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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

Jay-Z addresses Cuba controversy on new track 'Open Letter': Hear it here!

Some businessmen issue press releases when their names show up in controversial headlines. Jay-Z, on the other hand, just calls some friends and drops a sonic note on Soundcloud.

In light of the recent chatter surrounding his sports agency ventures, Roc Nation’s recently-announced deal with Universal, and his vacation in Cuba, Jay-Z recorded and dropped the new track “Open Letter.” Produced by Timbaland and Swizz Beatz, the brief tune showed up on Jigga’s Life + Times website last night.

“Wanna give me jail time and a fine/ Fine, let me commit a real crime,” Jay raps on the song, shouting down those politicians questioning the legality of Jay’s island getaway to the communist country. Give the track 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.

Jay-Z announces Made in America festival returning to Philadelphia -- VIDEO

Jay-Z says his “Made in America” festival is coming back to Philadelphia.

The rapper posted a teaser video on his “Life and Times” website Monday that showed footage from last year. It says this year’s festival will again take place on Labor Day weekend — Aug. 31 and Sept. 1.

Jay-Z says the lineup will be revealed on Spotify on Wednesday. READ FULL STORY

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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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 premieres new songs 'Bow Down' and 'I Been On': Hear them here

No announcements of an announcement for her. Last night, Queen Bey (rather unceremoniously) debuted new music via SoundCloud and Instagram.

Check out “Bow Down” and “I Been On” below.

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Justin Timberlake streams 'The 20/20 Experience' on iTunes. Worth the seven-year wait? -- The EW Review

It’s Justin Timberlake Week! Right on the heels of his record-making, ratings-boosting SNL-hosting gig, JT has decided to get his new album, The 20/20 Experience, out to fans early. It’s not due to hit stores until Tuesday, March 19, but it’s currently streaming on iTunes in its entirety.

The official EW review of Justin Timberlake’s The 20/20 Experience is below, and a version of it will appear in the magazine on newsstands next Friday, March 15. READ FULL STORY

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