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May 6, 2013 | By Dan DeLuca, Inquirer Music Critic
'My life has got to be like this," says Leonardo DiCaprio, as Jay Gatsby, pointing his finger towards the sky. "It's got to keep going up," he adds, in Baz Luhrmann's version of F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby , opening Friday. Those aspirational words are the first ones heard on the soundtrack to Luhrmann's ( Moulin Rouge! ) juiced-up take on the Jazz Age novel. And they serve as a prelude to the opening track, "100$ Bill," by Jay-Z, who helmed the star-studded Music From Baz Luhrmann's Film The Great Gatsby (Universal ***)
ENTERTAINMENT
September 1, 2012 | By Dan DeLuca, Inquirer Music Critic
And so, it is finally upon us. The inaugural Budweiser Made in America festival, headlined and "curated" - the most overused word in pop culture these days - by Jay-Z will take over the Benjamin Franklin Parkway this weekend. It'll be the first-ever paid event on the city's museum-lined grand boulevard where free fireworks and music celebrations are held annually. With the most respected rapper in the game and grunge survivors Pearl Jam divvying up headliner duties, plus significant electronic dance music (EDM)
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September 26, 2001 | By A.D. Amorosi FOR THE INQUIRER
Several weeks back, when Jay-Z performed with break-dancing hoopsters on the steps of the Met for the MTV Video Music Awards, I thought Jigga had gone performance-art. The stage set up for Monday's sold-out Roc-A-Fella-label jam at the Electric Factory reinforced the thought. With a stocked bar, saloon stools occupied by Jay's peeps, and a DJ where a barkeep might be, the Lounge Tour production came across as a hip-hop talk show with Jay as intelligent, opinionated, humorous, boasting host.
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November 14, 2007 | By Dan DeLuca INQUIRER MUSIC CRITIC
For the final song before his encore, during his electric, 90-minute show at the Fillmore at the TLA on Monday, Jay-Z did "Big Pimpin'. " Or, rather, his audience did it for him. The 37-year-old rapper, mogul and boyfriend of Beyonc? is that rare MC who commands a room without raising his voice. In this instance he didn't even have to open his mouth. There were about a thousand souls packed into the South Street venue, making for a rare, intimate gathering for an arena-size act like the rhymer born Shawn Carter.
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October 17, 1997 | by Tonya Pendleton, Daily News Staff Writer
As Sean Carter, he's part of a triumvirate that owns an up-and-coming independent recording label with a newly signed major distribution deal with Def Jam. As Jay-Z, he's a rapper on the verge, weeks away from the release of his second album, "In My Lifetime, Vol. 1. " His first solo album, "Reasonable Doubt," was a critical and commercial success, spawning the hit single, "Don't Knock the Hustle. " But it would be the smash hit "Ain't No Ni--a" from the "Nutty Professor" soundtrack that would propel him and newcomer Foxy Brown into hip-hop's stratosphere.
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April 23, 2008 | By LAURIE T. CONRAD conradl@phillynews.com 215-854-2270 Daily News wire services contributed to this report
IT'S OFFICIALLY official, even if neither she nor he is talking. A signed wedding license bearing the names of Beyonce Knowles and Jay-Z (aka Shawn Carter) has made its way to the Scarsdale, N.Y., town clerk, confirming that the pair did indeed wed April 4. The license came in last Friday's mail, said Scarsdale Clerk Donna Conkling. It also was signed by the person who officiated at the ceremony - but nobody's saying who that was. There was a celebrity-studded party at Jay-Z's apartment in Manhattan April 4, with guests including Gwyneth Paltrow and Beyonce's former Destiny's Child bandmates Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams.
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January 10, 2012 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
It's been centuries since a birth has caused as much hubbub - and collective cooing - as the emergence Saturday of Beyoncé and Jay-Z 's first child, Blue Ivy Carter . Gossip semioticians are working nonstop to determine the origin and meaning of the girl's name. Dietitians discuss how she'd get the right nutrients and antibodies. As for dad, he's been inspired to heights of rapturous versifying. "You're my child of a child from Destiny's Child," he sings in "Glory," a song he posted on his site.
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December 9, 2011 | By Howard Gensler
If you're an amazing athlete, musician or artist, staying in school may not help you with your career. But most people aren't one-in-a-million talents. They need an education. Jay-Z gets that. So even though he didn't graduate high school, he's not recommending that as a path to wealth and fame. Beyonce 's husband announced yesterday that he will perform two shows at Carnegie Hall in February to benefit the Shawn Carter Scholarship Foundation and the United Way of NYC. "Education is super important," he said.
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October 7, 2008 | Daily News Wire Services
Coldplay will release an eight-song EP next month, "Prospekt's March," that will include a new version of the song "Lost" featuring rapper Jay-Z. Six of the eight tracks on the EP are new studio recordings, including "Glass of Water," which the band has lately been performing live. The track list is rounded out by the Jay-Z version of "Lost" and the Osaka Sun remix of "Lovers in Japan. " Coldplay will begin a North American tour later this month in support of its latest album, "Viva la Vida or Death and all his Friends.
NEWS
May 17, 2012 | Jenice Armstrong
AT MONDAY'S news conference announcing Jay-Z's Budweiser music festival, a fan shouted out, "You're the best, Hov!" "I agree," he said. I don't. Not to sound like an old fogy, but hits of his such as "99 Problems" may be catchy, but I can't get with all the b-words and other misogynistic lyrics in Jay-Z's music. It felt bizarre to me to see the performer of such awful songs as "Big Pimpin'" and "Girls, Girls, Girls" standing with Mayor Nutter acting like some kind of hero.
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September 6, 2016 | By Dan DeLuca, Music Critic
Five years in, what is the Budweiser Made in America festival? A first-class hip-hop fest, for starters, that usually lands a big-name rock headliner - this year's catch being Coldplay, the British pop superstars who closed down the event Sunday - and has less success bringing in midlevel rock acts. It's a winning business proposition for festival curator Jay Z and his various enterprises, from his Roc Nation management company to the Tidal music service that live streamed the event all weekend.
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September 5, 2016 | By Dan DeLuca, Music Critic
The Budweiser Made In America festival turned five Saturday with Jay Z's perennial Philadelphia music festival drawing a crowd of more than 46,000 to the Benjamin Franklin Parkway for an all-day, multigenre (but hip-hop-heavy) event at which all concertgoers could agree on one thing: Rihanna. Every Made In America has been headlined by an R&B or hip-hop bright light in Jay Z's inner circle: Beyoncé, Kanye West, or Hova himself. This year it was the 28-year-old Barbadian superstar.
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July 25, 2016
If you haven't been in Philadelphia for a while and are just hitting town this weekend for the Democratic National Convention, you may be in for something of a shock on your cab or Uber ride into Center City. Yes, the ugly tangle of steel tubes and white-smoke-belching stacks of the refinery are still around, but in 2016, you may be too distracted by the cranes and skyward push of Comcast's newest skyscraper to notice that much. Take that hard right up the bank of the Schuylkill, and you'll see a medical center that looks like a Walt Disneyesque city of the future, and a lush new park on your left, a stream of urban hikers and bikers on the nifty river boardwalk to your right.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 1, 2016
1. "Independent Woman" (2000). Destiny's Child's biggest single stays No. 1 for 11 consecutive weeks. Sure, they were bootylicious, but this bestselling female trio struck a blow for feminism with this empowering anthem. 2. "Crazy in Love" (2003). From Beyoncé's debut solo album, it becomes a blockbuster, topping 8 million sales worldwide. Her solo career exploded with the album, leading to five Grammys. But it was her assertiveness, Jay Z's guest rap, and that catchy horn line that made the world crazy for this song.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 27, 2016 | By Howard Gensler
BACK WHEN Tattle was a boy, people kept their opinions to themselves. Then sportstalk radio let every fan with a transistor and a rotary phone have a forum to boorishly mouth off. Then political call-in radio replaced the oratory of Lincoln with the bloviating of . . . pick anyone. This development meshed with online comments sections, which allowed trolls who couldn't write a whole letter to their newspaper to spew venom before the minimalist ideas rattling around in their brains even had time to gestate.
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April 27, 2016 | By Dan DeLuca, Music Critic
Who is Beyoncé? She's Queen Bey, "the baddest woman in the game," as she refers to herself on "Hold Up," the bouncy reggae track about rage and (maybe) forgiveness, whose video on Lemonade , the surprise "visual album" released Saturday night, features her walking down the street in a chiffon dress smashing car windows with a baseball bat. (The tune also samples Andy Williams' "Can't Get Used to Losing You" and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs' "Maps"!) Beyoncé the ultradiva is so successful, she "might just be a black Bill Gates," as she posited in "Formation," the Black Lives Matter battle cry debuted on Super Bowl weekend that also gives a name to the world tour she will bring June 5 to Lincoln Financial Field.
NEWS
April 1, 2016 | By Howard Gensler
Remember all the hoo-hah about Tidal, the streaming service owned by some of music's wealthiest performers, which was going to revolutionize the flailing industry and make sure artists got paid? TMZ.com reports that Jay Z is suing the former owners and execs of Tidal for $15 million, claiming they inflated their subscription numbers like a Thanksgiving Day Parade balloon. According to reports, Jay Z was told the streaming service had 540,000 subscribers but now believes the number was much lower.
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February 11, 2016
I ENJOYED your take on Meek Mill's visit to Boys' Latin. I want to commend both Ronnie Polaneczky and Jenice Armstrong for having the courage to address the topic. That's a special quality. From my seat, both do an superb job inspiring, empowering, educating and motivating women and minorities. I'm painting a picture for you with a different brush. I can barely draw stick figures, so my painting will be paint by numbers: 1. So many, for a litany of reasons (crime, drugs, poverty, broken homes, prison, etc.)
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November 15, 2015 | By Dan DeLuca, Inquirer Music Critic
Claire Boucher, the Canadian indie electronic artist who records as Grimes, is a fabulously conflicted pop star. Boucher, who plays a sold-out late show Saturday at Union Transfer as part of her Rhinestone Cowgirl tour, has just released Art Angels , her fourth album and by far her most pop-targeted effort to date. It's also the first sign of evidence of her professed love for such Top 40 heroines as Mariah Carey, Taylor Swift, and the Dixie Chicks. You might not know that by looking at the album cover.
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September 7, 2015 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
Meghan Harrington left Boston with three friends at 5 a.m. Saturday for Philadelphia. Music, beer, and revelry beckoned. By 6 p.m., the four women rested on a park bench at the edge of Made in America on the Ben Franklin Parkway, drinking cans of Bud Light acquired for $12 each and a 30-minute wait in line. Tired? Yeah, right. "Beyoncé could keep me going for days without sleep," said Harrington, 29, a teacher. The four women joined a crowd of nearly 70,000 - making this two-day Made in America festival, the fourth annual Jay Z-created and Budweiser-backed spectacle, the largest yet. Three weeks before Pope Francis will draw hundreds of thousands to the Parkway, the swelling crowd generated some problems.
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