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Madonna, Deadmau5, Kanye West and Jay Z onstage at the Tidal launch event.
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March 31, 2015 The premium streaming service, which will be owned in part by musicians, was unveiled in a star-packed ceremony. The first question it needs to answer: Can it attract listeners?
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Jay Z and Marina Abromovic eye to eye.
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August 3, 2013 Moments of exchange heat the video, change it from a document to a work of art, but the visual artists who stand in front of and with Jay (his co-stars) represent another conversation — one going on since the 1970s between hip-hop and the art world.
Jay-Z (left) and Timbaland (who produced most of the album) at the release party for Magna Carta Holy Grail July 3 in Brooklyn.
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July 9, 2013 It's not right, but it's okay, because even on cruise control, Jay-Z is revolutionary by his very existence.
A still of Jay-Z from the commercial for his new album.
July 3, 2013 On July 4, Jay-Z will release his album, Magna Carta Holy Grail, via an app that will be available to Samsung smart phone users three days before its wider release. It's not the first branding promotion between the tech and music industries, but it may be the highest profile.
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Leonardo DiCaprio and Carey Mulligan star in Baz Lurhmann's adaptation of The Great Gatsby — but the new film's music is so bold it may as well be a character, too.
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May 10, 2013 In overseeing the new film's soundtrack, music supervisor Anton Monsted says he hoped to create a "sliding door" effect between the Jazz Age and the hip-hop era.
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Is there good music that somehow isn't getting through to you?
February 6, 2012 Ever feel guilty about not appreciating music you know you should?
December 5, 2011 2011 was a fertile year for collaborations, both long-awaited (Jay-Z and Kanye West's Watch the Throne) and out-of-the-blue (King Creosote and Jon Hopkins' Diamond Mine). What else? Oh, just a definitive version of a century-old masterwork (Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 2) by a storied institution (the London Philharmonic Orchestra) and a couple of debut albums (Kendrick Lamar's Section.80 and La Vida Boheme's Nuestra) that made our heads spin. The list of our 50 favorite albums of 2011 continues here, with albums from Radiohead, PJ Harvey and more artists from K to R.
Kanye West and Jay-Z's highly anticipated collaboration made its debut Monday on iTunes.
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August 9, 2011 The superstar collaboration Watch the Throne made its online-only debut Monday on iTunes. It's one of the year's most anticipated albums. But does it live up to the hype?
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Kanye West and Jay-Z perform onstage at The Cosmopolitan Grand Opening and New Year's Eve Celebration on December 31, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
August 9, 2011 Fans and critics are speaking volumes about Jay-Z and Kanye West's new album. Guest host Allison Keyes speaks with NPR Music's Ann Powers and Frannie Kelley about why the album is such a big deal, and how some of lyrics reflect themes of family, gender roles and race.
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Johnny "Guitar" Watson.
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July 11, 2011 This mix of songs from the Lone Star State will have you doing the "tighten up" and singing the blues. Listen to the mix and discover the diverse contributions Texas has made to American music.
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