| May 28, 2013
| 11:04 AM
A fan slapped Beyonce on the behind at a Denmark concert this weekend.
And Queen B, currently on her Mrs. Carter Show world tour, wasn't too happy about it, giving him a small dose of what it's like to anger her alter-ego, Sasha Fierce.
| Jul 17, 2013
| 6:00 PM
Video of the year
Justin Timberlake — “Mirrors”
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Wanz — “Thrift Shop”
Bruno Mars — “Locked Out of Heaven”
Robin Thicke feat. T.I. and Pharrell — “...
| Jul 11, 2013
| 12:44 PM
Rick Rubin has remained in the public eye for nearly 30 years now, a rare producer/executive/music enthusiast whose ubiquity hasn’t diminished either his consistency or his image.
Already in 2013, the co-founder of Def Jam Records, former...
| May 7, 2013
| 5:15 AM
Remarkable how two words, scribbled nearly a century ago about a 16-year-old Lake Forest debutante, can evoke a whole country, its hypocrisies and promises, its aspirations and crushing realities.
Last week, the University of South Carolina posted...
| Feb 22, 2013
| 9:15 AM
After their performance together at the Grammy Awards this month it appeared inevitable, and so it is: Justin Timberlake and Jay-Z will pair for a 12-date stadium tour this summer, including July 22 at Soldier Field. The two artists have won a combined 23...
| Jun 28, 2013
| 6:00 AM
Rapper J. Cole didn't attract much attention during a recent photo shoot at an upscale Beverly Hills hotel. He had no entourage (a rarity by hip-hop standards) and appeared unassuming in a plain T-shirt and jeans. The only clear spoil of fame? A...
| Jun 9, 2013
The stereotype of men of a certain age sipping cognac in wood-paneled gentlemen's clubs has been replaced by the image of a younger generation drinking the French spirit in nightclubs and at fine dining restaurants.
That hipper image of the brandy is...
| Sep 28, 2012
| 10:47 AM
Jay-Z, Sonic Youth, Guns N' Roses, Ghostface Killah, Slayer, Prince, the Rolling Stones, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Britney Spears, The New Pornographers, Mobb Deep, Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, Prefab Sprout, Pink, The Beatles, Van Halen, Big Star, Bob Dylan,...
| Jul 4, 2013
| 9:28 AM
Jay-Z’s new album, “Magna Carta Holy Grail,” came out Wednesday night, and as the rapper predicts on one track from it, he did indeed crash the Internet. Not literally, of course, but the artist's 12th solo studio album, released early...
| Jul 9, 2013
| 12:28 PM
2 stars (out of 4)
Jay-Z is one of those MC’s so gifted he often sounds like he’s tossing off his best lines as afterthoughts, the epitome of New York City cool. But that casual air has now given way to name-checking and product-plugging....
| Feb 22, 2013
| 9:44 AM
When Jay-Z was ruling the Billboard charts in 1998 –– the year of the multiplatinum album “Vol. 2... Hard Knock Life,” and its hit singles "Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem)" and "Can I Get A..." –– a band called...