Beyonce has surprised fans with a new single and video, released on April 4 to the Tidal streaming service, in which she is a co-owner with her husband Jay Z.
Die With You is a simple ballad, which Beyonce performs alone, seated behind a black baby grand piano.
“I wake up just to sleep with you,” Beyonce sings to the cameraman who, at the end of the video, is revealed to be Jay Z.
Beyonce and Jay Z celebrate their seventh anniversary this weekend.
Both of them are co-owners in Tidal, which was re-launched last week in a star-studded New York ceremony.
Artists including Arcade Fire, Daft Punk, Jack White, Kanye West, Madonna, Rihanna and Usher all appeared at the event, signing a declaration that promised to “re-establish the value of music” and protect “the sustainability of the music industry”.
Tidal pitches itself as “the first artist-owned global music and entertainment platform” and promises musicians a greater share of royalties when their music is streamed on the site.
Key to attracting consumers away from rivals like Spotify, Deezer and Rdio is the promise of exclusive content, of which the Beyonce track is the first high-profile example.
Kanye West, Jack White, Rihanna, Madonna and Coldplay are uniting behind Jay Z’s “artist-friendly” streaming site, Tidal.
They all turned their Twitter profiles teal blue, to reflect Tidal’s branding, on Sunday night.
Tidal launches on March 30, promising CD-quality streaming and thousands of music videos, for a subscription fee.
Taylor Swift, who pulled her catalogue off Spotify last November, is among those to feature on the service.
Her back catalogue – with the exception of her current album, 1989 – is already available on the service, which requires a monthly subscription of $9,99 for standard-quality music, and $19.99 for the “high fidelity” option.
A spokesperson for Taylor Swift said that the star’s back catalogue appears on all streaming services that require a subscription fee.
“This has never been changed. Big Machine Records believes music has value and we do not believe Taylor’s music should be made available for free,” they said.
Other artists publically backing Tidal on social media included DJ Calvin Harris, R&B star Usher, country singer Jason Aldean and Beyonce, who is married to Jay Z.
It has also been rumored that Rihanna’s much-anticipated eighth album will premiere on the service after Monday’s launch event.
Rihanna is signed to Jay Z’s Roc Nation label, making such a deal possible, but there has been no official confirmation.
Jay Z’s company Project Panther bought Aspiro, a Swedish tech firm that runs two streaming music services (WiMP and Tidal) for $56 million on March 13.
According to Forbes, Jay Z intends to allow artists who sign up to his site reap more rewards than they would on rivals such as Spotify, Rdio, Rhapsody and Beats Music.
He will announce his plans at a live-streamed launch event in New York.
A press invitation for the event promised that “Shawn <<Jay Z>> Carter and special guests will announce a commitment to a new direction for the music industry from both a creative and business perspective”.
The launch comes as the streaming market becomes increasingly competitive.
The rapid success of Spotify, which now has more than 15 million paid subscribers and 60 million total users, has prompted many tech companies to launch similar services.
Last year, Google announced a subscription service that allows users to stream ad-free music videos, and download them for offline use.
The monthly fee for Music Key also provides membership to Google Play All Access, the company’s pre-existing “all-you-can-eat” music facility.
Apple is poised to launch its own service, after paying $3 million for headphone maker and music-streaming provider Beats Electronics last year.
Jay-Z’s company, Project Panther, has bid to take over Sweden-based company Aspiro AB – which owns music streaming services WiMP and Tidal – for a reported $56 million.
WiMP, which rivals Spotify in some countries, is funded by paid subscriptions and has a one month free trial available.
It is currently available in Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Germany and Poland.
The service is also available in the US the UK, where it is called Tidal (which streams music in HD).
The move will put Jay-Z in competition with Beats Music, founded by Dr. Dre and bought by Apple in 2014.
Tidal currently offers users access to 25 million tracks, in addition to 75,000 music videos and other content including artist interviews for £19.99 ($24) per month.
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That contrasts with Spotify’s charge of $12 per month for 30 million tracks.
Jay-Z has sold more than 100 million records worldwide and is estimated to be worth $520 million, but as well as being one of the world’s biggest selling music artists, he has a range of business interests.
If successful, Jay-Z’s bid will add streaming to a portfolio including 40/40 Club sports bars, Armand de Brignac Champagne and clothing brand Rocawear.
His company Project Panther described Aspiro as “an innovative high-quality company with strong future growth potential”.
WiMP has 512,000 paying users in Europe, making it far smaller than its main rival Spotify – it boasts 15 million paying subscribers across more than 60 countries.
The deal looks set to go ahead as Aspiro published a press release welcoming the offer.
“Panther is deemed to possess the capacity to develop the company in a privately owned environment,” the statement said.
Prince William and Kate Middleton have attended a basketball game in New York as about 200 people demonstrated nearby against incidents of police violence in the US.
The royals met player LeBron James and Jay-Z and Beyonce at the Barclays Center, where the Cleveland Cavaliers took on the Brooklyn Nets.
LeBron James – commonly known as King James – presented them with Cavaliers shirts.
He was among stars to wear T-shirts protesting against police violence.
The T-shirts carried the words “I can’t breathe”. They refer to last words spoken by Eric Garner, a black man who died after being held in an apparent chokehold by a white New York police officer.
It was the sixth straight night of protests in the city, following the December 3 decision by a grand jury not to press charges over the incident.
Activists staged a “die in” lying on the pavement outside the arena.
Prince William and Kate Middleton sat courtside for the final two quarters of the basketball match at the end of the first full day of their US visit.
Images of Prince William, casually dressed in a blue and red checked shirt, and Kate Middleton in a grey jacket and jeans, were flashed up on the arena’s big screen, to cheers from the crowd.
Jay-Z and his singer wife Beyonce chatted to the royal couple during an interval.
At the end of the game, LeBron James, who led the Cavaliers to a 110-88 victory over the Nets, presented them with a Cavaliers shirt marked Cambridge and another carrying the name of their one-year-old son Prince George.
Earlier in the day, Prince William held talks with President Barack Obama at the White House and delivered a speech to the World Bank on wildlife crime.
Kate Middleton, who is five months pregnant with her second child, stayed in New York and visited a children’s centre in Harlem.
They both later attended a reception to highlight wildlife conservation efforts at the British Consul General’s residence where they met the former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her daughter Chelsea.
The final day of Prince William and Kate Middleton’s three-day trip will include a technology reception for UK and US entrepreneurs at the Empire State Building and a visit to the memorial to those who lost their lives in the 9/11 terror attacks.
Beyonce’s sister, Solange Knowles, has married video director and music producer Alan Ferguson on November 16 in New Orleans wedding ceremony.
Solange Knowles, 28, and Alan Ferguson, 51, were joined by their close friends and family, including bride’s sister Beyonce and brother-in-law Jay-Z.
Another special guest at the ceremony was Solange Knowles’s son from her previous marriage to Daniel Smith, 10-year-old Daniel Julez.
All were guests encouraged to wear white.
Solange Knowles has married video director and music producer Alan Ferguson in New Orleans (photo Beyonce Instagram)
The couple tied the knot at the Holy Trinity Church in New Orleans in front of 100 friends and family.
Solange Knowles wore a long caped gown by Humberto Leon for Kenzo for the nuptials but arrived at the ceremony in a Stephane Rolland cream jump suit, having travelled there on a white-painted bicycle decorated with cream roses.
Beyoncé wore a creation called Torn by Ronny Kobo Maggie Lasso Diamonds Dress.
The wedding reception took place at New Orleans’s Marigny Opera House.
Jay-Z, real name Shawn Carter, has bought the Armand de Brignac champagne brand.
New York wine and spirits company Sovereign Brands said it had sold the luxury brand to Jay-Z for an undisclosed amount.
The champagne, also known as “Ace of Spades”, is produced in the French town of Chigny-les-Roses by eight people.
Jay-Z has bought the Armand de Brignac champagne brand
The golden-bottled champagne, which featured in a 2006 Jay-Z music video, sells for $300.
Jay-Z, 44, has been known for his love of the champagne, which is bottled at a winemaking house founded in 1763. He reportedly displayed 350 bottles of the drink at a fundraiser that he and his wife Beyonce Knowles threw for President Barack Obama in a New York night club in 2012.
The acquisition is the latest addition to Jay-Z’s vast business interests outside of his music, which include a clothing line, restaurants and a recording label.
Jay-Z is considered the third richest hip-hop artist in the world with an estimated net worth of $520 million, according to Forbes magazine.
Dr Dre has topped Forbes list as the highest paid hip-hop artist, ousting Sean “Diddy” Combs from the top spot.
Dr Dre’s $620 million earnings in the last 12 months are the highest of any musician ever evaluated by Forbes magazine.
His total eclipses the mere $60 million earned by Jay-Z, 44, and Diddy, 44, who tied in second place with earnings from drinks, clothing and television deals.
In fact, Dr Dre’s takings are more than the combined income of all the other 24 names on the list.
Dr Dre has topped Forbes list as the highest paid hip-hop artist
Much of the 49-year-old’s earnings this year came thanks to the $3 billion sale to Apple of the Beats high-end headphone company he founded with music executive Jimmy Iovine and other financial ventures, including cognac and vodka brands.
Drake came in fourth with $33 million which will keep him happy, having told Forbes “if I’m not on your list, I’d be gravely disappointed” in 2013.
Seattle duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’s $32 million takes the last slot in the top five, edging out Kanye West’s $30 million.
Birdman’s $24 million, Lil Wayne’s $23 million and the $22 million wealth of Pharrell Williams place them above Eminem who earned an estimated $18 million to complete the top 10.
Nicki Minaj is the only female on the list having taken an estimated $14 million despite her departure from American Idol and lack of tour dates.
To form the list, Forbes considered income from touring, record sales, publishing, merchandise sales, endorsements and other ventures.
Beyonce and Jay-Z star in three short films made by photographer and filmmaker Dikayl Rimmasch, who revealed the rapper’s vision for these artsy-looking pieces.
Dikayl Rimmasch said: “In my first conversation on the telephone with Jay-Z he explained his concept of On the Run. He said: <<We’re not trying to do this literally, it’s not that we’re Bonnie and Clyde. We’re on the run from everything. On the run from becoming a cliché. On the run from doing the same thing again>>.”
The description for first film, titled Bang Bang: Part 1, reads: “Two American outlaws speed through the Californian desert in a dusty 1960s Pontiac GTO with a manifest poise and stylish swagger that could only be embodied by the world’s foremost musical couple: Beyonce and Jay-Z.”
Dikayl Rimmasch recalled of Jay-Z’s vision: “Everything he mentioned was a level of consciousness he has for staying alive as an entertainer and as a human being.”
“He wanted to keep it more abstract because for him it was very abstract. How do you stay new, not just to your audience but also yourself?”
Beyonce and Jay-Z star in three short films made by photographer and filmmaker Dikayl Rimmasch
Dikayl Rimmasch said of the duo: “Beyonce and Jay Z are two very intelligent, insightful and thoughtful people, in an almost low-key way.”
“Which is how they got to where they are. They are very aware of people’s attitudes and what energy they are bringing. Once you fully realize that, then the pressure comes off and you just have to do what you’re good at.”
Bang Bang: Part 2 will be released on September 16 ahead of Beyonce and Jay-Z’s HBO special airing on September 20.
Beyonce and Jay-Z wrapped up their On the Run tour in Paris with an emotional performance. During the show, the power couple professed their love for one another and silenced any divorce rumors.
Beyonce told Jay-Z: “I’m your biggest fan. I love you.”
Jay-Z replied: “Greatest entertainer in the world. I love her. She’s my wife.”
Beyonce has covered the latest issue of CR Fashion Book and has talked about her daughter Blue Ivy calling her “my biggest muse” in the accompanying interview.
Beyonce, 32, is on the cover of the fifth issue of the publication, looking gorgeous in a bright floral oversized Yohji Yamamoto cape, paired with black heels.
Beyonce is on the cover of the fifth issue of CR Fashion Book (photo CR Fashion Book)
“It’s my daughter, she’s my biggest muse,” Beyonce says of Blue Ivy.
“There’s someone, we all find out soon, more important than ourselves to lose. I feel a deep bond with young children – all those photos in my dressing room – especially those who’ve been stricken. Children I’ve met across the years – they uplift me like pieces of moon and guide me, whispering in my ear.”
While she doesn’t directly address her husband Jay-Z, Beyonce goes on to reflect on herself, her spirituality, and her stage persona.
Beyonce posted new pictures of herself, husband Jay-Z and daughter Blue Ivy at a kart racing facility on her official site amid divorce rumors on August 15.
Beyonce, 32, posed holding her race helmet and getting behind the wheel. She showed off her toned abs in pink short shorts and a matching top, and at one point donned a canary yellow piece of clothing to cover her face.
Beyonce posted new pictures of herself, husband Jay-Z and daughter Blue Ivy at a kart racing facility (photo Beyonce/Tumblr)
In another snapshot, Jay-Z, 44, held hands with 2-year-old Blue Ivy as they walked around the indoor racetrack. Blue Ivy wore a white dress and accessorized with pink sandals.
However, Beyonce and Jay-Z’s relationship behind closed doors is quite different than their recent friendly outing.
Last month, Us Weekly reported that Beyonce “is done” with the six-year marriage once they finish their remaining On the Run shows in Paris, France.
Beyonce and Jay-Z reportedly “stayed separately” while in New York and L.A. and she has even been spotted scouting out apartments in Manhattan.
Jay-Z’s alleged mistress, rapper and model LIV, has released an open letter to Beyonce in a new video called Sorry Mrs. Carter.
“Why don’t you tell these girls how to be wives? Why don’t you tell these girls how to act around yo’ husband,” LIV raps.
Jay-Z’s alleged mistress LIV has released an open letter to Beyonce in a new video called Sorry Mrs. Carter (photo YouTube)
LIV has been the center of gossip fodder with many tabloids claiming she is to blame for Jay-Z’s rumored extramarital affairs and goes on the defensive explaining that she never slept with Jay-Z.
“Y’all misinformed, y’all misconstrued. Be a lonely chick before I be number two,” she suggests.
According to ETOnline, LIV made the song and video after she heard Beyonce and Nicki Minaj’s remix of Flawless because she didn’t like it. She hasn’t heard from Jay-Z or Beyonce but wants to be clear that she was not Jay-Z’s mistress even though she could have been.
Rumors of Jay-Z’s infidelity has plagued the couple for years but speculation that the couple is headed for splits-ville is stronger than ever.
Citing an unnamed source, People Magazine reported: “Word around the industry has been that things are rocky at home.”
The source added: “If they split, no one would be surprised.”
Beyonce and Jay-Z just ended the North American leg of their On The Run tour in San Francisco.
Mya has slammed rumors suggesting she and Jay-Z have been secretly dating behind Beyonce’s back.
The singer blamed gossip-hungry bloggers for spreading the false speculation.
Mya found herself at the center of cheating allegations this week after a blind item posted on MediaTakeOut.com hinted that she has been Jay-Z’s mistress for 11 years.
Mya collaborated with Jay-Z on her 2000 song Best of Me
The online report didn’t refer to Mya by name, but described the woman as a “very short-named R&B singer who hasn’t had a hit in awhile”, and went on to state: “She basically lives off the generosity of Jay-Z and a couple of other guys.”
One fan asked Mya about the accusations directly via Instagram on Thursday and the singer, who collaborated with Jay-Z on her 2000 song Best of Me (Part 2), responded: “Never did, never was, never will [have an affair with Jay-Z].”
“Illegitimate, thirsty sources with no facts and that’s the <<media>> for you-especially today. I play second to no one, pay my own bills, have my own label, own management company, rely on God only and respect myself & marriage too much for nonsense.
“False rumors are crafted for ratings & numbers. And miserable, unhappy people need someone to judge to deter the attention away from their own misery and feel better about their miserable lives. If they did it to Jesus, they’ll do it to anyone. God bless.”
Speculation about the status of Jay-Z and Beyonce’s marriage began surfacing in May after surveillance footage of Solange Knowles attacking the rapper in a New York elevator emerged online.
New rumors have emerged that Beyonce is cheating on Jay-Z with her bodyguard, Julius de Boer.
Julius de Boer is from the Netherlands and speaks five languages. He is divorced and has a 4-year-old daughter, and his boss is one Jay-Z’s personal bodyguard.
“I have worked for RAD for over one year as personal protector of the famous singer Beyonce in the USA and abroad,” says Julius de Boer in interview with a Dutch newspaper.
“In past years I have traveled all continents, mostly in private jets and traveled in the most luxurious hotels stayed. [As a Dutchman I] had to learn to cope and adapt. Adaptability, in physical and psychological terms is the main characteristic that you must possess. I met my boss Norman Oosterbroek in college and he [protects] Jay-Z,” he added.
New rumors have emerged that Beyonce is cheating on Jay-Z with her bodyguard, Julius de Boer
Julius de Boer came to fame as the man who stopped Beyonce’s sister, Solange Knowles, from attacking Jay-Z in NYC’s Standard Hotel elevator.
Beyonce is now the center of controversy that claimed that she’s been cheating on Jay-Z.
According to Star Magazine, Beyonce has been sleeping with Julius de Boer for a very long time. This is not the first time that publication reported “exclusive stories” about Mr. & Mrs. Carter, they even claimed that Blue Ivy’s parents are getting a divorce.
“Jay definitely thinks that there was and may still be something romantic going on between Bey and Julius,” says a source to an interview with the magazine.
“He wanted to fire Julius last February, but Beyoncé said, <<Julius isn’t going anywhere>>.”
“They’ve spent a lot of time together behind closed doors, he even stayed in her hotel room,” the source added.
This is not the first time that Beyonce was linked to Julius de Boer. Back in 2009 Beyonce was photographed leaving a hotel in Berlin with Julius de Boer who was reportedly smeared with her red lipstick.
Recent reports claimed that Beyoncé might have cheated on Jay-Z with her bodyguard Julius De Boer, consequently putting the couple’s marriage in jeopardy.
Recent reports claimed that Beyoncé might have cheated on Jay-Z with her bodyguard Julius De Boer
Julius De Boer instantly became famous when he pretty much saved Jay-Z from a vicious attack by his sister-in-law Solange Knowles, as captured in the surveillance video in a hotel elevator following the Met Gala after-party.
Many were skeptical of Beyoncé and Julius De Boer, as they became unusually close to each other. They were even spotted leaving a hotel together back in 2009, with the bodyguard’s lips smudged with Beyoncé’s signature red lipstick.
Meanwhile, other than all the cheating rumors surrounding Beyoncé and her bodyguard, Jay-Z has another headache to deal with. The rapper reportedly split from his longtime business manager John Meneilly, who he considered more of his trusted “consigliore”.
Beyoncé and Jay-Z are reportedly on the verge of divorce after months of explosives rows and years of infidelity.
The singer and her husband no longer love each other and are keen to keep their split a secret, Life & Style magazine reported.
Beyoncé and Jay-Z are reportedly on the verge of divorce after months of explosives rows and years of infidelity
A source told the publication that Jay-Z’s infidelity is a big issue and Beyoncé will no longer put up with him “spending nights with other women”. Her jealous streak is thought to have led to ‘explosive arguments ‘in recent months.
Although Beyoncé is allegedly keen to call it quits, she wants to protect her “perfect family” image until the financial aspects have been worked out.
Beyoncé, 32, and rap mogul have a combined net worth of $900 million and according to some divorce experts, their split could leave both parties out of pocket.
Their relationship, which has been blighted by rumours of illuminati affiliation and infidelity, was propelled the spotlight after footage emerged of Beyoncé’s sister Solange Knowles attacking her brother-in-law after the Met Gala.
Fans were not only shocked to see Solange Knowles violently kicking and punching Jay-Z in an elevator at the Standard Hotel, but they were even more surprised that Beyoncé did not intervene.
Meanwhile some celebrity watchers noticed that Beyoncé appeared to have had her wedding tattoo removed from her ring finger.
Jay-Z has opened a new 40/40 Club at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport – the world’s busiest airport.
Jay-Z has opened a new 40/40 Club at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport
Airport concessions director Paul Brown says there are plans to create a VIP lounge area of the club, separate from the sports bar on another floor. He says the lounge is expected to open in the late fall.
Jay-Z opened his original 40/40 club in Manhattan with business partner Juan Perez in 2003. The club has another location at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
40/40 was named after the rare feat among ballplayers of hitting 40 homers and stealing 40 bases in one season.
The Standard Hotel in New York, where it is claimed a fight broke out between Jay-Z and his sister-in-law Solange Knowles, has said it is “disappointed” a video has been leaked.
A statement from The Standard Hotel in New York confirmed it was investigating how footage from its elevator was released.
“We are shocked and disappointed that there was a breach of our security system and confidentiality we count on providing our guests,” it said.
Jay-Z, Beyonce and her sister Solange Knowle had attended the Met Gala Ball last week in New York
Beyonce’s management has declined to comment on the story so far.
The video was released by TMZ. It says that the footage is of Jay-Z, Beyonce and her sister Solange Knowles and claims there is a physical argument going on in an elevator.
It’s thought the incident happened after the three had attended the Met Gala Ball last week in New York.
The hotel added: “We are investigating with the utmost urgency the circumstances surrounding the situation and, as is our customary practice, will discipline the individuals involved to our fullest capacity.”
The Standard, High Line, is an 18-story boutique hotel located in Manhattan’s Meatpacking District.
The chain also has hotels in Los Angeles and Miami Beach, Florida.
Solange Knowles, 27, is Beyonce’s younger sister and is a singer-songwriter in her own right.
Beyonce and Jay-Z have announced a live 16-date tour together across the US.
On the Run Tour: Beyonce and Jay-Z will see the husband and wife team perform dates from June 25 until August 5.
On the Run Tour: Beyonce and Jay-Z will see the husband and wife team perform dates from June 25 until August 5
Beyonce and Jay-Z were recognized in January as Billboard’s most powerful people in music.
They also hit headlines after their raunchy performance of Beyonce’s hit Drunk in Love, which opened this year’s Grammys ceremony.
One dollar from each ticket sale will be donated to Jay-Z’s self-named Shawn Carter Foundation which supports students in higher education.
Beyonce’s hits include Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It), Irreplaceable and Crazy in Love, while hip-hop artist and producer Jay-Z’s successes include the celebrated albums The Blueprint and The Black Album, both of which feature on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.