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

All the fun of the Festival: Glastonbury's generation game

Bruce Springsteen, Neil Young – the headliners were old enough to be their granddads but the fans loved them all the same. Rob Sharp reports from Worthy Farm

Eminem puts Bruno run-in behind him

Eminem looked like he had put aside the humiliating events of the MTV Movie Awards as he performed with Jay-Z.

Jay-Z's champagne moment

After falling out with Cristal, the rapper chose an unknown label as his bubbly of choice – with astonishing results. Cahal Milmo reports

Live Nation: Music's next big act

It has reinvented the music industry business model, but a merger with Ticketmaster now looms. Ian Burrell reports

The Best Gigs of 2008

He came, he rapped and he conquered Glastonbury – but Jay-Z wasn't the only music act to rock our world this year. The Independent's music writers choose their top five live performances, ones they will never forget

All the world is his stage: Alan Yentob's works of art

Alan Yentob, the creative director of the BBC, sips champagne with superstars like Jay-Z and hangs out with rock heroes like The Edge – but he is a serious documentary maker and knows the BBC must take risks to prosper. He tells Ian Burrell his stories

Chicago - The new home of hip-hop

The rappers of the moment all hail from one city: Chicago. Ian Burrell charts an unlikely success story

Album: Nas, Untitled (Def Jam)

It's been a long time since a major rapper made an album as politically radical as 'Untitled'. The presence of the Last Poets as guests offers a clue as to where Nasir Jones's head is at right now.

Jay-Z, International Arena, Cardiff<br/>Wu-Tang Clan, Shepherds Bush Empire, London

Live performance was never the rapper's strong point, but he has confounded his critics by reinventing himself as a class act

Cyberclinic: Should I report offensive posts on the internet?

I have had an email from a "deeply exasperated" reader by the name of Andy, who had noticed someone had posted racist comments on YouTube below a video of Jay-Z's Glastonbury performance, and wondered what he could do about it. On the surface, it was a fairly straightforward query – but as I was about to shoot over the details of YouTube's complaints procedure, I suddenly realised that if I'd noticed those comments, I probably wouldn't bother.

Andy Cowan: Noises Off

Don't be a stick-in-the-mud, Noel. Jay-Z will be a hit at Glastonbury

Emily Eavis: The real reason we invited Jay-Z to Glastonbury

One of hip-hop's biggest stars is exactly the sort of act we should be putting on

Gallagher: Jay-Z is wrong for Glastonbury

Noel Gallagher, the notoriously outspoken Oasis guitarist, criticised the organisers of the Glastonbury Festival yesterday for featuring the American rapper Jay-Z as a headlining act, declaring hip-hop "wrong" for the annual event.

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