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May 23, 2012 | Dan Gross
Pearl Jamand Philly-raised Santigold are among top artists who will perform along with Jay-Z at the Budweiser Made in America festival over Labor Day Weekend. Dirty Projectors, Skrillex, Afrojack, Odd Future and Mike Snow are also performing over the two-day event, Sept. 1 and 2, along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. We reported the lineup's biggest names Monday morning at PhillyGossip.com after noting that an apparent Ticketmaster goof had prematurely listed acts online Friday.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 14, 2014 | By Howard Gensler
B EYONCE WHO? Queen B's little sis, Solange Knowles , has finally stolen her more-famous sibling's thunder with an elevator performance that could land her a bout with Damon Feldman 's "Celebrity Boxing. " The fight took place at an after-party for last week's high-fashion Met Gala in New York City at The Standard, a swanky hotel in Manhattan's Meatpacking District - soon to be renamed Solange's Punchpacking District. The video, available on TMZ.com, shows Solange, Beyonce, Jay Z and a large bodyguard getting into an elevator.
NEWS
November 19, 2006 | By A.D. Amorosi FOR THE INQUIRER
Coming out of retirement is a big deal for anyone. But for Jay-Z - the superstar rapper who "retired" from music-making in 2004 - reentering the workforce means coming back bigger and faster than everyone else. The 36-year-old performer (born Shawn Carter) has a day job as president and chief executive officer of Def Jam and Roc-A-Fella Records and a high-profile girlfriend in songstress Beyonc? Knowles. But on Tuesday, the New Yorker will restart his recording career by releasing Kingdom Come, a double CD. In anticipation of that, Jay-Z made an improbable trek yesterday: playing seven mini-concerts for radio-contest winners in seven U.S. cities.
NEWS
October 27, 2008 | By A.D. Amorosi FOR THE INQUIRER
Virtually on the eve of what's being called America's most important election, Jay-Z - hip-hop's unofficial CEO - put civic duty in most succinct terms to the throng that sold out Power 99 FM's Powerhouse showcase at the Wachovia Center on Friday night. "You voting?" he asked from the stage, then directly told the crowd not to screw up - albeit not exactly in those words. Howard Dean couldn't have made a sharper case. With that, Powerhouse and Jay-Z proved how much they have grown.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 5, 2003 | By Bethany Klein FOR THE INQUIRER
Rap royal Jay-Z and current rap "it" boy 50 Cent's Rock the Mic tour, one of the biggest summer concerts for the MTV set, arrived to a nearly full house Thursday at the Tweeter Center. Opening acts included rap veterans Missy Elliott and Busta Rhymes. As a female rapper who has won success without marketing her sexuality - and has even shunned the recording industry's unrealistic body-type standards - Elliott might have been expected to exhibit similar values in her live show. No such luck.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 26, 2014 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
It's sometimes best not to put too much stock in what stars say. Especially when they make grand pronouncements, as did hip-hop megastar Jay Z when he promised to make Philadelphia the envy of American cities by creating a world-class music festival. Jay Z followed through on his promise and delivered the impossible in 2012: He corralled a disparate group of artists to perform outdoors on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway on the last weekend of the summer. More than 30 acts played, including Nine Inch Nails, Public Enemy, Kings of Leon, Jay Rock, 2 Chainz, and Pharrell Williams.
NEWS
October 31, 1997 | by Tonya Pendleton, Daily News Staff Writer
Jay-Z's much-anticipated second album, "In My Lifetime, Vol. 1," is apparently a victim of his success. While there are many solid tracks, there are several that never should have made this album. Jay-Z is too gifted to allow weak music to undercut his flow. He might think sampling Glenn Frey's "You Belong to the City" on "The City Is Mine" is a good idea, but the pop track just doesn't work with Jay-Z's staccato delivery. And while it would seem there's no way a duet with Li'l Kim wouldn't be a smash, "I Know What Girls Like" sputters out before it ever gets cooking.
NEWS
May 16, 2012 | By Dan DeLuca, Inquirer Music Critic
With Mayor Nutter as his opening act, hip-hop mogul and rapper Jay-Z stood atop the Philadelphia Museum of Art steps. His theme: Made in America, the music festival - announced Monday morning - that will take over the Benjamin Franklin Parkway on Labor Day weekend. Jay-Z, whose given name is Shawn Carter, was saying he embarks on a venture only if it has potential to be great. Just then, a fan shouted, "You're the best, Hov!", a shortening of "Jayhova," one of the MC's noms de rap. Without missing a beat, Jay-Z answered back: "I agree.
NEWS
December 16, 1999 | by Mister Mann Frisby, Daily News Staff Writer
West Philly's own Charli Baltimore is heated at yesterday's New York Post story that put her in the middle of a hip-hop love triangle. The Post article said that she had been the cause of the feud between rapper Jay-Z and record executive Lance "Un" Rivera that resulted in Rivera's stabbing in Manhattan's Kit Kat Club. The fiery redhead told the Philadelphia Daily News yesterday that the reports were false. "I never had any type of relationship other than business with Lance "Un" Rivera.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 15, 2012
How is a two-day concert on the Parkway gonna charge for tickets and keep people from just standing around watching free? We're still waiting for the city and concert promoter Live Nation to answer this one. But Monday morning, Jay-Z joined Mayor Nutter atop the Art Museum steps to announce what we reported Saturday at PhillyGossip.com and had in print Monday, that the Budweiser Made in America festival will take place Sept. 1 and 2. Tickets are $99 for a two-day pass and are on sale May 23 at LiveNation.com and Ticketmaster.com.
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