman Arraigned on Stalking Charge

Zimmerman is accused of threatening an investigator for a film on Trayvon Martin

(Newser) - Authorities say George Zimmerman threatened a private investigator working for a documentary filmmaker. Per the AP , court records show Zimmerman was issued a summons for a May 30 arraignment on a charge of misdemeanor stalking. A sheriff's report says the investigator contacted Zimmerman in September on behalf of Michael... More »

Beyonce Got the Old Band Back Together

Destiny's Child, Jay-Z help star light up Coachella

(Newser) - Beyonce hit Coachella on Saturday night—hard. The music festival's first black woman headliner reunited Destiny's Child, bringing out former bandmates Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams in a two-hour tour de force of their hits that included "Say My Name," "Lose My Breath," and... More »

Jay-Z, Beyonce Pay Homage to 1973 Film in Tour Promo

'On the Run II' promo apparently a shoutout to Senegalese movie called 'Touki Bouki'

(Newser) - Film buffs may perk up at seeing the new video clip for Beyonce and Jay-Z's "On the Run II" tour, released Monday. Nestled in the 45-second video (and also used as a promotional still for the tour) is a shot of the couple on a motorcycle adorned with... More »

Now It's Trump vs. Jay-Z

President fires back after hiphop icon calls him a 'superbug' over 'shithole' comment

(Newser) - The subject in President Trump's Sunday morning Twitter crosshairs is somewhat less than likely: Jay-Z, reports Politico . He tweeted : "Somebody please inform Jay-Z that because of my policies, Black Unemployment has just been reported to be at the LOWEST RATE EVER RECORDED!" The back-and-forth started Saturday night,... More »

Jay-Z on Dealing With Infidelity: Get to the 'Middle of the Pain'

'NYT' interview dives into his relationship with Kanye, how he and Beyonce dealt with discord

(Newser) - Whispers have long abounded about what exactly went on in Jay-Z and Beyonce's marriage to spur some of the lyrics in the former's 4:44 album, and his in-depth interview with Dean Baquet for T Magazine finally offers some confirmation. After the New York Times executive editor tells... More »

Meet Earth's Top Power Couples

Why, yes, it is heavy on pretty and geeky people with money

(Newser) - You might think you and your partner make a super couple, but chances are you didn't make Time's list of the world's most elite power couples. Hailing from the fields of entertainment, politics, and predictably, technology, Time runs down the couples it deems most powerful who are... More »

For 43rd Season of SNL, 3 New Cast Members

Ryan Gosling, Jay-Z help get the season started this weekend

(Newser) - Ryan Gosling and Jay-Z are the host and featured musical act, respectively, on Saturday Night Live this weekend as the show kicks off its 43rd season, but they won't be the only fresh faces on the set. An NBC statement notes three newbies—Groundlings veteran Heidi Gardner, comic Chris... More »

There's Still Time to Overthrow 2017's Most Popular Album

Drake comes in at No. 1 (so far) with 'More Life'

(Newser) - The year's not yet over, but inquiring minds are already wondering if Lorde has managed to trump Lana and whether it's Jay-Z's tunes or the surprise return of his hyphen that continues to capture people's attention (it appears to be the former). 24/7 Wall St. has... More »

JAY-Z Explains Names for New Twins

'Rumi' is for their favorite poet, and 'Sir' is for the kid's attitude

(Newser) - In a podcast with Rap Radar , JAY-Z opened up about how he and Beyonce settled on the names Rumi and Sir for their new twins . The first honors a poet and the second honors some baby attitude. “Rumi is our favorite poet, so it was for our daughter,”... More »

Beyonce Introduces Fans to Her Twins

First photo of Sir Carter, Rumi posted to Instagram

(Newser) - It's safe to say fans were extremely eager to be introduced to Beyonce and Jay-Z's twins. The wait is now over. To mark one month since their June 13 birth, Beyonce posted the first photo of Rumi and Sir Carter on Instagram early Friday, per E! News . The... More »

Jay-Z Accused of Anti-Semitic Lyrics

Though Anti-Defamation League doesn't believe Jay-Z himself is anti-Semitic

(Newser) - The Anti-Defamation League is accusing Jay-Z of trafficking in Jewish stereotypes on his new album . On "The Story of OJ," which Spin describes as a "black capitalism anthem," Jay-Z raps: "You wanna know what's more important than throwing away money at a strip club?... More »

What's Behind the Kanye-Jay-Z Feud

Sources say it has to do with Kanye's concert rant, not Tidal dispute

(Newser) - Things are not going so well between Jay-Z and Kanye West, as evidenced by Jay-Z's rant about Kanye that showed up on his new album 4:44. But, though news came out Sunday that West has left Jay-Z's Tidal streaming service over a money dispute, sources told TMZ... More »

These Might Be the Names of Beyonce, Jay-Z's Twins

Rumi and Sir Carter?

(Newser) - Beyonce and Jay-Z may have indirectly revealed the names they chose for their new twins. TMZ reports that on Monday, soon after the twins were reportedly released from the hospital , the company run by the famous couple (which already owns the trademarks to their names and which filed to trademark... More »

Jay-Z's 4:44 Album Says Sorry to Bey, Disses Eric Benet

Rapper apologizes for apparent infidelities, alludes to his mom being a lesbian

(Newser) - Jay-Z vowed last year he'd respond to Beyonce's scathing Lemonade album —and he just delivered on that promise. Rolling Stone offers the 411 on 4:44, a continued documentation of the celebrity couple's marital woes via what USA Today calls an "explosive response" and the... More »

Beyonce Speaks Out ... but Not on Her Twins

Star gives BET speech in absentia as rumors swirl about her newborns

(Newser) - Beyonce reportedly just gave birth to twins , so, not surprisingly, she wasn't in attendance Sunday night at the BET Awards. But she still spoke out, via Chloe and Halle Bailey, who accepted on her behalf when she won the viewers' choice award for "Sorry," USA Today reports.... More »

Jay Z Is Now JAY-Z

Rapper changes his name again

(Newser) - Jay Z, who used to go by Jay-Z, has changed his name again, Entertainment Weekly has confirmed. The rapper, whose real name is Shawn Carter, will now go by JAY-Z. The move comes ahead of the release of his first new album in four years , 4:44. JAY-Z also, of... More »

Songwriters Hall of Fame Has Inducted Its First Rapper

Jay Z has most No. 1 albums by a solo artist

(Newser) - The man who famously said "H to the izz-O, V to the izz-A; that's the anthem, get your damn hands up" is now the first rapper to be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, Billboard reports. Jay Z was included on the list of 2017 inductees announced... More »

Sprint Buys Big Stake in Jay-Z's Streaming Service

Company to own 33% of Tidal

(Newser) - It looks like a good day for Jay-Z: Sprint is buying a 33% stake in his music-streaming service, Tidal. Billboard reports the deal was for $200 million. Under the terms, Jay-Z and other big-name celebs—including Beyonce, Madonna, and Kanye West—will remain part-owners. Sprint, meanwhile, will be able to... More »

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