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World reaction to Jay-Z’s ‘Magna Carta Holy Grail’

- July 5th, 2013

Stars and fans alike are chiming in on rap king Jay-Z’s 12th studio album, “Magna Carta Holy Grail.”

Will it make a long-lasting impression and be on plenty of top 10 albums of ’13 lists?

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We’re about to put the headphones on and listen in now. We’ll let you know.

Meanwhile, here’s what the rest are saying:


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Beyonce’s outrageous tour rider revealed: red toilet paper, $900 drinking straws

- May 3rd, 2013

We’ve heard of bizarre tour riders before, but Beyonce’s concert demands takes them to a whole new diva level.

According to the U.K. tabloid Daily Star, the 31-year-old, who is currently on her Mrs. Carter World Tour, includes some fairly outlandish and expensive items in her tour must-haves list.

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The rider includes:

• $900 worth of titanium drinking straws for her dressing rooms (used to drink a special alkaline water that’s served at exactly 21 degrees!)

• Everyone in the crew must be dressed in clothes made of 100% pure cotton (to prevent her from having an allergic reaction)

• The dressing room must be painted off-white

• Every toilet seat (in each venue) must be brand new

• Bathrooms are stocked only with red toilet paper (no joke)

• A hand-carved ice-ball (to cool her throat after performances)

• Glass platters of almonds, oatcakes and green-only crudités (no junk food allowed)

Can you imagine what her maids have to deal with at her and Jay-Z’s mansion?

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Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake book two Canadian stadium dates

- February 22nd, 2013

Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake are joining forces for a 12-city North American run of stadiums, and it includes two stops in the Great White North.

The tour, confidently called “The Legends of the Summer,” kicks off on July 17 at Rogers Centre in Toronto and makes its way to Vancouver’s B.C. Place Stadium on July 31. The trek ends on August 16 at Sun Life Stadium in Miami, Florida.

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Tickets for the Canadian dates go on sale to the general public on February 28, but early birds can take advantage of a special Live Nation presale here.

The tour is in support of Timberlake’s highly anticipated studio album, “The 20/20 Experience,” which is set to be released March 19 on RCA Records. The 10 track album features the hit single “Suit & Tie” (watch below), which features Jay-Z.

Here’s the full set of dates:

July 17 Toronto, ON Rogers Centre
July 19 New York, NY Yankee Stadium
July 22 Chicago, IL Soldier Field
July 26 San Francisco, CA Candlestick Park
July 28 Los Angeles, CA Rose Bowl
July 31 Vancouver, BC BC Place Stadium
August 4 Hershey, PA Hershey Stadium
August 6 Detroit, MI Ford Field
August 8 Baltimore, MD M&T Bank Stadium
August 10 Boston, MA Fenway Park
August 13 Philadelphia, PA Citizens Bank Park
August 16 Miami, FL Sun Life Stadium

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Justin Timberlake premieres ‘Suit & Tie’ video

- February 14th, 2013

Justin Timberlake posted a little Valentine’s Day treat for fans today.

The pop singer dropped the video for his first single, “Suit & Tie,” online, which stars Jay-Z and sees Timberlake doing his darndest to channel Frank Sinatra and Michael Jackson in the old school black and white clip.

The video was directed by David Fincher, whose extensive film credits include “Fight Club,” “Seven,” “Zodiac” and “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.” He’s delved into music videos in the past, helming Madonna’s “Vogue,” Aerosmith’s “Janie’s Got a Gun,” Roy Orbison’s “She’s a Mystery to Me” and many others.

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Frank Ocean added to Grammy lineup

- January 31st, 2013

It seems Frank Ocean’s banged up hand will be fully healed in time for the Grammy Awards on Feb. 10.

The Recording Academy announced Thursday that R&B superstar will play at the 55th annual event, along with newly added performers Maroon 5 and 14-time Grammy winner Alicia Keys.

Ocean hurt his hand after an altercation with Chris Brown outside a Los Angeles recording studio parking lot last Sunday.

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Ocean and Brown are both nominated for Grammys, so it will make for an interesting red carpet if Brown decides to show up.

Other performers include Taylor Swift, Rihanna, Jack White, fun., the Black Keys, Mumford & Sons, the Lumineers, Dierks Bentley & Miranda Lambert, and Ed Sheeran & Elton John.

Six acts are tied for the most nominations with six each, including Ocean, The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach, Kanye West, Jay-Z, fun. and Mumford & Sons.