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The Grammy Nominations concert was held Friday night in Los Angeles and in the midst of all the performances, Jay-Z emerged as the 2013 King of music, leading the way with 9 Grammy nominations.
Although he ranked Magna Carter Holy Grail as his fifth favorite album of his long discography, competition was still for Jay and it is a bit surprising that he’s at the top of the leaderboard. His nominations include Best Rap Album for MCHG and Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for “Part II (On The Run)” featuring Beyoncé. The latter has actually helped Bey become the most nominated Female artist in Grammy history with 46 nominations!
On The R&B side of things, Tamar Braxton came away with three nominations, including one for Best R&B contemporary album You know “SHE” will be talking about this forever. Newcomer Mack Wilds was also nominated in the same category for his mixtape New York: A Love Story.
John Legend was only nominated for one award and wife Chrissy Teigen described it as “some bulls**t. Some f***ing bulls**t.” You have to love a woman who’ll say the things her man won’t say due to music industry “politics.”
Noticeably absent from the list of nominations was Janelle Monaé. Electric Lady was pushed nonstop leading up to its early September release date and while it seemed to be popular among consumers, the Grammy committee didn’t appear to feel the same way.
K. Michelle also feels she was snubbed. After the show was over, she immediately took to Twitter:
Well, okay then, girl.
The 56th Grammy Awards will take place Sunday, January 26, 2014 in Los Angeles. Check here for a complete list of Grammy nominations.
From Black Enterprise
In case you hadn’t heard, 2013 was a record year for Jay Z’s sports ventures. He sold his stake of the Brooklyn Nets and became a certified NBA, NFL and MLB agent, pissing off almost the entire sports representation world in the process.
Take a look at BE’s lengthy interview with Jay Z biographer Zack O’Malley Greenburg for some better perspective on why he’s made some of the moves he’s made. We’re not just saying this because we did the article.
So Happy Birthday Shawn Carter. Here, we break down Jay Z’s brashest, most savvy moves in the sports industry just because.
10. He signed Kevin Durant: In a new interview with CBS Sports’ James Brown, Kevin Durant told Brown that he’s tired of hearing he’s No. 2. “People would just always say that it’s cool, ‘You’re top three, that’s cool. That’s good to be there. It’s alright to be a top-three player in the world … I mean, I’m just tired of settling for that, tired of saying that, tired of hearing it,” he tells Brown in a forthcoming interview on 60 Minutes Sports. Durant is at the top of his game, and yet his humility and expectation of excellence will undoubtedly mean good news for Jay Z, Roc Nation attorney Kim Miale and the good people at Roc Nation. He may be in a small market, but Durant’s loyalty and basketball-first mentality makes him one of the most marketable athletes on the planet.
Read more at BlackEnterprise.com
Today hip-hop mogul Jay Z celebrates his 44th birthday. But instead of honoring his 44th year by simply splurging on some fancy new vehicle or popping bottles at the 40/40 Club, Jay has decided that he wants to reward himself by trying to lead a healthier lifestyle. In a recent entry posted to his Life + Times blog, Jay revealed that he’ll be embarking upon a 22-day vegan challenge, which he hopes will evolve into a full-fledged vegan lifestyle. Oh yeah, his wifey, Beyoncé, will be joining him!
“Psychologists have said it takes 21 days to make or break a habit. On the 22nd day, you’ve found the way,” the “Picasso Baby” rapper began.
“On December 3rd, one day before my 44th birthday I will embark on a 22 Days challenge to go completely vegan, or as I prefer to call it, plant-based!! This all began a few months back when a good friend and vegan challenged me to embrace a ‘plant-based breakfast’ everyday. It was surprisingly easier on me than I thought,” he continued.
He went on to explain why his 44th birthday is an ideal time to embark on the challenge.
“Why now? There’s something spiritual to me about it being my 44th birthday and the serendipity behind the number of days in this challenge; 22 (2+2=4) coupled with the fact that the challenge ends on Christmas day…It just feels right!
So you can call it a spiritual and physical cleanse. I will post my progress… Any professional vegans out there that have any great food spots please help out! Please ha. I don’t know what happens after Christmas. A semi-vegan, a full plant-based diet? Or just a spiritual and physical challenge? We’ll see… Best of luck and health!
P.S. B is also joining me.”
I think this is a nice little challenge for the two lovebirds to go on together. It will be interesting to see if they stick with it once their 22 days are up.
Jazmine Denise is an entertainment and celebrity news blogger. Follow her on Twitter @jazminedenise.
*With the holidays upon us, and money at stake, high profile retailer Barney’s wants to hurry and erase that bad press they got around the whole racial profiling thing a few weeks back.
So they finally found time to sit down with Jay Z, who at first wanted to meet with them about a fashion collaboration; but now, met with them to give input on formulating a plan for an internal council to deal with the whole profiling issue.
A source told WWD/Women’s Wear Daily, “There’s cooperation there. The council is a work in progress. It’s an internal advisory council that Jay Z is going to be a part of.”
The rapper-entrepreneur is also said to be involved in “creating new guidelines for the way the retailer interacts with the New York Police Department.” According to an internal memo obtained by WWD, Barneys will now employ the use of audio-video surveillance to monitor its security room and keep a record log of officers who use the closed-circuit TVs in that room.
Read more on EurWeb.com.
They’re international, baby!
It’s no surprise Mrs. Sasha Fierce and her equally ferocious husband have taken the world by storm landing on Forbes’ 2013 list of the World’s Highest-Paid Musicians. Beyonce took ninth place in a tie with country singer Kenny Chesney, while Jay Z landed in the 18th spot. The wife and husband duo earned $53 million and $42 million this year, respectively.
Beyoncé snapped back with a quickness after the birth of Blue Ivy and launched the Mrs. Carter World Tour, an homage to her husband. She grabbed $2 million in every city she performed in and let’s not forget the steady flow of cash she collects from her old hits. The sultry songstress, endearingly called “Queen Bey” by fans, also accumulated her wealth through endorsement deals with Pepsi and H&M.
Her husband, making $11 million less than his wife, made his 2013 fortune with his keen eye for business. His ventures with Armand de Brignac champagne, D’Ussé cognac, and his Roc Nation management firm helped place him on Forbes’ coveted list.
Jay Z’s bad girl protégé, Rihanna, sits right on top of her mentor in 16th place. The Bajan beauty pulled in $43 million in 2013. With the release of her seventh album, Unapologetic, and dishing out hit-after-hit, like Diamonds and Stay, Rihanna’s rockstar persona continues to rake in the dough.
Dr. Dre, Jay Z’s former partner in rhyme, ranked 20th along with the Red Hot Chilli Peppers, earning $40 million. Diddy outdid them all, and even his former lover, Jennifer Lopez who’s in 15th place, and ranked 12th on the list. Hip-hop’s richest artist earned himself $50 million in 2013 thanks to his Ciroc vodka deal, Bad Boy label, Sean John clothing line, and marketing firm Blue Flame. That $50 million might grow exponentially if Diddy’s new TV network, Revolt, takes off.
As for the top three richest musicians of the world, the honor go to Madonna, Lady Gaga, and Bon Jovi, who reaped in $125, $80, and $79 million, respectively.
To come up with their list, Forbes looked at the musicians’ income between June 1st of 2012 and June 1st of this year, taking into account concert ticket sales, royalties for recorded music and publishing, merchandise sales, endorsement deals, and other business ventures. Their data sources included the RIAA, Pollstar, Nielsen SoundScan, attorneys, managers, and even many of the artists as well.
Former editor at large of Vogue, fashion icon André Talley Leon, broke his silence on the explosive racial profiling scandal involving luxury department store chain, Barneys. As many of you know, despite public outcry and protests, hip-hop mogul Jay Z recently announced that he will be continuing his partnership with Barneys.
“While I await the findings of the Attorney General’s Office, I have agreed to move forward with the launch of BNY SCC collection under the condition that I have a leadership role and seat on a council specifically convened to deal with the issue of racial profiling. I am in a unique position to use my voice to affect change to this disturbing issue. The easy position would have been to walk away and leave policy making to others, hoping that someone addresses the problem.
I will not leave the outcome to others. I will take this into my own hands with full power to recommend, review and revise policies and guidelines moving forward. I am choosing to take this head on,” he expressed in an issued statement.
Yesterday, the collection was released. André was quoted in a recent New York Times piece on Jay’s decision to move forward in his partnership with the retailer.
“Any African-American, male or female, with any consciousness of what has happened would not go into Barneys right now. Nor Macy’s,” he said.
He added that had he been in Jay Z’s position, “for the simplicity of making a broad statement I would pull out.” André isn’t the only celeb of color who has hinted around boycotting Barneys. Actress Queen Latifah has also implied that she would stop patronizing the retailer if necessary.
“I like Barneys and I’d hate to have to boycott them! That would be terrible,” she said last month.
Do you think African-Americans should boycott Macy’s and Barneys?
Jazmine Denise is an entertainment and celebrity news blogger. Follow her on Twitter @jazminedenise.
Jay Z released another statement on Friday concerning his relationship with Barneys post-racial profiling scandal. Explaining that he and his team have been given details about the investigation into the incidents reported by Trayon Christian and Kayla Phillips and he’s been in touch with the New York State Attorney General’s office, Jay says he will move forward with the BNY SCC collection but with a caveat: he will sit on a council to deal specifically with racial profiling. “The easy position would have been to walk away and leave policy making to others hoping that someone addresses the problem. I will not leave the outcome to others. I will take this into my own hands with full power to recommend, review and revise policies and guidelines moving forward. I am choosing to take this head on,” he writes.
He says the Shawn Carter Foundation will now receive all of the proceeds from the sale of the collection, plus an additional 10 percent of all sales made at Barneys New York this Wednesday, November 20th.
From Barneys’ point of view, this is a donation that’s worth the cost. Not only are they putting their money towards a philanthropic effort, but one that’s geared towards African Americans, which (surely they hope) will garner them some goodwill in return. And for Jay Z, he maintains the business relationship with Barneys, helps his foundation, and leaves the door open for future business dealings. Finally, the beneficiaries at the Shawn Carter Foundation will reap rewards from this solution. So it sounds like a win for everyone. Except maybe the customers who will once again be profiled should all of this be for the sake of public relations.
As Sean John executive Alain LaFontant told us in a recent (and prescient) discussion on this very topic, Fashion Week is usually the time when a lack of diversity in the fashion industry becomes most clearly evident. It’s right there in front of you, on display on the catwalk. Here we have the issue thrust into the headlines and at least one retailer must find a way to take steps (even if they are baby steps) to changing things.
Wrapped up in the legal and racial issues of this situation is a lack of respect. Barneys believes there are customers who want to shop at their store and buy their fancy goods, but can’t do that without there being some wrongdoing involved. That’s why two purchases made by African Americans that shouldn’t have raised an eyebrow instead caused a mountain of controversy.
What’s really needed here is a foundation for respectful business transactions at the sales and managerial level at the store. If all we have are optics — Jay Z is sitting on a board, Barneys is meeting with Rev. Al Sharpton — without any demonstrable change, it’s all going to end up being business as usual until the next incident.
To be clear: there’s no way that Jay Z and Barneys could’ve continued with their business plans without backlash. They had to know that. It looks like they both want to make money and they’re hoping that throwing a bone to the angry masses will make the issue eventually fall out of the headlines. As Vogue editor-at-large Andre Leon Talley says in this quote from The New York Times, “Any African-American, male or female, with any consciousness of what has happened would not go into Barneys right now.” Note the “right now.”
If Barneys’ policies change; if outreach to black patrons continues in a way that demonstrates that Barneys doesn’t just want to sell things, but is actually putting out the welcome mat to provide good service and a pleasant shopping experience for all of their customers equally, then this will be a situation that truly benefits everyone.
Jay Z’s under fire from fans and civil rights advocates for not pulling out of his Barneys New York deal, he’s being investigated by the Major League Baseball Players Association for gifts he gave a player, and now he’s being sued for copyright infringement.
According to the New York Daily News, a copyright infringement lawsuit was filed in New York earlier this week against Jay Z over a sample in his single “Run This Town,” reports EUR.
TufAmerica Inc. says Jay Z illegally sampled the 1969 song “Hook & Sling,” by singer Eddie Bo and producer Al Scramuzza, for use on the 2009 single, which featured Rihanna and Kanye West.
TufAmerica is asking the court for proceeds from the song and damages to be determined at trial, plus a court order to cease “further distribution and exploitation” of the track, according to the Daily News.
Jay Z has been tied up in the courts lately–this is the third suit Jay Z and his label executives have recently been served. In March 2012, he and West agreed to a settlement with Syl Johnson over the use of samples from the song “Different Strokes” for their single “The Joy,” from the “Watch the Throne” album. And Jay Z is still fighting a 2007 lawsuit with Osama Ahmed Fahmy over the sampling of “Khosara, Khosara” for his 2000 song “Big Pimpin’.” Sounds like he’s not running from anything but the law right now.
Jay Z hasn’t been on the good side of many folks lately. The rapper/entrepreneur/sports agent is being investigated by the Major League Baseball Players Association over gifts he gave to Robinson Cano, the Yankees second baseman, at his birthday party in Belgium in October. According to reports, Jay gave his client a special, limited-edition gold “Shawn Carter” Hublot watch that came with a whopping $34,000 price tag and is one of only 100. And this was just one of the gifts given. According to ESPN, the MLBPA is looking into whether Jay Z violated union regulations for agents when he gave Cano the fancy bling.
The regulations state:
“No Player Agent or Applicant shall provide, cause to be provided or promise to provide, any money or any other thing of value to any player, or any person related to or associated with such player, the purpose of which is to induce or encourage such player to use or continue to use any person’s or firm’s services as a Player Agent, Representative, or Draft Advisor.”
Officials with the union say that clause, as well as other related stipulations, are in place to “ensure that players choose their representatives on merit rather than what the union calls ‘improper inducements,”’ reports ESPN.
Cano, 31, who actually has co-representation between Roc Nation and CAA, was given a $141 million qualifying offer to play with the famed New York ball club. This means New York would receive an extra draft pick at the end of the first round as compensation if Cano signs with another team. Cano is reportedly looking for a contract in the $300 million range.
The dust up is just one of a few in the few short months that Jay has led Roc Nation Sports.
“Jay Z has ruffled plenty of high-dollar feathers with his foray into the sports-management world, from calling out Scott Boras in a song (after signing the Yankee’s Robinson Cano away from the super-agent) , to calling agents ‘half-A$$’ and comparing them to robbers,” reports Fox Sports.
Jay Z’s other clients include Jets QB Geno Smith, WNBA star Skylar Diggins and Oklahoma City Thunder superstar Kevin Durant.
Does Jay Z, who is still under fire for his Barneys New York collaboration, have any room in his portfolio for another joint venture with the high-end retailer? Yes, it seems. Jay Z is is now launching his first men’s fragrance with Barneys — just in time for the holiday shopping.
Called “Gold Jay Z” it will will debut at Barneys New York on November 2o. It is part of his collaboration with the store, featuring three different sized bottles ranging from $39 to $70. The cologne will later sell at 2,000 department stores starting Black Friday, November 29 reports The Huffington Post.
It took Jay Z countless tries to find the right name. Reportedly, he rejected 3,200 names before settling on “Gold Jay Z” after picking up one of the bottles saying, “This is the Shyte; it’s gold.”
Jay teamed up with with Firmenich perfumer Ilias Ermenidis to create the scent.
“I was impressed with JAY Z’s style and confidence and was drawn to the ease with which he carries himself and all of his success,” says Ilias Ermenidis in a press release.
“He has a natural cool that people want a piece of. In developing Gold Jay Z, I wanted to capture both the vibrant ambitious part of Jay Z’s charismatic persona and his effortless style that he naturally embodies through a fusion of notes chosen by Jay Z.”
There isn’t more information on the fragrance’s official site, JayZGold.com. It directed users to the web hosting company GoDaddy and doesn’t launch until November 29th.
The 17-time Grammy award-winner has been under fire for his Barneys New York collaboration after two lawsuits accused the store of racial profiling.
He was under intense pressure from the public to make a statement and pull out of the deal, but the 43-year-old released a statement a couple of weeks ago saying he was simply waiting on all the “facts” before fully responding.
According to Jay Z, he is “not making a dime” from the collaboration. The Shawn Carter Foundation, which gives college scholarships to students with financial need, will receive 25 percent of the profits.