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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!
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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.

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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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White House Correspondents' Dinner: President Obama on NBC, 'The Bible,' and Taylor Swift. Plus: Conan O'Brien's best jokes

C-Span insistently stamped the hashtag “NerdProm” on their coverage of this year’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner, but the annual political roast looked more like Washington’s answer to the Golden Globes. By which I mean, there were several pointed jokes and untold gallons of booze. Conan O’Brien was the official comedy diplomat of the night — a return trip for the late-night host, who slung jokes in President Clinton’s direction back in 1995. But O’Brien was overshadowed by his opener: President Barack Obama, who took the opportunity to make several jabs at NBC, CNN, and even Taylor Swift. Read on for the best zingers by the former Tonight Show host and the Commander-in-Chief of these United States. READ FULL STORY

President Obama finally weighs in on Jay-Z and Beyonce's Cuba trip

The ongoing media saga surrounding Jay-Z and Beyonce’s trip to Cuba continued this morning on Today, with President Barack Obama finally weighing in on whether he or the White House gave the couple clearance to travel to the island nation.

Never one to take criticism lying down, Jay-Z released a track called “Open Letter,” rhyming that “Obama said, ‘Chill you’re going to get me impeached’ / You don’t need this s**t anyway, chill with me on the beach.”

This seemed like news to the president.

“I wasn’t familiar that they were taking the trip,” the president said in an interview with Savannah Guthrie that aired Wednesday. “My understanding is I think they went through a group that organizes these educational trips down to Cuba. You know, this is not something the White House was involved with. We’ve got better things to do.”

Indeed, it was revealed that the Treasury Department and not the White House authorized the excursion as an educational and cultural exchange. Prior to the reveal of that fact, a variety of Republican legislators, including Sen. Marco Rubio, threatened to open investigations into the couple’s trip. 21 Jump Street director Phil Lord was also, um, not especially pleased with the rapper’s jaunt.

Check out Obama’s remarks on Jay and Bey’s trip below.

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'21 Jump Street' director Phil Lord schools Jay-Z on Cuba trip in open letter

Jay-Z and Beyonce’s recent, heavily documented trip to Cuba was heavily criticized by several conservative politicians, some of whom even threatened to open investigations into the excursion. After it was later revealed that the rapper and his pop star wife were authorized by the Treasury Department to travel to the country, Jay released a song, “Open Letter,” attacking those who questioned the trip’s legality.

But some are still up in arms over the trip, including 21 Jump Street director Phil Lord. In an open letter (natch) published by the Huffington Post, Lord writes, “As the son of a Cuban refugee, and cousin and nephew to many Cubans on the island, I cringe when Americans visit Cuba for a fun island vacation. For one thing it’s illegal (which nobody seems to care about), but more importantly, it’s either ignorant of or calloused to the struggles of Cubans on the island.” READ FULL STORY

Jay-Z's Roc Nation launches sports agency; signs Cano

Jay-Z (given name: Shawn Carter) is getting into the spirit of baseball season by signing Robinson Cano of the New York Yankees to the new sports division of his multimedia company.

Roc Nation was launched in 2008 as a venture to represent recording artists and their brands. They currently rep Rihanna, Timberland, and Santigold, among others.

Cano is a four-time All-Star and helped the Yankees win the World Series in 2009. He is entering the final year of his $57 million six-year contract with the Yankees, and in a statement to the New York Daily News said he is looking forward to taking a more active role in his career. Roc Nation has paired with CAA Sports to launch this new facet of the company.

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Sean 'Diddy' Combs tops Forbes' list of wealthiest hip-hop artists

“It’s all about the Benjamins, baby,” Sean “Diddy” Combs proclaimed in 1997 on his debut album, back when he was known as Puff Daddy. He rapped about wanting to be a “shot-caller,” and, well, now he definitely has enough Benjamins to call the shots.

Today Forbes reported who the world’s five wealthiest hip-hop artists are, and Combs topped the list with an estimated net worth of $580 million. The rapper-actor-producer-entrepreneur also was number one on the list last year, when his net worth was a reported $550 million.

Forbes reports that a good chuck of his wealth comes from non-musical ventures, like his deal with Diageo’s Ciroc vodka brand, which supplies the rapper with eight-figure annual payouts.

Read on to see who else rounds out the list: READ FULL STORY

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