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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.

Mr. International: Jay Z To Buy Scandinavian Streaming Company For $56 Million

January 30th, 2015 - By Ann Brown
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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.

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:

Did Beyonce Just Announce Her Second Pregnancy?

January 11th, 2015 - By Courtney Whitaker
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Beyonce may or may not have just announced her second pregnancy to the world.

The songstress has social media in a frenzy after posting a suspicious picture of herself on Instagram. The photo features Bey buried under a ton of sand with an extra bump on her stomach. Of course, the Beyhive is convinced she’s pregnant. However, we’re not sure. Two weeks ago, she posted photos of her and Jay drinking champagne.

Nonetheless, we’re placing Queen Bey on baby bump watch. We think Blue Ivy would make a great big sister.

Why Are Jay Z & Beyoncé Being Harshly Criticized Over This Photo?

January 7th, 2015 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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This image of Beyoncé, Blue Ivy and Jay Z seems sweet and wholesome enough: The singer and her family are having a memorable moment, petting a baby tiger while visiting FantaSea in Phuket, Thailand (even though Jay doesn’t seem too sure about the big cat…). But this photo is not bringing a smile to the face of Dr. Jan Schmidt-Burbach and the people of the World Animal Protection organization.

Dr. Schmidt-Burbach said in a statement on the WAP website:

“A tiger is not a plaything. Their health and well-being should not be sacrificed for a photo opportunity. When you look behind the scenes, holiday snaps like these support an industry that relies on animal cruelty.

Many tourists unwittingly contribute to the suffering of wild animals like these. They’re simply not aware that their ‘once in a lifetime’ photo means a lifetime of misery for that animal.”

Dr. Schmidt-Burbach added this, in a statement, which was obtained by Billboard:

“I urge anyone who is thinking about posing with a wild animal to watch World Animal Protection’s video to learn the facts before they book their next vacation. Once people know the truth, they can take action to end this cruelty by choosing to see wild animals in the wild where they belong.”

Kate Good of One Green Planet also called out Beyoncé for riding on an elephant while on her trip to Thailand too:

“The wee-baby elephant that Beyonce has so happily perched herself upon, was likely taken from his mother and forced to endure a six-month ‘breaking’ period during which time he was locked in a small enclosure and continuously beaten by his mahouts (trainers). It is not unlikely that this poor elephant will spend everyday[sic] after this one carrying other tourists, exposed to the extreme heat and weather of Phuket, knowing little but a life of pain and misery.”

But honestly, Beyoncé and Jay Z probably aren’t worried about such criticism, because today is Blue Ivy’s third birthday, and they’re focused on making it a special one:


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