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Beyonce Sacks Her General Manager

BeyonceBeyonce has sacked her manager and become her own boss.

The "Drunk In Love" hitmaker and Jay Z are now in total control of her career after ditching Live Nation executive Faisal Durrani, although her husband doesn't hold an official professional position.

"Jay has been heavily involved in Beyonce's career for years, and was instrumental in organizing the Mrs. Carter Show World Tour. But he isn't officially regarded as her manager - she really is independent," a source said.

The change in focus is to make sure her career is handled with her family in mind, and with the couple reportedly keen to give their two-year-old daughter Blue Ivy a sibling in the future. "Now the couple have Blue, she wants to make sure her family come first at all times, especially as there's talk of them adding to the brood. The best way to do that is to make sure all managerial decisions are made by her and her husband - together," the insider added.

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Taylor Swift to Perform at Grammy Awards

Taylor SwiftTaylor Swift, Katy Perry and Pink are among the artists set to perform at the Grammy Awards later this month.

The "Just Give Me a Reason" hitmaker is set to perform the duet, nominated for Song of the Year, with indie rocker Nate Ruess from FUN, while Katy will sing her recent hit "Roar" at the 56th ceremony at Staples Center in Los Angeles on January 26.

"Everything Has Changed" singer Taylor, who is nominated for Album of the Year, Best Country Song, Best Country Duo/Pop Performance and Best Country Album, will also take to the stage.

Other performers will include Kendrick Lamar, Metallica, Imagine Dragons, T.I., Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, and Robin Thicke, who will sing his hit "Blurred Lines" alongside the '70s and '80s band Chicago, whose "The Chicago Transit Authority" album was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame this year.

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Beyoncé Recorded 80 Songs for Surprise Album

Beyonce KnowlesBeyonce recorded "about 80 songs" for her surprise album.

The 32-year-old singer released her self-titled record earlier this month following a year of hard work, and she admits she had a hard job of whittling the tracks down to a selected amount.

Speaking in her Part 3 Run 'N Gun video chat on YouTube, she said, "When I started picking the songs that I gravitated towards, because I recorded about 80 songs, it was the songs that were more effortless to me that stuck around." The album features a collaboration with her husband Jay Z - whom she shares two-year-old daughter Blue Ivy with - on the song "Drunk in Love," and she believes the track worked well because they just had fun: "I kind of free-styled the verse, and Jay went in and he started flowing out his verse. We just kinda had a party. It was so great, because it wasn't about any ego, we weren't trying to make a hit record. we were just having fun. and I think you can hear that in the record."

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Jay Z Leads Grammy Nominations

Jay ZJay Z leads the way in the 2014 Grammy Awards shortlist with nine nominations.

The star has picked up several nods ahead of the ceremony next year including two in both the Best Music Video and Best Rap/Sung Collaboration categories. He was also nominated for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance, Best Rap Performance, Best Rap Song, Best Rap Album and Best Recording Package.

Nominations were revealing during a special live concert last night and Jay Z's collaborator Justin Timberlake is also in the running to dominate the ceremony in January. As well as being nominated alongside his friend in four categories, the "Mirrors" hitmaker is on the shortlist for Best Pop Solo Performance, Best Pop Vocal Album and Best R&B Song.

The 56th Annual Grammy Awards will take place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on January 26, and the duo face stiff competition across all categories.


Jay Z’s Free ‘Magna Carta’ Display

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Artist News, Hip-Hop & Rap

Jay'Z's 'Magna Carta... Holy Grail'Jay Z didn't pay to exhibit his new album artwork in Salisbury Cathedral. The "Picasso Baby" rapper choose Salisbury Cathedral in Wiltshire for the global reveal of the artwork for his new album Magna Carta ... Holy Grail because the religious building holds part of the original 787-year-old historical Magna Carta document.

The hip-hop star's black-and-white artwork went on display next to four pages from the original 1215 Magna Carta - a 63-clause charter setting out the origins of English democracy - and although he didn't pay for the stunt, it is rumored he will perform a private show for the Dean of the Cathedral, June Osbourne. "I hope he does play [a show for us]! That would make my children's year. And mine too!" she told NME.

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VIDEO: Katy Perry Sings Willow Smith, Rihanna, Jay-Z Songs

Posted by K.C. Morgan Categories: Performances, Videos, Pop, R&B / Soul

 


Katy Perry helped friend Rihanna ring in her birthday by performing acoustic versions of Rihanna's “Only Girl in the World,” “Big Pimpin’” by Jay-Z and Willow Smith's anthem “Whip My Hair” in Lisbon over the weekend. And in case you didn’t make it to Portugal Sunday night, we’ve got the video so you can see if for yourself!

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First Kanye West, Jay-Z Single Released


Kanye West and Jay-Z have debuted the first single from their upcoming joint album.

“H.A.M.” is one of the tracks on Watch The Throne, which will be released in March. Check it out above.

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SNL’s Jay Pharoah Impersonates Jay-Z, Drake, Biggie Smalls

Posted by Veronica Santiago Categories: Videos, Hip-Hop & Rap


He's already proven he can master Denzel Washington and Kanye West, but Jay Pharoah has a number of impressions still waiting to be heard.

On last night's Saturday Night Live broadcast, the NBC freshman introduced new Thankgiving songs he wrote specifically for Jay-Z, Drake and Biggie Smalls.

After listening to his impersonations, let us know what you think. Did Pharoah nail them?

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VIDEO: Justin Timberlake, Jimmy Fallon Collaborate on Rap Medley


Although we normally see Justin Timberlake doing musical collaborations with Andy Samberg, that doesn’t mean he can’t pair up with other SNL vets.

On yesterday’s broadcast of , Timberlake and Fallon—with assistance from house band The Roots—celebrated ‘A History of Rap’ with an impressive medley. (Artists highlighted in the performance include Jay-Z, The Sugarhill Gang, Beastie Boys, Eminem, Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre, Missy Elliott, Digital Underground and Kanye West.)

Seriously—is there anything Timberlake can’t do?

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Jay-Z, Coldplay to Celebrate New Year’s in Vegas

Chris Martin and Jay-Z

Pals and Chris Martin have made plans to ring in 2011 together.

On December 31, the rapper will join for a double-billing in Las Vegas. That’s when the acts will headline their own sets at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.

Never heard of the Cosmpolitan? Well, that’s because the casino/resort doesn’t even open until December 15.

The musical event, which will be broadcast on the hotel’s large marquee, is considered part of a three-day, invitation-only celebration.

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