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JAY-Z becomes the most Grammy-nominated artist in history

JAY-Z runs more than just this town…the man runs the world. After the most recent Grammy nominations were revealed for the 2022 ceremony, HOVA is now the most nominated artist in Grammy history. The rapper, producer, activist, and businessman extraordinaire received three more nominations for his collaborations with Kanye West and the late, great DMX […]

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TIDAL implements DJ toolkits, BPM-specific playlists

Attention, producers and DJs, for TIDAL has announced some new DJ-centered platform integrations. The Aspiro-owned DSP plans to grant subscribers access to exclusive artist-curated playlists featuring finished tracks, instrumentals, and acapella recordings, all organized by BPM. For example, some of the newly added playlists include “Afrobeats Hits 100-110 BPM” and “DJ Tools: Classic rap Instrumentals, […]

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Audius deemed “Spotify Rival” after revealing high-profile investors

Newly—perhaps boldly—coined by Rolling Stone as a “Spotify Rival,” Audius is gearing up for a $5 million dollar round of strategic funding. Alongside Rolling Stone‘s undisguised co-sign, reported investors include Katy Perry, Nas, Jason Derulo, Pusha T, Disclosure, and The Chainsmokers among others. Major music executives including SESAC’s John Josephson and former CEO of Sony […]

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JAY-Z announces Made in America’s return, event’s 10th anniversary

As festivals continue their comeback following the pandemic’s forced cancellations, JAY-Z has announced the return of Made in America for the festival’s ninth iteration and 10th anniversary this September. Returning to Philadelphia’s Benjamin Franklin Parkway, the event will take place September 4 – 5, with tickets currently on sale and a lineup expected to be […]

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Kraftwerk to be inducted into Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

After six unsuccessful nominations, Kraftwerk are finally being inducted into the Rock & Rock Hall of Fame. The decision, which only confirms the German outfit’s status as a pioneer of electronic music, comes just a year after the passing of group’s cofounder, Florian Schneider. In a profile on Kraftwerk, The Hall of Fame succinctly describes […]

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JAY-Z finalizes sale of Tidal to Jack Dorsey for $302 million

In December, 2020, news first broke that Square Inc. was interested in acquiring music streaming service Tidal. According to a recent report from TMZ, the deal has now been completed for $302 million in exchange for a majority ownership in Tidal. The deal was finalized between previous owner JAY-Z and Square and Twitter CEO Jack […]

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Square reportedly interested in acquiring TIDAL

Square Inc. is interested in acquiring streaming service TIDAL, according to reports from Bloomberg News. Square’s CEO Jack Dorsey (more famously known as Twitter’s CEO) reportedly met with TIDAL’s owner JAY-Z to discuss the potential acquisition. So far, no news of a finalized deal has been made public. Square, a merchant services company most associated […]

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Spose unites JAY-Z’s ‘The Black Album’ with The Smashing Pumpkins’ ‘Mellon Collie’ in new mashup album

A new mashup contender has emerged. Fusing JAY-Z‘s famed The Black Album with The Smashing Pumpkins‘ iconic 1995 release, Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness, Spose has unveiled the 14-track project that resulted from the marriage of sounds, Marcy Project And The Infinite Sadness. Revisiting Hova’s 2003 record, the Maine-hailing rapper and producer reproduces the […]

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SNL’s Chris Redd believes aliens are trolling us with crop circles

Chalk it up to a terrible 2020, but the typical signs that autumn is upon us feel especially welcome this year: The leaves are changing, pumpkin-spiced items are lining the grocery shelves, and Saturday Night Live is gearing up for a new season. Now heading into his fourth year with the show, Chris Redd is […]

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Pharrell recruits JAY-Z for Neptunes-produced song, ‘Entrepeneur’ [Watch]

Alongside his new Time cover package “The New American Revolution,” Pharrell has joined forces with JAY-Z on a new collaboration, “Entrepreneur.” The Neptunes-produced track arrives with a special Pharrell-curated issue of the magazine, which focuses on the systemic inequalities that Black people have faced throughout the nation’s history and “visions of a Black Future that […]

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JAY-Z’s Roc Nation and Long Island University co-establish new school of music, sports, and entertainment

JAY Z‘s Roc Nation and Brooklyn’s Long Island University (LIU) have partnered to launch Roc Nation School of Music, Sports & Entertainment. The newly-established school will begin accepting applications this fall for the fall 2021 semester and will offer undergraduate degrees in music, music technology, entrepreneurship and production, and sports management. Students will be given […]

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JAY-Z’s Roc Nation and Long Island University co-establish new school of music, sports, and entertainment

JAY Z‘s Roc Nation and Brooklyn’s Long Island University (LIU) have partnered to launch Roc Nation School of Music, Sports & Entertainment. The newly-established school will begin accepting applications this fall for the fall 2021 semester and will offer undergraduate degrees in music, music technology, entrepreneurship and production, and sports management. Students will be given […]

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Beyoncé releases official trailer for new visual album, ‘Black Is King’

Queen B is returning to her throne. Beyoncé has followed her June announcement of Black Is King, her forthcoming visual album, with a ravaging new trailer. The project, which lands on Disney+ on July 31, isn’t only written by Beyoncé, but is also directed and executive produced by the leading lady. Although Black Is King […]

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Jay-Z pens open letter calling for arrest of officer behind three fatal shootings

In a newly penned open letter, Jay-Z and his social justice firm, Team Roc, are seeking the arrest of a police officer behind three fatal shootings. The letter, published in Milwaukee Journal Sentinel the week of June 29 and addressed to Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm, specifically called for the arrest of Joseph Mensah […]

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Jay-Z pens open letter calling for arrest of officer behind three fatal shootings

In a newly penned open letter, Jay-Z and his social justice firm, Team Roc, are seeking the arrest of a police officer behind three fatal shootings. The letter, published in Milwaukee Journal Sentinel the week of June 29 and addressed to Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm, specifically called for the arrest of Joseph Mensah […]

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In lieu of Glastonbury’s 50th anniversary, BBC launches special pop-up channel to celebrate festival’s legacy

While forced to cancel plans for the highly anticipated 50th anniversary, Glastonbury festival is still very much alive as organizers continue efforts to celebrate its upcoming milestone. In addition to aiding COVID-19 relief efforts, including the donation of unused ponchos to health workers, Glastonbury curated Spotify playlists relating to each respective stage as well as […]

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Unreleased version of Jay-Z’s ‘Holy Grail’ featuring The-Dream now available to stream

Recently accomplished songwriters and producers The-Dream and Sean Garrett dug through their respective discographies in a rare four-hour livestream. During the stream, the two also took an exclusive dive into their vaults of unreleased music. One song in particular captured the attention of fans: a previously unreleased version of Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake‘s 2013 smash […]

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Unreleased version of Jay-Z’s ‘Holy Grail’ featuring The-Dream now available to stream

Recently accomplished songwriters and producers The-Dream and Sean Garrett dug through their respective discographies in a rare four-hour livestream. During the stream, the two also took an exclusive dive into their vaults of unreleased music. One song in particular captured the attention of fans: a previously unreleased version of Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake‘s 2013 smash […]

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TIDAL livestreaming concerts for free: Daft Punk, deadmau5, Kaskade, Beyoncé, and more [Watch]

JAY-Z‘s TIDAL platform brings the concert experience home with their week of free event streams. To kick the weekend off right, the streaming service is spending all of Friday, March 27 highlighting the best performances from electronic artists. There’s no announced schedule as of yet, but the lineup of Friday’s performers is expected to include […]

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TIDAL livestreaming concerts for free: Daft Punk, deadmau5, Kaskade, Beyoncé, and more [Watch]

JAY-Z‘s TIDAL platform brings the concert experience home with their week of free event streams. To kick the weekend off right, the streaming service is spending all of Friday, March 27 highlighting the best performances from electronic artists. There’s no announced schedule as of yet, but the lineup of Friday’s performers is expected to include […]

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