You won’t have to buy the next issue of People or Us to see the first photos of Blue Ivy: Beyoncé and Jay-Z themselves opted to release photos of their newborn via a Tumblr account. Says a note on the site: “We welcome you to share in our joy.” READ FULL STORY
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“Allow to me to reintroduce myself,” a beaming, tuxedo-clad Jay-Z teased at the top of his charity show at Carnegie Hall in New York City last night.
He didn’t have to, of course, but when you’ve got an evergreen show-starter like “Public Service Announcement” on your hands, you use it.
The giddy new father was kicking off the first half of his two-night stand at the hallowed venue, the proceeds of which will benefit United Way of New York City and the Shawn Carter Scholarship Foundation.
Backed by a 36-piece orchestra, Jay swaggered across the stage with a bottle of champagne in his hand (“It’s tea,” he claimed) as images of Brooklyn’s Marcy Projects and other hometown signifiers splashed on the wall behind him.
Think young Blue Ivy Carter has been in the press too much?
Well, Beyoncé’s parents apparently agree.
The new grandparents, who had a heavy hand in orchestrating their daughters’ careers, think Jay and Bey need to “back off a bit and pull back on the publicity they are helping generate for that child,” a Knowles insider said yesterday.
But it looks like Blue Ivy’s parents already have things under control. At the reopening his 40/40 Club in New York last night, Jay attended without Beyoncé (or Blue Ivy, thankfully) and had his handler tell reporters, “If you ask about the baby, he’s going to walk away.”
Perhaps Grandpa and Grandma Knowles are the ones who need to “pull back” on the publicity. What about you guys — how do you come down on Jayoncé’s parenting skills so far?
Beyoncégaté rages on.
It’s Beyoncé’s reportedly million-dollar garcinia cambogia extract endorsement delivery that’s still fueling controversy: she and Jay-Z were said to have dropped $1.3 million to reserve multiple executive suites and subsequently received preferential treatment, causing Lenox Hill Hospital to be hit by complaints and protests from parents whose names don’t end in “-Z” or “é.”
Patients who were at the hospital at the time allege that they were blocked from seeing their newborns due to security guards hired by the Carter-Knowles clan, claims that the New York State Health Department are now investigating more fully.
Well, that was fast.
The soul-inflected song is an ode to newly born daughter Blue Ivy Carter, who actually makes her own guest appearance, despite being only two days old. Credited as B.I.C., the baby closes the Neptunes-produced track with a bit of gentle crying.
The song’s other, non-infant guest vocalist is Pharrell Williams, who coos over the silky-smooth hook as Hov drops adoring (nursery) rhymes like, “I’ll paint the sky Blue, my greatest creation is you.”
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Here, a helpful guide to the finer points of all things Baby Carter:
The first order of business is to get the name right; it’s Blue Ivy Carter — not Ivy Blue Carter, as E! initially reported. That’s half the battle right there.
Looking back at the best music videos of 2011, one thing leaped out: All of the best clips were made by the same six or seven people.
So rather than call out individual entries for their greatness, we’re going to reward the directors who put together the best portfolios this year. Anybody can make one excellent video, but it takes serious jiujitsu to knock out three great ones. That left a lot of awesome videos on the table (all apologies to excellent entries like Foo Fighters’ “Walk,” Beyoncé’s “Countdown,” and Ke$ha’s “Blow”), but this is a pretty good sum-up of the year in music videos.
1) Spike Jonze
Jonze only stood behind the camera for two videos this year, but they were both game-changers. Beastie Boys’ “Don’t Play No Game That I Can’t Win” was a sandbox revelation that was way better than the actual feature film based on GI Joe, while Jay-Z and Kanye West’s “Otis” turned that pair’s obsession with commercialism into a bombastic brand of Americana. Pour one out for the fallen Maybach, and raise your glass to Jonze, who proved that no amount of directing polarizing adaptations of beloved books for children can take away his four-minute spark. READ FULL STORY
Jay-Z has acquired plenty of titles, including “The Best Rapper Alive,” “The King of Hip-Hop,” and “A Guy Who Sometimes Doesn’t Get It.” He just added another one, as he has been declared one of a handful of “Men of the Year” by GQ magazine.
Jigga will appear on the cover of the publication’s December issue, which also features “Man of the Year” awards for the likes of Justin Timberlake, Jimmy Fallon, and Michael Fassbender. This is actually Jay’s second GQ “Man of the Year” award; he last picked up the title in 2006 when he released his comeback album Kingdom Come. Oops.
The case for Jay-Z this year isn’t difficult. He got turned into a cartoon and finally put out that J.Cole album, but it really boils down to two things: He was one half of one of the biggest musical events of the year in Watch the Throne (and no matter what you think of the quality of that release, it’s hard to argue with its scope), and also had a pretty solid 12 months in his personal life.
The incoming Hova-Bey baby is a big focus of the accompanying interview. “Providing — that’s not love,” he told GQ of his take on parenthood, spoken from the shadow of his own father’s alcoholism and absence. “Being there — that’s more important. I mean, we see that. We see that with all these rich socialites. They’re crying out for attention; they’re hurting for love. I’m not being judgmental — I’m just making an observation. They’re crying out for the love that maybe they didn’t get at home, and they got everything. All the material things that they need and want. So we know that’s not the key.”
The rapper also insisted that he’ll be changing diapers (“Of course. One hundred percent,” he insisted) and joked about putting a carseat in a Maybach. “That would be a great picture,” he said.
These decisions are made for a variety of reasons, but just taken musically, shouldn’t Kanye West get the rub from Watch the Throne over Jay-Z? Still, it is refreshing to know that West even bothers his most elite collaborators sometimes. “I think he just can’t help himself,” he said of working with West. “He puts so much into everything, and he’s like, ‘You have to treat it like I treat it.’ It drives you crazy sometimes—like when you’ve put seventy-five versions of a snare on one song and he’s like, ‘No!’ and you’re like, ‘Come on, man.’”
What do you think, readers — did GQ choose the right man for 2011? Let us know in the comments below.
Read more on EW.com:
Jay-Z’s Occupy Wall Street apparel no longer on Rocawear site
Jay-Z plays an animated version of himself in ‘Secret Millionaires Club’: Watch a preview here!
Kanye West and Jay-Z face official lawsuit over ‘Watch the Throne’ sample
Review: Jay-Z & Kanye West, Watch the Throne
Jay-Z’s Occupy Wall Street (OWS) clothing may not be occupying your closets anytime soon. According to the Wall Street Journal, the rapper’s line of OWS-branded clothing — which was made available earlier in the week via Rocawear — has been removed from the clothing company’s website.
The rapper and Rocawear were met with controversy for their choice to sell the OWS shirts, with some claiming they were attempting to profit off of the movement that opposes the wealthy 1 percent. (The clothing company reportedly released a statement saying they would not be donating any proceeds to the OWS movement.) A rep for Jay-Z did not immediately respond to EW’s request for comment.
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