Grimes: The Triumph of a Self-Made Oddball

November 5, 2015

When Claire Boucher, 27, who writes, records, and produces music as Grimes, decided to show off her unshaved armpits in a recent round of press photos, her PR team went into crisis mode. This was not the image they had in mind; they wanted her quirky...


Jay Z, Timbaland Win 'Big Pimpin'' Sample Trial

October 21, 2015

Jay Z and Timbaland have won a lawsuit alleging that they infringed on the rights to a sample used in the former's 2000 hit "Big Pimpin'." A judge ruled Wednesday that the nephew of Egyptian composer Baligh Hamdi, whose "Khosara, Khosara" birthed...


Jay Z, Rick Ross Set to Appear on DJ Khaled's New Album

October 13, 2015

DJ Khaled, the DJ-producer known for his boisterous yells and all-star collaborations, has revealed details of his feature-heavy eighth studio album, I Changed a Lot, set for release on October 23rd. I Changed a Lot boasts...


Beyonce, Jay Z, Prince to Headline Stacked TIDAL X Concert

September 30, 2015

UPDATE: Nick Jonas, Rick Ross, Meek Mill and French Montana have been added to Tidal's sold-out, all-star Brooklyn concert. Beyoncé, Jay Z, Prince, Usher and Nicki Minaj lead the first wave of an already...


Jay Z, Solange Dedicate Songs to Beyonce in Birthday Post

September 4, 2015

Jay Z, Solange, Kelly Rowland, Michelle Williams and other loved ones celebrated Beyoncé's 34th birthday Friday with a playlist of songs representing their "most cherished moments" with the singer. The post, which also includes reflections...


Help Fund Hip-Hop Radio Pioneers Stretch and Bobbito's Doc

August 25, 2015

Game-changing hip-hop DJs Stretch Armstrong and Bobbito García are in the midst of a Kickstarter campaign to finish a new documentary, Stretch and Bobbito: Radio That Changed Lives. The film covers their remarkable radio career, during...


Jay Z, Will Smith Executive Producing Emmett Till Miniseries

July 24, 2015

Jay Z and Will Smith will executive produce an upcoming HBO miniseries about Emmett Till, a teenager whose death in 1955 helped spark the civil rights movement. A writer is currently being sought for the project that is in "active development," Deadline...


Sony Music CEO: No Plans to Pull Beyoncé Off Tidal

May 30, 2015

Contrary to reports, Sony Music has no plans to pull Beyoncé – or any other artists under their umbrella – from Jay Z's Tidal streaming service. "Jay-Z is a friend and business associate for many years. I have always admired his...


Jay Z Bashes Spotify, Praises B.B. King at B-Sides Concert

May 17, 2015

Jay Z held the first of his two Tidal X: B-Sides shows Saturday night at New York's Terminal 5, and in addition to a setlist stocked with never-before-performed-live fan favorites and forgotten deep cuts, the rapper also used the gig as a pulpit...


Tidal Unveils 'Discovery' to Showcase Emerging Artists

April 30, 2015

Tidal, the high-quality streaming service recently relaunched by Jay Z and other big-name musicians, announced a new Discovery section designed to showcase and promote music uploaded by young, budding artists. According to a press release,...


Jay Z Talks High School Rap Battle With Busta on 'Kimmel'

October 21, 2015

Lots of famous rappers hone their skills during high school rap battles, but very few face the stiff competition of Jay Z, who attended Brooklyn's George Westinghouse Career and Technical Education High School with Busta Rhymes and Notorious B.I.G. "Me...


Can Tidal Rebound From Shaky Debut?

October 7, 2015

Six months after Jay Z's Tidal service stormed the music-streaming market with a splashy press conference starring Beyoncé, Madonna, Kanye West and other pop megastars, the service has racked up 1 million users, released exclusives by...


Diddy, Jay Z Top Highest-Paid Rappers of 2015

September 23, 2015

Diddy, Jay Z, Drake, Dr. Dre and Pharrell are the world's five "Highest Paid Rap Acts" of 2015, according to Forbes' latest hip-hop cash round-up. Diddy, ranking Number One, reportedly earned $60 million in the past year from a variety of investments:...


Jay Z Joins, Quits Instagram After Michael Jackson Tribute

August 30, 2015

While Beyoncé ranks second on Instagram with 44.4 million followers, her husband Jay Z doesn't even have an account on the photo-sharing network. That is, until Saturday, when the rapper joined Instagram to post a photo remembering Michael...


Jay Z, Timbaland to Testify in Court Over 'Big Pimpin'

August 12, 2015

Jay Z and Timbaland will appear in court to testify about using the sample of a flute line by composer Baligh Hamdi as the hook in the 2000 hit "Big Pimpin'." The nephew of the composer, who died in 1993, filed the suit in 2007, calling into question...


Cash Money Sues Tidal Over Lil Wayne's 'FWA' Album

July 16, 2015

Bryan "Birdman" Williams' Cash Money Records is suing Jay Z's streaming venture Tidal for $50 million, claiming that the artist-owned service has no right to host Lil Wayne's Free Weezy Album, which arrived exclusively on the platform on July 4th, TMZ reports. According...


Jay Z 'Completely Used Me,' Artist Marina Abramovic Claims

May 19, 2015

UPDATE: The Marina Abramović Institute has issued an apology to both Jay Z and Abramović. According to a release (via The New York Times), the Institute never informed Abramović of the rapper's donation. "Marina Abramović was not informed...


Tidal Will Stream Prince's Baltimore Show for Free

May 8, 2015

Jay Z's music streaming service Tidal will provide free live audio of Prince's Rally 4 Peace event at Baltimore's Royal Farms Arena this Sunday. Along with their 60-minute stream of Prince's show, Tidal have also promised to "match...


Jay Z to Perform Special 'B-Sides' Tidal Concert in New York

April 29, 2015

UPDATE: Jay Z has moved his May 13th show to the weekend and added an additional concert to accommodate Tidal fans, the company said in a statement. The two shows will now take place on May 16th and 17th.  Jay Z announced an exclusive New York...