Entries tagged with: Jay-Z
Prince protesting Warner Brothers in 1995
"Record contracts are just like -- I'm gonna say the word - slavery," Prince told a group of 10 journalists Saturday night, during a meet and greet at his Paisley Park Studios in Minneapolis. "I would tell any young artist ... don't sign." [NPR]
Though Kanye stopped himself during the Grammys (much to Jay-Z and everyone's amusement), he let his opinions be known right afterwards, live on TV with Kim Kardashian by his side. Watch the E! afterparty interview below...
Happier days w/ Solange & Dev: Bowery Ballroom. 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
One of the more obvious Reese's Cup pop moments of the last year or so was Solange's "Losing You," a song co-written and produced by Blood Orange's Dev Hynes. Dev did the same for her mini-LP True, played in her band on her tours and seemed to be having a great time doing so. But the issue of credit began seeping in earlier this year. As detailed in a recent Fader feature on Hynes, Solange had been upset at being refered to merely as "vocal muse" in many reviews; Dev maintains that "Losing You" was written before they started working together. From the Fader article:
At a show in a Chinatown boutique in September, an overpacked crowd turns up to see a rare Blood Orange performance with a full band. Hynes, in a long coat and leather kufi, takes off his jacket to perform "Bad Girls," one of the songs he wrote that Solange re-recorded for True. Then, before launching into "Everything Is Embarrassing," Hynes gives a brief monologue, oddly compelled to footnote a song he created: "I've got a lot of shots ready to be fired, and I guess this is the shot. This is a song I wrote for another singer. She said a couple weeks ago that she doesn't like when I say I wrote it--this happens a lot to me, but I'm not an arrogant guy. That said, I've written some songs for people and they haven't given me due credit and it pisses me off."More shots were fired yesterday via Twitter from both parties, and while both Solange and Dev's tweets have since been deleted, Stereogum has the transcripts, in paragraph form. Via Dev:
If you wanna take shots at me text me call me talk to me in person but don't ever drop a subliminal, talk behind my back, or send a flunky. I'm doing myself. Ain't nothing to do with anyone else, I'm about myself, like any self respecting human should be. We live & die alone. I have beef with no one. I won't even mention your name ever again. Any of you. I've said my bit. I've reached out. I've praised you. But now it's done. It's over. We're done. Bye.Dev's didn't mention anyone by name, but Solange @'d him with these:
When you do tumblr post, speak about things in interviews, tweet, issues then belong to the public. I have been minding my biz. I have only ever praised you and spoken about you positively, even when our perspectives were totally different. I still support your artistry & am extremely happy for your success. I just wished you were honest about the making of my album. That's all I'm going to say on this. You know more than anyone niggas love drama. Also u know very well I have reached out. Bless. Ps: Your phone been going straight to VM for long time.Let's hope they can work things out (maybe not on social media) because they do make good music together.
In very related news, Dev shared thoughts yesterday via Twitter on Jay-Z's partnership with Barney's. These tweets are still up, here in strung-together form:
The biggest 'Fuck You' in history could have been Jay-Z saying NO to Barneys. I'm a big fan [of Jay], of course, who isn't? But just looking at it from the perspective of someone that has had racial abuse in my life. It's cool that all proceeds are going to charity, that's great! But now Barneys, an already rich company that could be charitable anyway... get a cosign and an easy route to redeeming their name. None of the parties involved need more money. They NEED less.Dev's very good second album, Cupid Deluxe, is out now.
Jay Z at Yankee Stadium in July (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
It was recently reported that Jay Z would be selling his stake in the Brooklyn Nets to Jason Kidd, and now he'll apparently be selling his stake in Brooklyn's Barclays Center too. Forbes reports:
Jay-Z has to unload his ownership interests in the Brooklyn Nets and the Barclays BCS +2.1% Center due to his new sports agency, Roc Nation Sports. Roc Nation Sports' roster includes Robinson Cano of the New York Yankees, Skylar Diggins of the WNBA, the Oklahoma City Thunder's Kevin Durant, and Victor Cruz of the New York Giants.Jay's tour comes to Barclays Center on January 12 and 13. Tickets for those shows are still available.
Jay-Z owns slightly less than one-fifth of one percent of the Barclay Center. New York City recently appraised the Barclays Center-based on its potential income-to be worth $741 million. That works out to about $1.5 million for Jay-Z's stake.
Jay Z at Yankee Stadium in July (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
At Jay Z's Made In America Festival last weekend (8/31-9/1), he announced that he'd be doing a world tour in support of this year's Magna Carta Holy Grail, and that North American dates would be announced soon. Well, on the same day that Kanye announces his tour, Jay decided to confirm his as well.
The tour comes to NYC for two shows at Jay's own stomping grounds, Barclays Center on January 12 and 13, and other area dates include Mohegan Sun on January 17, Nassau Coliseum on January 19, and Prudential Center on January 22. A Citi cardmember presale begins Monday (9/9) at 10 AM, and Live Nation Mobile App and Facebook presales start Wednesday (9/11). More info on the Facebook presale at the tour's Facebook event (yeah, Jay Z's world tour has a Facebook event). General on-sales begin Thursday, September 12 at 10 AM via Ticketmaster.
Jay Z meanwhile is reportedly selling part or all of his stake in the Brooklyn Nets to Jason Kidd.
All Jay Z dates are listed, along with the video for "Holy Grail," below...
by Bill Pearis and Andrew Sacher
an arial view of Phoenix
During a typical week at BrooklynVegan we end up posting a lot of new videos. This week, for example, we had clips from Antwon, Rituals, Saint Rich and more. But there are many more we don't get to... which is where this post comes in handy. Play catch-up with the latest eye candy from Phoenix, Disappears, Saint Rich, Anna Calvi, Jay Z & Justin Timberlake, Dizzee Rascal, and Frightened Rabbit, below.
by Andrew Sacher
Beyonce at Barclays Center - 8/5/13 (via Shawn Paul Mazur)
Beyonce, who you might call one of the greatest live acts right now, just wrapped up a three-night run at Barclays Center, as part of her ongoing world tour. Fans in attendance got treated to Bey's new single, "Grown Woman," tons of career-spanning hits ("Single Ladies," "Survivor," "Love On Top," "Baby Boy," etc), and at yesterday's show (8/5), she played her excellently weird soundcloud offering from earlier this year, "Bow Down," which transitioned into Jay Z coming out to perform Magna Carta Holy Grail track, "Tom Ford." Videos of that, and those other mentioned tracks, below.
Beyonce's tour continues, and it brings her back to Barclays Center on December 19. Tickets for that show are still available (though Ticketmaster is saying "not many left"), and she's also just added yet another date happening at Barclays Center on December 22. Tickets for the 12/22 date go on sale Monday (8/12) at 10 AM, with a MasterCard presale starting Thursday (8/8) at 10 AM, and a Live Nation/LN Mobile App presale starting Friday (8/9) at 10 AM.
Updated dates are listed, along with those live videos, below...
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
Jay Z and Justin Timberlake @ Yankee Stadium - 7/19/2013
"Three years ago, Jay Z performed at Yankee Stadium's first concert, bringing out Kanye West, Beyonce, Eminem, Drake, Coldplay's Chris Martin and Swizz Beatz. [Friday night], the focus is on Jay and Justin Timberlake, with only Alicia Keys appearing for "Empire State of Mind" and Timbaland showing up for "SexyBack." Before "Empire," Timberlake breaks into Frank Sinatra's "New York, New York," and while not the rousing, stadium-wide singalong the duo might have intended it to be, it signaled Jay's umpteenth attempt to remind you that he is the new Sinatra. Or something. While Kanye's output in the past decade has been hip hop's most intriguing and innovative, tonight's show proved that Jay's King of the Universe title remains unchallenged." [Fuse]Justin Timberlake and Jay Z (not Jay-Z) played their first of two shows at Yankee Stadium on Friday night (7/19). They do it again tonight/Saturday (7/20).
Pictures and the setlist from Friday are in this post. It all continues below...
by Bill Pearis
Jay-Z no longer wants to be known as Jay-Z. He is now to be referred to as Jay Z. No more hyphen, as reported by Billboard editor Joe Levy. We're not sure whether this was in effect for Magna Carta Holy Grail, as the big black bar over his name covers up where the hyphen may or may not be. Unless that is a giant hyphen. Who can say? But, yeah, it's now a hyphen-less Jay Z. Got it?
Hopefully merch manufacturers got the memo in time for his shows this weekend with Justin Timberlake.
by Andrew Sacher
Rapper/producer Travis Scott (who was an XXL Freshman this year) has been seeing his career elevated lately thanks to his production contributions on Kanye West's Yeezus and the work he did on Jay-Z's Yeezus-like "Crown" from his new album, Magna Carta Holy Grail. He's got his own free mixtape out, Owl Pharaoh (which dropped about a month before Yeezus), and while it's still not entirely convincing that that he's got it as a rapper, you can definitely hear some Yeezus blueprints taking shape on the mixtape. Kanye himself supposedly helped out a bit, and 'Ye collaborator Justin Vernon (Bon Iver) contributes his vocals to the track "Naked."
Travis Scott was in NYC back in May when his tour with Casey Veggies hit Brooklyn Bowl. The two rappers will continue touring together later this month in the West/Southwest, but before that, Travis returns to NYC for a 'Hot 97 Who's Next' show on Tuesday (7/16) at SOB's with Trips N Slim, Apollo The Great, and Coley Bernays. Peter Rosenberg and Shani Kulture will be hosting and DJ Juanyto is providing music. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
All dates are listed, along with a stream of Owl Pharaoh and some of his Kanye/Jay-Z collaborations, below...
Jay-Z rapping to Marina Abramovic at Pace Gallery (via @lifewithv)
Move over The National. Jay-Z is currently at Pace Gallery in NYC filming the video for "Picasso Baby" off his new Magna Carta Holy Grail LP, and in doing so, he's performing (or lip syncing) the track for six hours straight, as NahRight points out (via Pitchfork). There's a number of other celebrities there too, according to the Huffington Post, like Judd Apatow, Wale, artist/stare contest expert Marina Abramovic, and Adam Driver (of "Girls").
Check out a vine from the performance below...
Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake from SNL
The Jiggaman aka Jay-Z, who will not perform atop Ed Sullivan Theater for now, released his new LP Magna Carta Holy Grail via Samsung app yesterday - though not without glitches, and will drop it proper-like on July 7. In addition, Shawn Carter is now streaming a new track featuring Justin Timberlake from said release, one that interpolates Kurt Cobain lyrics from a little song called "Smells like Teen Spirit." Courtney Love approves... sort of. Check out "Holy Grail" below.
Jay-Z, whose new album, Magna Carta Holy Grail, drops on July 4 via a Samsung app and 72 hours later in real life, was planning a "surprise" show atop the marquee of the Ed Sullivan Theater for July, but now NY Post is reporting that it won't happen after all. They write:
The city suddenly yanked approval for the mega-rapper's planned concert Monday atop the Midtown marquee for the "Late Show with David Letterman,'' sources said.Bummer.
"The mayor's office approved it, and then just like that, it got denied," one police source told The Post yesterday.
Reps for Jay-Z, Letterman, the city and the NYPD had planned to meet at the "Late Show" offices yesterday to work out concert details.
But the meeting was abruptly canceled -- and everyone involved was told that the event was now a no-go, sources said.
The police source speculated: "It's because of the holiday weekend. They were concerned about fireworks and terrorism."
Meanwhile, Hov just revealed the artwork to Magna Carta Holy Grail. And did so by displaying it next to one of the copies of the actual Magna Carta in England's Salisbury Cathedral. Pictures of the display are at Jay-Z's Life and Times website. The album artwork is above.
And though you won't be able to see Jay-Z outdoors in Times Square this month, he does begin his tour with Justin Timberlake this month, which hits NYC on July 19 and 20 at Yankee Stadium. Tickets for those shows are still available.
Jay-Z is planning a surprise concert atop the marquee of the Ed Sullivan Theater next month that will turn rush-hour Times Square into a gigantic street party, sources told The Post yesterday.It wouldn't be the first time he performed outside the theater; Jiggaman performed there in 2010 with Eminem. Paul McCartney and Phish have also played on the marquee. Don't forget to look up when walking home from work through Times Square that Monday.
The rapper is close to obtaining the necessary approvals for a July 8 "Late Show With David Letterman" performance, the sources said. -[New York Post]
by Andrew Sacher
Drake at Made In America 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Drake has been talking for a few months about releasing a new album called Nothing Was the Same this year (though still no release date), and he's already revealed some pretty great singles, "Started from the Bottom" and "5AM in Toronto." Still no more word on that album, but he did just announce a tour with R&B crooner Miguel following Miguel's appearance at Jay-Z's Philly festival Made In America (which Drake played last year). The tour hits the NYC-area on October 26 at XL Center in Hartford, October 27 at Prudential Center in Newark and October 28 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Auto-tune dude Future is on the tour as well (after dropping off the Lil Wayne/T.I. tour). Tickets for the Prudential Center show go on sale Friday (6/21) at 10 AM and tickets for Barclays Center/XL Center (same link) have no on-sale date announced yet. All tour dates are listed below.
UPDATE: There were rumors that Drake is also playing this year's Made In America fest, though he's not listed on the festival's site and there's no confirmation that he will be there.
It's still been wayyy too long since Miguel played a proper headlining gig in NYC, and dropping off Governors Ball didn't help that matter, but even though he's only opening on this run, it's still a much better way to see him than opening for Alicia Keys.
Meanwhile, speaking of Jay-Z, following the leak of Kanye West's Yeezus, he announced a new album of his own via a commercial that aired during game give of the NBA finals. The album's called Magna Carta Holy Grail and we only have to wait a few weeks to get it (due July 4). The commercial makes it look like it's going to feature contributions from Pharrell, Timbaland, Swizz Beatz, and Yeezus producer Rick Rubin. And what's more: it's already gone Platinum. Samsung has already purchased 1 million copies of the album to release to Samsung Galaxy users for free 72 hours ahead of the release date. Now that's what I call marketing!
UPDATE: It didn't already go platinum. The Samsung sales won't count.
All Drake/Miguel/Future dates are listed, along with the videos for "Started From the Bottom" and "5AM in Toronto," and the Jay-Z album commercial, below...
You may have noticed these MSG show posters popping up around NYC....
Let's face it. Kanye West would never let anyone bill him 5th on a poster, but regardless, even with the typos, this concert bill popping up around NYC that claims Jay-Z, Dr. Dre, Pharrell Williams, Frank Ocean, Kanye West, Eminem, A$AP Rocky and Andre 3000 are playing Madison Square Garden on a "Thuesday" is sure to get more than a few people excited about a show that is not actually happening.
Who would do such a thing??? Well, the likely culprit is artist Andre Saraiva who allegedly pulled a similar stunt with Daft Punk, Phoenix, Air & more in Paris. A fake Beach Boys, Phoenix, Beastie Boys (really?), The Faint & Tame Impala poster has also been seen in LA.
Thanks Nick Masi for the photo!
The xx @ Coachella 2013 (more by Wei Shi)
As you may be aware, Baz Lurhmann's glitzy, big-budget adaptatation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's 1925 novel, The Great Gatzby, is out May 10 and stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Toby Maguire, and Carey Mulligan. That same week will see the release of its soundtrack which was curated by Jay-Z and features Jack White, The Bryan Ferry Orchestra, Gotye, Lana Del Rey, Beyonce with Andre 3000, and Jay-Z himself.
It's also got a new track by The xx, titled "Together," which was specifically written for the film. You can stream it, and check out the soundtrack art, full tracklist and a trailer for the film, below....
Jay-Z, who is allegedly selling his "minuscule stake in the Brooklyn Nets" and moved Roc Nation to Universal, just recorded the track "Open Letter" with producers Timbaland and Swizz Beatz. FADER writes:
On the track, debuted this morning on New York's Hot 97 and Jay's Life + Times, Jay expresses disgust at the outsized interest in his recent Cuba anniversary trip, which was criticized by by three Republican members of Congress and approved by the U.S. Treasury Department. "Open Letter" also acknowledges Gwyneth Paltrow's favorite rapper Chief Keef, quotes Bob Dylan's 1975 track "Idiot Wind" and brushes off reports that Jay is looking to sell his small stake in the Brooklyn Nets and become an NBA agent. Would have brought the Nets to Brooklyn for free/ Except I made millions off you fuckin dweebs/ I still own the building. I'm still keeping my seat, he says. By "seat," he may mean the exclusive $5550,000 per year suite which he's used for free since the opening of the Barclays Center.Jay is also going on a tour with Justin Timberlake which hits NYC on July 19 and 20 at Yankee Stadium (tickets), and just announced the lineup for his Made In America festival, which goes down from August 31 to September 1 at Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philly with Beyonce, Queens of The Stone Age, Nine Inch Nails, Black Hippy (Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy Q, Ab-Soul, & Jay Rock), Miguel, Solange, Phoenix, A$AP Rocky and many more
You can stream "Open Letter" and read the lyrics below...
Phoenix at Music Hall of Williamsburg, 4/5/2013 (more by PSquared Photography)
Two days after announcing the existence of the second edition of Jay-Z's of Made in America festival, here comes the initial line-up. Set to go down August 31 - September 1 at Philadelphia's Benjamin Franklin Parkway, look for appearances from Beyonce, Queens of the Stone Age, Nine Inch Nails, Kendrick Lamar, Miguel (who is collaborating with Kendrick), Solange, The Gaslight Anthem (who just announced two huge NYC shows), Phoenix (who just played MHoW and SNL), 2Chainz and more.
UPDATE: an initial announcement accidentally included artists from the 2012 lineup mixed in with the 2013 lineup. Those mistakes made it into our post but are now fixed.
So far no details on ticketing. Full line-up is below...
"After Jay-Z announced the launch of Roc Nation Sports, a new arm of his Roc Nation entertainment company, last week, Yahoo! reports that he's has begun the process of selling his minuscule stake in the Brooklyn Nets. Per NBA rules, no one representing an NBA player can have an ownership share in an NBA team. It's expected, but not certain, that Jay will cut ties with the Nets before June's NBA draft. "This isn't about one draft, but taking the long view of the business," an unnamed source told Yahoo!. [FADER]Jay-Z also recently made changes to Roc Nation Music, and announced another year of his Philly festival.
Jay-Z (right) with Jaz. Note, not a recent picture.
Jay-Z's bid for a festival, known as Made in America, will return to Philadelphia in 2013, setting aside August 31- September 1 at Benjamin Franklin Parkway for the second edition. Check out a teaser trailer below, and line-up is forthcoming.
In other Jigga news, the man who REALLY started from the bottom (sorry, Drake- lol) has moved his Roc Nation venture away from Columbia Records and back to Universal:
News comes today from Jay & Roc Nation themselves that they've decided on Universal Music Group as their parent label, departing from multi-year deals that had Roc Nation records, including the most successful release from the company thus far, J. Cole's 2011 debut Cole World: The Sideline Story, releasing on Columbia Records.... Roc Nation's next release, which appears to be J. Cole's oft-delayed, but highly-anticipated sophomore effort Born Sinner, will be released on Roc Nation/Universal Music Group. -[The Source]Roc Nation currently houses J. Cole, Jay Electronica and others, while managing such names as Rihanna, Meek Mill, Wale, Timbaland, and No I.D.
by Andrew Sacher
TOKiMONSTA on SS Coachella 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
TOKiMONSTA began picking up more speed as an artist on Flying Lotus' Brainfeeder label, and she's now signed with big-time EDM label Ultra (Deadmau5, Kaskade, Bloody Beetroots), who will release her new album, Half Shadows, on April 2. From the sound of the album's two singles, "Go With It" (featuring MNDR) and "The Force" (featuring Kool Keith), she's not changing her sound to fit in with her labelmates (luckily). Instead, she shows us what the LA beat scene sounds like mixed with dream pop on the MNDR collab, and on the one with Kool Keith, she creates an updated vision of the futurism that Keith was doing with Dan the Automator in his Dr. Octagon days. You can stream both songs below.
TOKiMONSTA is playing a few live dates too, including a record release show for Half Shadows with "very special guests" in NYC on April 9 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets for that show go on sale today (3/21) at noon. All dates are listed below.
TOKiMONSTA also just offered a remix of Justin Timberlake's "Suit & Tie" off his new album, The 20/20 Experience, which is out now. This remix follows the one Four Tet did earlier this month, though unlike Four Tet's, TOKiMONSTA's was not officially approved by JT's label. You can stream both of those remixes below.
Justin also recently released the video for "Mirrors," which you can watch below too. And in more related news, The Hollywood Reporter reports that he confirmed that a sequel to The 20/20 Experience (the "second half" of the album) is on its way. His tour with Jay-Z hits NYC on July 19 and 20 at Yankee Stadium and tickets for both nights are still available.
All TOKiMONSTA tour dates are listed, along with all streams and videos, below...
Amid all the noise that is SXSW, Yahoo! announced that Kendrick Lamar, fun., the Lumineers, J. Cole, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Imagine Dragons and more would be a part of a travelling festival called "Yahoo! on the Road" that kicks with a show in NYC on May 3. No word on exact line-up or venue just yet but the new media conglomerate promises details soon.
The tour concludes the three-day Wireless Festival in London (July 12 - 14) that will also feature Jay-Z & Justin Timberlake (who just added a second Yankee Stadium show), Frank Ocean, Kendrick Lamar, Miguel, Ke$ha, Nas, A Tribe Called Quest, A$AP Rocky and more. All Yahoo on the Road dates are listed below.
JT on 'Fallon' last night
Maybe no surprise but tickets sold out quick this morning to Justin Timberlake and Jay-Z July 19 Yankee Stadium date on their "Legends of Summer Tour." (You might be able to still grab a single ticket, but we couldn't pull up two or more.) It may also not surprise you to learn that they've added a second Yankee Stadium show the next day (7/20). Tickets to that show go on sale Monday, March 18 at 10 AM. Updated dates are below.
In other news, Timberlake is on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon all week and last night performed "Pusher Love" from his upcoming The 20/20 Experience (which you can stream on iTunes). Video of that is below.
It was probably the most-anticipated episode of Saturday Night Live of the season, with Justin Timberlake on double duty as host and musical guest. The writers love JT and they show usually pulls out all the stops for him. Last night (3/9) was no different. Jay-Z showed up for "Suit and Tie," giving us a preview of what to expect this summer (like at Yankee Stadium on 7/19). He also performed "Mirrors."
Jay-Z was only one of what was one of the most guest-star-filled episodes ever. This was JT's fifth time hosting which put him in the Five Timers Club, where Paul Simon, Tom Hanks, Steve Martin, Alec Baldwin, Candice Bergen, and Chevy Chase were to greet him. (Dan Ackroyd tended bar and Martin Short was there too.) Ackroyd and Martin reprised their wild-and-crazy Festrunk Brothers characters for a dating gameshow sketch that also featured JT and Andy Samberg as the "Dick in a Box" roles. Timberlake also put back on the "bring it on to ____ville" costume, this time as a block of tofu for a vegan restaurant.
The next new SNL is April 6 with Melissa McCarthy hosting and Phoenix as musical guests. Clips from last night's SNL are below.