Fact: Jay Z and Pink have been confirmed as the headline acts for V Festival 2017. Fans already knew the pair would take the top spots though after ticket sales and distribution company Ticketmaster leaked the line-up on Twitter the day before Monday’s (27Feb17) official announcement. Rudimental, Craig David, Ellie Goulding and Stormzy will also be performing at the annual British festival, held across two sites over a weekend in August.
Tweet: "This beautiful little lady bug is so smart & special. You guys have no idea! So Dear Blue, you are going to make an AMAZING big sister. Love always, Nicki." Rapper Nicki Minaj shares a sweet note for Beyonce and Jay Z's five-year-old daughter Blue Ivy as the hip-hop supercouple prepares to welcome twins.
Tweet: "Yay!!!!! Congratulations!!!!! soooooo beautiful!!!!!" Singer Rita Ora sends her best wishes to Beyonce and her former Roc Nation label boss Jay Z on the news they are expecting twins. The Brit was once romantically linked to Jay Z and many people thought she was the woman Beyonce was singing about in her 2016 infidelity song Sorry.
Fact: Chance the Rapper has confirmed he will attend U.S. President Barack Obama's farewell party on Friday (06Jan16). Beyonce, Jay Z, Bruce Springsteen and Stevie Wonder are also reported to be invited to the event, at which Obama will host his biggest supporters ahead of the end of his two terms as America's leader on 20 January (17).
Quote: "Lebron James has made all of those around him better on and off the court. We acknowledge and recognise all he has done for the game. Aside from the fierce competitor and the dominating basketball player who is LeBron James... The individual philanthropist, the man, LeBron James is even better than the basketball player. It's hard to believe." Rap mogul Jay Z honours his basketball ace friend LeBron James after he was named the Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of the Year award at a ceremony in Brooklyn, New York on Monday night (12Dec16).
Quote: "Jay Z's still the king. I mean, he's got a track record. Same with Kanye (West), so there's a lot of talent out there, but when I look at who's breaking new ground, Kendrick (Lamar) and Chance (The Rapper), those guys are doing just amazing work." U.S. President Barack Obama names his favourite hip hop artists.
Fact: Jay Z and Beyonce were among the guests who gathered in the Hamptons, New York on Saturday (06Aug16) to celebrate the nuptials of music mogul Lyor Cohen and Chinese athlete-turned-model Xin Li. The happy couple tied the knot at Lyor's lavish estate, where the wedding party was entertained by R&B singer Anthony Hamilton.
Fact: Beyonce and her husband Jay Z, and comedienne Ellen Degeneres and her wife Portia de Rossi were among the stars cheering on Serena Williams as she beat Angelique Kerber to claim her 22nd major singles title at the Wimbledon tennis championships on Saturday (09Jul16). Beyonce had to dash as soon as the match was won to head to Dublin, Ireland, where she performed in concert that night.
Fact: Singer Santigold added some star power to the new video for her song Can't Get Enough of Myself, but recruiting her Roc Nation label boss Jay Z, superproducer Pharrell Williams, actress Olivia Wilde, and comedian Andy Samberg to all make cameos in the New York-themed promo.
Fact: Rapper Jay Z has made good on his boxing bet after losing a $100,000 (£62,500) wager he made with retired sportsman Oscar de la Hoya on the outcome of his Roc Nation Sports fighter Miguel Cotto's big bout with Canelo Alvarez. Cotto lost Saturday's (21Nov15) title fight in Las Vegas by unanimous decision, and the hip-hop superstar has already paid up. "Thanks to Jay Z, thousands of patients at White Memorial Medical Center (in Los Angeles) will also be winners," Oscar tells TMZ.com. "I don't imagine (Jay's) excited about losing $100k, but he can take some comfort in knowing that it's going to a good cause."
Fact: Hip-hop supercouple Jay Z and Beyonce drew inspiration from Eddie Murphy's classic comedy Coming to America for their Halloween costumes after dressing up as King Akeem Joffer and Queen Aoleon for a party in New York City on Saturday (31Oct15). Beyonce previously stunned as Storm from X-Men at Ciara's costume party to celebrate her 30th birthday last week (24Oct15).
Quote: "Prince was on it... He's very reliable but he had a previous engagement." Jay Z clears up reports about Prince pulling out of his star-studded Tidal gig at the Barclays Center in New York on Tuesday night (20Oct15), insisting the Purple Rain singer couldn't be in two places at once.
Quote: "She's from Houston... and they don't have pizza there. That explains everything." New York food connoisseur Jay Z doesn't approve of his wife Beyonce's obsession with extra sauce and jalapenos on her pizza.
Fact: Jay Z's Budweiser Made in America festival has recorded its fastest sell-out. All tickets for the Labor Day weekend (05-06Sep15) have been snapped up thanks to draws like headliners Beyonce and The Weeknd. The fourth year of the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania festival will also feature sets from J. Cole, Bassnectar, Modest Mouse, Death Cab For Cutie, Meek Mill, Santigold, Nick Jonas, Halsey and Metric.
Fact: Rapper Jay Z has unveiled his new line of champagne - for $760 (£475) a bottle. The all-pinot Armand de Brignac is aged a minimum of five years and only 3,000 bottles will be produced.
Fact: Jay Z is tying his business interests together by adding a Tidal stage to his Budweiser Made in America festival. The stage will welcome Lili K, Bizzy Crook, Bass Drum Of Death, Sarah Jaffe, Mike Floss and other unknown artists signed to the rap mogul's streaming service. This year's Made in America festival will take place at Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on 5 and 6 September (15).
Fact: Rap mogul Jay Z has rescheduled plans to perform a free concert in New York for subscribers of his music app Tidal, pushing the original 13 May (15) date back to 16 May (15), while adding a second show on 17 May (15). The superstar will shun his biggest hits for the gig, which will also be streamed live on the app, and instead play his more obscure B-sides for lucky fans, who can enter to win tickets to the exclusive performances by curating a playlist on Tidal.
Fact: Jay Z's 40/40 Club in Manhattan, New York is to become a talk show set for a new digital programme about hip-hop and sport. Basketball star Skylar Diggins will host 40/40 Live, which will be co-produced by Jay Z's media group, Life+Times.
Quote: "He just was really proud. He said something to me that really touched me, because he felt that I represented all of us people from hip-hop as black men, as people of love, children of God." Common received high praise from Jay Z after winning his Best Song Oscar at the Academy Awards on Sunday (22Feb15).
Quote: "They're very kind and loving people and it also means I get to be around their daughter, who I love so freaking much! She is a powerhouse... She is, like, the boss of everything. And she can do all the choreography to Sia's Chandelier video even though she's just three years old. She's just super smart and I love her so much." Gwyneth Paltrow is a huge fan of best pals Beyonce and Jay Z's little girl, Blue Ivy.
Quote: "I think one of my best qualities... is absolute loyalty to my friends, so if I did know - which I don't - I would not say." Gwyneth Paltrow dodges a question about what actually happened between her close friend Jay Z and his wife Beyonce's sister Solange Knowles during their infamous elevator clash in New York last year (14).
Fact: Hip-hop supercouple Beyonce and Jay Z brought their star power ringside in Thailand this week (begs29Dec14) as they took in a Muay Thai fight while on vacation. The musicians were photographed in the front row at the small Patong Boxing Stadium in Phuket, where they watched a bout between two mixed martial artists. The superstars have been in the country since last week (ends26Dec14), when they arrived in time to enjoy the Christmas Day (25Dec14) festivities.
Quote: "Jay Z is probably the best rapper of all time, arguably, and I really look up to him, so I felt like with The Pinkprint I wanted to make a masterpiece album that would live on and I think that just how Jay Z's Blueprint will always be referenced in hip-hop, I know The Pinkprint will always be referenced because I spent a lot of time on it. With the other albums I spent about three months, this one I spent a year perfecting it." Rapper Nicki Minaj was inspired by Jay Z's classic album The Blueprint while writing her new record.
Fact: Rapper Fabolous had the honour of introducing the starting line-up for his hometown Brooklyn Nets basketball team at the Barclays Center in New York on Monday (03Nov14) as they prepared to take on the Oklahoma City Thunder in their 2014-2015 season home opener. Another Brooklyn native, Jay Z, was also in attendance at the game, sitting courtside with his superstar wife Beyonce.
Quote: "It's been an honour and a pleasure to share the stage with you. I couldn't dream for anything else (than) to be in this stadium with the woman I love, who I believe is the greatest entertainer of our time..." Rapper Jay Z praises his wife Beyonce as they close out their On the Run tour in Paris on Saturday (13Sep14).
Fact: Beyonce made a bride's wedding day even more special by accidentally gatecrashing the ceremony in Portofino, Italy on Saturday (06Sep14). The R&B star and her husband Jay Z were visiting a local church when they came across the wedding, and Beyonce even posed with the bride. The hip-hop supercouple has been in the region celebrating Beyonce's 33rd birthday.
Fact: Rihanna and Jay Z's hit song Run This Town has been chosen as the new theme song for U.S. sports show Thursday Night Football.
Quote: Jay Z and Beyonce continue to show rumours their marriage is in trouble are untrue - they were snapped cosying up together in a Vip area at the Made in America Festival in Los Angeles on Sunday (31Aug14) as they watched rapper Kanye West's set.
Tweet: "Thank you San Fran! Your city is beautiful. It was the perfect place to complete the best tour of my life! Thank you to all the fans that supported our show. God bless." Beyonce praises fans who came out to see her first joint concert tour with husband Jay Z. The couple wrapped the 16-city trek in San Francisco, California on Wednesday (07Aug14) and will take the show to Paris, France in September (14).
Fact: Jessica Alba, Lea Michele, Stevie Wonder, Zachary Quinto, Ellen Pompeo and pregnant Kelly Rowland were among the stars in the audience for the second night of Jay Z and Beyonce's On The Run tour stop at Los Angeles' Rose Bowl on Sunday (03Aug14). The hip-hop supercouple also delighted fans at the same venue on Saturday (02Aug14).
Quote: "It doesn't even matter to me whatsoever, who would show up. Because the most important person to show up there, to me, was Kim. And that's all that matters to me. I had to fight for that for seven years... Kim is this girl who f**king turns me on. I love her. This is who I want to be next to and be around." Rapper Kanye West insists he wasn't angered that close friends Jay Z and Beyonce snubbed his Italian wedding to reality star Kim Kardashian in May (14).
Fact: Jay Z, Spike Lee and Billy Crystal are among the sports fans honouring New York Yankees star Derek Jeter in a new Tv tribute ad. The Re2Pect commercial features fans and celebrities alike saluting the baseball great with his own iconic cap tilt. Jeter will retire as a professional baseball player at the end of the current Mlb season.
Fact: Beyonce and Jay Z have risked the wrath of Justin Bieber's fans by flashing an image of his mugshot on a big screen during their On The Run tour. The snap, taken following his Dui arrest in Miami, Florida in January (14), features among a number of other celebrity mugshots, including late rapper Tupac Shakur, alongside the message, "Even the greatest can fall" during the duo's performance of Jay Z's track Izzo (H.O.V.A.).
Fact: Hip-hop superstars LL Cool J and Jay Z and his wife Beyonce were among the celebrities who enjoyed a night out at the theatre on Saturday (14Jun14) as they took in one of the final performances of Denzel Washington's Broadway show A Raisin in the Sun. The new production of the Lorraine Hansberry play, which recently won three Tony Awards, including Best Revival of a Play, closed on Sunday (15Jun14) after a limited 14-week run.
Fact: Beyonce celebrated Father's Day on Sunday (15Jun14) by posting a sweet photo of her husband Jay Z carrying their two-year-old daughter Blue Ivy on his shoulders. The artistic black and white woodland shot, taken from behind and posted on the singer's Instagram page came with the caption, "Happy Happy Father's Day."
Fact: Jay Z and Beyonce have extended their On The Run tour to Europe. The couple will perform together at the Stade de France in Paris on 12 and 13 September (14) with more dates to be confirmed. Jay Z and Beyonce will kick off the North American leg of the tour in Miami, Florida on 25 June (14).
Quote: "There was so much commotion and excitement, I never really gave that a second thought. If you had been there you would have thought that was the last thing on anyone's mind... (I) just assumed they were working." Kim Kardashian's mum Kris Jenner insists Beyonce and Jay Z's no show at her daughter's wedding to rapper Kanye West in Europe last month (May14) was not a big deal. The notoriously-private hip-hop supercouple stayed in the U.S. and instead vacationed in the Hamptons in New York.
Fact: Beyonce and Jay Z skipped pal Kanye West's European wedding over the weekend (24-25May14) in favour of a private getaway to the Hamptons in New York. The hip-hop supercouple was noticeably absent from the celebrations in Paris, France and Florence, Italy on Saturday (24May14), when the Stronger hitmaker exchanged vows with reality Tv star Kim Kardashian. However, the Crazy in Love hitmaker sent her best wishes to the newlyweds via Instagram by sharing a photo from the couple's recent Vogue magazine shoot and writing in the caption, "Wishing you a lifetime of unconditional love. God bless your beautiful family."
Fact: Rap mogul Jay Z has officially launched the long-awaited Atlanta, Georgia branch of his 40/40 Club sports venue in the world's busiest airport. The bar, located at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, opened for business on Wednesday (21May14), while the lounge portion of the club is due to welcome patrons this autumn (14). Jay Z, whose flagship venue is located in New York, had initially outlined plans for the Atlanta bar in 2010.
Fact: Blondie star Debbie Harry poked fun at Jay Z and Solange Knowles' headline-grabbing elevator fight in a Tv skit on Wednesday night (14May14). The punk icon tried to keep a straight face as she fronted a public service announcement for America's The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, warning against the dangers of elevator fighting.
Fact: Superstar couple Jay Z and Beyonce have bought a base in London. The pair reportedly paid $8.8 million (£5.5. million) for a townhouse in the U.K. capital.
Fact: Superstar couple Beyonce and Jay Z celebrated their sixth wedding anniversary on Friday (04Apr14) by jetting to the Dominican Republic for a romantic getaway. The pair was spotted at the Casa de Compo resort in the Caribbean country on Saturday (05Apr14), reports Eonline.com.
Fact: Beyonce treated fans in London to a special guest appearance by her rapper husband Jay Z as she hit the stage at the O2 Arena on Friday (28Feb14) and Saturday (01Mar14). The superstar couple joined forces to perform its new duet, Drunk In Love, during the first two nights of the pop icon's five-date residency at the venue.
Fact: Jay Z stunned fans in North Carolina on Sunday night (05Jan14) when he plucked a young fan from the audience at his gig in Greensboro and let him try out his rapping skills. Fan footage of the 12 year old's attempt to be just like his hero has hit the Internet. The proud star appeared to be enjoying the show, but he had to cut his young devotee short when he realised he was racing towards curse words in his lyrics.
Fact: Superstars Beyonce and Jay Z posed for pictures with Gloria Estefan over the weekend (28-29Dec13) after running into the Latin icon and her family while dining at the Sea Salt & Pepper restaurant in Miami, Florida.
Fact: Rap mogul Jay Z has taken Canadian singer/songwriter Grimes under his wing after signing her to his Roc Nation label. The star, real name Claire Boucher, joins the likes of Rihanna, M.I.A., Haim and Timbaland on the company's roster.
Fact: Jay Z released a remix of his single Tom Ford on Wednesday (04Dec13), from his latest album Magna Carta... Holy Grail, to honour late rapper Pimp C, who died in 2007. The track features an unreleased verse from the star which was recorded before his death.
Fact: Rapper Jay Z has reportedly snagged a Jean-Michel Basquiat art piece for $4.5 million (£3 million). The 1982 work, entitled Mecca, sold at a Sotheby's auction in New York last week (ends15Nov13), and insiders claim Jay Z was the anonymous buyer. The hip-hop icon has always been fond of the late graffiti artist, often referencing him in his lyrics.
Fact: Jay Z is the proud new owner of a $4.5 million (£3 million) painting by one of his favourite artists, Jean Michel Basquiat. The artwork, which features a depiction of New York City's Empire State Building, was sold at Sotheby's in Manhattan last week (ends17Nov13). The rapper has previously namechecked Basquiat in his music.
Fact: Jay Z's concert documentary following the making of his inaugural Made in America festival is heading to U.S. theatres for a limited run next summer (14). Made In America, directed by Ron Howard, aired on Tv last month (Oct13), but executives at Phase 4 Films have since acquired the North American rights to the release, which features interviews with, and event footage of, 2012 performers including Pearl Jam, Run-D.M.C. and Skrillex.
Quote: "She loves all the songs. She plays a song and she goes, 'More, Daddy, more... Daddy song.' She’s my biggest fan. If no one bought the Magna Carta, the fact that she loves it so much, it gives me the greatest joy." Jay Z's baby daughter Blue Ivy loves listening to his new album, Magna Carta... Holy Grail.
Quote: "I'm not motivated by that. I don't sit around with my friends and talk about money, ever. On a record, that's different." Hip-hop mogul Jay Z only likes to brag about his fortune in song. Editors at Forbes magazine recently placed his net worth at an estimated $500 million (£333.3 million).
Fact: Beyonce turned wedding singer on Saturday night (14Sep13) to treat her pal LeBron James and his longtime love Savannah Brinson to a special performance of Crazy In Love at their reception in San Diego, California, according to Tmz.com. The R&B superstar jetted back to the U.S. straight after hitting the stage at the Rock in Rio Music Festival in Brazil on Friday (13Sep13) in order to attend the basketball icon's nuptials with her husband Jay Z.
Fact: Superstar Beyonce has jetted off to the Spanish island of Ibiza for a family break following her headlining performance at her husband Jay Z's Made in America festival in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on Saturday (31Aug13). The Crazy In Love hitmaker was photographed boarding a yacht as she carried her baby daughter Blue Ivy on Monday (02Sep13), two days before she celebrates her 32nd birthday (04Sep13).
Fact: A documentary about Jay Z's role as curator of a music festival in Pennsylvania is to debut at the Toronto International Film Festival (Tiff) in Canada next month (Sep13). The movie, titled Made In America, is directed by Ron Howard.
Fact: Former Roc-A-Fella Records partners Jay Z and Damon Dash reunited at a birthday party for mutual friend Chaka Pilgrim on Wednesday (07Aug13) in New York City. The 99 Problems hitmaker and Dash had a falling out in 2005 after the sale of their record company to Island Def Jam.
Fact: Rapper Jay Z's 10-minute Picasso Baby promo, which debuted on Tv in America on Friday night (02Aug13), was edited down from almost 30 hours of footage, according to director Mark Romanek, who also shot the hip-hop star's 99 Problems video. The performance art piece, filmed at New York's Pace Gallery for six hours straight on 10 July (13), was based on Marina Abramovic's The Artist Is Present Museum of Modern Art performance and film. She was among the guests who appeared in the film.
Quote: "He owes me a couple." Rapper Jay Z would like political pal Barack Obama to induct him into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame when he becomes eligible for the honour in seven years.
Fact: Jay Z debuted his arty Picasso Baby promo on Tv in America on Friday night (02Aug13). The 10-minute clip featured the rapper performing at the Pace Gallery in New York City surrounded by famous friends including moviemakers Jim Jarmusch and Judd Apatow, actors Alan Cumming, Adam Driver, Taraji P. Henson and Rosie Perez, and members of the Big Apple's art scene, including performance artist Marina Abramovic, who was personally thanked in the end credits of the Mark Romanek-directed video.
Fact: Jay Z will debut his new video for the song Picasso Baby in a Tv special on U.S. cable channel HBO on Friday (02Aug13). Picasso Baby: A Performance Art Film was shot at a New York art gallery, where the superstar rapped the track over and over again for six hours in front of members of the public and celebrity fans including director Judd Apatow and actor Alan Cumming. The special will air immediately after the hip-hop mogul appears on the network's political talk show Real Time with Bill Maher.
Fact: Rap superstar Jay Z surprised his wife Beyonce at her concert in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on Thursday (25Jul13) by running out onstage to kiss the R&B beauty at the end of her show, much to her fans' delight.
Fact: Singer Prince made a surprise appearance on Saturday (20Jul13) at New York nightclub the Darby to celebrate Justin Timberlake and Jay Z's sold-out Legends of the Summer shows at Yankee Stadium, reports the New York Post. The Purple Rain hitmaker joined fellow guests Beyonce, Timbaland and Timberlake's wife Jessica Biel.
Fact: Jay Z's new album Magna Carta Holy Grail has set a new U.S. record on music streaming service Spotify after racking up 14 million hits in its first week on release. Dance stars Daft Punk had previously held the title after scoring 9.5 million streams online with their latest release, Random Access Memories.
Quote: "It's always floating out there... It has to be the real thing and it's slowly making sense, more sense every day, every day it's making more sense - as far as a tour, not an album." Jay Z is open to touring with wife Beyonce in the future.
Fact: Artist Ali Graham has turned Jay Z's song 99 Problems into a creative project by coming up with illustrations for representations of the rapper's dilemmas. The hip-hop star's fictional 99 problems include 'Tricky Crossword', 'Poor Table Service' and 'Can't Get Dirt Off Shoulder'.
Quote: "That's not my place... I can't control the outcome of her life. I can't intervene... I can give advice, if asked, you know, and that's it. I can provide information, and then life has to play out. Life has to happen." Jay Z refuses to interfere in protegee Rihanna's personal life and her on/off romance with Chris Brown.
Quote: "Who would not be flattered to have an entire Jay Z track named after them? I mean, come on, it's pretty rare that something like that happens. It's a kind of validation of one's work, as it means that one has really penetrated and made an impact on popular culture." Celebrity fashion designer Tom Ford is overjoyed to have a song named in his honour on the rap superstar's new album, Magna Carta Holy Grail.
Quote: "Absolutely, God willing. Get this little basketball team going... It's all part of the elaborate plan." Rapper-turned-sports agent Jay Z is eager to expand his family with his wife Beyonce after becoming a first-time dad to daughter Blue Ivy last year (12).
Quote: "Right now, Bey has 100,000 amazing songs, just playing 'em... (We) dance to it in our socks!" Rapper Jay Z likes to jam to his wife Beyonce's new songs in the comfort of their own home as the R&B superstar works on her next album.
Quote: "I read two reviews: I read the guy from the New York Times and I read the kid from AllHipHop.com and both had interesting points of view..." Rap mogul Jay Z on the feedback he's received about his acclaimed new album Magna Carta Holy Grail from different types of media.
Fact: Hip-hop producer Young Guru has shared the full version of Jay Z song Dead Presidents 3 online, six years after snippets of the track leaked online. The rap mogul gave Guru permission to release the tune during a rare Twitter.com chat with fans on Monday (08Jul13) after receiving a request from a devotee.
Fact: The voice of superproducer Timbaland's young daughter Reign features at the start of Jay Z's song La Familia, from his new album Magna Carta Holy Grail.
Fact: Jay Z's new song Tom Ford, from his latest album Magna Carta Holy Grail, was originally titled Izod. The rapper revealed the creative change after he was quizzed by comedian pal Aziz Ansari during a rare question and answer session with fans via Twitter.com on Monday (08Jul13).
Tweet: "You learn something every day! Never knew @S_C_ (Shawn Carter) was a fan of Toxic! That's Big Pimpin." Britney Spears is pleased to learn she has an admirer in Jay Z after he named her 2004 track as his favourite song by the pop star during a rare question and answer session with fans via Twitter.com on Monday (08Jul13).
Fact: Rap superstar Jay Z engaged his Twitter.com followers on Monday (08Jul13) for a rare question and answer session. During the brief online chat, the hip-hop mogul praised Miley Cyrus as a "daughter not seeing color" after giving her a shout out on his new album Magna Carta Holy Grail, insisted he has no plans to retire as he "tried that before, I wasn't so good at it", and admitted he would "absolutely" have had his old pal Notorious B.I.G. record a song for his latest release if he was still alive today. Prior to Monday's social networking session, Jay Z had only used his Twitter account on five different days this year (13).
Quote: "I spilled a whole canister of pineapple juice all over Jay Z. I just started taking off my jewellery and giving it to him." Comedian Kevin Hart insists the joke he includes in his stand-up routines about a run-in with the rap superstar is based on a real-life mishap.
Fact: Hip-hop superstar Jay Z has penned two new tracks about his baby daughter Blue Ivy. Jay Z Blue (Daddy Dearest) and Heaven both feature on his upcoming album, Magna Carta Holy Grail. He previously released the tune Glory days after the tot's birth to celebrate becoming a father last year (Jan12).
Fact: Rap superstar Jay Z is planning to put on a show atop the marquee of the famed Ed Sullivan Theater in New York City to promote his forthcoming album, Magna Carta Holy Grail, reports the New York Post. The hip-hop mogul is close to securing the permits required to stage the outdoor event on 8 July (13) for America's Late Show With David Letterman programme, which is filmed at the venue.
Fact: Hip-hop mogul Jay Z has recruited his pop pal and summer (13) tour mate Justin Timberlake for new song Holy Grail, one of the title tracks from his upcoming album Magna Carta Holy Grail. On the tune, the rapper laments the pitfalls of fame now that he's a father, spitting, "Photo shoots with paparazzi/Can't even take my daughter out for a walk."
Quote: "I think what Kanye West is going to mean is something similar to what Steve Jobs means. I am undoubtedly, you know, Steve of Internet, downtown, fashion, culture. Period. By a long jump. I honestly feel that because Steve has passed, you know, it's like when Biggie passed and Jay Z was allowed to become Jay Z." Rapper Kanye West compares himself to late Apple boss Steve Jobs.
Fact: While in New York City ahead of his performance at the Governors Ball on Sunday (09Jun13), rapper Kanye West celebrated his 36th birthday at Ms. Lily's on Saturday night (08Jun13) with his celebrity pals Jay Z, Beyonce and Nas. Noticeably absent was the Stronger hitmaker's girlfriend, mum-to-be Kim Kardashian, who is in Los Angeles and unable to fly due to her pregnancy.
Fact: Justin Timberlake, Jay Z, Nas and Timbaland have hit the recording studio to work on new music. A photo of the stars laughing and drinking together around a keyboard was posted online on Wednesday (05Jun13) by Lenny S., an executive at Jay Z's label Roc Nation, alongside the caption, "Jay x Jt x Nas x TIMBO Rat Pack s**t. For some this is 'Work'... For us it's just Fun."
Tweet: "No,my Darling,She's Not (sic). Don't know how this 1 started, but I'm Giving You The Real Deal. Have great day Sweetness." Cher tells celebrity blogger Perez Hilton that reports Beyonce and Jay Z have bought her Malibu, California home are incorrect.
Fact: Beyonce and Jay Z's 16-month-old daughter Blue Ivy joined her superstar mum onstage at London's O2 Arena on Saturday (04May13) during a rendition of the star's hit Irreplaceable.
Quote: "He came over to me at the premiere... and he was so nice, and he, like, reached to shake my hand and started saying words - I don't remember what they were - I went sort of blank and I remember saying, 'I know you...' What I was trying to say is, 'I know you had such a great involvement...' all these articulate things in my head and I went, 'I know you...' (and started giggling nervously)." Actress Carey Mulligan lost her cool when meeting her hero Jay Z on the red carpet at The Great Gatsby premiere in New York on Wednesday (01May13).
Quote: "I've been told he might come to the premiere and I'm freaking out because he's the one person I'm going to meet and have no idea how to talk to. I've never met him. I'm genuinely nervous already. He's just this huge, like, genius. And I never in a million years thought I'd be in a Baz Luhrmann film with Leonardo DiCaprio, but with a soundtrack by Jay Z? Yeah, it's pretty amazing." Carey Mulligan is excited at the prospect of meeting Jay Z, who created the soundtrack to Baz Luhrmann's upcoming adaptation of The Great Gatsby, at the film's U.S. launch.
Quote: "He's obsessed with hip-hop and wanted a chain like his Uncle Jay." Gwyneth Paltrow's seven-year-old son Moses is taking style inspiration from his mum's close friend, rap superstar Jay Z.
Fact: Rap superstar Jay Z and his close pal Chris Martin were among the stars at London's Emirates Stadium on Sunday (28Apr13) to watch home team Arsenal take on Manchester United. The Premier League match ended in a 1-1 draw.
Quote: "He is a person who with every year he grows older he gets more integrated and more wise, and more whole as a person. He has really mastered the art of being his own being. He's an incredible person." Gwyneth Paltrow on pal Jay Z.
Quote: "I'm a big fan... I like that Frank Ocean - he's a genius. I like Kanye West and I like the album he did with Jay Z. I like that Made In America... I cry when I hear that. I love that... and I like the new Justin Timberlake (album)... He's amazing." Actress Diane Keaton on her music taste.
Fact: Hip-hop mogul Jay Z showed his unwavering support for his hometown Brooklyn Nets basketball team on Saturday (20Apr13) by sitting courtside at the city's Barclays Center as the New York team took on the Chicago Bulls in the Nba play-offs. His appearance came shortly after announcing that he is stepping down as a minority owner of the Nets to comply with the rules of the Nba after setting up his own sports management company and his presence certainly helped - the home team beat the Bulls 106 to 89 in Game 1 of the end-of-season series.
Fact: Jennifer Lawrence, Jay Z, Justin Timberlake and Lena Dunham are among the stars who have been included in Time magazine's 2013 list of the 100 Most Influential People in the World. Other famous faces to win a mention include British royal Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and director Steven Spielberg.
Quote: "I wasn't familiar that they were taking the trip. My understanding is that they went through a group that organises these educational trips down to Cuba. This is not something that the White House was involved with. We've got better things to do." U.S. leader President Barack Obama insists he had no knowledge of pals Jay Z and Beyonce's recent trip to Cuba, even though the rapper namechecked him in his new song about the controversial trip.
Fact: Beyonce has teased fans with a six-second YouTube.com video hinting at a big announcement on Thursday morning (04Apr13) - the date of her fifth wedding anniversary with husband Jay Z. The clip features the superstar dressed in a sexy leather ensemble with a robotic metal glove on her left hand and simply features the message: "4.4.2013 9Am Edt #BeyHereNow".
Quote: "It's a great feeling. I always looked up to Jay, being a young boy, being a student of the game, so for him to acknowledge my talents and be on the record, that's an honour. That's one of my moments." Rap newcomer Kendrick Lamar can't believe he managed to land hip-hop icon Jay Z to feature on the remix to his song B**ch, Don't Kill My Vibe.
Quote: "You know what I did like? That So So Def s**t. That was dope as f**k! I was mad Jd didn't call me. Everybody (was there). I'm mad I didn't get the call! I'm like, 'You know I would've came up there and did that for you (sic)!' That s**t was dope." Hip-hop icon Snoop Dogg would have loved to have been involved in producer pal Jermaine Dupri's So So Def Recordings' 20th anniversary concert, which took place in Atlanta, Georgia, last month (Feb13). Jay Z, Usher, Mariah Carey and Ludacris all made guest appearances, while '90s rap duo Kris Kross, Bow Wow, Nelly and singer Monica also performed.
Quote: "We really want to rap. We've just got so much to say... We've been talking to Jay Z about it." Mumford & Sons star MARCUS Mumford on his hip-hop dreams.
Fact: Justin Timberlake and Jay Z have joined forces to announce a huge North American tour. The Legends of the Summer shows are set to kick off at the Rogers Centre in Toronto, Canada on 17 July (13) and will touch down in historic sporting venues including Yankee Stadium in Jay Z's native New York, Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois, and Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts, before concluding in Miami, Florida on 16 August (13).
Fact: Justin Timberlake and Jay Z have signed up to headline this summer's (13) Wireless music festival in London. The event will be the first since it moved from Hyde Park in central London to the Olympic Park site in the east of the city.
Quote: "I think, actually, Egypt kissed Blue, and I don't think Jay liked it very much. He called my husband, he said, 'Watch your son!'" Alicia Keys' baby boy with producer husband Swizz Beatz has taken a liking to Beyonce and Jay Z's daughter Blue Ivy.
Fact: Beyonce and Jay Z were among the stars sitting courtside at the NBA All-Stars game in the R&B beauty's native Houston, Texas, on Sunday night (17Feb13) as the best of the Western Conference beat the East 143 to 138. Director Spike Lee, rappers Common, Drake and 2 Chainz and singer Trey Songz were also in the audience for the annual event, which opened with a performance by Ne-Yo. John Legend sang the U.S. National Anthem before game time, while Alicia Keys took centre stage for a set at half-time.
Fact: Beyonce, Jay Z, Kelly Rowland, Ryan Tedder and Ed Sheeran were among the stars who checked out Justin Timberlake's post-Grammys concert at the Hollywood Palladium late on Sunday night (10Feb13). The singer's former 'N Sync bandmate Lance Bass was also spotted at the gig. Timberlake, who had earlier performed at the Grammys, hit the stage with a 16-piece band.
Fact: Rihanna gave Beyonce and Jay Z a miniature version of a jacket she wore while performing on U.S. Tv talent show The X Factor as a baby gift when their little girl Blue Ivy was born last January (12).
Fact: Beyonce's trip to New Orleans, Louisiana to perform at the Super Bowl half-time show on Sunday (03Feb13) has turned into a family affair - her rapper husband Jay Z is set to host a pre-Bowl bash on Saturday (02Feb13) to promote his D'Usse Cognac drink, while her sister Solange Knowles is set to Dj with producer Diplo at the Audi's After Hours party later that same night.
Fact: Courtney Love took to the stage at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah on Monday (21Jan13) to perform with her new band. The set at the Star Bar in Park City included a rendition of Jay Z's track 99 Problems.
Tweet: "Happy Birthday Jay Z wishing you many more to come... love and Respect." Naomi Campbell sends her best wishes to the rapper as he turns 43.
Tweet: "Happy c day (sic) to the big homie sean carter aka Jay Z ... We the last 2 soldiers still standing from our era! Jah bless u and ya family." Snoop Dogg sends best wishes to Jay Z as the rapper celebrates his 43rd birthday on Tuesday (04Dec12).
Quote: "(Blue) and Julez are going to grow up more like sister and brother than cousins. Blue comes over, I babysit. (Beyonce) takes Julez sometimes for the weekend." Solange Knowles' eight-year-old son is especially close to his cousin Blue Ivy, daughter of Beyonce and Jay Z. The singing sisters try to bring the little ones together for quality time at least once a week.
Quote: "Reflecting on the first game in Brooklyn and thinking about the hurricane. Thinking about being undefeated and all the losses/wins that lie ahead. Life will always throw adversity and tragedy at us. We remain resilient! Heartfelt prayers go out to those who lost their lives and to the families who continue the fight." Rap icon and Brooklyn Nets co-owner Jay Z is proud to see his fellow New Yorkers stand strong as they band together to help the victims of Hurricane Sandy.
Quote: "I literally had to put my hand over my mouth at times because it was such a big secret... It was really hard. I even went on an American tour and didn't tell anyone. I heard the reports that it was going to be Sir Elton John or Jay Z performing at their reception while all the while it was me." Ellie Goulding's performance at the wedding of Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge last year (11) was a hard secret to keep.
Fact: New mum Beyonce has designed a small range of baby wear in support of U.S. President Barack Obama's re-election. The Single Ladies hitmaker, who helped raise $4 million (£2.5 million) for the politician by hosting a New York City fundraiser with her husband Jay Z this week (18Sep12), has created three onesies, complete with campaign slogans in patriotic colours, which will retail for $65 (£41).
Quote: "I say hi when I see him. It's been great having him involved, because he is Brooklyn." Kim Kardashian's estranged husband Kris Humphries is on friendly terms with rapper Jay Z, who co-owns the basketball ace's team, the Brooklyn Nets, and is coincidentally best pals with his soon-to-be ex-wife's new boyfriend Kanye West.
Quote: "She doesn't have to be tough. She has to love herself, she has to know who she is, she has to be respectful, and be a moral person." Rap superstar Jay Z on his hopes for his baby daughter Blue Ivy.
Fact: Beloved hip-hop Dj Jam Master Jay's sons T.J. and Jason, Jr. joined their late father's Run-dmc bandmates Revd. Run and Darryl MCDaniels for a turntable battle during their set at Jay Z's inaugural Made in America festival in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on Sunday (02Sep12)
Fact: Rockers The Hives didn't dress down for Jay Z's Made in America festival in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on Sunday (02Sep12) - the band braved the rain and hit the stage in their customary top hat and tails.
Fact: Hitmaker Santigold brought a little summer colour to the rain-soaked Made in America festival on Sunday (02Sep12) - the hometown girl took to the stage in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in a day-glo green outfit. She was backed by a band decked out in white shirts, shorts and knee-length lime green socks - all wearing Devo-like sculpted white headgear. Santigold joined Rita Ora and The Hives among the early performers at Jay Z's inaugural festival on Sunday.
Fact: Hip-hop superproducer Pharrell Williams is set to release a coffee table book full of photos of his design collaborations over the years. Pharrell: Places and Spaces I've Been will also feature interviews with the likes of Jay Z and Anna Wintour and will hit retailers in October (12).
Fact: Kim Kardashian's estranged basketball star husband Kris Humphries has signed a two-year $24 million (£15 million) deal to play for rapper Jay Z's Brooklyn Nets in New York. Announcing the news via Twitter.com on Tuesday (17Jul12), the sportsman referenced Kanye West's song Way Too Cold, in which the rapper took a jab at his girlfriend's ex, by joking, "Lucky I ain't had Jay drop him from the team." Humphries' tweet read: "I'm up at Brooklyn! 'lucky I didn't have Jay drop me from the team!"
Tweet: "I'm so happy for my baby tonight! Dope performance & won some Bet Awards!" Kim Kardashian is overjoyed about boyfriend Kanye West's wins at the Bet Awards on Sunday (01Jul12). The rapper's The Throne collaboration with Jay Z won them Best Group and Video of the Year honours.
Fact: Bet Awards host Samuel L. Jackson showed off his rap skills with moviemaker Spike Lee at the prizegiving on Sunday (01Jul12) as the two old friends offered up their own version of Jay Z and Kanye West's hit N**gas in Paris. The two movie men tried to keep straight faces as they rapped about their movie peers in their tune Negroes in Paris, amusing West, who opened the 2012 ceremony, and then took his seat next to girlfriend Kim Kardashian.
Fact: Beyonce and Jay Z's daughter Blue Ivy has been made an honorary citizen of Hvar, Croatia, after her singer mum was filmed hugging a blue ivy tree in Croatia while pregnant. A letter from mayor Pjerino Bebic to the music superstars states, "Your daughter's name is very precious to this island."
Fact: British actor Benedict Cumberbatch made his debut appearance as a catwalk model in London on Friday (15Jun12). The War Horse star often wears designs by Spencer Hart and he was invited to model the tailor's latest work at his London Collections: Men show. Other stars who are fans of Spencer Hart's menswear include Jay Z, David Bowie, and Robbie Williams.
Fact: British pop star Gary Barlow has beaten fellow fathers Rod Stewart, Jay Z and Jack Osbourne to be named the U.K.'s Celebrity Dad of the Year (12). Sir Elton John was also nominated for the prize, sponsored by hotel chain Premier Inn. Australian singer Peter Andre claimed the title last year (11).
Tweet: "Sickest video ever!!! NoChurchInTheWild .... Proud girlfriend tweet". Kim Kardashian helps to spread the word about her boyfriend Kanye West and Jay Z's new video for No Church In The Wild. Director Romain Gavras' promo features dramatic footage of unrest between an angry mob and police.
Quote: "I've always thought it as something that was still holding the country back. What people do in their own homes is their business and you can choose to love whoever you love. That's their business. It's no different than discriminating against blacks. It's discrimination plain and simple." Jay Z praises U.S. President Barack Obama's recent public endorsement of same sex marriage.
Quote: "I imagine I'll take things I learned from my mum and things I've learned from raising my nephews and apply that. Then at the end of the day, I just know I'll probably have the worst, spoiled little kid ever." Rapper Jay Z worries he'll end up giving his daughter Blue Ivy Carter whatever she wants.
Quote: "May a great musical pioneer rest in peace. Our prayers go out to his family, as his hip hop family mourns our loss and celebrates his life." Rapper Jay Z honours Beastie Boys star Adam Yauch following his tragic death from cancer on Friday (04May12).
Quote: "Obie Trice was, like, the only person who ever namechecked me, and I think The Game. I've been pondering, like, 'Please, anyone, can I get a namecheck?' Since Tupac's back, I'm gonna ask him or his hologram to namecheck me." Actress Gabrielle Union wants to appear on rap records, like boyfriend Dwayne Wade who was namechecked by Jay Z in Empire State of Mind.
Fact: Beyonce has launched a Tumblr.com site featuring snapshots of her on vacation, on tour and with family members like sister Solange, nephew Juelz and husband Jay Z. The photo roll also includes quirky shots of the singer buried in sand, dressed as Spider-Man and visiting the Pyramids in Egypt.
Quote: "It's unreal. You couldn't get more perfect than that child, she's beautiful. And she really is Jay Z's twin. It's hilarious. She's beautiful!" Rihanna confirms she recently met Beyonce and Jay Z's daughter Blue Ivy for the first time.
Fact: Rapper Jay Z has turned pitchman for the first ever Rocawear clothing commercial. The hip-hop icon muses about his upbringing and his career in the Marcy to Barclays ad, which debuted on his website on Monday (02Apr12).
Fact: Pop star Katy Perry showed off her rap skills by covering Kanye West and Jay Z's track N**gas In Paris while performing live on Bbc Radio 1 on Monday (19Mar12).
Quote: "It was something we had planned before it happened, so we were basically waiting. That was like our nod and homage to when Stevie did it for his baby, Asia. And we weren't trying to make the same song at all, it was like we wanted to capture a moment in time to commemorate the birth of his baby. " Music producer Pharrell Williams took inspiration from Stevie Wonder's Isn't She Lovely when creating Jay Z's hit Glory, which features the rapper's newborn daughter Blue Ivy.
Fact: Beyonce and Jay Z's baby Blue Ivy made her public debut in New York on Saturday (25Feb12) when she joined mum and dad for lunch at Sant Ambroeus in the West Village.
Fact: Rap superstar Jay Z is heading out on his first tour since becoming a father in January (12). The hip-hop icon will hit the road with Kanye West in Europe in May (12) in support of their hit collaborative album, Watch The Throne.
Fact: Singer Justin Timberlake thrilled Saturday Night Live fans at the weekend (18-19Feb12) by making a surprise cameo to parody budding act Bon Iver. The Social Network star donned a wig and played guitar while pretending to sing Beyonce and Jay Z' new daughter Blue Ivy a lullaby. The couple was portrayed by Maya Rudolph and funnyman Jay Pharoah.
Quote: "The first thing I thought was, 'Man, she looks like her mum!' She's such a beautiful baby." Producer Dallas Austin gushes about pals Beyonce and Jay Z's newborn daughter, Blue Ivy.
Fact: New parents Jay Z and Beyonce skipped the 54th annual Grammy Awards on Sunday night (12Feb12) in favour of a low-key night on the town in New York City. The couple left baby Blue Ivy at home and headed to Brooklyn for a bite to eat at posh pizzeria Lucali, according to UsMagazine.com. Jay Z was a winner at the Grammys - his Otis collaboration with Kanye West picked up the night's Best Rap Performance prize.
Tweet: "Omg (oh my God)... I am in the car w (with) my friends and Jay Z's track Glory feat (sic) B.I.C just came on. It is the first time I have heard it... Wow I am sucking my cheeks in so hard so I do not let a tear out... First time I cry to a rap." British pop star Cheryl Cole is a big fan of Jay Z's new track Glory, which features the sound of his new baby daughter Blue Ivy Carter crying.
Quote: "They will pay a million dollars for a picture of that baby - trust me." 50 Cent insists little Blue Ivy Carter will make parents Jay Z and Beyonce rich. The rapper poked fun at the rush to get the first baby photo by posting a mock-up of an infant with Jay Z's face on his website.
Tweet: "I'm sure Jay is the happiest he's ever been in his life. I remember when (my son) Marquise was born I was so happy. I want to have another kid one day." 50 Cent is feeling broody following the news his pal Jay Z became a new dad on Saturday (07Jan12). The rap mogul's wife Beyonce gave birth to daughter Blue Ivy.
Fact: Beyonce and Jay Z's newborn daughter Blue Ivy is a superstar-in-waiting - leading British bookmakers William Hill are offering odds of 25/1 that she'll enjoy a chart-topping hit single before her 16th birthday.
Quote: "I think he just can't help himself. 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 75 versions of a snare (drum) on one song and he's like, 'No!' and you're like, 'Come on, man.'" Rap mogul Jay Z admits Kanye West's drive for perfection can be annoying at times.
Quote: "It's important to spend quality time with your partner before a baby comes along. We really wanted an unbreakable bond before we got pregnant." Beyonce is pleased she waited to have children with her rapper husband Jay Z, who she began dating in 2002.
Quote: "I love his music, and he's a super cool guy, and he's genuine. I respect his decisions, and we have the same feelings about trying to be true in your art. It just happens that one of us is a nerd and the other is the coolest multi-entrepreneur on the planet." Coldplay frontman Chris Martin treasures his close friendship with rap mogul Jay Z.
Quote: "I haven't heard the album. I'll probably never hear the album." Lil Wayne has no interest in listening to his rap rivals Jay Z and Kanye West's collaborative album Watch The Throne.
Quote: "I'm kind of embarrassed to say, when I was about 12 years old, I was in love with the Hanson brothers. All the three... and I'm on Jay Z's Facebook page and it makes me blush." Supermodel Bar Refaeli on her celebrity crushes past and present.
Quote: "He definitely wouldn't have taken my sneakers because mine were always a lot (sic) too dirty for him. I don't know. He wouldn't have touched me then. He's too sweet underneath. I don't believe that from him." Coldplay frontman Chris Martin doubts his good pal Jay Z would have been so mean as to rob him during the rap superstar's days as a drug dealer on the streets of Brooklyn, New York.
Quote: "Man, I'm the last person in the world who can give advice. Every day is just like you're bluffing as best you can to try and not f**k it up." Father-of-two Chris Martin admits he's not one to share fatherhood tips with his close pal, rapper Jay Z, whose wife Beyonce expecting their first child in February (12).
Fact: Pregnant pop star Beyonce has revealed her baby is due in February (12). It is the singer's first child with husband Jay Z.
Quote: "Our whole household is obsessed with Jay Z and I have a weakness for Katy Perry's Last Friday Night." Coldplay star Chris Martin on the music he listens to.
Quote: "Someone emailed me this morning and said, 'Some people climb the ladder and grab the ladder. And some people pull more people up the ladder and you are a person who pulls more people up the ladder.' I was very humbled by that." Rap mogul Jay Z likes to share the fruits of his success with others.
Quote: "I have been thinking about it, but the prices over there are really high. It's not like before!" Rap superstar Jay Z is contemplating moving back to his native Brooklyn, New York after announcing plans to relocate his basketball team, the New Jersey Nets, there and rename them the Brooklyn Nets. The hip-hop hitmaker and his pregnant wife Beyonce currently live in the trendy Tribeca area of Manhattan.
Quote: "I'm excited! I think that is pretty easy." Rapper Jay Z can't wait to become a father when his pregnant wife Beyonce gives birth early next year (12).
Quote: "Having an education is great, but if it's not applied then all we did was accumulate bills and waste time... Focus your dream. Really see your goals really clearly." Rap mogul Jay Z advises youngsters to focus their studies in order to succeed.
Fact: Rap superstar Jay Z is set to throw a big carnival-themed benefit to raise money for his education charity, the Shawn Carter Scholarship Foundation. The extravagant event will take place by the Hudson River in New York on 29 September (11), with tickets priced at $1,000 (£625) each.
Fact: Actors Robert De Niro, Ben Stiller, Billy Crystal and James Gandolfini and rapper Jay Z were among the fans cheering on the New York Jets in their American football season opener against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday (11Sep11). The stars were all seen sporting special New York Police Department caps in honour of the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the Big Apple. The extra support appeared to give the Jets a boost - they came back from behind to win the game 27-24.
Fact: Beyonce's pregnancy news at the MTV Video Music Awards became a hot topic on Twitter.com. The superstar's big reveal prompted a record-breaking 8,868 tweets-per-second on the social networking website after the singer announced she was expecting her first child with rapper husband Jay Z.
Quote: "Because I was travelling with Jay, I didn't spend as much time as I wanted just learning to cook more. But to be honest, I'm not sure I'm too interested in that!" Beyonce lacks the drive to brush up on her culinary skills, even though she'd love to cook more for her rapper husband Jay Z.
Quote: "The funny thing is, out of the three of us, no one thought Beyonce would get married first. Everyone thought I would get married first. And that was almost the case." Kelly Rowland admits Beyonce was not planning to wed when they were in Destiny's Child together. She went on to marry rap superstar Jay Z in April, 2008, three years after Rowland broke off her engagement to American football player Roy Williams.
Fact: Beyonce's sold out concerts at New York's Roseland Ballroom continue to attract the stars - her Telephone collaborator Lady GaGa and former Destiny's Child bandmate Kelly Rowland were among the fans cheering her on when she performed on Thursday (18Aug11). The Crazy In Love hitmaker's intimate show has previously been watched by husband Jay Z, rapper Sean 'Diddy' Combs, and singers Ne-Yo and The-Dream. The R&B superstar will play the last of four dates on Friday (19Aug11).
Fact: Pop superstar Beyonce performed the second of four sold out dates at New York's Roseland Ballroom on Tuesday (16Aug11) in front of a star-studded crowd - her rapper husband Jay Z was joined in the audience by hip-hop moguls Russell Simmons and Sean Combs, director Brett Ratner and R&B singer/songwriters Ne-YO and The-Dream. The Crazy In Love hitmaker is due to return to the venue for two more concerts on Thursday (18Aug11) and Friday (19Aug11).
Fact: Rap superstars Jay Z and Kanye West gifted producers who worked on their collaborative album Watch The Throne with custom commemorative watches to thank them for their efforts. Swizz Beatz, Q-Tip and The Neptunes all contributed beats to the hit project.
Quote: "What I've learnt from her is similar to what I learnt from him - and I know that's blasphemy to compare the two because Mike was such an innovator - but I think she's like the second coming. The hard work and dedication that she puts into her shows. It just makes you want to work harder at your own craft." Jay Z compares his superstar wife Beyonce to late legend Michael Jackson.
Quote: "In some form or fashion I will be (making music), I love it too much. It's weird; I have a love affair with it. I'll make it some sort of way." Rap icon Jay Z can't see himself fully retiring from music.
Quote: "Running and boxing and fighting, just in case I have to drag someone down the street!" Rap superstar Jay Z explains the fitness regime he's adopted to help him slim down in recent months.
Quote: "Jay had a CD playing in the car one Sunday when we were driving to Brooklyn. I noticed his tone, his arrangements, and his storytelling. I immediately reached out to him - literally the next morning. I asked him to fly to New York and work on my record." R&B superstar Beyonce knew she wanted to work with Frank Ocean the moment she was introduced to him by her rapper husband Jay Z. Ocean co-wrote the song I Miss You from her new album, 4.
Quote: "Jay’s music is more than music. His lyrics have fathered generations. All that he has overcome gives millions so much hope. There are moments when I see his lips moving and I can see lyrics floating above his head and I think, ‘Wow! How did I get so lucky to be able to witness this level of genius so closely?'" Beyonce loves watching her rap superstar husband Jay Z at work.
Fact: Beyonce has walked down the aisle again - this time in the video for her new single Best Thing I Never Had. The pop icon gives fans a sneak peak into what she may have looked like on her super-secret wedding day to Jay Z by donning sexy bridal lingerie in the promo and exchanging vows in an ornate wedding dress. The hip-hop supercouple married in April, 2008.
Fact: Rap mogul Jay Z's new restaurant venture in London will be an extension of his sports club franchise, 40/40. The hip-hop star is teaming up with England soccer ace Ashley Cole to open the new venue, which will provide work for jobless youngsters. The place will open in time for the 2012 London Olympics.
Fact: Jay Z and Kanye West's joint album Watch The Throne will feature a special golden cover designed by Givenchy creative director Riccardo Tisci.
Quote: "Jay Z said he liked the show. I was very grateful. He said, 'Maybe one day down the line we could maybe do something together?' If that's an offer, then of course!" Scottish singer Paolo Nutini caught rapper Jay Z's attention with his set at Britain's Glastonbury festival.
Quote: "Beyonce is a brilliant performer and Jay Z will be with her so who knows if he will make an appearance? It was such a special year when he performed in 2008. We had fantastic reviews because of him." Glastonbury organiser Michael Eavis is hopeful that the Crazy In Love hitmaker will duet with her hip-hop husband as she takes to the stage at the English festival on Sunday night (26Jun11).
Fact: Rap superstars Kanye West and Jay Z turned out to support Chris Rock by joining the audience of his Broadway show, The Motherf**ker With the Hat, over the weekend (04-05Jun11).
Quote: "Crazy in Love was another one of those classic moments in pop culture that none of us expected. I asked Jay to get on the song the night before I had to turn my album in - thank God he did." Beyonce reveals then-husband-to-be Jay Z almost wasn't a part of her smash-hit Crazy in Love.
Quote: "We don't have those kinds of relationships. These people are people I associate with. We are in the same business. We are not necessarily friends. We don't call each other for no reason." 50 Cent is adamant he is not friends with rap rival Jay Z.
Fact: Rap superstar Jay Z will perform in Rio de Janiero, Brazil for the first time ever this year (11) after joining the line-up for the Rock in Rio festival. The event will take place over two weekends in September and October (11), with headliners including Sir Elton John, Metallica, Coldplay, and Shakira.
Fact: Rap mogul Jay Z can add online publisher to his resume after launching his own lifestyle blog. LifeandTimes.com, which features articles on fashion, art and music, went live on Monday (04Apr11).
Fact: Hip-hop supercouple Jay Z and Beyonce celebrated their third wedding anniversary on Monday (04Apr11) during a romantic vacation in the Bahamas. The stars, who wed in 2008, left the chilly climes in their hometown of New York and jetted off to the Abaco Islands in the Caribbean over the weekend (02-03Apr11).
Fact: Legendary producer La Reid had a 50th birthday party to remember in New York on Saturday night (10JUN06) - guests included Beyonce Knowles and boyfriend Jay-Z, Oprah Winfrey, Usher and Mariah Carey.
Quote: "The toughest thing in this movie is to have to kiss BEYONCE - that Jay-Z will kick my a**!" Jamie Foxx reveals his fears after starring in DREAMGIRLS with the Destiny's Child beauty.
Fact: Hip-hop moguls Jay-Z and Fat Joe will feature on the new album of reggaeton star HECTOR BAMBINO. The record sees Jay-Z lend his talents to first single HERE WE GO YO.
Quote: "Our biggest fans in the industry are all rappers. No movie stars or anything, just people like Jay-Z and Fat Joe. They love us!" Rockers Fall Out Boy have an unusual celebrity fan base.
Quote: <p>"You can't sign an artist of Nas' stature. You can only partner with him." Rap mogul Jay-Z on his decision to team up with former arch-foe, NAS, at Def Jam Records. </p>
Quote: <p>"I'm like an honorary beatle." Rap mogul Jay-Z loved performing YESTERDAY with Sir Paul McCartney at the Grammy Awards on Wednesday night (08FEB06). </p>
Quote: <p>"I'm trying to channel a rich businessman." Rapper Jay-Z on his supersmart red carpet look at the Grammy Awards last night (08FEB06). </p>
Quote: <p>"It's easier to sweat and be all passionate with 12, 13-year-old girls in the front row. It's harder when it's Paul McCartney and Jay-Z." Coldplay's Chris Martin admits to chronic nerves before last night's (08FEB06) Grammy Awards at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. </p>
Quote: <p>"I'm trying to channel a rich businessman." Rapper Jay-Z on his supersmart red carpet look at the Grammy Awards last night (08FEB06). </p>
Quote: <p>"It's easier to sweat and be all passionate with 12, 13-year-oldgirls in the front row. It's harder when it's Paul McCartney and Jay-Z." Coldplay's Chris Martin admits to chronic nerves before last night's (08FEB06) Grammy Awards at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. </p>
Fact: <p>Rap mogul Jay-Z's sister is a corrections officer at New York's infamous Rikers Island jail, where rapper DMX is currently serving a prison sentence. </p>
Fact: <p>The late John Lennon and his widow Yoko Ono will join Jay-Z and Mariah Carey among the artists to be honoured by the New York Grammy chapter at the Recording Academy Honours gala on 7 December (05). </p>
Quote: <p>"They're two smart people, and it's great for both of them - it's such a great match." DESTINY'S CHILD stylist Tina Knowles approves of her singer daughter Beyonce's romance with rap mogul Jay-Z. </p>
Quote: <p>"Really, really good. Very gifted. Truly gifted." Jay-Z is modest about his rapping talents. </p>