News Relationships strained between the two after Obama slammed West for interrupting Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech at the MTV VMAs in 2009

Relationships strained between the two after Obama slammed West for interrupting Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech at the MTV VMAs in 2009

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Jay-Z's Magna Carta Holy Grail

Jay-Z, Magna Carta Holy Grail - review

In this age of the spectacle, music increasingly matters less than the event surrounding the music - this year has seen Daft Punk's album applauded as much for its marketing campaign as for any intrinsic musical value it may have, and now we have Jay-Z's new album, notable largely for the deal struck with Samsung to deliver a million free downloads to its customers, at a cost of $5 apiece to the company, three days prior to its official release.

Lords of the dance: Jay-Z announcing his new album

The Magna Carta Holy Grail of promotion? Samsung tie-up means Jay-Z's new album will go platinum before it is even released

Jay-Z’s forthcoming album Magna Carta Holy Grail is set go platinum before its official release thanks to a deal with Samsung.

American rapper Jay-Z performs during the Heineken Open'er Festival in Gdynia, northern Poland, July 5, 2008. Picture taken July 5, 2008. REUTERS/Kacper Pempel (POLAND)

Biggest star in the Galaxy – Jay Z to give away 1 million albums on Samsung’s smartphones

Magna Carta Holy Grail will be available to users for three, three days before public release

Beyoncé blames 'dehydration and exhaustion' as she cancels Belgium concert amid pregnancy rumours

Beyoncé is canceling her concert in Belgium because of dehydration and exhaustion.

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Time 100: Malala Yousafzai, Barack Obama, Kim Jong-un and Jay-Z all make magazine's list of world's most influential people

They seem like an unlikely group: a school girl from Pakistan, the President of the United States of America, a multi-million selling rapper and the war-mongering supreme leader of a closed socialist state.

Courting controversy, Beyoncé and Jay-Z in Cuba

What rhymes with Treasury? Barack Obama raps Jay-Z's Cuba trip

The White House has been forced to deny that President Barack Obama was involved in granting clearance to the hip-hop mogul Jay-Z and his wife, Beyoncé, for a recent trip to Cuba.

Beyonce and Jay-Z's Cuba trip sparks questions over US trade embargo

The pair were greeted by big crowds as they strolled through Havana

Chasing the Yankee dollar: Jay-Z's first client is New York Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano

Roc Nation Sports agency: 99 problems but business ain't one for Jay-Z

Hip-hop mogul widens his portfolio with venture into sports management

Kanye West: We've created a monster

Kanye West, the rapper who would be God

It’s hard to say quite when Kanye West’s staggering confidence came into play. Was it receiving the first perfect 10.0 review from Pitchfork in a decade? The culmination of his 21 Grammy awards? Impregnating a Kardashian? Whatever it was, we’ve created a monster.

Beyonce discusses her miscarriage in her documentary 'Life is But a Dream'

Beyoncé documentary describing 'pain and trauma' of miscarriage airs on BBC

Beyoncé fans will be pleased to know they can start their Easter weekend by watching the singer’s latest documentary tonight on BBC One.

Model of the year at the British Fashion Awards Cara Delevingne has registered her name as an official trademark

Won’t anyone think of all the other Cara Delevingnes™ after model trademarks her name?

There’s no escaping Cara Delevingne. Walking for all the big designers on the international fashion week catwalks, model of the year at the British Fashion Awards and this month’s Vogue cover star, now the 20-year-old model has registered her name as an official trademark.

Kanye West has hit out at Justin Timberlake's new song, the Grammys and the money-obsessed music industry

As long as you don't have your suit & tie: Kanye West criticises Justin Timberlake's new song on stage in London

Kanye West hit out at Justin Timberlake’s comeback song “Suit & Tie”, the Grammys and commercial sponsorship in an 11 minute on-stage rant this weekend.

LISTEN: Justin Timberlake's new song ‘Suit & Tie’ featuring Jay Z

After the mid-tempo disappointment that was Destiny's Child's long-awaited new single last week, the pressure was on for Justin Timberlake's latest, Suit & Tie' which, as the title suggests, is an ode to the joys of being handsome and well-dressed (a topic close to Timberlake's heart, presumably).

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