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Jay Z Releases Song Railing on Police Brutality

After Beyonce offers her own tribute to latest victims at concert

(Newser) - Jay Z responded to the deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile Thursday night with the release of an emotional new song , "Spiritual," decrying police brutality, E! reports. "Yeah, I am not poison, no I am not poison / Just a boy from the hood that /... More »

Jay Z Will Respond to Beyoncé's Lemonade, Musically

'Jay is working on an album telling his side of things'

(Newser) - It looks like Jay Z and Beyoncé are about to reinvent the rap beef by combining it with marriage counseling. Less than two weeks after Beyoncé dropped Lemonade —with its "many lyrical accusations" against her husband—comes word Jay Z is preparing his musical response, Vanity Fair reports.... More »

Beyonce Lyric Causes Backlash for 2 Rachels

Fans targeted Rachel Roy, Rachael Ray

(Newser) - Beyonce fans have a prime suspect in the Jay Z infidelity strongly hinted at in her new album Lemonade—and Rachels everywhere may get caught in the crossfire. In a now-deleted Instagram post, fashion designer Rachel Roy appeared to out herself as the "Becky with the good hair" referred... More »

Beyonce's New Album Burns Jay for Cheating

The rumors were apparently true

(Newser) - For those betting Jay Z's infidelity drove Solange Knowles to famously swing at her brother-in-law back in 2014, the rumors were apparently correct and no other than Beyonce herself is tackling the matter in signature explosive and visually arresting style: Her sixth album, Lemonade, debuted Saturday night along with... More »

What Happened When I Ate What Beyonce Eats

Food writer goes vegan for 22 days, drops 16 pounds

(Newser) - Not convinced Beyonce and Jay Z's vegan experiment is for you? Well, the Courier-Journal's food writer tried the 22-day plan—as outlined in a book by the power couple's trainer—and says she lost 16 pounds doing so. Of course, during those 22 days, she not only... More »

Marina Abramovic: Jay Z 'Used Me'

Collaboration with him left her 'very pissed,' she says

(Newser) - Do not count Marina Abramovic among Jay Z's many fans. The performance artist collaborated with Jay in 2013 for his "Picasso Baby" video—the rapper had been inspired by Abramovic's "The Artist Is Present" piece at MoMA, in which she sat across from other people at... More »

Bey, Jay Quietly Supporting Baltimore, Ferguson Protesters

Social justice organizer reveals 'tens of thousands' in donations

(Newser) - Jay Z and Beyonce have quietly played a role in the Baltimore and Ferguson protests, according to social justice organizer Dream Hampton . The activist tweeted yesterday, "I'm going to tweet this and I don't care if Jay gets mad. When we needed money for bail for Baltimore... More »

5 Musicians Who Are Surprisingly Good at Business

From Jessica Simpson to Gene Simmons

(Newser) - Being rich doesn't always accompany being famous , especially when living a rock star lifestyle, but a handful of A-list musicians have managed to turn their celebrity into successful business ventures:
  • Jessica Simpson: You wouldn't expect a pop singer/reality star who didn't know the difference between chicken and
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Jay Z Giving Concert for Tidal Subscribers Only

Will it lure people to his music streaming service?

(Newser) - Jay Z's latest attempt to get the world pumped about his music streaming service: He's giving a Very Special Concert next month, and only Tidal subscribers are eligible to attend. From today through May 8, subscribers aged 18 or over can make playlists and share them on Twitter... More »

Jay Z: Tidal's 'Doing Fine,' Give Us Time

iTunes wasn't built in a day, he says

(Newser) - The iTunes store wasn't built in a day and it took Spotify almost a decade to become successful, Jay Z pointed out in a series of tweets over the weekend claiming his Tidal music service was the victim of a "smear campaign" from big companies. "Tidal is... More »

Jay Z's Music Service Flops

Tidal drops out of iPhone top 700 as rivals surge ahead

(Newser) - "Like Spotify, but you have to pay for it" hasn't turned out to be a great business model for Tidal, the music service Jay Z and other superstar co-owners relaunched last month . After a month, the service has already dropped out of the iPhone top 700 download chart,... More »

Beyonce Drops 'Die With You' on Wedding Anniversary

And links it to hubby's new music platform, Tidal

(Newser) - Beyonce released a new tune today on her and hubby Jay Z's seventh wedding anniversary—titled, appropriately, "Die With You," Us Weekly reports. She posted a video excerpt of her singing the piano-driven ballad on Facebook and linked it to Jay Z's new music platform, Tidal... More »

Why Artists From Kanye to Coldplay Are Going Blue

Movement backs Jay Z's new streaming service

(Newser) - Check out Twitter and Facebook today and you may notice the cover and/or profile photos of musical artists from Kanye West to Madonna to Coldplay are blue. Why? Jay Z. The rapper is launching his own music streaming service tonight, and artists started turning their social media profiles teal last... More »

Why Madonna Wishes She Were Married to Jay Z

Because then maybe she'd finally score a White House invite

(Newser) - Madonna seems pretty happy with herself, for the most part—but it sounds like there's at least one reason she might be jealous of Beyonce. She recently admitted in Us Weekly 's "25 Things You Don't Know About Me" that the person she most wants to... More »

Beyonce Accused of Lifting ... Hungarian Folk Music

Singer says Bey illegally sampled her Roma folk song

(Newser) - Well, this is a little different from the usual music copyright lawsuits: Beyonce has been accused of illegally sampling a Roma folk song by a Hungarian singer. Mitsou, real name Mónika Juhász Miczura, is suing Bey and husband Jay Z over 2013's "Drunk in Love,"... More »

Inside Jay Z's $300-a-Bottle Champagne Company

Armand de Brignac sells the 'Ace of Spades' bubbly he loves

(Newser) - Multiple outlets are reporting that Jay Z recently bought the Armand de Brignac champagne company, maker of his flashy favorite drink—you might recognize the shiny gold bottles of its $300-a-pop champagne from the rapper's "Show Me What You Got" music video . But the real story is a... More »

Did Jay Z Reveal Beyonce Is Pregnant Again?

That's the rumor flying after a Friday night lyric change

(Newser) - Is Beyonce pregnant again? That's the breathless question on the minds of basically every gossip outlet, including Page Six , TMZ , People , and the New York Daily News , after Jay Z appeared to drop a hint to that effect during a show Friday night in Paris. In a video first... More »

U2 Gives Away Surprise New Album

'Songs of Innocence' available for download on iTunes

(Newser) - Bigger iPhones and a high-tech watch were ostensibly the stars of yesterday's much-hyped Apple event, but a few other luminaries showed up to grace the stage in Cupertino, Calif. U2 made a surprise appearance and unexpectedly announced that a) it has a new album out, and b) all 500... More »

Beyonce, Jay Z Staying in Separate Hotels: Sources

Things still not looking good for power couple

(Newser) - "Evidence," in the form of anonymous reports from tabloid sources, continues to mount that Beyonce and Jay Z are headed for a split . The latest: They're reportedly staying in separate hotels (not just rooms—separate establishments) and arriving separately to each show on their joint tour, a... More »

Beyonce Looking to Get Her Own Place?

It's the latest rumor of trouble for her, Jay Z

(Newser) - Rumors have been swirling that there's trouble in paradise for Beyonce and Jay Z ever since that little elevator incident between Jay Z and his wife's sister, Solange Knowles. But now the New York Post is reporting that Bey is actually apartment-hunting without her hubby, citing multiple sources.... More »

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