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Jay-Z to live-stream final Barclays show tomorrow

Had a good time reading about Jay-Z’s Barclays Center shows but wish you could see it? Hova hears you.

The rapper and partial Brooklyn Nets owner has announced plans to live-stream the final show of his historic eight-night run at his borough’s new Barclays Center tomorrow night. This online event is, unlike the impending web-only stream of the Jon Stewart-Bill O’Reilly debate, free; it’ll be hosted at Jay’s Life + Times site beginning at 9:30 p.m. Brooklyn Daylight Time.

So, what can you look forward to on Hov’s final Barclays Center night? Well, if his first Barclays Center night is any indication, expect lots of Brooklyn shout-outs, special guests, and maybe even a Biggie tribute. And, for visual reference, you can also check out Jay-Z’s preview clip below:

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Jay-Z at Brooklyn's Barclays Center opening night: On the scene

If “Drink when you hear the word ‘Brooklyn'” were a game at the inauguration of the brand-new Barclays Center sports arena last night, it might easily have turned fatal by the 30-minute mark.

Thankfully (or not) the venue ran out of alcohol roughly two-thirds of the way through the evening, one of several small kinks in a generally on-point if occasionally underwhelming opening.

That Jay-Z is, to paraphrase his dearly departed friend, not only a Barclays client but the player president, is not news to New Yorkers. The rapper-turned-mogul has a minority ownership stake in the Center and its team, the Brooklyn Nets, and his Hova-ness is an integral part of both its DNA and its marketing plan.

The significance of that stake is clearly not lost on the man himself; multiple times, he stopped his set to acknowledge it in ways both playfully braggy (“This is the house that Hova built. Welcome to my house!”) and nakedly emotional (“Do you mind if I take my time? I’m feeling a little bit overwhelmed by the moment.”) At several points, he stopped to note that this performance meant more to him than any in a long, glittery line of career highlights: More than the Grammys, more than Glastonbury, more than Coachella. READ FULL STORY

Kanye West recruits R. Kelly, The-Dream, Ma$e for 'Cruel Summer': See the official tracklist here

After threatening to miss its titular season entirely, the G.O.O.D. Music compilation Cruel Summer has made significant advances this week.

Kanye West’s much-delayed label showcase hits streets next Tuesday, but fans were treated to a hearty sneak peek when iTunes premiered ninety-second snippets of the album’s twelve songs yesterday. And to further fuel excitement, the official tracklist has been made available as well. And it’s quite interesting!

While there was some uncertainty over which songs would end up making the final cut — summer-smoldering single “Mercy” and Jay-Z-featuring “Clique” were givens, but the Kim Kardashian confessional “Cold” was a little more up in the air —  it looks like all the tracks West’s been trotting out this summer made it on. Also interesting is the packed guestlist, which brings in cameos from stars orbiting just outside the G.O.O.D. Music universe: R. Kelly kicks things off with a Kanye collab, Wu-Tang Clansman Raekwon shows up on the album’s crowded fifth entry, and “Higher” joins Pusha T with both The-Dream and Ma$e. Ma$e!

Take a look at the list below:

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Rihanna, Coldplay, and Jay-Z come together for Paralympics closing ceremony -- VIDEO

Millions tuned in to the Paralympics Closing Ceremony in London last night, and today, three performers from the hours-long finale still have people buzzing.

Jay-Z, Rihanna, and Coldplay all took the stage during the event and filled the stadium with colorful pageantry, stadium-pleasing songs, and tons of pats on each other’s backs. The three artists are all friends as well as collaborators, of course, so there was a lot of plenty of shared love: Chris Martin’s crew backed RiRi for “We Found Love,” Hova helped infuse Coldplay’s “Paradise” with swag, and the whole cadre came together for Jay’s “Run This Town.”

If you missed it last night, you can check out the cooperative performances for yourself with the videos below:

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Rick Ross and David Copperfield hang out on stage in Vegas -- VIDEO

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You know that thing when rappers shout out the name of a seemingly completely unrelated public figure in the middle of a verse, making you ponder how it would be to walk in on Robin Williams lecturing Jay-Z  about seizing the day in an empty English classroom or eavesdrop on the Lil Wayne-Bill Gates phone call wherein they discuss the finer points of exceeding baller status?

The Meek Mill-assisted Rick Ross track “Black Magic,” one of several standouts on Maybach Music Group’s recent compilation effort Self Made Vol. 2, has a hook that rhymes: “Poof! There go the car/Poof! there go the crib/Poof! A hundred mil, David Copperfield/David Copperfield, David Copperfield.”

You know where this is headed.

Rick Ross was performing in Las Vegas last night, and revealed in the midst of his set that he had a special guest waiting in the wings: “This is a mother—-in’ icon.  In his field, he the greatest that ever did it.  So, I want you to drop the music at the same time.  Drop the music, let’s go.”

And then, this happened:

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Kanye West and Kim Kardashian together at last (for the 98th time) in 'I Wish You Would/Cold' music video -- WATCH

The KimYe love train is moving along just fine, thank you very much.

Just  weeks after validating the seriousness of their romance with the ever-important reality TV bow, Kanye and his boo (or is it Kim and her beau?… the obstacles this relationship will have to overcome!) are back out showing the world just how much they really do love each other.  The milestone reached this time around?  A Kim music video cameo!

That’s right, you can go ahead and add “video vixen” to the ongoing list of the reality star’s many, many talents.

The freshly anointed “perfect bitch” graces the lens in the new clip for the Kanye and DJ Khaled collaboration ‘Theraflu ‘Cold,’ just as her man professes his devotion to her and his not-so-subtle distaste for her estranged NBA-star husband: “I’ll admit I fell in love with Kim/’round the same time she fell in love with him./Well that’s cool, baby girl,  do your thang/He’s just lucky I ain’t had Jay drop him from the team.”

(That Kris Humphries diss is a reference to the fact that Kanye’s ‘Watch The Throne,’ wingman, Jay-Z, is a co-owner of the Brooklyn Nets, Humphries’ current NBA squad — no sweat off Kris’s back, though.  As of today, we are happy to report that he is still a Net, and will be for the foreseeable future)

The Hype Williams-directed clip actually features two Kanye-led tracks–the first of which, ‘I Wish You Would,’ features Rick Ross and is set to appear on the upcoming Khaled album Kiss the Ring.

Check out the video below, and fast-forward to the 5:12 mark if you just can’t wait to see you some Kardashian magic.  Don’t blink, though, or you’ll miss her.  You know Kim…always has been a bit camera shy.

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BET Awards 2012 winners: Jay-Z, Kanye West, Beyonce dominate

Blue Ivy Carter just got a bunch of shiny new toys to play with.

The BET Awards took place in Los Angeles on Sunday, and big winners included Nicki Minaj, Kanye West, and, of course, Jay-Z and his wife Beyoncé.

The show kicked off with a Kanye-induced bang as the rapper, decked in all-white, joined 2 Chainz and eventual Best New Artist winner Big Sean to perform their runaway rap hit “Mercy,” which Music Mix can verify has been blaring from 90% of car stereos in Brooklyn all summer. West, who brought Kim Kardashian as his date to the awards, also ran through “Theraflu,” the cut that outed the couple in the first place.

That performance segued to host Samuel L. Jackson coming out with Red Hook Summer director Spike Lee to deliver a parody version of the Jay and Kanye single “N—-s in Paris”; we’ll include the video once it shows up online.

Other performances at the event came from the likes of Usher, Nicki Minaj and 2 Chainz, Melanie Fiona, D’angelo(!), Rick Ross and his on-fire Maybach Music Group, and Chris Brown.

The night also featured an extensive Whitney Houston tribute, which brought out a long list of guests to commemorate the late singer, including: Monica, Brandy (who sang “I’m Your Baby Tonight” and “I Wanna Dance With Somebody”), Whitney’s mother Cissy Houston (singing “Bridge Over Troubled Water”), and none other than Chaka Khan, who took us home with “I’m Every Woman.”

As for the awards themselves, some people outside the Jay-‘Ye-Bey trinity managed to swipe prizes: Wale and Miguel won for Best Collaboration, Chris Brown took home the Best Male R&B Artist and the AOL Fandemonium awards, and Maze featuring Frankie Beverly was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

Check out the full list of the night’s winners below:

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Flaming Lips surpass Jay-Z to set world record for most live shows in 24 hours

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Looks like Hova took a day off from watching the throne.

Last night in New Orleans, the Flaming Lips finished their eighth live show of the day, thus stealing Jay-Z’s Guinness World Record for the most shows in multiple cities in a 24-hour period.

The Lips began their record-breaking journey by playing a show in Memphis on Wednesday, following that up with a string of gigs along the Mississippi River Delta. By the time the Wayne Coyne-led band wrapped up in New Orleans, they were presented a certificate marking their achievement. In a statement, Coyne described the feat as “an absurd joy.”

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Jay-Z and Kanye West's 'No Church in the Wild' video: Watch it here

It’s hard to watch the Throne if it isn’t there.

BFFs Jay-Z and Kanye released the official “No Church in the Wild” video late last night, making the track the third from their 2011 super-collaboration Watch the Throne to get a clip.

It is, however, the first that doesn’t involve an appearance from either rapper, or even guest crooner Frank Ocean.

Instead of kaleidoscopic wizardry and flashy, Aziz Ansari-approved sports cars, the bleakly shot, Romain Gavras-directed video focuses on a violent yet somehow vaguely boring uprising in the streets of Prague. Dissatisfied youth, aggressive police, burning cars — you get the idea.

While watching it, we were secretly wishing that one of the rioters would take off his bandana and reveal himself to be Jay or ‘Ye, ready to spice things up a bit. Alas, our prayers were not answered, and five minutes later, the video ends with… more rioting.

We’re not saying we have to see famous people in every music video, but when a project is basically built on megastar wattage like the Throne is, it wouldn’t hurt.

Take a peek at the “No Church in the Wild” video for yourself and let us know if you agree:

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BET Awards 2012: Kanye West, Beyonce, Jay-Z leads the nominations

Can’t tell him nothing — though Kanye might actually like to know that he leads the pack of nominations for this year’s BET Awards with seven nods, including six for his Watch the Throne collab with Jay-Z, and one for Director of the Year.

Mrs. Shawn Carter didn’t do too shabby either; Beyonce comes in a close second with six noms, for “Countdown” and “Love on Top.” Chris Brown, Drake, Lil Wayne and J.Cole are also multiple nominees.

Samuel L. Jackson will host, and Brown and Nicki Minaj are among those confirmed to perform at the ceremony July 1 in Los Angeles. For a full list of categories and nominees, see below: READ FULL STORY

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