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Beyonce and Jay-Z are a billion-dollar couple, probably

How much money are Beyoncé and Jay-Z worth, really?

The answer: $1 billion dollars, according to the International Business Times, with a caveat or three. These are rough figures, and that worth is cumulative, not that they make that much all at once — but it’s grounded in a lot of evidence that the couple makes a lot of money.

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Listen to Jay-Z's 'The Great Gatsby' soundtrack sampler, featuring Fergie, Lana Del Rey, Jack White and more

No matter how The Great Gatsby does at the box office when it finally arrives in theaters next month, it’s eclectic, star-studded soundtrack is already a newsmaker.

Curated by Jay-Z, the Gatsby soundtrack includes tracks by Jay himself, Beyoncé, Jack White, Fergie, Sia, Lana Del Rey, the xx and more. Twelve of the 14 total core tracks are currently available in snippet form on YouTube, which you can stream below.

Highlights include Florence Welch wailing on the track “Over the Love” and the swing version of Beyoncé’s “Crazy in Love” delivered by Emeli Sandé.

There’s also the already-released “A Little Party Never Killed Nobody” by Fergie, Q-Tip, and GoonRock, which must be ironically titled given the fate of one Gatsby‘s main characters.

Listen to these, as well as Jack White’s cover of U2’s “Love Is Blindness” (as featured in the trailer to the film), a spin below: READ FULL STORY

Beyonce, Nine Inch Nails to headline Made In America Festival

Beyonce and Nine Inch Nails will headline the second annual Made In America Festival, organizers announced Wednesday, via an official playlist on Spotify.

The Budweiser-sponsored festival returns to Philadelphia Labor Day weekend (Aug. 31 and Sept. 1). This year’s lineup was once again curated by Jay-Z, though he is not set to return to the festival as a performer after headlining last year’s event with Kanye West.

Queens of the Stone Age, Imagine Dragons, Wiz Khalifa, Kendrick Lamar, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, and Public Enemy will also perform.

It’s going to be a very busy summer for both Beyonce and Nine Inch Nails. In addition to Made In America, Queen Bey is set to headline July’s Essence Festival in New Orleans, while NIN will rock the main stage at Chicago’s Lollapalooza in early-August. Beyonce also kicks off her 65-date world arena tour, dubbed The Mrs. Carter Show, on April 15 in Belgrade, Serbia.

The eclectic lineup features artists from the worlds of hip-hop, rock and EDM. Check out the full roster of performers below.

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Beyonce and Jay-Z's scrutinized Cuba trip approved by U.S. government

U.S. Treasury officials say the trip by Beyonce and Jay-Z to Cuba was licensed as an educational exchange.

Assistant Treasury Secretary Alastair Fitzpayne wrote in a letter Tuesday to congressional representatives that the famous hip-hop couple traveled to Cuba with a group authorized by the Office of Foreign Assets Control to promote people-to-people contact in Cuba.

The letter was released Tuesday by U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen .

Ros-Lehtinen and U.S. Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, both Florida Republicans, had expressed concerns to the Treasury Department about the trip and wanted to know if it was licensed.

Beyonce and Jay-Z marked their fifth wedding anniversary in Havana last week. U.S. citizens are not allowed to travel to Cuba for mere tourism, though they can obtain licenses for academic, religious, journalistic or cultural exchange trips. The so-called people-to-people licenses were reinstated under the Obama administration.

Beyonce releases new 'Grown Woman' preview -- VIDEO

Beyoncé didn’t earn the nickname Queen B for nothing. The multi-hyphenate has nailed singing, acting, and dancing. Thanks to a strategic roll-out for her upcoming album Mrs. Carter, she can add teasing to her long list of talents. After the long-awaited release of what turned out to be a Pepsi commercial, Bey has released yet another preview to her song “Grown Woman.”

In the 12-second video, we get a glimpse of a blonde Beyoncé filming what appears to be a music video (or perhaps another commercial), including a peek inside dance rehearsals. The message? Beyoncé is a grown woman who will do whatever she wants — better than you. Bow down.

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Kelly Rowland confirms new album will feature track with Beyonce and Michelle Williams

Kelly Rowland is teaming up with her former Destiny’s Child bandmates for a track on her upcoming album, Talk A Good Game, Universal’s Republic Records has confirmed.

“It’s not a Destiny’s Child track, it’s me featuring Beyoncé and Michelle,” Rowland told Billboard of the as-yet-unnamed song. Describing the track’s sound, Roland simply said, “Soul.”

The collaboration will be the former group’s first since January, when the Pharrell Williams-produced “Nuclear” ramped up buzz for Destiny’s Child’s Love Songs compilation and the ladies’ on-stage reunion during Beyoncé’s performance at Super Bowl XLVII.

Game is due June 4 and will also feature a duet with Williams, an appearance from Wiz Khalifa, and production from Boy Wonder, T-Minus, and The-Dream, among others. Rowland told Billboard that she recorded “70-something songs” for the album but had to cut the final tally to 12.

The set’s catchy first single, “Kisses Down Low,” has already been causing a stir at radio because of its racy sex innuendo. Check it out below.

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Jay-Z and Beyonce's Cuba trip targeted by Republicans for investigation

What sort of sinister activity, Illuminati or otherwise, did Jay-Z and Beyoncé partake in when they visited Cuba for their five-year wedding anniversary? We can’t say for sure, but two Republican members of Congress are determined to find out.

Representatives Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Mario Diaz-Balart, both from Florida, have asked the Treasury Department for more information on the type of license the famous couple obtained for their Havana holiday, Reuters reports.

“Despite the clear prohibition against tourism in Cuba, numerous press reports described the couple’s trip as tourism, and the Castro regime touted it as such in its propaganda,” read the letter.

According to the AP and numerous photos from the trip, Jay and Bey took in the sights, sounds, and tastes of Cuba. On Wednesday night, the couple and their mothers enjoyed dinner at the tourist-favorite La Guardia restaurant, while on Thursday — the day of their anniversary — Jay strolled around puffing cigars while Beyoncé posed for pictures with the local youths.

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Mitch Winehouse isn't thrilled about Beyonce singing his daughter's song

Amy Winehouse’s dad isn’t mad that Beyoncé covered “Back to Black” — along with Andre 3000 — for the soundtrack of Baz Luhrmann’s Great Gatsby. He does, however, seem not quite on board with the idea, much like some of the fallen singer’s fans:

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Jay-Z's 'Great Gatsby' soundtrack tracklist revealed: Beyonce, Andre 3000, Lana Del Rey, Jack White and more

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What does “translating the Jazz Age sensibility of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby into the musical equivalents of our own times, through the blending of hip-hop, traditional jazz, and other contemporary musical textures” mean exactly? When Jay-Z’s producing, it means will.i.am!

Well, not just him. The full tracklist for the upcoming Baz Luhrmann extravaganza’s soundtrack was released today, and it includes a varied list of artists, ranging from Beyoncé to Jack White.

As we told you earlier this week, Beyoncé and Andre 3000 will be teaming up to cover Amy Winehouse’s “Back to Black.” There are other covers as well: Brit soul-pop singer Emeli Sande and the Brian Ferry Orchestra do Bey’s “Crazy in Love” together; White offers his rendition of U2’s “Love Is Blindness”; and Brian Ferry covers himself, sort of, since he and his orchestra takes on Roxy Music’s “Love Is the Drug.”

All that, plus original songs from the Florence the Machine, Gotye, the XX, and, yes, Jay-Z. Check out the full tracklist below:

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Beyonce's big reveal: Drinking sugar water, wearing clothes -- VIDEO UPDATE

After teasing us with a series of tour dates and a pair of strange preview tracks, Beyoncé finally made the big reveal.

Was it the official announcement of her new album? A proper first single? A killer new video? Or was yesterday’s teaser video with the hashtag #BeyHereNow merely a suggestion that there’s a lot of Oasis being played at the Carter household?

It was none of those things. Shortly after 9 a.m. ET on her official Tumblr, Beyoncé pulled back the curtain on… a photo of her drinking a Pepsi. Does that mean the check cleared on her $50 million deal with the soft drink manufacturer? There are two other new pics up, one of which suggests she’s doing something in video form, though whether it’s her own music video or some sort of Van Halen-esque hybrid is unclear.

So even though this big curtain-pulling moment is a bit of a letdown, rest assured you’ll have more Beyoncé than you’ll know what to do with in the coming months: She’ll be headed out on the Mrs. Carter World Tour, lending her face to H&M, covering an Amy Winehouse song for the soundtrack to The Great Gatsby, and doing even more shilling for Pepsi.

UPDATED: Shortly after we published, Bey unveiled a one minute Pepsi commercial, which includes her confronting famous former incarnations of herself, plus elements of a new song called “Mirrors,” a concept we’re totally not sick of in 2013 yet. Watch it below. READ FULL STORY

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