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Court Side Seats on April 5th At Madison Square Garden – For All The Right Reasons

knicksBid now on two tickets to see the New York Knicks vs the Philadelphia 76ers on April 5th at Madison Square Garden!

These tickets are floor, court side seats (behind Spike Lee and the other MSG guests in “celebrity row”) complete with in-seat food service and a separate VIP entrance.

Exact seat location: Section 10, Row 3, Seats 13 and 14.

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Tidal Wave Coming To Take Over Spotify – Jay Z At the Top Of That Move

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Coming as little surprise to anyone that followed Jay Z’s recent acquisition of Swedish streaming company Aspiro earlier this month, the media mogul is set to announce the official launch of the brand new music serviceTIDAL, which seems poised to instantly unsettle Spotify’s reign at the top.

Offering higher quality music streams as well as HD videos, TIDAL will also have plans available for lossless streams and curated playlists. However, the most important thing the service can boast from the start is the roster of artists participating, including the most notorious Spotify absentee, Taylor Swift’s “1989” album. The fact that she is giving TIDAL access to the album implies that Jay Z’s venture will offer artists a larger share of royalty payments, and depending what that number is, it may send other services scrambling to keep up.

For more information: http://www.deathandtaxesmag.com/242574/jay-z-set-to-unveil-spotify-rival-tidal/

Jay Z’s Playlist Ranked – How Would You Rank Them?

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With 225 album tracks included in his catalog, Jay-Z officially has more songs than he has problems. Now that Jigga’s seemingly slowing down on full-time rap responsibilities, and has TOTALLY ABANDONED NEW YORK, Thrill List decided we’d send him off by analyzing and heartlessly ranking every single one.

Thrill list ranks them: http://www.thrillist.com/entertainment/new-york/jay-z-songs-ranked-nyc

How would you rank them?

Inside the crumbling marriage of Jay Z and Beyoncé

Inside the crumbling marriage of Jay Z and Beyoncé

 

They are one of the most famous couples on Earth, yet intensely private — rarely allowing a glimpse of anything but the picture of a marriage and partnership that is constantly, blissfully happy. But a source who has been close to Beyoncé and Jay Z for years tells The Post that all is not well — and hasn’t been for quite some time. This is the first peek behind the firewall that is Beyoncé and Jay Z Inc. — what drew them together, why they’re headed for a split and why love was never the thing that held them together.

IT WAS A MASTER STROKE OF MARKETING: SHE GAVE HIM CLASS, HE GAVE HER CRED.

“There’s still something there, even though it’s not going to last,” says the source. “Business is always part of the equation. They know they’re the king and queen of hip-hop — and really, all of music. Neither wants to lose that.” Their current “On the Run” tour is predicted to gross $100 million, according to Forbes — which also ranked Beyoncé the world’s most powerful celebrity of 2014, with Jay Z ranked sixth. Billboard ranked the couple No. 1 on their February 2014 Power 100 list. Their combined net worth, according the International Business Times, is nearly $1 billion.

But in the weeks since Beyoncé’s sisterSolange was caught attacking Jay Z in a hotel elevator after the Met Gala, the couple’s tightly controlled image has been crumbling. And while they’ve been pushing back, kissing on stage and playing happy family on Instagram, the source says Jay and Bey are permanently broken, and that both are at fault. “Knowing them as I do, obviously there’s a little something to certain rumors,” the source says. “When your man or your woman isn’t getting it done for you, and I’m talking emotionally, not necessarily sexually … they keep things quiet.” Not for much longer.

‘They’re the only sharks’

When Jay Z and Beyoncé first got together in 1999, she was a star but a sheltered one. At 19, she still lived with her parents in Houston — dad Matthew, who quit his job at Xerox to manage her career with Destiny’s Child, and mom Tina, who became the group’s stylist. She hinted at being a virgin, and it’s reported that she left school at 14. Jay Z, then 30, had emerged from the Brooklyn projects as a hip-hop powerhouse. Having released his critically acclaimed debut “Reasonable Doubt” in 1996, he had a breakthrough commercial smash with 1998’s “Vol. 2 … Hard Knock Life.” A year later, Jay Z was arrested for allegedly stabbing producer Lance “Un” Rivera in a dispute over bootlegging; Jay pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor and walked away with three years’ probation. Jay Z and Beyoncé have always been circumspect about the beginnings of their romance, even as they stoked intrigue with their collaborations.

After breaking with Destiny’s Child, Beyoncé’s next project was a duet with Jay on his “’03 Bonnie and Clyde,” and in the video, they played a hip-hop version of the outlaw couple. When Beyoncé released her first solo album, 2003’s “Dangerously in Love,” Jay appeared on two tracks — including the first single and video for “Crazy in Love.”

It was a master stroke of marketing: She gave him class, he gave her cred. Jay Z was infatuated with Beyoncé, says the source, but the bottom line was business; he knew he could do big things for her, and together they could be a juggernaut. For Beyoncé, however, it was a slower burn. According to an interview with the website Celebuzz, her uncle Larry Beyince said that initially his niece had no interest. “He was after her and she wasn’t,” Beyince said. “She told me she wasn’t too fond of him … I guess she wasn’t attracted to him.”

The source says Beyoncé was most interested in Jay’s mind. “Jay’s a kingmaker; she recognized that. This was a come-up for her, no question. She had to learn the ropes as presented by Jay — but really, this was mostly about business.” As for dating others, he says, “they each had guilty pleasures.” The source believes that, along the way, she did really fall for Jay Z, and her parents, who had groomed Beyoncé to be a star from a very young age, were fine with it — for a time.

But Matthew Knowles — who was described by former Destiny’s Child member LaTavia Roberson as “a drill sergeant” who made the girls work hours a day, seven days a week — slowly found himself edged out of his daughter’s life and career by Jay Z. Beyoncé had gone from one man to another, never truly being on her own.

“There’s no bigger controller than Jay,” the source says. “She’s great, but she’d be a little lower on the totem pole if it weren’t for hooking up with him.” In terms of ambition, talent, business acumen and work ethic, Beyoncé and Jay Z were perfectly matched. “They are solid, solid business people who know what they’re doing,” says the source, with Jay the mastermind. Their image, joint and separate, is based on exclusivity and unavailability; everything from the drop date of an album (2013’s “Beyoncé,” with its surprise one-day onslaught of 14 tracks and 17 videos) to a baby (Blue Ivy, born on a cleared-out hospital floor in NYC) is shrouded in mystery. Instead of interviews, they post to Instagram or drop clues in their lyrics. Beyoncé herself has spent every single day since 2005 being trailed by her own personal camera crew, which documents each waking moment of her life.

In 2013, Beyoncé told GQ magazine that she stores the footage in a climate-controlled warehouse based on the NBC library. “I now know that yes, I am powerful,” she told GQ. “I’m more powerful than my mind can even digest and understand.” “They don’t subscribe to that ‘teach-a-person-to-fish’ thing,” says the source. “They’ll give you a fish once in a while, but they let everyone know that they’re the only sharks in the water. Jay hangs with some of the crew from [his company] Roc Nation, but he’s doing bigger things than even they can keep up with. And Beyoncé only really gives her sister Solange and [ex-Destiny’s Child members] Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams any real love. But even they can’t swing by without first getting clearance.”

And it can be hard to stay in touch — Beyoncé and Jay Z both change their cellphone numbers every two weeks. Even other celebrities aren’t immune to quality control. It’s not whom they hang out with, says the source — “it’s who hangs out with them.” According to the source, they shunned Kanye West and Kim Kardashian’s wedding because it was too low-rent for the Jay Z/Beyoncé brand. “They are guarding like hell their status,” the source says. “Beyoncé wasn’t going to allow a Kardashian to socially climb her. And Jay didn’t want Kanye with Kim — he thinks it’s bad for business. I think Jay lost a little respect for Kanye there.”

‘Business first’

Over the past few months, says the source, Beyoncé has been losing respect for Jay Z and, ever on-brand, she’s been dropping hints. While performing “Resentment” during the couple’s June 28 show in Cincinnati, Beyoncé changed the lyrics from “Been ridin’ with you for six years” to “Been ridin’ with you for 12 years.” That would reference the year they became a couple.

“SOLANGE WAS LIKE, ‘ENOUGH IS ENOUGH — YOU MUST BE [SCREWING] RIHANNA.’

 – Solange, According To Source

And after the lyric “I gotta look at her in her eyes and see she’s had half of me,” Beyoncé tacked on the lines, “She ain’t even half of me/That bitch will never be.” Recent photos show that the “IV” tattooed on her ring finger — for her birthday, Jay’s birthday, and their wedding date — has been erased.

The source says the elevator fight after the Met Ball was really over Jay’s protégé Rihanna, whom he allegedly planned to meet later that night at his 40/40 club. “Solange was like, ‘Enough is enough — you must be [screwing] Rihanna,’” says the source. “To many people who know them, they know it’s not out of the realm of possibility.”

Today, the source says, it’s not whether they’ll split, but how they’ll split — adding that the only time Jay and Beyoncé are really together is on stage. They’re allegedly traveling with marriage counselors, but Jay — as he’s always done — spends much of his time on the phone, tending to business. “His phone’s constantly ringing,” says the source, “Jay trying to make deal after deal.” Calls to representatives for the couple by The Post were not returned.

The question now is whether to stay married while essentially living separate lives — becoming the Bill and Hillary of hip-hop — or publicly divorce. Ultimately, it will be about the brand. “There’s face-saving involved — they don’t want to be looked at like other celebrities out there,” says the source. “They are business people first, entertainers second. Husband and wife comes somewhere down the line.”

ON THE RUN TOUR – FULL EFFECT

 

Beyoncé and Jay Z  kicked off their On The Run Tour at Sun Life Stadium in Miami tonight (June 25). The tour has sold more than 750,000 tickets making it the most successful tour of the year and on track to becoming the second-most successful tour ever, according to Forbes.

Beyoncé and Jay Z have performed more than 40 songs including the opening song which was ’03 Bonnie & Clyde’. The show had stunning visuals and personal footages of Beyoncé, Jay Z, and their daughter Blue Ivy.

Check out all the photos, videos and setlist below!

 

1. “’03 Bonnie & Clyde”
2. “Upgrade U”
3. “Crazy in Love”
4. “Show Me What You Got”
5. “Diamonds are Forever”
6. “N—as” in Paris”
7. “Tom Ford”
8. “Run the World”
9. “Bow Down/I Been On”
10. “Flawless”
11. “Yonce”
12. “Dirt Off Your Shoulder”
13. “Big Pimpin’”
14. “Ring the Alarm”
15. “On to the Next One”
16. “Clique”
17. “Diva”
18. “Baby Boy”
19. “U Don’t Know”
20. “Ghost”/”Haunted”
21. “No Church in the Wild”
22. “Drunk in Love”
23. “Public Service Announcement”
24. “Why Don’t You Love Me”
25. “Holy Grail”
26. “Fuckwithmeyouknowigotit”
27. “Beach Is Better”
28. “Partition”
29. “99 Problems”
30. “If I Were a Boy”
31. “Ex Factor” (by Lauryn Hill)
32. “Song Cry”
33. “Resentment”
34. “Love on Top”
35. “Izzo (H.O.V.A.)
36. “I Just Wanna Love U (Give it 2 Me)”
37. “Single Ladies”
38. “Hard Knock Life”
39. “Pretty Hurts”
40. “Part II (On the Run)”
41. “Forever Young”
42. “Halo”
43. “Lift Off”

 

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Jay Z Opens 40/40 Club at Atlanta Airport

Jay Z brought his 40/40 Club to the world’s busiest airport on Wednesday, with the opening the swanky bar’s third location.

40/40 is open to ticketed passengers at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, according to spokeswoman Victoria Hong of Delaware North Companies, which partners with the rap mogul. The sports bar is in the airport’s Concourse D concessions area, Hong said.

“We want to have the same type of feel as the regular 40/40 Club,” Hong said. “It’s the airport version of the 40/40 Club.”

Airport concessions director Paul Brown said there are plans to create a VIP lounge area of the club, separate from the sports bar — at 1,500 square feet — on a different floor. The lounge is expected to open in the late fall, Brown said.

Brown called the lounge a “scaled down” replica of original club.

40/40 restaurant and lounges also are located in Manhattan and the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Jay Z also had clubs in Las Vegas and Atlantic City, New Jersey, but both closed.

40/40 is known at the New York locations for its live music and sports memorabilia and for attracting sports celebrities and music stars such as Nicki Minaj and Lil Wayne.

The original Manhattan location opened in 2003, with Jay Z and business partner Juan Perez.

40/40 was named after the rare feat among ballplayers of hitting 40 homers and stealing 40 bases in one season.

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Online:

http://the4040club.com

Solange, Beyonce & Jay Z Release Statement Addressing Elevator Fight (DETAILS)

Beyonce and Jay-Z Party with Solange at Met Gala After Party

 

Solange, Beyonce & Jay Z Release Statement Addressing Elevator Fight (DETAILS)

Beyonce and Jay-Z Party with Solange at Met Gala After Party

Jay ZSolange and Beyonce have finally released a joint statement addressing the alleged elevator fight caught on tape after the Met Ball.

“Jay and Solange each assume their share of responsibility for what has occurred. They both acknowledge their role in this private matter that has played out in the public. They both have apologized to each other and we have moved forward as a united family.”

“The reports of Solange being intoxicated or displaying erratic behavior throughout that evening are simply false. At the end of the day families have problems and we’re no different.”

“We love each other and above all we are family. We’ve put this behind us and hope everyone else will do the same.”

Guess this proves that no matter how famous you are, a family is still a family.

Jay Z and Solange Knowles went looking for jewelry together

Jay Z and Solange Knowles Jewelry Shopping Together

 

7:10 AM PT — Solange’s rep says she wasn’t in NYC. However, we were told by Mr. Flawless himself that he personally waited on Jay Z and Solange … and was specific as to how long they were there and where they were looking inside the store.

We also spoke with a famous NYC DJ who happened to be outside the store, and also insists he saw Jay Z and Solange come out of the store, get into a Mercedes-Benz G Wagon and drive off.

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 and Solange Knowles went looking for jewelry together Tuesday afternoon at a high-end NYC jewelry store … TMZ has learned.

Our sources connected with the store say Jay and Solange were in Mr. Flawless, where they were looking for women’s jewelry for around 20 minutes.

We’re told the pair showed no signs of strife, and looked at gems with Mr. Flawless himself. They looked, but tried nothing on.  They left the store without buying anything.

Jay and Solange didn’t talk much inside the store … they pretty much just browsed quietly.  

Read more: http://www.tmz.com/2014/05/13/jay-z-solange-jewelry-shopping-beyonce-mr-flawless/#ixzz31ivk2pRc

3’s Company – Jay-z Beyonce and lil Ma Solange

Beyonce, Jay Z and Solange at the 2013 Grammy Awards. Most families have disagreements, and the Knowles-Carter family is no exception.

 

Our lives are recorded all the time, and what we’re seeing behind the curtain makes us wonder whether or not we should be looking back there in the first place.

The most recent example of this is the video of Solange Knowles — Beyonce’s younger sister — allegedly attacking Jay Z in an elevator while leaving a Met Ball afterparty last week. This happened — literally — behind closed doors. If the video hadn’t surfaced, the fight would likely have been an issue that the family would deal with, and none of us would have been the wiser.

Still, it did surface, many of us watched and, for days now, people have been speculating about what sparked the fight, throwing blame around, making accusations, creating GIFs, cracking jokes and just generally Monday-morning quarterbacking about what they think they see in that elevator.

“The question is, what made her so enraged that those kicks and those punches were flying in that manner, and it was so bizarre,” says fashion and pop culture writer Veronica Miller, who joined NPR’s Michel Martin on Wednesday, as part of Tell Me More’s weekly panel of female journalists and commentators who chat about the news. “I think the only thing that we do know is that we don’t know anything, at all, about what happened.”

Right, which is why I wondered — after watching the full 3-minute video for the fourth or maybe the 10th time, I’m not sure — why this is “news.” Why does anybody other than Beyonce, Solange and Jay Z care?

“Well, I guess there’s a little bit of that ‘gotcha’ element that I think people just can’t help but watch,” Shirley Halperin, music editor for The Hollywood Reporter andBillboard, told me. “You know, it’s sort of like, why do you peek on the other side of the highway when there’s a huge accident? … You can’t tear yourself away, and this video is definitely one of those clips that you have a hard time tearing yourself away from.”

Also, the reason people are so interested in this particular story, Halperin says, is because Beyonce and Jay Z are very private, almost secretive, and “this was a window into a relationship that we really don’t know much about.”

“We all have to be gawkers,” says Joan Walsh, the editor-at-large of Salon.com, and a member of Tell Me More’s panel. “I hope everybody’s OK, but I can’t help but look.”

And this kind of drama is like kindling to the public’s fiery obsession with the private lives of celebrities. But maybe we should look away. Just maybe.

“The fact that they broadcast this security camera footage is a little bit unsavory,” says panel member Anne Ishii, editor-in-chief of They’re All So Beautiful. “Unless Jay Z told Solange not tobring black people to his shows, I don’t think we had any business seeing that video.”

The good(?) news is that this probably won’t hurt ticket sales or the Knowles-Carter image.

“I don’t think it’s going to have a negative impact,” Halperin says, though the music editor adds that doesn’t mean the story will just die.

“Normally I would just say … if you ignore something it will go away; the news cycle tends to cycle out just as quickly as it comes in,” she says. “But with Beyonce and Jay Z — who don’t do a lot of press, but do enough where this is going to come up — it sort of feels like the elephant in the room, like it just won’t go away until someone gets an answer.”

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