Beyoncé's "Formation" Video Allegedly Steals Documentary Footage
UPDATE (02/07/15 10:19 AM): "That B.E.A.T." director Chris Black has revealed that Beyoncé's team did try to license footage from his documentary last month, though he maintains a deal was never struck. The film's other director, Abteen Bagheri, apparently denied a request from those involved with "Formation" to gain access to "That B.E.A.T." footage. A representative for Beyoncé, however, tells a different story.
Diddy, Jay Z, & Drake Among Forbes' 2015 Highest-Paid Musicians
In 2015, the big bucks come from touring. Just ask Katy Perry, who grossed over $2 million per show during her Prismatic World Tour. With $135 million earned in 2015, she is the year's highest-paid musician and the highest-paid celebrity of anyone not named Floyd Mayweather or Manny Pacquiao.
Lil Wayne’s Best Pop Culture References In "FWA"
Lil Wayne fans are familiar with his associative, stream of consciousness, lean-induced lyrical style, which lends itself to lots of punchlines and pop culture references. It has been well-documented that he records lyrics on his portable microphone and never writes them down. FWA is no different, as Weezy utilizes his encyclopedia knowledge of sports, politics, films, and TV shows as means to express his thoughts about money, drugs, and women. It is when he uses these sorts of comparisons that he is often at his funniest and most insightful.
President Obama Addresses Jay-Z & Beyonce's Trip To Cuba
Jay-Z and Beyonce's trip to Cuba seems to have ruffled quite a few feathers. The trip was already receiving enough criticism, when Hova dropped a new track, "Open Letter," which insinuated that Jay had spoken with President Obama personally about his vacation.
Jay Z & Beyoncé Win "Drunk In Love" Lawsuit Against Hungarian Singer
Beyoncé and Jay Z have won a lawsuit against a Hungarian singer known as Mitsou, reports PageSix. The singer, whose real name is Monika Miczura, sued Bey and Jay in December 2014 for using her voice without permission on "Drunk in Love," the couple's collab that peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard 100 in 2014.
Halloween Photo Recap: The Best Costumes In Hip-Hop
As you know, last night was Halloween, and while you were out having debauched nights highlighted by outrageous costumes, many of your favorite rappers were doing the exact same thing. We've already seen Iggy Azalea's hilarious "White Chicks" get up, but now here's a gallery of the best costumes we've seen rappers wearing online.
Hip-Hop's 10 Best Surprise Projects
Ever since Beyonce’s eponymous album took the world, and subsequently the internet, by storm, the concept of the surprise release has been a trend that a wide span of artists have adopted. From David Bowie to Kanye West, the unexpected drop has proven to be beneficial for a buzzworthy artist to make a big splash. Not just a splash, either. Usually, these surprise releases wind up being incredible instalments of quality music.
Azealia Banks Lashes Out Against Beyonce In Latest Twitter Rant
Azealia Banks has opinions, and she has the habit of sharing said opinions, no matter how controversial on twitter. Her twitter deactivation back in March didn't last long, since hopping back on the social platform, she's had words for Iggy Azalea, Sarah Palin, Wale, and we're probably missing a couple names.
Beyoncé Announces "Formation" World Tour At Super Bowl 50
After shutting down the Super Bowl 50 half time show alongside Coldplay and Bruno Mars, Beyoncé made a big announcement. No, it's not an album, but it's almost as good -- it's a world tour!While the dates haven't rolled in just yet, we know that the presale will begin February 9th, while regular sale will begin on the 16th.The tour is named after Yoncé's new single, "Formation," but we find it hard to believe that there isn't an album somewhere in the immediate future as well.
The Top 20 Projects Of 2016 (So Far)
In the midst of a year that was already challenging peoples' definitions of mixtapes, albums, and "free" projects, Chance The Rapper asked, "Am I the only n*gga who still cares about a mixtape?" On the surface, it made sense-- Chance is one of the few top-tier artists who've never sold a single copy of his internet-only projects-- but as his latest, Coloring Book, was released exclusively via a deal with Apple Music, both his independent claim and the definition of "mixtape" were subsequently scrutinized.
Beyonce's First Week Sales Projections For "Lemonade"
Over the weekend, Beyonce pulled a Beyonce, and dropped off yet another surprise (visual) album.
Jay Z & Beyonce Are Getting The Boot From Their Holmby Hills Estate In L.A.
About eight months after moving into their 16,000 square foot Holmby Hills Estate in Los Angeles, The Carters are having to pack their bags again, and not under their own will.
Courtside Collection: Hip Hop Artists At Basketball Games
When hip hop 'It' couple Jay Z and Beyonce recently showed up courtside at the Brooklyn Nets vs. Miami Heat game amidst major controversies. the buzz of the pairs appearance was carried around swiftly.
Charts Don't Lie: July 13
Drake spent nine weeks at #1 before being dethroned, this time around, by Blink-182, whose record California now holds the top spot. R&B superstar Maxwell debuts at the #3 spot with blackSUMMERS'night, his first record since '09. Logic debuts at #16 with Bobby Tarantino and Desiigner begins his presence on the Billboard 200 at #22 with his mixtape New English.
Meek Mill Performs For The First Time In Months At Beyonce's "Formation" Show In Philly
Summer Jam wasn't the only big show that went down last night. Not too far away, Beyonce's "Formation" tour touched down in Philadelphia, and her official opener, DJ Khaled, had a few surprises in store, as he brought out Rick Ross as well as the hometown hero Meek Mill, performing for the first time since he was put on house arrest in early February.
Top 10 Hip Hop Tracks That Sample Prince
What would hip hop even look like if we lived in a world where Prince never existed? It'd be much less colorful and funky, I"m sure, and some of its most vibrant artists would never have had the courage to step out of the box were it not for one of the weirdest artists of all time. André 3000, Kanye West, Pharrell, The-Dream, and Young Thug (so basically, all of The Life Of Pablo's squad) in particular have Prince to thank for some, if not most, of their musical and/or fashion styles, and the rest of the rap game isn't far off either.
DJ Khaled Names The One Person He's Extra Respectful Around
DJ Khaled is enjoying one hell of a renaissance. His absolute dominance of the Snapchat universe has garnered him cover stories from non-hip hop (or even music) related publications like Bloomberg Businessweek, and now he’s sat down for a short interview with The New York Times Magazine.
Beyoncé Was Storm From X-Men At Ciara's Superhero Birthday Party
When it comes to Storm from X-Men, it's hard to top Halle Berry's portrayal, but Beyoncé definitely gave her a run for her money last night. It all went down at Ciara's 30th birthday party, which had a superhero theme. Bey's costume was easily the highlight, but Ciara and Russell Wilson came through with some serious Catwoman and Batman costumes as well (bringing us back to Kanye West and Kim Kardashian's getups a couple years back). Not too many photos have surfaced so far, but someone did manage to catch Lala Anthony as Captain America.
BET Awards Announce 2015 Nominees
The 2015 BET Awards go down on Sunday, June 28th, and today, we've got the full list of nominees. Check out the hip hop-related ones below, and the full thing here. Best female R&B/Pop artist BeyonceJanelle MonaeJhene AikoCiaraRihanna Best male R&B/Pop artist Chris Brown Trey SongzThe WeekndAugust AlsinaUsherJohn Legend
Beyonce, Jay Z, Usher & Ja Rule Attend Chance The Rapper's Show In NYC
Chance the Rapper's "Family Matters" tour came through NYC last night, and some celebrity guests were in attendance to watch the young rapper perform with his band, The Social Experiment. Fetty Wap isn't the only young artist Beyonce is rocking with these days, as she, her husband, and Usher were pictured with Chance backstage at last night's show.