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Beyonce, Jay Z, Pharrell among Webby nominees

This year’s list of nominees for Webby awards celebrating Internet achievement range from celebrities such as Beyoncé and Ellen DeGeneres to Google and GoPro, the maker of popular mountable video cameras.

The organizations with the most nominations are Vice Media with 11, The New York Times with 10, and Google Inc. with nine. Among the online videos nominated is “24 Hours of Happy,” a 24-hour music video starring Pharrell Williams. READ FULL STORY

The Must List for Nov. 20: Jay Z's collection for Barneys and Jennifer Lawrence on tour


Jay Z’s collection for Barneys hits stores and  Jennifer Lawrence begins her Catching Fire talk show circuit with a stop on The Daily Show. Find out what else is on Wednesday’s Must List in the video below.

'Made in America' documentary: More than just a concert film

Made in America is not your average concert documentary. Yes, the 90-minute film featured performances from the likes of Pearl Jam, Skrillex, Run DMC, the Hives, and more. But it was also a tale of struggle, triumph, achievements, and failures. Giving a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the two-day festival that took place in Philadelphia last year, director Ron Howard and Jay Z shared the stories of the people responsible for the success of the inaugural event.

Here are seven highlights: READ FULL STORY

'Forbes' announces Beyonce and Jay Z as top-earning celebrity couple of 2013

Music and entertainment moguls Jay Z and Beyonce have no need to watch the throne as they top Forbes‘ list of the highest-earning celebrity couples for the second year in a row. The power duo earned an estimated $95 million between the two of them from June 2012 and June 2013. With one album, two world tours, and a plethora of other business including a sports agency, fragrance collection, and clothing line, the couple certainly have kept busy this year to earn almost $100 million. The list, which bases its estimates from talks with managers, producers, and other industry insiders, combines the earnings of each celeb in the couple as determined in ForbesCelebrity 100 list. READ FULL STORY

Jay Z's heartbroken hyphen looks for a new mate on Craigslist

It was the breakup heard around the world: After 19 beautiful years together, Jay-Z Jay Z dumped his hyphen.

So what’s a lonely punctuation mark to do? The movies teach us that eating ice cream and crying is the right thing to do, but what the lost hyphen really needs is to go out on the prowl and meet a new soulmate! Well, at least according to this Craigslist ad, (via The Daily Beast). The “SBH (Single Black Hyphen” has just “ended a long relationship. In fact, I was dumped … after 19 years — by someone I felt part of and thought I could trust. He used to say: ‘You complete me’.) READ FULL STORY

Jay-Z plants a sweet surprise on Beyonce during concert -- VIDEO

Oh to be the couple known as Beyonce and Jay-Z. Fans can’t stop you from singing impeccably. Negative album reviews won’t deter you from selling a ton of records. Even rumors of not having an album at all won’t hold you down.

And in case their awesomeness was ever in question, just watch this cute moment from the Philadelphia stop on Beyonce’s “Mrs. Carter” world tour. Looks like the reigning — and the notoriously quiet — King and Queen of Music are a-Okay in the marriage department. Check out a sweet kiss that Jay runs out and plants on B around the one minute-mark: READ FULL STORY

Jay-Z 'Magna Carta' lyric or Miley Cyrus tweet? Take our quiz!

In 1992, Jay-Z retired from dealing drugs and went in search of a record deal. Also in 1992, Miley Cyrus was born. And somehow, the universe (and lyrical shout-outs. And the Internet.) has brought these seemingly disparate artists together.

It all started with Miley getting pumped about a Jay-Z song playing on the radio in 2009′s “Party in the USA,” and the connection continues with Jay’s Magna Carta Holy Grail album, which hit stores today. “Feds still lurking/They see I’m still putting work in/’Cause somewhere in America/Miley Cyrus is still twerkin’,” Jay-Z raps on “Somewhere in America,” in reference to the Hannah Montana alum’s new favorite dance move.

During a Twitter Q&A on Monday to promote the album, Hov was asked about the line and said Cyrus “represents an old world’s worst nightmare: Black neighbor, and the daughter not seeing color,” even calling the singer/actress “a GOD” for her twerking skillz. Miley relished the recognition, tweeting, “Call it what you want. But I don’t see Mr. Carter shoutin any of you bitches out. #twerkmileytwerk.”

Well, they definitely like talking about each other, but how alike are they, really? You might be surprised. Below is a sampling of Magna Carta lyrics mixed with Miley’s recent tweets. Can you tell the difference? Put yourself to twerk!

Here's what Jay-Z's elderly subway pal thinks of 'Magna Carta Holy Grail' -- VIDEO

New York, New York — it’s a hell of a town! Mind your own business on the R train, and you might just find yourself seated next to a famous musician en route to his final concert at the brand-new Barclays Center — though there’s a chance you may not know that musician’s name.

But since their chance encounter last fall, Ellen Grossman — a “nice old lady” who’s also a fairly famous artist in her own right — has gotten a little more familiar with the work of that friendly young man she met on the subway, a.k.a. Jay-Z.

So naturally, MTV invited her to share her thoughts on her pal Hova’s new album, Magna Carta Holy Grail — and naturally, the resulting video is about as charming as could be. “It sounds like he’s really going deep into his heart and into fatherhood and even the meaning of fame,” Grossman said in her initial analysis. “The money’s nice, but there’s life beyond that, that he’s exploring. I picked that up from the papers but I felt it in the man too, when I met him. That he had a depth to him.”

For more of Grossman’s thoughts — as well as some truly GIF-worthy footage of her in enormous headphones — check out the full video below. You can come dancing with us anytime, Ellen.


PopWatch Planner: Jay-Z's 'Magna Carta,' 'The Lone Ranger,' and more

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'The Great Gatsby' soundtrack and the rich history of the rock star composer

Much has been made of Jay-Z’s involvement with Baz Lurhmann’s epic adaptation of The Great Gatsby. The music mogul has never before lent his name or his talents to a project in this way before (we’re not counting his “inspired by” American Gangster album). Despite the hype, this soundtrack collaboration is fundamentally safe (if seemingly off to a fast start on the charts.). Not only is The Great Gatsby a tent-pole blockbuster with an above-the-title director and major A-list talent, it’s a grandiose celebration of New York jazz age glamour and excess — which in some ways, makes it a perfect fit for the Brooklyn-born superstar.

But Jay-Z is far from the first talent to marry music and movie-making. In recent years, a number of pop, rock, rap, and indie artists have lent their names and composition skills to film projects, including Daft Punk’s electro score to Joseph Kosinski’s TRON: Legacy, The Chemical Brothers for Joe Wright’s Hanna, Karen O for Spike Jonze’s Where the Wild Things Are, and Skrillex for Harmony Korine’s Spring Breakers. Like Jay-Z’s involvement with Gatsby, these have been one-off collaborations; other rock stars have managed to have second careers as movie composers — even creating some of the most memorable scores of recent years.

Take a look at some of the most prolific musicians-turned-film-score-composers after the jump.


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