In the middle of launching his latest run of North American tour dates at Louisville’s Forecastle Festival Saturday night, Jack White pulled a cover of Jay Z’s “99 Problems” out of a transition from The White Stripes “Icky Thump.”
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Beyoncé and Jay Z’s multi-platform pop-culture domination continues — it has just been announced that their first joint tour, On the Run, will debut in September and air exclusively on HBO. The duo will perform more than 40 songs in the special.
The taping will take place on September 12 and 13 at the Stade de France in Paris, On the Run’s sole international stop. The tour began in Miami’s Sun Life Stadium on June 25 and ends with the two-night stand Paris on September 13.
The two are no strangers to HBO: Beyoncé’s Mrs. Carter World Tour is currently being broadcast as a 10-episode series of concert performances, BEYONCÉ:X10, and in February 2013 she was seen in the feature-length documentary, Life Is But a Dream. Additionally, Jay Z’s Picasso Baby: A Performance Art Film premiered in August 2013.
On September 27, a lineup including Jay-Z, No Doubt, Carrie Underwood, fun., Tiësto, and The Roots will perform at the third annual Global Citizen Festival, held on the Great Lawn in New York’s Central Park.
Now in its third year, the Global Citizen Festival is a outdoor concert whose main goal is to raise awareness and inspire action to combat extreme poverty worldwide. The Global Poverty Project, the organization behind the festival, hopes to use the event as a tool “promote activism through something people love—live musical entertainment—and in turn, give our world leaders a clear and compelling mandate to commit to ending extreme poverty by 2030.” Every year, the event is held around the same time as the United Nations General Assembly. This year, the festival will be televised by NBC and MSNBC.
Tickets to the Global Citizen Festival are earned, not bought. To earn tickets, fans visit the Global Citizen website, sign up, and complete several tasks aimed at spreading awareness. Each task earns a certain number of points, and once a fan earns eight points, he or she can enter to win tickets to the event. There will be five draws this summer, and would-be concertgoers can enter up to six times. A total of 48,000 free tickets will be given out this year.
“After last year’s success, Jay Z put up his hand and said, ‘I want to headline Year 3,’” Hugh Evans, chief executive of the Global Poverty Project, said to the New York Times. “ We sat down with people from his Shawn Carter Foundation and found that there are so many alliances between what they’re trying to do and what we’re trying to do.
Last year’s lineup included John Mayer, Alicia Keys, Kings of Leon, and Stevie Wonder, who closed the festival with an hour-long set that included a cover John Lennon’s “Imagine” (see below). Ban Ki-moon, secretary general of the United Nations, also made a special appearance and addressed the crowd during Wonder’s set.
After nearly two weeks of speculation, the most powerful couple in music (and one of the most influential people in the world) have confirmed that they will indeed be spending the summer together on stage at various stadiums across the United States and Canada. Starting on June 25 in Miami, Jay Z and Beyoncé will be taking their On The Run tour to the people.
Jay-Z is bringing his Made in America music festival to Los Angeles.
The music mogul was joined by the city’s mayor Wednesday at Los Angeles City Hall to announce the two-day concert, which is planned for Labor Day weekend and will be held simultaneously with one in Philadelphia. READ FULL STORY
Back in 2011 and 2012, super friends Jay Z and Kanye West took their epic Watch the Throne tour everywhere from Paris to Vancouver. Even New Jersey got a two-night stand. One place they skipped, though? Austin, Texas.
That changed last night, when Jay and ‘Ye took over the Austin Music Hall for Samsung’s big SXSW party. Needless to say, people were excited; even Tyler, the Creator, who had a showcase of his own to play later that night, could be seen wilding out in the middle of the young crowd and, inevitably, inspiring a flood of Samsung-sponsored selfies from the fans around him. (Sadly, Tyler’s scheduled 1 a.m. showcase at Mohawk would end up being marred by tragedy.)
So did the Throne live up to the hype? Without a doubt. Sure, the concept and set-list was more or less a facsimile of the official tour — the rappers dueled from atop opposing glowing cubes amid a spastic laser show, before eventually taking the actual stage together and tag-teaming in and out for solo mini-sets — but that didn’t stop everyone from losing themselves during the two-hour blowout. And both Jay and Kanye have put out a bunch of new music since they last convened onstage: Hova had his (also Samsung-aided) Magna Carta Holy Grail, while West had his Yeezus masterpiece, plus the Cruel Summer comp he released under the G.O.O.D. Music banner.
But since the notes on my phone are roughly 85% exclamation points, it might be best to break it down by the numbers: READ FULL STORY
His throne continues to build: Jay Z’s Roc Nation will now manage Kanye West.
The management company and West’s label announced Monday that Roc Nation will work alongside West’s production house, DONDA, on managing the Grammy-winning superstar’s music endeavors. Izvor Zivkovic will continue to manage West as well.
Roc Nation manages Rihanna, Shakira, Timbaland, and other acts.
West officially launched DONDA in 2011, and it is named after his late mother, Donda West. The rapper has used the company to design the technology for his latest tours and to produce the Cruel Summer short film.
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