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Apple Inc. is in talks to purchase Jay Z’s music streaming service, Tidal, according to the Wall Street Journal. The paper, citing “people familiar with the matter,” says that talks are ongoing and may not result in a deal, and that terms are unknown. The Journal says that Apple wants to use Tidal’s strong ties to artists to grow its Apple Music service. Tidal depends on splashy, big-name stars to fuel its subscription service. Kanye West and Beyoncé both recently released music that required a Tidal subscription to initially access. Also Read: Jay Z Claims Tidal Subscriber Numbers »
- Brian Flood
Not every artist is happy to have their song featured in a particular TV show or film. Here are 17 times the rights were refused...
It's not only political campaigns that inspire musical artists to exercise the power of veto on the use of their songs. For reasons of finance, reputation, ego, taste and more, the following TV shows and films weren't able to secure the use of the recordings they originally sought...
This Express piece quotes an Empire Magazine interview with Martin Scorsese’s long-time editor Thelma Schoonmaker in which she relates how the original plan was to have Frank Sinatra’s original recording of My Way play over the end credits of modern gangster classic Goodfellas instead of the Sid Vicious cover that was eventually used.
The man who insists he's the rightful owner of several Jay Z classic recordings is going after NYPD, Lapd and a slew of lawyers for seizing them -- and he wants a Ton of money for his trouble. Chauncey Mahan is the studio engineer who sued Jay Z over the masters for "Life and Times of S. Carter" and "The Dynasty" albums. Jay won that lawsuit, but now Mahan wants just about everyone else to pay up. »
- TMZ Staff
Beyoncé and Jay Z tied the knot way back in 2008, but it wasn't until 2011 that fans finally got a sneak peek at their stunning ceremony in her video for "I Was Here." Then in 2014, the couple shared private home videos during their joint On the Run world tour, which included adorable snippets of their vacations, daughter Blue Ivy, and their superprivate wedding. While Beyoncé looked stunning in her strapless gown, her mother, Tina Knowles, who designed the dress, recently revealed that her daughter wasn't such a big fan of the look. During an appearance on Today on June 24, Tina said, "She was so sweet to let me do that. She came back later one day and she said, 'You know, when my daughter gets married, I'm going to let her pick out her own dress.' Maybe she wasn't so excited about it at the time, but she's a sweetheart. »
- Caitlin Hacker
On Today's Show Blac Chyna and Kylie Jenner Officially Bury the Hatchet Jay Z & Beyonce Make a Surprise Birthday Cameo Taylor Swift Meets Her Latest Celeb Boyfriend's Mom Suge Knight Wants Revenge After Getting Shot in a Nightclub Skype Us Tmztvshow Tweet Us Tweet to @Tmzlive Read more »
- TMZ Staff
Solange Knowles rang in the dirty thirties in a tiny town barely big enough for Beyonce and Jay Z. Solange, along with 12 friends and family members, spent the weekend in itty-bitty San Patricio, New Mexico on a 2,200 acre ranch ... all for a very reasonable $2k. Beyonce and Jay Z flew in for the night. The low-key shindig featured a pool party and New Orleans-style catering ... and, of course, Domino's pizza. And to burn off the »
- TMZ Staff
Kanye West’s visual for his track “Famous” has been making headlines, as expected. The Vincent Desiderio-inspired video features 12 detailed sculptures of celebrities and public figures naked and asleep on a bed.
The list includes Kim Kardashian, Taylor Swift, Donald Trump, Rihanna, Vogue Editor in Chief Anna Wintour, Chris Brown, Bill Cosby, Caitlyn Jenner, George Bush, Amber Rose and Ray J. Each one of these people mean something specific to either Kanye or the people surrounding him, from ex-lovers to celebrities he’s criticized in the past and/or worked with.
By now, most of Twitter has critiqued the piece, calling it “art,” “insane,” “controversial” and disrespectful to the women being portrayed. Many are waiting for those celebrities to respond to the way their image being used (Chris Brown thought it was funny, many had “no comment”), including Kanye who tweeted (and then deleted), “Can somebody sue me already #I’llwait. »
- Liz Calvario
Tidal continues with its exclusive video releases, premiering a new Jay Z documentary, “Rd 20.” The rapper and hip-hop mogul debuted the 35-minute film to celebrate the 20th anniversary of his iconic album “Reasonable Doubt.”
“This album literally saved my life…I can’t thank you all enough,” Jay wrote on Twitter shortly after the release.
Read More: Kanye West’s ‘Famous’ Video: Watch The Realist Art-Inspired, Nude Celebrity Short Film
Directed by Scheme Engine, the doc includes interviews and performances, details Jay’s come-up, how the album was created and his impacting legacy on the music industry. “Rd 20” is spilt into sections named after tracks from the album such as “Politics as Usual,” “Can’t Knock The Hustle,” “Brooklyn’s Finest” and more. Members of the “Reasonable Doubt” production team like DJ Premier, DJ Clark Kent and Ski also make cameos discussing Carter’s legacy.
Read More: Kanye West Explains »
- Liz Calvario
For some stars, the apple doesn't fall far from the tree - when it comes to looks, that is. These days, David and Victoria Beckham's sons are looking more and more like their handsome dad, and Julianne Moore's daughter, Liv, may as well be the actress's mini me. While most kids look something like their parents, some of Hollywood's biggest names have children who make us do a double take. Check out some of the famous faces with look-alike kids, including Jay Z, Meryl Streep, Kate Beckinsale, and more. »
- Laura Marie Meyers
Jay Z’s Philadelphia based festival Made In America is returning to the East coast this fall, bringing along a massive roster of top notch talent for this year’s event. Rihanna and Coldplay will star as headliners for the festival, with Lil’ Wayne and 2 Chainz going back to back as Collegrove.
While the lineup weighs heavy with hip hop acts, a number of electronic music artists fill the list as well. Martin Garrix, Jamie xx, Adventure Club, Madeon, Grimes, Anna Lunoe, Disciples and Gallant represent the dance music portion of the lineup, making for an enticing cast of performers.
Tidal subscribers will get a head start on ticket sales, with passes going on sale for users of the service today, while General admissions tickets will go on sale on June 27. You can head here for more information.
Made In America will be hosted by Budweiser and will run September 3 and 4 at Benjamin Franklin Parkway. »
- Connor Jones
When Blake Lively stepped onto the red carpet at the NYC premiere of her new movie, The Shallows, on Tuesday evening, she was channeling a very special person throughout the night: Beyoncé. That's right - even stunning Hollywood actresses like to pretend they're Queen Bey every now and then. Blake, who has been friends with her for years after meeting at a charity event in 2014 and later costarred in Beyoncé and Jay Z's "On the Run" video, stayed extra close to the Beyhive when she wore the exact same earrings the "Formation" singer once donned. "Well, she wore them to the CFDAs," Blake said about her earrings while speaking to E! News at the premiere. "Yes! We're the same person tonight! I am Beyoncé. I'm going to drop the most revolutionary album of all time. I feel like I am, at least." So how does Blake's shark flick stand up to Beyoncé's Lemonade? »
- Quinn Keaney
Following a week of sweet date nights, Beyoncé and Jay Z took a break from their busy schedules and escaped to Hawaii for the perfect Summer vacation. On Monday, the duo put their love on display on the beach as they snapped cute selfies and took in the beautiful ocean view together. At one point, Jay Z even leaned in to kiss Beyoncé, who donned a colorful swimsuit with a lemon crown and matching necklace, making an obvious reference to her controversial Lemonade album. Throughout the week, Beyoncé has been taking to her website to upload a slew of gorgeous photos fit for a scrapbook, featuring her husband and adorable daughter, Blue Ivy Carter. June is already shaping up to be a big month for the "Sorry" singer. Shortly after making a surprise appearance at the Cfda Fashion Awards and bringing her family to tears with an emotional speech, Beyoncé returned to her tour, »
- Monica Sisavat
On Today's Show Selma Blair's Mid-Flight Freakout Kylie Jenner Has a Major Security Scare T.I.'s Daughter Caught Up in a Gun Controversy Jay Z & Beyonce Hit the Beach! Skype Us Tmztvshow Tweet Us Tweet to @Tmzlive Read more »
- TMZ Staff
Now this is how to start off the summer. Beyoncé gave fans major vacation envy when she shared photos from her Hawaiian vacation with husband Jay Z and their daughter Blue Ivy. Before she kicks off the European leg of her Formation tour, the 34-year-old singer enjoyed some family time and relaxed on the beach as seen in snapshots uploaded on her website. Bey looked stunning in a floral patterned one-piece suit and a bright yellow cover up that was reminiscent of the Robert Cavalli ensemble from her Lemonade video. She even decked out her Lemonade-themed beach outfit with a lemon crown and lemon necklace. »
- Karen Mizoguchi
Here's your dose of vacation envy. Beyoncé, who is currently on a mini break before beginning the European leg of her Formation World Tour, shared some snapshots of a tropical getaway that she's enjoying with hubby Jay Z and daughter Blue Ivy, and instantly, two thoughts come to mind—1. Why aren't we there, too? and 2. There's that yellow, again. Queen B definitely knows what she's doing, so we couldn't help but notice her Lemonade-yellow cover-up that she was strutting over her bright one-piece. Plus, she's been rocking that bright yellow ever since her highly talked about project dropped. But, if that wasn't enough, it looks like Bey is also wearing a lemon »
Beyonce's working with sour accessories in Hawaii ... call it a sweet marketing ploy. Bey and Jay Z are currently enjoying paradise beachside. Check out the pics ... Beyonce traded diamonds for a lemon rope. She's definitely got "Lemonade" on her mind ... in case that crown wasn't a dead giveaway. We've seen this before. Read more »
- TMZ Staff
It's been a few months since Serena Williams showed off her twerking skills in Beyoncé's Lemonade. And now, the tennis champion is spilling the beans about her surprising cameo. The 34-year-old opened up to WSJ Magazine about her role in Queen Bey's visual album - including keeping the project a secret. "I've known Bey for a long time," Williams said in her cover story for the magazine's latest issue. Although the tennis pro knows a thing or two about working her muscles, Williams said twerking alongside Beyoncé was no easy task. "I got really sore from dancing!" she said. »
- Char Adams, @CiCiAdams_
Wouldn’t it be amazing to travel by private jet, skipping all of those airport lines, or to have a collection of fancy sports cars? Well, while most of us can keep dreaming, those are just two of the high-class ways our favorite celebrities get around.
As they all flit off on fabulous summer vacations, we may catch a peak at some of these seven beauties shuttling down the runway or pulling up to the fanciest hotel in town.
On The Sporty Side
Sports cars are the bread and butter transport – they all own a few, filling out multi-car garages attached to Beverly Hills’ homes. But anyone can buy a Fiat or a Ferrari off the lot, so how special could these speedsters really be? Well, if you’re talking about Jay-z’s Maybach Exelero, the answer is very special. Price at a sweet $8 million, the car is entirely one »
- Jennifer Gretson
Everyone can relax: It turns out it's perfectly okay to look Beyoncé in the eyes, despite a viral photo to the contrary. "Both Beyoncé and Jay Z were beyond polite and very gracious," Steve Cespedes announced on Twitter Friday, after a photo of him sitting next to the musical couple had begun spreading around the Internet. In that photo, taken during game six of the NBA Finals, on Thursday, Beyoncé appeared to be shooting Cespedes a cutting side-eye. The Huffington Post picked it up Thursday night, with the headline "Never Look Beyoncé In The Eyes, You Fool."There was, of course, »
- Adam Carlson, @acarlson91
A picture is worth a thousand words, and in this case, Beyoncé wanted to do all the talking. The Grammy winner was courtside last night with her husband Jay Z at Game 6 of the NBA Finals when she was spotted giving a neighbor some serious side eye. So what gives? Well, allow Steve Cespedes—the man lucky enough to not only sit front row at the game but also front row at the Jayoncé show—to clear the air and explain what really went down. Shortly after cameras caught Bey's sneaky little glance at the man sitting next to Jay, media outlets immediately began posting stories poking fun at Cespedes for being caught making eye contact with the "Drunk in Love" »
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