Multiple news outlets are reporting that Beyonce and Jay Z used their own money to anonymously support Black Lives Matter protestors in both Ferguson and Baltimore by “writing a huge check” for “infrastructure money” and writing “ tens of thousands of dollars” to bail out jailed protestors. Read more »
From Beyonce’s exclusive Tidal video.
I’ll admit that I was kind of sick seeing all those photos from that Tidal press conference, the stage lined with “A-list pop stars” claiming they were being robbed of their artistry. Daniel D’Addario from Time accurately summarized the strange press event in his article “Jay Z’s Tidal Press Conference Showed He’s Out of Touch“:
“The launch event for the rapper’s streaming service was a big mess. After its splashy launch press conference yesterday, the primary argument for Tidal — the two-tiered music service recently purchased by Jay Z that costs either $9.99 or $19.99 per month — is that artists deserve more money for their work. It’s not necessarily a wrongheaded argument, but the manner in which Jay Z and his contemporaries have pressed the point is embarrassingly out-of-touch.”
There is something slightly disingenuous when Madonna, who’s net worth is estimated to be $800 million, took to her Instagam account to claim “Tidal is not about consumption and greed! Its about protecting an art-form that is beloved to all of us MUSIC! … ”
All that aside, there might be one way that Tidal might work, and the key word here is “might.” That’s if some of these A-list celebrities release exclusive music to the service, like Beyoncé did over the weekend. Read more »
Jay-Z and Beyonce before the start of an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Los Angeles Clippers in Oklahoma City on Nov. 21. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
Did mega-couple Jay Z and Beyoncé buy the ultra-exclusive penthouse atop 500 Walnut? Michael Angelina, realtor with BHHS Fox & Roach, Society Hill, next door at 530 Walnut Street, says that’s the case. “It’s definitely accurate information,” said Angelina, who isn’t involved in the deal, but maintained his source is sound. “I’m not at liberty to discuss it further.” So we reached out to a rep at 500 Walnut to get the lowdown.
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Jay Z, Kanye West and Frank Ocean are being sued over a song they collaborated on that got it’s name from Jay Z’s Philly-derived Labor Day weekend Made in America Festival. The song in question is, you guessed it, “Made in America.” More from AV Club:
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Ever since Solange Knowles allegedly attacked her sister’s husband, Jay-Z, on an elevator, rumors have been swirling about the state of Beyonce’s marriage to the hip-hop mogul. Now, according to a video posted on TMZ, it appears Queen Bey may have called Jay-Z out on his cheating ways. Read more »
You know what the doctor says: A little music every day keeps the blahs away. To help, we round up a concert for every day of this week.
As Camden County's free Sunset Jazz Series rolls on, fans will get a chance to hear one the best Jazz musicians to come from Philly. The 97 year-old bandleader and renowned tenor saxophonist Michael Pedicin will lead the show and is sure to include his signature eloquent improvisations. Fellow Philadelphia-native Justin Faulkner, will be accompanying Pedicin on the drums. These two local artists are sure to please when they play their home crowd. Monday, June 30th, 8 p.m., Wiggins Park, Mickle Boulevard at the River.
When Sir Elton John calls you the greatest songwriter on the planet, you know you have made it. Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright will be playing his gut-wrenching top hits as part of Longwood Garden's Summer Series. Expect to enjoy a beautiful landscape set to quietly powerful and moving music. Tuesday, July 1st, 7:30 p.m., Longwood Gardens, 1001 Longwood Road.
Wednesday: Fucked Up (Free with RSVP)
Fucked Up are a rare breed of punk band. Their strict regimen of in-your-face music has not let up in their 13 years together. They remain as loyal to their sound as they do their fans. And for some reason they are playing a free show at Morgan's Pier on Wednesday. Expect to hear singles from their latest album, Glass Boys. You must be 21 or over to get through the doors. Wednesday. July 2nd, 9 p.m., Morgan's Pier, 221 N Columbus Boulevard.
Nothing like a little old fashioned rock'n'roll to get that USA spirit going. Don't miss the chance to see some iconic 70's bands play their hits all in one nostalgic night. Tickets are going quick, so act now for this great opportunity to kick-start the holiday weekend. Thursday, July 3rd, 6 p.m., Susquehanna Bank Center, 1 Harbour Boulevard.
What else would you expect? Wawa's week-long Welcome America festivities will conclude with a free musical take over of the Ben Franklin Parkway. The Philadelphia Museum of Art will play the backdrop to one of the nations biggest Independence Day celebrations. This years star-studded line-up includes Philly-favorites the Roots, Ed Sheeran, Nicki Minaj, Jennifer Hudson, Aloe Blacc and more. Those brave enough to see it live will also be treated to an impressive firework display after the show. Friday, July 4th, Benjamin Franklin Parkway.
Forgetting the fact that both parts of hip-hops biggest couple are touring together (if that is possible), either of these two artists can sell out entire arenas themselves. Seeing two of the biggest names in music share a stage, going back-and-forth with number one hits, is something not to be missed. These veteran artists (and proud parents) can do just about anything the want to at this point, and we'll continue to love them. Expect this show to sell out soon. Saturday, July 5th, Citizens Bank Park, 1 Citizens Bank Way.
For those unfamiliar, freestyle (also called Latin freestyle) is a contagious form of dance music that utilizes electronic instruments. Stevie B. and Lisa Lisa are two of the genres biggest names, and while freestyle is not the world's most popular music, it's fans are fierce. Odds are if you are into this type of music, you already are planning to dance the night away at the Mann this Sunday. But, if you are looking for something new and exciting, check out Freestyle Explosion. Sunday, July 6th, 6 p.m., Mann Center for the Performing Arts, 5201 Parkside Avenue.
Unless you were under a pop culture rock yesterday, you most likely saw or heard about the now viral TMZ video of Beyonce’s sister, Solange Knowles, beating the living daylight out of Mr. Carter himself, Jay Z. Of course, the Internet couldn’t let that go, so I’ve rounded up some of the best memes that came out of the epic brawl.
This morning Jay Z and Beyoncé ended months of speculation that they would be touring together by announcing details on their “On the Run” tour. The 16-stop summer tour will reach cities throughout North America, including Philly on July 5th. According to Huffington Post, “the tour was supposed to be called the ‘Mr. and Mrs. Carter Tour.’ Instead, the concerts will file under the ‘On The Run’ moniker, a reference to the pair’s collaboration on Jay Z’s most recent album, Magna Carta … Holy Grail.”
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Jay-Z joined the mayor of Los Angeles today to announce that he’s bringing Made in America to L.A. in 2014. The two-day concert will be held Labor Day weekend, running simultaneously with the one in Philly. (So I guess this means we’ll have to fight over Beyoncé?)
Live Nation will produce both festivals, showcasing performances that will be available via live-streaming to fans across the country.
The entertainment lineup has yet to be announced, but you can follow updates on the new Made in America: Los Angeles page.
For $99.50 pre-sale passes to Philly’s Made in America, purchase tickets on Ticketmaster with promo code “BMIA2014.”
Extra reading: Dear L.A.: Here’s What You Can Expect from Jay Z and Made In America. XOXO, Philly