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Hungarian Musician Sues Bey And Jay For Sampling Her Voice In “Drunk In Love”

December 16th, 2014 - By Lauren R.D. Fox
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Radio station bans Jay Z's 'Drunk In Love' verse

Hungarian folk singer Monika Miczura Juhasz known by her artist name Mitsou, is suing Beyoncé, Jay Z and Timbaland for sampling her song “Bajba, Bajba Pelem (I Got Into Trouble)” in “Drunk In Love.” In a Manhattan civil suit, Mitsou claims the trio used and digitally manipulated her Hungarian Roma folk song as the acapella intro for their 2013 hit.

She also claims in her lawsuit, her song’s sample was used “to evoke foreign eroticism alongside the sexually intense lyrics performed by Beyoncé and Jay Z in ‘Drunk in Love.’” The suit further explains Mitsou’s vocal intro was recorded and revamped for 57 seconds and the sampled continued to play alongside Jay Z’s rap verse. Altogether, Mitsou’s vocals were featured in “Drunk In Love” for 1.5 minutes.

The original track, “Bajba, Bajba Pelem” was released under the title “Gypsy Life On The Road” in the United States by North Pacific Records in 1997. According the New York Post, Mitsou is an acclaimed Hungarian Roma singer who was discovered at 17 years old and performed around the globe at festivals and concerts. Mitsou claims friends notified her about “Bajba, Bajba Pelem” being used in Yoncé and Hov’s duet. The Post says Mitsou is seeking unspecified damages and, she notes, she never signed any documents to permit her song or voice to be used in advertising or trade materials.

Below you can listen to Mitsou’s “Bajba,Bajba Pelem” and The Carters’ “Drunk In Love.”

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Do you hear any similarities between the two tracks?

[Photos] Memphis Bleek Gets Hitched, Jay Z And Beyoncé Attend

December 15th, 2014 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Speaking of celebrations, rapper Memphis Bleek and Ashley Coombs tied the knot this weekend!

According to The YBF, the ceremony and reception took place on Saturday, December 13 in Merion, New Jersey and was attended by relatives and friends of the couple, including longtime pal Jay Z, his wife Beyoncé and Eddie Levert. The event was coordinated by event planning company Allure One.

Check out photos from the lovely wedding below.

Jay Z Meets With NYS Governor Andrew Cuomo Following Outcry Stemming From Eric Garner Case

December 11th, 2014 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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On Wednesday, Shawn “Jay Z” Carter sat down with New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo to discuss reviewing the current justice system in the state of New York. The meeting came on the heels of the grand jury’s troubling decision not to indict Officer Daniel Pantaleo in the death of Eric Garner.

According to Director of Communications for the Governor’s Office, Melissa DeRosa, Cuomo has also met with Russell Simmons and several others.

“Governor Cuomo has said he wants a comprehensive review of the current criminal justice system and has been talking with interested parties to discuss just that,” DeRosa announced in a statement.

“Over the last week, he has personally spoken with members of the Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian Legislative Caucus, PBA President Pat Lynch, community activists including Russell Simmons and Shawn ‘Jay Z’ Carter, and district attorneys from across the state and looks forward to continuing this dialogue with additional stakeholders in the coming days and weeks.”

According to the New York Daily News, Cuomo has referred to his meeting with Carter as a “productive” session.

“Gov. Cuomo and Shawn (JAY Z) Carter had a productive conversation about doing a top-to-bottom review of the criminal justice system and how we can all work together to pass a reform package that ensures equality in the eyes of the law,” DeRosa told the newspaper.

Interestingly, during a rally at City Hall Wednesday, Simmons expressed that Cuomo had promised to sign an executive order that would give special prosecutors the power to come in and investigate police-related killings. This is wonderful news considering that many feel that this is a major flaw in our justice system. When officers are prosecuted by the very same prosecutors that they work with on a daily basis, it creates a conflict of interest.

“I’m very excited about what the governor said,” Simmons said. “I’m going to hold him to it.”

Hopefully, Cuomo holds true to said promise.

Are They Our Prince William & Kate? 10 Celebrity Couples We Treat Like Royalty

December 9th, 2014 - By Tanvier Peart
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News outlets have been on high alert with Prince William and Kate Middleton making visits around the country. Even though there is no monarchy in place here in the U.S. doesn’t mean we can’t crown high profile couples as our own royalty. Take a look at these 10 celebrity couples who we can’t seem to stop discussing.

Who Is Solange’s Fiancé? 12 Popular Music Videos You Didn’t Know Were Directed By Alan Ferguson

November 11th, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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We all heard yesterday that 28-year-old Solange Knowles is all set to marry music video director Alan Ferguson, 51, this weekend. And while we know that the two make a very charming couple, what else do we know about him? Well, I do know that he’s a pretty accomplished director, and he has worked behind the camera for many, many years. In fact, he’s actually behind some of our favorite videos over the years…


“Who You Wit” by Jay Z

“Who You Wit” was a song put out for the soundtrack of the 1997 film Sprung. While the video featured clips of the film (and a cameo by Joe Torry), Ferguson mostly shot Jigga man as he partook in a “Playa of the Year” contest, which he won of course. It had a very The Mack feel, which is why so many people enjoyed the visuals.

Show Me What You Got! Jay Z Acquires “Ace Of Spades” Champagne From Sovereign Brands

November 6th, 2014 - By Lauren R.D. Fox
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While the Queen of the Carter Kingdom, Beyoncé, is prepping to launch her 2015 collection with Topshop, her husband Jay Z has recently acquired Cattier’s Armand de Brignac Champagne from Sovereign Brands.

In a statement, Sovereign Brands said via New York Times: “We are proud to announce that Sovereign Brands, a New York-based wine and spirits company owned by the Berish family, has sold its interest in the Armand de Brignac (‘Ace of Spades’) Champagne brand to a new company led by the globally renowned Shawn ‘Jay Z’ Carter.”

The Global Director Of Brand Communications for Sovereign, Yvonne Lardner also relayed, “We have had a wonderful relationship with Jay Z throughout the years since he first discovered Armand de Brignac. He became interested in owning the brand and made us an offer we simply couldn’t refuse.”

Information about the deal or the name of Jay Z’s company have not been disclosed. Jay Z’s love for Armand de Brignac or “Ace of Spades” (nicknamed after its logo) began when he heard about the alcoholic beverage through a friend. He later featured it in his 2006 music video “Show Me What You Got.” The Ace Of Spades’ bottles are  handcrafted at the Cattier’s family ‘s 251 year old French chateau.

Caption This Video Of Beyoncé And Jay Z Having An Intense Conversation Courtside At A Brooklyn Nets Game

November 5th, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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So, about this video…

I was picking around the Internet when I stumbled upon a story about Beyoncé that I found quite strange, and then noticed it in a few more places. While kicking it courtside with her husband at a Brooklyn Nets game on Monday, the singer can be seen talking to Jay Z on and off, and when she isn’t, she spends her time rocking from side to side. It’s hard to tell if she was doing this rocking to your usual basketball arena noises (i.e., “DEFENSE! DEFENSE!”), if there was a tune in her head she couldn’t get out, or if, like me, she’s just one of those people who rocks when they’re deep in thought. I didn’t think much about the video after watching it one good time.

But according to other publications and people commenting, what I allegedly missed is that she is losing her mind, and the video is proof of that. The pressure of being perfect in the critical public eye had gotten the best of her. Or better yet, she was drunk. No! She’s so dazed and confused because she’s high! Weed, “rohypnol IV drip,” you name it…

Yeah, I’m going to go ahead and call such theories a major reach.

What do you see?

Guess Who Blue Ivy Was For Halloween

October 31st, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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I wonder if the Carters watch “Black-ish”? If you watched this week’s Halloween episode, you saw the Dre and his family went as the Jackson 5. Earlier today, we reported that Beyoncé dressed as Janet Jackson from her Rhythm Nation days. But Blue got the better costume. She was a young Michael Jackson, complete with the shiny glove, boots and a curl. And it’s just too adorable. Check out a couple of pictures of her stepping out with her parents last night.

Apparently, Jay Z didn’t want to join in on all the family theme. Later that evening, he was seen wearing a mask on the back of his head but it wasn’t Jackson family related. Bey and Blue got the best ones. Though it would have been pretty hilarious to see him attempt the Jermaine Jackson spray painted hair.

As smart at that little Blue Ivy is, I wouldn’t be surprised if she specially asked to be Michael Jackson. Either way she’s adorable. And I peep the little twist hanging out, just like Michael used to have that single curl hanging down in his face. Blue isn’t the only celebrity baby whose debuted her Halloween costume already, this morning Kim Kardashian shared a few pics of North West. Check them out on the next page.

Beyoncé Dresses Up As “Rhythm Nation” Janet Jackson; And Why Are Folks Dressing Up As Blue Ivy? [Pics]

October 31st, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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Well, look who is in the Halloween spirit! After dressing up as an angel for last year’s Halloween festivities (and dressing Blue Ivy up as a bumblebee), Beyoncé decided to pay homage and have a little more fun with this year’s costume. Bey stepped out in full Janet Jackson Rhythm Nation mode–key earring, identical hat and vest, all black everything. She wore this cool ensemble to last night’s Powerhouse concert at the Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn, which was held by Power 105 (home of the Breakfast Club). She watched husband, Jay Z, take the stage.  

A photo posted by La La (@ooolalablog) on

Jay hit the stage briefly to perform alongside Young Jeezy (they did their song, “Seen It All”) and also put on a costume of sorts. He showed off a Jason Voorhees mask, which he wore backwards for most of the night.

A photo posted by @beyhivehoney on

  And can we mention that someone has decided to dress up as the couple’s daughter, Blue Ivy? And no, it’s not a child…  

A photo posted by @beyhivehoney on


Celebrities (and everyday people) are already pulling out and putting on some very fun and kooky costumes, so it’s looking like it’s going to be a very interesting Halloween.

He Put A Ring On It…Again: Jay Z And Beyoncé Reportedly Renew Their Vows

October 23rd, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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For months there was speculation that Jay Z and Beyoncé’s relationship was possibly on the rocks after that elevator video leaked and shook up the world. But alas, it seems that all is well with the couple, because according to People, the two found time to renew their vows recently.

A source admitted to the magazine that they were going through things, like most married couples, but worked on them and are in a good place. The motive behind trying to work on everything was reportedly “for the sake of their reputations and their 2-year-old daughter.” Not necessarily in that order I hope…

“They did have major problems. But they worked it out and they’ve renewed their vows.”

And not only that, but the source says that the couple is “looking for a place” in Paris, the same place where they were engaged, conceived Blue Ivy and finished their joint On The Run tour. They’ve checked out properties near the River Seine and near Elysee Palace. The couple have been snapped by paparazzi moving about in Paris checking out the pricey real estate.

One other thing the source confirmed that the couple is doing together is a joint album, which isn’t a surprise since it seems like the natural next step after performing together for months.

Glad to see these two were able to work on whatever issues they had, but do you believe there were any really big issues threatening to separate them in the first place? As crazy Mathew Knowles once said:

“From experience, there’s a tour going on. So you sometimes have to ignite that tour. It’s called a Jedi mind trick. The Jedi mind trick fools you a lot…Everyone’s talking about it. Ticket sales went up. Solange’s album sales went up 200%!”

Whatever was going on, we’re just glad to hear of two people in Hollywood staying together. It’s becoming all too rare these days…