The NFL and Jay-Z have entered into a partnership that will place the high-profile hip-hop artist in a position of considerable influence: live music entertainment strategist. As a part of his new role, Jay-Z will consult with the NFL on the selection of Super Bowl halftime talent. He will also help the NFL orchestrate other music driven events affiliated with the league, while assisting with the NFL’s activism campaign, Inspire Change.
The development represents a shift in the mogul’s contentious relationship with the NFL. Jay-Z flipped the NFL a lyrical middle finger in his 2018 single, “APESHIT,” rapping, “I said no to the Super Bowl, you need me, I don’t need you.” The diss came after Jay-Z declined the league’s offer to perform at the 2018 Super Bowl in a demonstration of his solidarity with prior San Francisco 49ers quarterback, Colin Kaepernick. Rihanna notably rescinded the Super Bowl’s 2018 bid for the same reason.
Kaepernick was the first NFL player to kneel during the National Anthem in protest against police brutality in 2016. Jay-Z had sought to bring attention to the issue of police brutality in the nation for many years preluding Kaepernick’s on-field opposition and notably dedicated a song to Kaepernick during his 2017 performance at The Meadows Music and Arts Festival. The rapper was also said to have been vocal in his attempts to dissuade fellow hip-hop entity, Travis Scott, from performing at the Super Bowl after the league approached Scott with an offer to appear at the 2018 iteration alongside Maroon 5.
“The NFL has a great big platform, and it has to be all-inclusive,” Jay-Z said in an interview at Roc Nation in Manhattan. “They were willing to do some things, to make some changes, [so] that we can do some good.”
“We don’t want people to come in and necessarily agree with us,” Roger Goodell, NFL commissioner, said in an interview on Aug. 12. “I think that’s a core element of our relationship between the two organizations, and with Jay and I personally.”
With the stroke of a pen, Meek Mill and JAY-Z inked a record label dedicated to the identification and development of new musical talent guided by Meek’s creative direction. Christened Dream Chasers Records, the label will foreground talent acquisition, creative strategy, and marketing as some of its central operative focuses. Dream Chasers Records’ current state differs from its past: now backed by JAY-Z’s Roc Nation, Dream Chasers Records’ was previously established in 2012 as a label imprint under Rick Ross’ Mayback Music Group. At the time, Dream Chasers signed a modest selection of ascendant artists such as YBS Skola and Lil Snupe; it functioned mainly as an auxiliary project for Meek Mill, as the rapper worked to further expand his own catalog.
“I think the time is now [to grow Dream Chasers],” the Championships rapper told Rolling Stone. “I’m 32-years-old, I’m in a nice spot in the music business and I think it’s time for me to focus on growing artists because that’s what I love to do. I love to spend time on helping artists grow, and I think it’s time for me to dive in, business-wise.”
Meek Mill assumes presidency of Dream Chasers and will supervise a team based in New York. He will also help to facilitate a recording studio for those signed to the label. For now, Meek Mill is recalcitrant when it comes to the artists with whom Dream Chasers will seek to pen deals, or conversely, those who the label has recently signed. The label, after all, is “still in the beginning stage,” according to the rapper.
JAY-Z is meanwhile adamant that Roc Nation’s support of Dream Chasers Records’ will bolster Roc Nation, Dream Chasers’ nascence aside. “The overall and overarching view is for us to boss up and do things together and pull each other up and get control of the things that we produce,” JAY-Z said of Roc Nation and Dream Chasers’ newly forged agreement.
2019 remains a cursed year for Woodstock 50 as the anniversary event continues to face logistical nightmare after logistical nightmare. The festival, which according to the official website’s live countdown still takes place in a month and still boasts acts like The Killers, Dead & Company, Jay-Z, and Chance the Rapper, lost its original venue at the Watkins Glen Raceway in NY earlier this month. In more recent news, the proposed celebration of peace and culture was denied a permit at the much smaller Vernon Downs Raceway just this week.
Woodstock 50’s have five days to appeal the decision, but Oneida Country Administrator Anthony Picente Jr. stated that the chances of the festival happening at Vernon Downs is “highly unlikely.”
Woodstock 50’s organizers released a statement following the
“In response to the denial of an event permit by the Town of Vernon, Woodstock 50 believes certain political forces may be working against the resurrection of the Festival. Local reports claim Woodstock’s filing for the permit was “incomplete” but that is not the case. Woodstock 50 officials were informed by the Town of Vernon that most questions had been answered and asked only that Woodstock submit medical, safety/security and traffic plans by this past Sunday, which it did. With a venue chosen, financing assembled and many of the artist’s [sic] supporting Woodstock’s 50th Anniversary event, the organizers are hopeful that their appeal and reapplication tonight will prevail without further political interference.”
The festival, which was originally planned as a 3 -day event including camping, is now being pitched as three 1-day events where attendees leave and return each day. Woodstock 50’s fate may be up in the air, but as the festival website’s live countdown insists, time is ticking…
According to a new report by Forbes,JAY-Z‘s fortune has now surpassed $1 billion, officially crowning the legendary mogul hip-hop’s first billionaire. How HOV became hip-hop’s most paid man is no secret through—the rapper’s famed 23-year come up has been well documented across 18 studio LPs, canonizing the story of a Brooklyn drug dealer that changed the course of music history in America.
JAY’s first major moves included the launch of Roc-A-Fella Records and Rocawear in the late 1990’s, and over the course of an illustrious quarter-century career his ever-expanding portfolio has come to include investments in high-end spirits like his co-venture with Bacardi, D’Ussé, his champagne brand Armand de Brignac, Uber, and of course his streaming platform, TIDAL which he purchased in 2015.
Forbes calculates that the 4:44 rhymer has $75 million invested in Roc Nation as well as an additional $75 million in his own music catalog. TIDAL accounts for a $100 million investment. According to the report, JAY’s real estate holdings total $50 million and his art collection is worth more than $70 million. Now, HOV’s iconic line on Kanye‘s 2005 “Diamonds From Sierra Leone” remix rings truer today than ever—“I’m not a businessman; I’m a business, man.”
Rapper JAY-Z will host a TIDAL listening party for the upcoming posthumous Prince album Originals on June 6 in Los Angeles. The new 15-track LP features 14 previously unreleased tracks from Prince’s “vault” including original versions of songs that the late musician wrote for other artists including Sheila E.’s “The Glamorous Life,” the Bangles’, “Manic Monday”, Vanity 6’s “Make-Up,” Kenny Rogers’ “You’re My Life”, and more. Originals was curated by JAY-Z and Troy Carter on behalf of the Prince Estate.
Prince has previously worked with TIDAL on a number of exclusive releases such as 2015 albums Hit n Run Phase One and Hit n Run Phase Two., and personally curated vault selections. Both Prince and JAY-Z have expressed both their respect for each other and gratitude for collaborating together.
JAY-Z said in a statement, “Prince led the way, for artistic freedom, for ownership. He’s one of the bravest people I can think of in the industry. He trusted us, not just me, but TIDAL, to continue his fight. Trying to help further that legacy through his music is both an honor we couldn’t pass up as an organization dedicated to empowering artists. This gives his true fans that peak behind the curtain.”
Originals will be available to stream exclusively on TIDAL June 7, followed by a wide release via Warner Bros on June 21 and Deluxe 1-CD/2-LP and 2-LP editions on July 19.
After two years, the historic New York City venue Webster Hall will finally reopen its doors with its first show since its closing in August 2017.
The act atop the debut parallels the lofty stature of the event, with the venue enlisting none other than JAY-Z for the reopening. The iconic rapper and mogul will be bringing his B-Sides 2 performance to Webster on Friday, April 26. Dubbed Tidal X: Jay Z B-Sides, the first ever B-Sides gig featured rare tracks and other never-before-performed material, also taking place in New York at Terminal 5 and streaming through TIDAL. It would certainly please fans for the heatedly anticipated follow-up performance to receive the same TIDAL treatment, though the streaming capabilities surrounding the show have yet to be confirmed.
Webster Hall has already announced a diverse set of events for its reemergence. Dillon Francis will be the first DJ act to play Webster since Skrillex and Boys Noize closed it out two years ago. Francis will play the night after JAY-Z on Saturday, April 27. Other artists on the event roster include MGMT, Empire of the Sun, FKJ, Chromeo and a long length of others.
Tickets for Webster Hall’s opening night go on sale to the general public Friday, April 19 at 11:00 am EDT. AMEX presale begins Thursday, April 18 at 10:00 am EDT. The sale can be accessed here on Ticketmaster.
The Roc Nation-produced festival has been a persistent Labor Day festivity since its debut in 2012. Since its inception, the festival has raised $103 million for the city. This year, proceeds will go to American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania and REFORM ALLIANCE, Jay and Meek Mill‘s criminal justice reform organization.
TIDAL subscribers have access to perks along the way, such as ticket pre-sale from April 2 to April 4, fast-track entrance to the festival, artist meet and greets, and specialty merchandise. The festival will also be available for steam on TIDAL.
The oldest federal cultural institution in the United States, the Library of Congress is home to thousands of texts, maps, recordings, and more, making it a living collection of culturally significant contemporary media. Joining artists like Radiohead, Chic, John Coltrane, and Run-D.M.C., JAY-Z has been honored by the National Recording Registry, as his classic album, The Blueprint, has officially received archive status in the Library of Congress.
The Blueprint was critically-acclaimed for lyrically cataloging Brooklyn life at the turn of the millennium, while showcasing then up-and-coming producers Kanye West and Just Blaze. A status given to recordings that are “culturally, historically, or aesthetically important, and/or inform or reflect life in the United States,” other notable projects being simultaneously archived include Nina Simone‘s “Mississippi Goddam,” Earth, Wind, & Fire‘s “September,” and Curtis Mayfield‘s Superfly.
After months of anticipation, Woodstock 50 organizers have at last shared the full lineup for the festival’s half century anniversary. John Fogerty, Santana, Country Joe McDonald, Canned Heat and Hot Tuna, and John Sebastian, who all appeared at the 1969 event will perform at Woodstock 50, in homage to the festival’s original lineup. The Grateful Dead, who also graced Woodstock’s 1969 lineup, will take the stage at Woodstock 50 as Dead & Company with John Mayer.
“Woodstock ’94 was a nice mix of young and old and that’s kind of what we’re going for here,” festival organizer Michael Lang told Rolling Stone. Woodstock 50 will take place from August 16-18 at Watkins Glen, New York. Tickets for the landmark anniversary event will go on sale April 22. More information about tickets can be found on Woodstock 50’s official website.
Woodstock will be returning this summer to Watkins Glen, New York for its 50th anniversary, and with the announcement of the legendary music festival’s return has come heightened speculation surrounding which artists will be performing at Woodstock’s legendary return. Twitter account @TheFestiveOwl initially confirmed the festival’s return after speaking to the CEO of INVNT, one of the partner promoters of the event. Now the account has made some bold claims about potential talent lined up for the anniversary event.
The Twitter account has begun trickling out speculative information on who might be performing, naming artists like Miley Cyrus, Jay Z, The Black Keys, Halsey, The Killers, Chance The Rapper, Imagine Dragons, and Dead and Company. The Twitter account later deemed that headliner guarantees ranged between $1-3 million per act based on the estimated festival attendance of 125,000 per day.
Headliner guarantees, which range between $1-3m+ per act based on estimated festival attendance of 125k per day, have been deposited. https://t.co/UJygbpUq5q
Now, despite no official confirmation on the lineup yet, Variety is substantiating most of this information, as the final lineup is expected to land in full soon. In a statement issued on March 4, Woodstock co-founder Michael Lang said,
“There’s always been lots of rumors around Woodstock. We have excellent partners and an incredible talent lineup of over 80 artists which will be announced within the next couple of weeks. We’re preparing a once in a lifetime event.”
Information about the festival and tickets are available on Woodstock.com.