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Weigh In: Billboard To Include Lady Gaga ‘App’ Sales To Album Count / Jay Z Fans Angered

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In an era that has seen album sales at their collective worst, some stars have opted to employ innovative marketing schemes to ensure their sales stay afloat.  Arguably one of the most creative means of doing so was imparted by rap royal Jay Z in a recent endorsement deal with Samsung that saw the company purchase 1 million copies of his latest album ‘Magna Carta Grail’ for givewaway to users of Galaxy S III, Galaxy S 4, and Note II on July 4th by way of a specially created app.

While RIAA embraced the method and ensured such tactic would avail platinum certification to the hip hop hitmaker, Billboard, on the other hand, were not so welcoming and quickly slammed any notion the deal’s sales would impact the count honored by the music Bible.

Fast forward a month later, fans of Jay have cried foul after Billboard editorial director Bill Werde took to Twitter this week to share word that Lady Gaga – who recently announced her new album ‘ArtPop’ (November 11) would be introduced via a similar, app-based approach to album sales generation – would see her sales count…

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Trailer: Jay Z – ‘Picasso Baby’

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Earlier this month, Pop star maker Jay Z took to NYC’s Pace Gallery to shoot the performance art flick, ‘Picasso Baby’.

While there, he delivered a performance of the ‘Magna Carta Holy Grail’ jam in the company of Art enthusiasts and A-listers and now- one week before it premieres in full on Friday August 2nd at 11 pm- the icon unveils its trailer.

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Beyonce Shares Her Favourite Albums / Jay-Z Hits ‘Mrs Carter Show’ Stage

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When not slaying stages with alien-like ease, Beyonce is listening to new music like you and me.

Taking to her ever-active Instagram account, King B showed love to the latest releases from her husband Jay-Z (‘Magna Carta Holy Grail’) and Destiny’s Child bandmate Kelly Rowland (‘Talk A Good Game’).

Here’s hoping we’ll be holding her new album sometime soon.

Peep pics of Bey having fun on a shopping trip below, where a clip of Jay surprising her  on stage at the Philadelphia stop of The Mrs. Carter Show also awaits…

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Watch: Justin Timberlake & Jay Z Perform ‘Cry Me A River / What Goes Around’ Live At ‘Legends of the Summer’ Ball

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If you’re on the many music lovers who bough tickets to ‘Legends of the Summer‘ tour, you’ll know that one segment in the show sees its stars, Jay Z and Justin Timberlake, hit the stage together- mixing and mashing some of their greatest hits.

During their July 17th outing at Toronto’s Rogers Centre, the pair rocked their audience with Timberlake’s ‘Cry Me A River’ and fan favourite, ‘What Goes Around’.

Must see footage below…

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Timbaland Weighs In On New Aaliyah ‘Duets’: ‘ Big Brother Jay And I Adopted Drake’

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As is often the case with producers as influential as he is, the world will struggle to appreciate just how groundbreaking Timbaland‘s work is until we’re a decade or so removed from it.

Crafting the sounds of debut acts who have now gone on to become just as iconic as he is ten years down the line, it’s his work for Aaliyah that seen him secure the most praise and acclaim- solidifying his status as one of the greatest maestros of all time.

Want to know what he thought of the use of her voice in new songs crafted by Drake and Chris Brown.

His take below…

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‘Sinatra In The Sands’: Timbaland Confirms Nas, Justin Timberlake and Jay Z Collaboration

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As he joins Keri Hilson in anticipating the release of her own new album, Timbaland has whipped up a frenzy for Nas‘ forthcoming effort today, by announcing a collab between himself, Justin Timberlake and Jay Z!

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Beyonce Joins The Trayvon Martin Foundation / Meets Victim’s Mother Alongside Al Sharpton

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Rap icon Jay Z  and ‘I Was Here‘ vocalist Beyonce met with the mother of Trayvon Martin recently, after openly declaring their support of the victim’s family and their quest to seek justice for his murder.

Snapped alongside civil rights activist Al Sharpton, Sybrina Fulton reportedly spoke with the influential pair who publicly joined the quest to have Martin’s killer George Zimmerman jailed last night, via a tweet published on Beyonce’s official Twitter account.

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Drake Joins Jay Z & Justin Timberlake At ‘Legends of the Summer Tour’

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As he readies to the ride the wave that’ll be ‘Nothing Was The Same’, last night took Drake to Toronto’s Rogers Centre, where he enjoyed the spectacle that was the ‘Legends of the Summer Tour‘.

Put on by Justin Timberlake and ‘Song Cry‘ chart topper Jay Z, the show saw the ‘Take Care’ star look on from an enclosed section in the sold out venue as his contemporaries stormed with the stage with a show being praised by critics and fans alike this morning.

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