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Parents At Blue Ivy’s New Preschool Pissed At Beyoncé & Jay Z

March 13th, 2015 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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When you’re the child of two of the biggest stars in the world, it only makes sense that your parents wouldn’t want to take any chances when it comes to your safety. Such is the case with Blue Ivy, who still gets carried by her parents when they move about in public, and who was the reason her grandmother, Tina Knowles, had to check paparazzi for trying to film and photograph her earlier this week. While Bey & Jay have chosen to live in the spotlight, they want Blue to have a normal upbringing, but they also want her to be safe. That’s exactly why the 3-year-old goes to her new preschool escorted by three bodyguards and two cars that ensure she gets in and out safely.

But all of this precaution has become something of a hassle and created a backup in traffic for other parents. According to an alleged source from the West Hollywood school who spoke to InTouch Weekly, they’re not happy about it.

“A security motorcade drops her off and picks her up from school. There are two cars and three bodyguards!

Beyoncé and Jay Z have made things a huge hassle. Other celebrity kids get dropped of by one driver, not an entire staff.”

The source went on to say that parents have called it “tacky and over-the-top” considering that quite a few celebrity children attend the elite school, but their moves don’t create such a scene.

According to the source, comedian Will Ferrell’s youngest son attends the school, but he “usually drops off and picks up his kid himself.”

But considering how big Beyoncé and Jay Z are, trying to take Blue to school each day on their own could bring about the paparazzi, which could bring even more confusion to the school. I’m sure these parents don’t want that.

At the end of the day, if this is a school full of celebrity kids, I’m not really sure why such precautions would upset people so much, but then again, folks always find a reason to take issue with these two. Either way though, it’s better to be safe than sorry.

Move Over Spotify: Jay Z Reportedly Finalizes $56M Deal For Scandinavian Streaming Company

March 12th, 2015 - By Ann Brown
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UPDATE: It’s a done deal–reportedly. Word is that Jay Z has completed his acquisition of  Scandinavian streaming company Aspiro. Billboard reports that the company’s shareholders have approved Jay Z’s bid though which the rap mogul will take control of WiMP, a major streaming player internationally, and Tidal, which is a Norwegian version of the service.

Initially, it looked like the deal might not happen after all when a group of minority shareholders who control 10 percent of the company wanted to vote “no,” but they changed their mind it seems at the last minute.

“There’s been little indication of Shawn Carter and Roc Nation’s plans for his new acquisition, though artist exclusives from Roc Nation’s long list of major stars is a reasonable expectation. As well, Aspiro’s WiMP platform already provides ample space for editorial, which would dovetail nicely with Carter’s Life + Times blog,” reports Billboard.


Originally published Jan. 30, 2015

Jay Z is on the verge of buying the company behind WiMP, one of Spotify’s biggest streaming rivals, for $56 million, the Financial Times reports.

Never heard of it? Well, WiMP is wildly popular in Scandinavian countries. A rival to Spotify, it features a similar music-streaming service. The parent company for WiMP also runs Tidal, a Norwegian version of the service.

“Project Panther Bidco, a company owned by Jay Z, offered $56 million for the company, Aspiro, which is based in Sweden,” reports Business Insider. And the deal is basically done, as Aspiro’s major shareholders have accepted Jay Z’s offer, according to Reuters.  According to a statement by Aspiro, “With reference to Project Panther Bidco Ltd’s public takeover offer for all the shares in Aspiro AB, the Independent Bid Committee within Aspiro’s board of directors has decided, as further set out below, to unanimously recommend all shareholders of Aspiro to accept the offer.”

Jay Z released the following statement about the acquisition offer:

Panther believes that the recent developments in the entertainment industry, with the migration to music and media streaming, offers great potential for increased entertainment consumption and an opportunity for artists to further promote their music. Panther’s strategic ambition revolves around global expansion and up-scaling of Aspiro’s platform, technology and services.

Jay Z is becoming an international player.

Peanut, Man Man And June Bug: The Very Interesting Childhood Nicknames Of The Stars

March 10th, 2015 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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Do you have a childhood nickname given to you by close family and friends? Sometimes such names are embraced, sometimes they’re loathed, sometimes they’re super random, and other times, they are used to describe you, or the way you look. The following stars on this list all are known by those close to them as something very interesting, and after doing some digging, I thought it would be fun to share some of those monikers with you.




Tity Boi

Before he was 2 Chainz, the “I’m Different” rapper was seriously out here going by his childhood nickname: Tity Boi.

“I want to explain this—I wish I could put this on a billboard. Tity Boi is not derogatory towards women, I didn’t make it up, I didn’t get it from a titty-sucking contest or anything like that. The name Tity Boi actually came from my big mama, from me being spoiled and an only child—breastfed. My mama called me Tity Boi, my dad called me Tity Man, my hood called me Tit so when we was trying to rap I had been going by Tit my whole life, Tit, Tity, Tity Man —it’s just like a country nickname —term for being an only child.”

Lawsuit Over Jay Z’s ‘Big Pimpin’ Just Got Bigger As Live Nation Also Gets Sued

February 24th, 2015 - By Ann Brown
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The nephew of a deceased Egyptian composer has added to the lengthy lawsuit he has against Jay Z by tossing in a case against concert promotion company Live Nation for copyright infringement .

Osama Ahmed Fahmy initially sued Jay Z, MTV, Paramount Pictures, Warner Music, and others alleging the hook for “Big Pimpin’,” which was released in 2000, was taken from “Khosara, Khosara,” which appeared in the 1960 Egyptian film Fata Ahlami. Now Fahmy’s saying Live Nation is also responsible as well.

According to Fahmy’s suit, “Big Pimpin'” has been mentioned regularly in Jay Z concert previews and a “substantial percentage of people who purchased tickets to Jay Z’s shows hoped he would perform ‘Big Pimpin’,’ expected he would perform Big Pimpin’, and would have been disappointed if he had not performed ‘Big Pimpin’.’ On information and belief, Live Nation has profited substantially from Jay Z’s performance of Big Pimpin’, including, but not limited to, profits from ticket sales, merchandise, parking, concessions, and other revenue streams.”

Fahmy is suing Live Nation for  damages and profits. He also seeks an injunction prohibiting  Live Nation from promoting, producing or facilitating any live performance of “Big Pimpin’.” Jay Z has been involved with a lawsuit over his hit song Big Pimpin’ for eight years.

Court papers go as far as to claim that “Live Nation knew that Big Pimpin’ infringed upon the Khosara, Khosara copyright, but it nevertheless continued to sponsor, promote, and facilitate Jay-Z’s performances of the infringing work.”

There was a settlement in 2001 between Big Pimpin’ producers and EMI, which once asserted rights to “Khosara, Khosara.” But this deal expired in 2006, and Fahmy says that it’s void because the real owners of “Khosara, Khosara” never agreed to it. “Earlier this month, Fahmy brought a summary judgment motion arguing that Jay Z was not conveyed a valid license to make the sample. A hearing is scheduled on the matter in late March,” reports The Hollywood Reporter.

Sounds kind of messy.

From Amber To Adrienne: 11 People The Kardashian Clan And Co. Teamed Up To Beef With Over The Years

February 17th, 2015 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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Amber Rose is not ready to date following her split from husband, Wiz Khalifa, who is said to have cheated on the curvy socialite.

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After watching Amber Rose put Khloe Kardashian, Kylie Jenner and the whole Kardashian clan in their place earlier this week, it made me think of the many other times that the family (and their friends/flunkies) have gone up against their detractors over things they’ve found disrespectful. Considering how much people have to say about this family, you think they would be involved in Twitter beefs every week. But after doing some thinking, and digging, there haven’t been that many public squabbles–but I would say at least 11. Here are people who’ve had beef with the Kardashians over the years, and some of the names might surprise you.

Love Songs Inspired By Real People

February 13th, 2015 - By Kendra Koger
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The beauty of most love songs is the fact that you can identify them with a special person in your life (past, present, or future).  But when you find out that the song was written for a particular person, it makes the lyrics more tangible and the hope for true love more attainable.  Though many of these relationships didn’t last, we still have these songs as artifacts of a relationship that was so strong that the writers wanted to mark their union in lyrical prose.  With that, let’s go through a list of songs that the writers revealed were dedicated to a particular person when penning the lyrics.

Caption This: What Were Beyoncé, Jay Z, Kim K And Anna Wintour Thinking During North West’s Temper Tantrum

February 13th, 2015 - By Veronica Wells
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New York City is pretty much always popping. But this week things are exceptionally turnt as the city is hosting both fashion week and the NBA All Star Weekend events and festivities. And while both of these events are certainly fun and entertaining for adults, the same is not necessarily true for babies.. That was quite evident with little Miss North West at her father’s Adidas fashion show. Though North West has been seated front row at fashion shows before; now that she’s one, she’s a bit more expressive about what she does and doesn’t like. And based on her mini tantrum at the fashion show, it seems, like most children her age, she doesn’t like having to sit still just to watch models walk down a runway. Take a look at some of the pictures of her mini fall out and be sure to caption what her mother, Beyoncé, Diddy, Jay Z, Anna Wintour and especially North West were thinking at the time.

  Her grandmother, Kris Jenner tried to spin the whole situation a different way.


Also, please note Anna Wintour’s lean.

Tell us, what was everyone thinking?

Producer Hints At Forthcoming Jay Z-Beyoncé Album [Watch]

February 9th, 2015 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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First, they gave us the On the Run Tour…and now, a joint album?

While on the red carpet at the 57th Annual Grammy Awards, producer Noel “Details” Fisher hinted that a joint Jay Z-Beyoncé album is on his list of things to do in 2015.

“I’m working with a couple of new projects that I don’t want to unveil,” he told Billboard on the red carpet. “And then me and Beyoncé and Jay Z are actually doing something together this year. When you think of Jay and Bey together, you think ‘album.’ You should already know.”

So far, no official announcements have been released from Jay or Bey’s camp. However, considering that Bey released an entire surprise album in 2013 with a simple Instagram announcement, there’s a huge chance that it will be a while before we receive official confirmation.

Of course, rumors of a joint album from the husband-and-wife duo have been circulating for quite a while now and it seems that fans are more than ready for it. Also, considering how well their collaborative 2014 tour went, it seems that joining forces for an album would make perfect business sense for these two.

So, would you be interested in hearing a collaborative album from Jay Z and Beyoncé?

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Cuteness with the Carters: The Carter Family’s Most Adorable Moments

January 31st, 2015 - By M A
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It goes without saying that Jay-Z, Beyonce and Blue Ivy make up one of the cutest families in all of entertainment. Not only do you have the seemingly fairytale love story between HOVA and Queen Bey, but they have an absolutely precious little lady in the form of Blue Ivy.

Since we can’t get enough of the Carters and with a fresh 12 months of adorableness ahead of us, Madame Noire takes a look back at some of this family’s cutest moments.

Caption This Pic Of Beyoncé Being A Little Nosy At A Brooklyn Nets Game

January 14th, 2015 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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“Mhmmm…he thinks he’s slick…”

That’s what I was thinking Beyoncé was saying to herself when I saw this picture of her and her hubby, sitting courtside to watch the Nets play the Rockets in Brooklyn on Monday night. But Bey Bey wasn’t watching the game. Who else has given their guy’s phone the cat eye from far away? That’s not to say he’s doing anything wrong, but if your phone comes into my line of vision, I just might look real hard without touching…Jokes!

Bey and Jay strolled into the Barclay’s Center, dressed in matching black, ready to watch the Nets lose to the Rockets (the Nets don’t have the best record this season). But Beyoncé was all smiles either way, as photogs snapped away at her, trying to figure out whether or not she is with child after posting that suspicious Instagram picture over the weekend of herself on the beach, covered in sand.





It’s hard to tell what you’re seeing since she’s wearing high-waisted jeans, but you never know with Beyoncé. Check out more pictures of the pair at the game here and a handful more on the next page: