Jay-Z (oh, I’m sorry – Jay Z?) released his latest album, Magna Carta Holy Grail, earlier this summer to mixed reviews. I really like 1/4 of it, like about 1/2 of it and the rest I’ll skip whenever it comes up on my iTunes, but that’s neither here nor there. Jay worked with quite a few other artists on this record, and the opening track – aptly titled ‘Holy Grail’ – features Justin Timberlake. That song is the new single, and now there’s a video for it! Woo hoo!
Here’s a random question: do any of you actually really like music videos as a medium? I ask because I never have. I don’t think they add anything new to the music and I often find them distracting or disappointing. I don’t really have an opinion on this one either way, but I just don’t “get” music videos as a whole. I know they can be another medium for an artist to express his/her “vision”, but I dunno. Just doesn’t do it for me. If you’re a big music video fan, why do you like them? Shed some light!
August 30, 2013 at 9:30 am by Jennifer
In what may be the most pointless story you’ll read today, Jay-Z has apparently decided to permanently drop the hyphen in his name to become Jay Z. No reason was given behind the decision (perhaps because whatever they came up with would be really stupid?) but it is what it is. Billboard editor Joe Levy announced the “news” on his Twitter page yesterday, whereupon lots of fans told him that this isn’t the first time Jay has tried this (even though it didn’t work the last time):
Breaking: Jay Z has dropped the hyphen from his name, according to his label. I am not kidding. (Wish I was.) Copy editors: take note.
— Joe Levy (@RealJoeLevy) July 18, 2013
Didn't take, though. The hyphen is strong. RT "@wesleyverhoeve: This happened several years ago"
— Joe Levy (@RealJoeLevy) July 18, 2013
@wesleyverhoeve Didn't take anywhere. NYT, all media, fans. Or the cover of BP3, for that matter. iTunes credits "JAY Z"; cover says "JAY-Z"
— Joe Levy (@RealJoeLevy) July 18, 2013
I mean, does this honestly matter? Is it honestly something people feel like wasting time on doing? He’s rich – does anything else matter? (LOL!)
July 19, 2013 at 7:30 am by Jennifer
Jay-Z and Timbaland worked together back in 2009 on The Blueprint III but had a bit of a falling out, if you will, after it dropped. I guess songs got leaked and Jay-Z thought that was Timbaland’s fault and all hell broke loose. Then Jay-Z wanted to make up but Timbaland was being a big baby and wouldn’t listen and then finally they did make up and Tim produced most of Magna Carta Holy Grail (which is a great album, by the way).
From BBC Radio 1 with Zane Lowe (via DS):
“The fallout happened at the end of that album,” Jay-Z said. “A couple of songs were getting leaked, and it just ruined that whole process.
“Kanye [West] was like ‘let’s get Tim in’ [for Magna Carta Holy Grail], we were all inviting him and he just wasn’t accepting to the process.
“It seemed like it was more about him than the actual album.”
He continued: “When you make an album you have to put all egos aside for the sake of the project. That was almost like a last-straw type of thing and we went our separate ways.”
Jay-Z and Timbaland eventually reunited and worked together on his new album Magna Carta Holy Grail, with Timbaland producing 11 out of 16 tracks.
He added: “When he came back he had this new maturity and this growth and I was like ‘OK, this is gonna work out’.”
Cool story, bro. Literally. Timbaland does some okay stuff sometimes and it’s always nice when people can put their differences aside for the greater good. What can I say – I’m feeling pretty zen this morning.
July 16, 2013 at 11:30 am by Jennifer
I don’t know if Jay-Z and Beyoncé are gunning to be the godparents of North West or what, but they apparently bought Kim Kardashian and Kanye West‘s new baby $7,500 worth of presents just for being born. WHAT?
From The Sun:
KANYE WEST and KIM KARDASHIAN’s ludicrously named nipper North won’t have the shame of a third-hand Scotland strip to worry about – especially not with superstar family pals like BEYONCE and JAY-Z.
The couple showed up at gran KRIS JENNER’s Beverly Hills gaff with more than £5,000 ($7,500) of presents for the nipper.
They brought a load of posh baby gear to commemorate the birth, including personalised Christian Dior baby booties.
They also splashed out on a three-piece sterling silver Elsa Peretti Padova baby set with North’s name engraved on each item.
The fork, spoon and cup set is one of the most popular baby gifts sold by fancy jeweller Tiffany’s.
A source said: “Kanye is one of Jay-Z’s closest friends so he wanted to get the best gift. They’ve had a girl themselves, so they know the right type of present.
“They also brought their baby girl Blue Ivy to come over and meet North.
“She’s old enough now to be really interested in babies. Any bad blood between the ladies has all been brushed under the carpet now Kim’s a mum – Beyonce was even sharing weight-loss tips with her.”
Christian Dior baby booties? WHY? What a colossal waste of money, considering the kid is going to grow out of them in, like, a month. I really don’t get why celebrities feel the need to spend so much money on such dumb things. I’ve always said that even if (WHEN – I’m Secret-ing that shit) I get rich, I’ll still be shopping at Target and looking for bargains because I’m cheap as hell. I mean, there’s certain things I’ll splash out on – I like gadgets and fancy computers and stuff – but beyond that, I’ll be clipping coupons. (I kid, I’m not quite that bad.)
Anyway, I guess it’s nice to see that poor little North West won’t be going without.
July 4, 2013 at 11:30 am by Jennifer
I don’t mind me a bit of Sandy Bullock – her movies are inoffensive enough and she seems like a pretty sweet lady and a decent actress. Plus, her baby, Louis, is absolutely adorable. Not sure why that gives her added credibility, but it does, so let’s just go with it. In any case, she’s got an exciting new role coming down the pipe, maybe: Miss Hannigan in Sony’s Annie remake.
From The Hollywood Reporter:
Bullock would play Miss Hannigan, the mean lady who runs the orphanage inhabited by Annie (Wallis) and her friends. (Foxx will play a modern incarnation of Daddy Warbucks, a billionaire named Benjamin Stacks.)
But that is only if a deal is made. Bullock and the studio were in talks in March, but the actress ultimately passed at the time. Now the two sides are back at the table.
I’m sort of in support of this, but a little confused about the casting of this movie all-around. I love little Q, so I’m in on that front, but I’ve never really liked Jamie Foxx very much, to be honest. Also, the 1982 version is so classic so I’m not really sure why we need a remake. Can’t people leave well enough alone?
June 13, 2013 at 10:30 am by Jennifer
Beyoncé — oh, I’m sorry, I mean ~*~Mrs. Carter~*~ — is reportedly pregnant again. Didn’t she just have a baby and perform at the Superest of Bowls and start touring? The woman is like Iron Man. I would assume. I haven’t seen any of the Iron Man movies. So someone tell me if that’s a good simile. If not, make one up of your own that is better. And we’re all happy.
People magazine, citing The New York Post (oh lol okay) is offering some clues that ~*~Mrs. Carter~*~ is carrying a child inside of her midsection, or whatever.
The New York Post, citing multiple sources, says that Beyoncé and husband Jay-Z are expecting a sibling for their daughter, now 15 months.
Beyoncé, 31, has made no secret about wanting to give her first-born a sibling, and a new bump watch has commenced as the singing diva continues on a world tourthat ends in Brooklyn on Aug. 5.
But a source tells PEOPLE the baby may not be on the way just yet: “Beyoncé and Jay are planning for another baby after her tour is over and things calm down just a bit.”
TL;DR Beyoncé is expecting but maybe she isn’t. Thanks for the hot tip! Magazines and bloggers everywhere are now analyzing recent photos of Beyoncé to try to prove she’s pregnant. Here’s a photo of her from the Met gala on May 7 in something atrocious:
And here she is performing on May 8.
Yeah, I’m not really seeing any evidence of a “baby bump.”