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When Jay-Z rapped, “Baby I’m a boss, I dunno what they do, I don’t get dropped, I dropped the label,” on The Blueprint 3‘s “On To The Next One,” he wasn’t kidding. Hova announced today that Roc Nation has partnered with the Universal Music Group to become a standalone label. Rihanna and Jay-Z’s new albums will be released via Roc Nation/UMG.
“In just five years, Roc Nation has established itself as one of the most successful brands in music with a reputation for developing some of today’s most influential and popular talent, said Lucian Grainge, Chairman and CEO of UMG, in a press statement. “Not only does this agreement provide a dynamic platform for Roc Nation’s exciting emerging artists, it extends our relationship with the extraordinary Rihanna and represents a homecoming for JAY Z-a brilliant artist and entrepreneur, who has been a creative cornerstone of our company.”
Roc Nation’s previous titles, for example J. Cole’s debut Cole World: The Sideline Story, were released via Columbia Records.
Jay-Z is very familiar with the Universal Music Group. Roc-a-fella signed a joint venture with Def Jam, part of the Universal Music Group, in 1996. Also, the rapper/mogul was famously appointed president of the Def Jam label in 2004, signing the Roots and Rihanna during his stint. He left Def Jam at the very beginning of 2008, and founded Roc Nation the same year.
“We are looking forward to working with Lucian and the incredible team he’s assembled at Universal,” said Jay-Z in a press statement. “We would like to applaud Lucian for collaborating with us to strike a new age deal. This agreement presents a unique opportunity for Roc Nation’s artists-being able to continue to operate as an independent label with the strength, power and reach of the best major. I look forward to a long and prosperous collaboration with UMG. It feels good to be home.”
Financial details of the deal have not been disclosed.
Just last week, Jay-Z announced the creation of Roc Nations Sports, a sports management agency with its first signing being New York Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano.
Also, the Made In America Festival will be returning in 2013 to Philadelphia on Labor Day Weekend (August 31 – Sept. 1), Peep the trailer below.
Jay-Z wins, again.
Sean “Diddy” Combs is still very much on top. With a net worth above half a billion dollars, the Bad Boy founder has topped Forbes’ list of five “Wealthiest Hip Hop Artists.”
The New York native is worth $580 million and even though the list spotlights artists, the brunt of Combs’ fortune came from non-music ventures. Among the deals fattening his pockets is his work with Diageo’s Ciroc. In promoting the vodka brand, the father of six nets an eight-figure annual salary, plus a nine-figure windfall, if the liquor brand is ever sold. “It is one of the fastest-growing brands within vodka,” noted Jack Russ, equity analyst at Edward Jones & Co. “Consumers are feeling a little bit better about their situation, and with that they’re willing to spend more on premium products.”
While Diddy has done well for himself, another big name in Hip-Hop is not too far from taking over the top spot: Jay-Z . Hovito came in 2nd place, with a net worth of $475 million, due in part to the 2007 sale of Rocawear, which brought him $204 million, and a $150 million deal with Live Nation.
Jay also holds stakes in his Roc Nation imprint, Carol’s Daughter, the Brooklyn Nets, and the Barclays Center.
Next on the list is Dr. Dre, whose Beats by Dre headphones brought his net worth to $350 million. Rounding out the Top 5 are Bryan “Birdman” Williams worth $150 million thanks to the growing Cash Money/Young Money empire, while 50 Cent takes the last spot with $125 million. 50 hasn’t dropped an album in almost four years, but earned much of his money from previous releases, and income from merchandise, video games, books, and the check he received from Coca-Cola’s 2007 acquisition of Vitamin Water, in which he holds a stake.
Acclaimed as important members of Roc-A-Fella Records’ dynasty having extended their reach far beyond since, Young Guru and Just Blaze put on a South By Southwest panel that was not to be missed. Though most discussion centered around their historic working relationship, various memories from Baseline Studios and tidbits kept listeners enthralled, including how Just risked upsetting Eminem critiquing his verses during a collaboration and Jay-Z’s infamous “PSA” being constructed after The Black Album had already reached the CD pressing plant. Following this talk, Just Blaze kindly took a moment to speak briefly with HipHopDX.
A heavy supporter of recent Electronic Dance Music sensation Baauer, Just Blaze set the record straight to dispel worries that he is potentially abandoning Hip Hop in order to be a part of newer trends. He said, “At the end of the day, 90% of the [popular] music these days is electronic and 90% of it gets danced to. I dont like [being stuck with] the EDM badge or genre, I just want to continue making good music people like to dance to that invokes something in them.” Always one to let the music speak for him, his undisclosed forthcoming work plans to carry on his tradition of personal innovation while meeting the expectations of fans. With regards to his legacy and the process of maintaining his hard earned place amongst production’s elite, Just Blaze told DX “The key to my longevity has been the ability to adapt and change with the times, but I always stay true to what I love to do, which has always been a mix and match of everything. The thing to understand is times change, people change, tastes change, dances, genres and sounds change, and if you don’t change you’re gonna get left in the cold.”
Justin Timberlake recently conducted an interview with Capital FM in the United Kingdom to promote his third solo album, The 20/20 Experience.
He spoke candidly about what the album will sound like and confirmed to the radio station that Timbaland produced every single song on the album.
“It’s all me and Tim,” said the “Suit & Tie” singer. “I have recently worked with Pharrell on some stuff that he’s doing. We talked about getting back in at some point, so yeah I love both of those guys. This album goes a lot of different directions. I think there is probably a little bit of what’s reminiscent of the first album and a little bit of reminiscent of the second album and some new stuff.”
Timberlake also confirmed that Beyoncé Knowles will not be on his album, but to stay tuned for something in the coming future. “We didn’t do anything on this for mine, but that’s not to say down the road there can’t be a single version of something. But yeah, it’s a lot of me and Tim.”
Finally, JT elaborated on what the upcoming “Legends Of Summer” Tour will be like, stating that the two will be working very closely together instead of having separate sets.
“It’s a North American tour, but we are sharing the Wireless Tour. We are still working it out but the idea is like a completely random reference but I remember seeing Elton [John] and Billy Joel go on tour together and the way they mixed each others songs. I don’t want to give too much away, but it’s going to be a completely collaborative show.”
Jay-Z just landed a major new business partner. The rapper/mogul and Roc Nation have signed a publishing deal with Warner/Chappell a division of the Warner Music Group.
The “On To The Next One” rapper has long had his publishing represented by EMI Music Publishing, which was taken over by Sony/ATV last year. However, shortly thereafter an exec by the name of Jon Platt left the fold for rival Warner/Chappell. It seems like “Big Jon” was able to convince Jigga to make that move, too.
The New York Times reports:
Led by Mr. Platt (a 6-foot-8 figure widely known in the industry as Big Jon), Warner/Chappell has signed Jay-Z to a publishing administration deal for his future work as well as his music since 2008. Through a separate deal, Warner/Chappell will also represent the songwriters at Jay-Z’s entertainment and management company, Roc Nation.
Among those writers are Philip Lawrence, a part of the Smeezingtons songwriting and production team that also includes Bruno Mars; Symbolyc One, or S1, who has written hits with Kanye West, Beyoncé and 50 Cent; and Rita Ora, a rising young British singer and songwriter.
According to two people briefed on the talks, Mr. Platt is also said to be in advanced negotiations with another top EMI Publishing artist who is very close to Jay-Z: Beyoncé, his wife. These people spoke on condition of anonymity because the talks were private.
Music publishers assure that songwriters get their money and also help land song placements. Considering the amount of hits Jay-Z has dropped since 2008 and can still potentially create, calling this a coup, even without Beyoncé, is an understatement.
During Platt’s time at EMI he signed A-list songwriting talent including Drake and Kanye West, which makes many wonder if Jay-Z’s joining will open the floodgates for artist to ditch their publishers to join Warner/Chappell.
While this is a good business move for all involved, Jay-Z also note that the long friendship he has had with Platt for making it happen.
“The real meaning of success is being in the position to work with an individual you consider a friend,” said Jay-Z in a statement. “Jon Platt is such a person. He’s a man of extraordinary character as well as a remarkably talented executive with an ear for music and an eye for talent. It’s great to watch him grow to be one the best in the business.”
Hova wins again.
Justin Timberlake and Jay-Z’s rumored tour together is starting to come together. One of the first clues is the duos upcoming performance headlining the Wireless Festival in London.
The loaded line-up will be headlined by the “Suit & Tie” collaborators on July 12th and July 13th. On the first day, additional performers include Frank Ocean, John Legend, Miguel, Snoop Dogg and Trey Songz with Timberlake closing the night of the 12th.
On the night of the 13th Calvin Harris, Kendrick Lamar, DJ Fresh, Emeli Sande, Miguel and Rita Ora will precede Jigga’s closing set. Mr. Timberlake and Mr. Carter are rumored to taking their show on the road for a 10-city stadium tour in the Summer according to multiple sources.
Rumors arose of a potential joint tour from Timberlake and Carter shortly after their show-stealing performance at the 55th Annual Grammy Awards that took place two weeks ago. This also comes off the heels of Jay-Z’s wife, Beyoncé announcing “The Mrs. Carter Show,” a tour that will span the globe during most of the calendar year.
Justin Timberlake’s third solo album, The 20/20 Experience, is scheduled for a March 19th release.
Jay-Z has announced the signing of Pop singer Kylie Minogue to his Roc Nation imprint.
Breaking the news on Life+Times, the company confirmed the signing of the Australian entertainer to the label, though it is unclear if the partnership is strictly for management.
“Roc Nation would like to welcome Aussie singer, recording artist, songwriter, actress and designer Kylie Minogue to the family,” read the statement. “In a career now spanning 25 years, Kylie has released 11 studio albums, two live CDs, eight live concert DVDs, a greatest hits double album, and multiple video packages. She has released over 50 hit singles worldwide, including the Grammy-winning Come Into My World, and has sold more than 68 million albums worldwide. Needless to say, we’re excited to have Kylie join the Roc fam.”
Minogue, who is signed to EMI in the U.S., released her first album Kylie in 1988, striking success overseas through the duration of her career. In 2001, she finally cracked the U.S. market with Fever, which reached No. 3 on the charts and sold more than 10 million copies worldwide. Her latest album, The Abbey Road Sessions, was released last Fall.
Hov has been increasingly building his roster at Roc Nation over the past year. Most recently, he brought Timbaland to the company, as well as M.I.A., Meek Mill, Elijah Blake and Jahlil Beats.
Justin Timberlake’s return to his Pop music throne is going smoothly. The singer/actor hit the stage at Mark Cuban’s DirectTV Super Bowl pre-party in New Orleans last night and performed his hit, “Suit & Tie,” with a real life Jay-Z, as well as two all new songs.
Timberlake took the stage dressed in a tuxedo, of course, and backed by a full band. MTV News reports that his set was an hour and half and also featured him playing the guitar and keyboard as well as hitting various dance moves when necessary.
Jay-Z joined Timberlake for a rendition of their new hit, “Suit & Tie,” the lead single from Timberlake’s forthcoming junior album, The 20/20 Experience. Hova wasn’t the only guest as Timbaland, who will be producing the entire aforementioned album, also made a cameo to help perform “S-xyBack.”
During his set, Timberlake also performed two new songs—”That Girl” and “Pusher Love Girl,” with plenty of high notes and funky instrumentation in each—that will be appearing on the new album, due out March 19.
Justin Timberlake’s next major look will be performing at the 55th annual Grammy Awards on February
Timbaland is the latest artist to join Jay-Z’s Roc Nation imprint.
Jay-Z has officially announced the signing of Timbaland to his Roc Nation label.
The Brooklyn, New York rapper broke the news on his Life+Times website, posting a picture of the two talking in the studio. “Roc Nation welcomes TIMBALAND to the family,” reads the caption.
The pair has worked together throughout their respective careers. In 1998, Timbo produced Jay’s hit “Nigga What, Nigga Who,” while he returned the favor for the following year’s “Lobster & Scrimp.” Collaborative hits also include “Big Pimpin,” “Dirt Off Your Shoulder” and “Off That” featuring Drake. Most recently, the Virginia native produced Justin Timberlake’s new single “Suit & Tie” featuring Jay-Z, and he expressed interest in recording a full-length LP with Hov.
Most recently, Roc Nation signed M.I.A., Meek Mill, Elijah Blake and Jahlil Beats to subsets of the company including the label and management. Read the rest of this entry »
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The ex-files have been opened, and Brooke Crittendon is stepping out to tell her story.
Crittendon dated Kanye West from 2004-2006 and in an interview with UK newspaper The Sun, she expressed no surprise that her former beau ended up with Kim Kardashian, and believes that Jay-Z has something to do with why she’s pregnant.
Having heard him bring Kardashian up in the past, Crittendon alleged that West wants the reality star because she’s desired by so many men. “There’s Halle Berry, J-Lo and Beyoncé but they are all taken. She [Kardashian] fits into his brand,” the 31-year-old said.
Together for two-and-a-half years, Crittendon is an aspiring actress, and said that Yeezy always had a fetish for curvy women with brunette hair. She also believes that he watched the dirty tape that launched Kardashian’s career. “I know he has had a thing with her for a while. I’m sure he watched her tape. After we broke up, we caught up as friends and he mentioned her, I knew something was there.”
In regards to the forthcoming bundle of joy, Crittendon thinks the child will fulfill both of their needs. “She wanted kids and it’s his legacy.”
Apparently, Yeezy’s big brother relationship with Jay-Z, and the birth of Blue Ivy Carter, was even more motivation to get Kardashian pregnant. “He admired Jay-Z and they are very close,” Crittendon added. “Over the years Jay has been a role model to him. Whether it is starting to be more mature, taking chances with clothes or getting married and starting a family, ultimately he takes those cues from Jay.”
West and Crittendon broke up due to his reported infidelity. Yet during their time together, the 33-year-old was “insecure,” and refused to perform until he knew his girl was on the side of the stage.
After the split, West hooked up with Alexis Phifer with whom he became engaged in 2008. Once their union was done, he started dating Amber Rose for two years. Rose is now engaged to, and pregnant by, Wiz Khalifa. Their baby is due in just over a month.
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