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Kanye West and Jay Z each announce separate tours

Kanye West, who hasn’t gone on a solo tour since 2008, announced this morning that he’ll embark on The Yeezus Tour, a 23 city North American trek kicking off October 19 in Seattle (the same place West launched his Glow In the Dark tour back in ’08—Yeezy must really dig the Space Needle).

He’s bringing along summer festival VIP Kendrick Lamar as his opening act. Tickets go on sale next Friday, September 13 in most cities, and you can check out all of the dates and venues at the bottom of this post. And if you see your city listed — um, no return dates for you, Kazakhstan — be sure to let your local French bakery know when Kanye is coming; as we know, dude can be pretty demanding.

Not to be outdone, Jay Z also announced a new tour this morning. Jigga’s Magna Carter World Tour finally has its North American bookings, which will begin in St. Paul, Minnesota on November 30 (hope he’s packing a parka). The 34 date run will take him through the new year and includes a pair of stops at his home court in Brooklyn’s Barclays Center on January 12 and 13. Tickets go on sale Thursday, September 12, and the entirety of Jay’s run is below as well.

So the two biggest hip-hop acts in America are going on separate tours, hitting many of the same cities. Let’s assume that the tickets will be impossibly expensive (because let’s face it, most all concert tickets are impossibly expensive), and you can only afford to go to one this fall. Which one do you choose? Let us know in the comments.

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Jay Z and Ron Howard's 'Made In America' documentary to air on Showtime

Jay Z has had a busy summer: A platinum album, a sold-out tour, and a new video with Justin Timberlake for “Holy Grail.”  But, while fans gear up for the second year of his Budweiser Made In American Festival on Philadelphia’s Benjamin Franklin Parkway this weekend, the rapper scored yet another win as Showtime announced plans to debut the documentary about the Jay Z-curated festival on October 11th at 9 p.m. ET.

The film, directed by Ron Howard,  chronicles the inaugural two-day music fest and will make its first appearance at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival on Sept. 7. Produced by Jay Z and Ron Howard, the documentary will feature live performances and interviews with Kanye West, Odd Future, Janelle Monáe, Jill Scott, Run-DMC, Passion Pit, Pearl Jam, and more from the 2012 festival.

Watch the trailer for the film below:

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Jay Z drops 'Holy Grail' video featuring Justin Timberlake: Watch it here

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Surprisingly, Jay Z didn’t make a single appearance at Sunday night’s MTV Video Music Awards, despite the fact that it took place inside the arena that he kinda-sorta had a hand in constructing. (Though he and Mrs. Carter did show up for the after-party.)

Perhaps he was just putting the finishing touches on the video for “Holy Grail,” the Justin Timberlake-featuring single that has been sitting in the top 10 since Magna Carta Holy Grail dropped. In the clip, directed by Anthony Mandler, Jigga contemplates Mike Tyson in front of the video monitors from 12 Monkeys inside Daniel Plainview’s dilapidated mansion while presiding over the nightmare feast from Johnny Cash’s “Hurt” video.

There’s a scantily-filled swimming pool and a tower of champagne glasses, as well as Timberlake crooning in front of a burning car. It’s pretty arresting, honestly, and the remixed iteration of the song is miles beyond the album version. 

The clip premiered on Facebook, but you can give it a spin below.  READ FULL STORY

Chart news: Luke Bryan album snags year's third biggest sales week, Katy beats Gaga in the singles race

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Luke Bryan just joined the majors.

The country star has been a force to be reckoned with for a while now, of course. But this week he entered a rarefied club thanks to his new album’s monster sales week: Crash My Party sold slightly shy of 528,000 copies in its debut week, Billboard reports, putting Bryan behind only Justin Timberlake (968,000) and Jay Z (just north of 528,000) in terms of first-week album sales this year.

To make the feat more impressive is the fact that Bryan’s sales week is the biggest posted by a male country musician in almost nine years, since Tim McGraw’s Live Like You Were Dying (766,000). That’s right, Tim McGraw – talk about back when.

Meanwhile, on the pop end of the spectrum, the East Coast-West Coast battle between the new Katy Perry and Lada Gaga singles came out in the California Gurl’s favor. “Roar” topped the Digital Songs chart, bowing with a higher-than-expected 557,000 downloads. That’s the sixth-biggest sales week for a digital song, Billboard points out, and the third biggest for a debut.

Lady Gaga’s “Applause,” on the other hand, only slotted at No. 3 with 218,000 downloads in its opening week.

And in between the two ladies (just like he likes it) is Robin Thicke, whose unstoppable “Blurred Lines” stood at No. 2 with 291,000.

Jay Z bringing his 'Picasso Baby' to HBO -- VIDEO

Earlier this month, Jay Z showed up at a Manhattan art gallery and lip-synched his Magna Carta Holy Grail track “Picasso Baby” for hours as gallery-goers streamed in and out to be part of the surprise art installation.

Now everyone can partake in Jay’s experiment when Picasso Baby: A Performance Art Film hits HBO. A sneak peek from the mega-music video includes Alan Cumming and Judd Apatow interacting with the rap royalty, along with throngs of fans invited to get up close and personal. Check out the preview below:
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Jay-Z wins at everything: His new album tops album charts, breaks Spotify records

Jay-Z’s got a lot of reasons to smile this week.

First off, he’s married to Beyoncé. Still! But more immediately, the man’s latest effort, Magna Carta Holy Grail, is killing it commercially: Soundscan reports that the album moved a blockbuster 527,000 copies in its first week, giving Jay the 13th No. 1 album of his career.

That number exceeds the high-profile bows of Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories (339,000 its first week out), and Kanye West’s Yeezus (327,000). It’s still, however, lower than the year’s biggest debut, Justin Timberlake’s The 20/20 Experience, which notched 968,000.

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Jay-Z shot a video at a Manhattan art gallery today, and everyone wanted to be involved

What does Pace Gallery, Lena Dunham’s mom, and Twitter all have in common?

They were all obsessed with Jay-Z this afternoon, after the rapper surprise showed up to Pace Gallery in Manhattan, where Vines of Jay-Z dancing amongst museum-goers –presumable to be turned into some kind of music video —  quickly dominated social feeds. Take that, Tilda Swinton!

Admittance to watch Jay-Z lip-sync/performance art his new track off Magna Carta Holy Grail, “Picasso Baby,” required a golden ticket of sorts, an invite-only white piece of paper that was emailed to lucky members of the art, media and – according to at least one person EW spoke with outside – even the 40/40 club membership list yesterday. The paper, after check-in in another building, allowed a lucky few into the gallery to pretend to party with Jay-Z.

Outside the gallery, which, around 4:00 local time this afternoon was populated with over 100 fans attempting in vain to get inside the guarded big white doors, EW caught up with a few of the dancers/performers who’d been hired as background, and even they didn’t find out that it was a Jay-Z video until earlier that day. “It was all hidden,” explained Nicole Page, one in a group of six performers that were waiting in the 90-degree weather for their call time. “We were told it was for a Mark Romanek [who directed Jay-Z's "99 Problems"] video. We don’t know anything except what the time frame is. …We’ve been here since this morning.”

For Manhattanites who instantly booked it downtown upon hearing of the Jay-Z sightings, the mixed reviews of Magna Carta (Read EW’s review) had no place in this line, full of people who were eager to profess that the rapper’s 12th studio album was among his best yet. “F—ing awesome!” one line member yelled to EW. Aaron Cho, a twenty-something fan who was hopeful to get a glimpse of his idol, also couldn’t help but gush: “[I] love it, especially “Picasso Baby.” I work in the art industry and I love that Jay-Z is talking about art. It’s really related to the music world as well. ‘I want to be a billionaire’ It sounds greedy but it’s awesome at the same time.”

For fan Sal Emelin, who has been to five Jay-Z concerts, even the importance of a grad school final couldn’t slow down his attempt to rush to the gallery. “[Magna Carta Holy Grail is] one of his best albums. I expected it to be a so-so album, due to him not really promoting [it],” he explained. “…It’ll take time for people to really listen to it and let it settle in their minds. History will show it to be one of Jay-Z’s top albums.”

Alas, even great spin like that doesn’t immediately get you inside.

Jay-Z's 'Magna Carta Holy Grail': What do you think?

As noted, Jay-Z’s Magna Carta Holy Grail has been unleashed on Samsung users, and already went platinum before anybody heard a single note.

Of course, because we live in the future, the album was fully available to non-Samsung users moments after the clock struck midnight. There will be a full, in-depth review of Magna Carta Holy Grail on the Music Mix and in next week’s issue of the magazine, but upon first listen, the thing that really jumps out is how impeccable the production sounds. Timbaland, Pharrell, and Swizz Beatz have all brought their individual A games, and it helps prop up some lyrical moments that occasionally feel phoned in (a judgment levied against Jigga over his last few releases).

But what do you think of Magna Carta Holy Grail? How does it stack up against other Jay-Z albums, and how does it compare with other hip-hop albums in 2013? Sound off about your evolving opinions on Magna Carta below.

Jay-Z album available to Samsung users today

Album release dates are quickly going the way of 8-tracks and B-sides, something music buyers will remember being important once upon a time. While Jay-Z’s forthcoming album Magna Carta Holy Grail isn’t set to hit stores worldwide until July 9, Samsung Galaxy smartphone customers who downloaded a specially tailored app were permitted to purchase it as of 12:01 a.m. ET today.

Jay-Z effectively leaked his own album and got paid to do so by the electronics giant, who agreed to pre-purchase the one million copies that were distributed free to the first million people to download the app. This savvy marketing maneuver essentially meant that Magna Carta Holy Grail went platinum days before its official release.

Jay-Z inspires RIAA to change certification stance

Even though we have yet to hear note one from Jay-Z’s new album Magna Carta Holy Grail, it’s already become one of the most controversial albums of 2013 — at least from a business standpoint.

Starting this Thursday, July 4, owners of Samsung phones will get first crack at Magna Carta Holy Grail. The first one million Samsung users will be claiming their free copies of the album, which led to an interesting question: Does that mean that Magna Carta Holy Grail is already platinum, even though it’s not even on sale yet?

The definitive answer is: yes and no. Yesterday, the RIAA announced that it will start counting digital sales towards Gold and Platinum certification right away, rather than wait the traditional 30 days after an album’s release. The old rule was in place to account for returns on unsold merchandise (Gold and Platinum certifications are based on copies shipped to stores, not copies sold). But because you can’t return an iTunes download, the organization has decided to amend its policy—just in time to certify Magna Carta Holy Grail.

“Not only do we believe it’s sensible and logical to align digital album rules with those we have maintained for digital singles since the program’s inception, we also consider today’s move in line with our larger efforts to modernize the G&P Program to reflect the new music marketplace,” the RIAA’s Liz Kennedy said in a press release. “The reality is that how fans consume music is changing, the music business is changing as labels and artists partner with a breathtaking array of new technology services, and the industry’s premier award recognizing artists’ commercial achievement should similarly keep pace.”

Since Samsung already pre-purchased one million digital downloads of Magna Carta Holy Grail, it will be eligible for platinum certification immediately. However, the chart-keepers at Billboard will still not be recognizing those sales of the album on its weekly charts. READ FULL STORY

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