Empire State of Mind: How Jay-Z Went From Street Corner to Corner Office, by Zack O'Malley Greenburg (Penguin/Portfolio)

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JAY-Z BOOK: Empire State of Mind

Jay-Z’s Magna Carta Holy Grail was already guaranteed to have the best opening week sales of any album in his career, thanks to Samsung’s decision to buy 1 million copies in advance. Now the rapper can boast another best: the most first-week streams of any album in Spotify’s history. The numbers are in, and Magna Carta clocked 14 million full album streams in the U.S. alone, easily topping recent record-setting releases from Mumford & Sons (8 million) and Daft Punk (9.5 million). Get the book Empire …

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Jay-Z may be selling his stake in the Nets, but he’ll still continue to cash in on the franchise he helped bring to Brooklyn. Though FORBES first reported this last week, you don’t have to take our word for it–the rapper explained the situation in his own words on a new song called “Open Letter,” released via SoundCloud earlier today. Would’ve brought the Nets to Brooklyn for free Except I made millions off it, you [expletive] dweeb I still own the building, I’m still keeping …

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The publishing arm of Warner Music Group recently announced deals with Jay-Z to administer the copyrights of both his own songs and those on the music publishing roster of his company, Roc Nation. Warner/Chappell will immediately begin administering Jay-Z’s catalog stretching back to 2008; by the end of 2013, it will handle the bulk of his early career hits as well. The publisher will also now administer copyrights for Roc Nation’s stable of songwriters, including Philip Lawrence (co-writer of Bruno Mars’ “Grenade” and “Locked …

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Mitt Romney hasn’t gotten much love from the music world over the course of his campaign. Just yesterday, Jay-Z introduced Barack Obama at a campaign event in Columbus, Ohio. Beforehand, the rapper performed his hit “99 Problems,” modifying the chorus to end with the words “but Mitt ain’t one.” More: Check out Empire State of Mind: How Jay-Z Went From Street Corner to Corner Office Jay-Z’s got plenty of company in Obama’s corner. Fellow rappers ranging from Young Jeezy to Common have voiced their support for …

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Barclays Center To Boost Jay-Z’s Bottom Line From Many Angles

This story is an updated version of a story I wrote recently for Forbes.com. The drumbeat of the Barclays Center’s arrival in Brooklyn has been growing louder over the past few months–and it blasted full volume as Jay-Z christened the rusty-chic arena with eight sold-out concerts. Jay-Z, who famously grew up in the nearby Marcy housing projects, has been pounding as loud as anyone in his role as public face of the building and its main tenant, the Brooklyn Nets. He owns a tiny …

 

Jay-Z’s Review Of ‘Empire State Of Mind’

Had I walked out of the Porta-Potty ten seconds earlier, I might have inadvertently hit Jay-Z in the face with the door. But let me back up a bit. Standing in line for the restrooms at Jay-Z’s Made in America Festival last weekend, I noticed a two-level structure about 100 feet away, decked out with plush red chairs, clear views of the main stage and what appeared to be an open bar. Intrigued, I asked the yellow-shirted security guard nearby if journalists …

 

Dr. Dre Takes Jay-Z’s Hip-Hop Cash Crown

Six years ago Dr. Dre was walking along the beach with Interscope Records chief Jimmy Iovine, pondering whether or not he should launch his own shoe line. “[Forget] sneakers,” said Iovine. “Let’s sell speakers!” It might have been the best piece of advice the rapper-producer ever received. In 2008 he teamed with Iovine and a handful of other partners to launch Beats By Dr. Dre, which now sells more than half of the country’s premium headphones ($100 and up). That’s music to the …

 

Why I Wrote An Unauthorized Biography Of Jay-Z: Part 2

I almost deleted my first book long before I ever wrote it. Allow me to explain. Three years ago I found myself at home on a steamy summer day, contending with a head cold as I sifted through a virtual mountain of unread email. As my finger descended upon the delete key to banish yet another message, I re-read the subject line, “Book Project Opportunity.” The email turned out to be from an editor at Penguin, asking if I’d be …

 

Blue Ivy Carter: Not The First Of Jay-Z’s Trademark Blues

Less than three weeks after the birth of Blue Ivy Carter last January, Jay-Z and Beyoncé did something that might only occur to two world-famous, business-savvy music stars: they filed an application to trademark the name of their first child. Their application lists a Delaware-based limited liability company called BGK Trademark Holdings—a likely nod to Beyonce’s initials—as the owner. The filing contains an exhaustive catalog of potential uses for the Blue Ivy name, including but not limited to fragrances, hair spray, baby …

 

Jay-Z Empire State Of Mind Paperback To Hit Stores June 26th

The paperback edition of Empire State of Mind: How Jay-Z Went From Street Corner To Corner Office will hit stores on June 26th. Updated with the latest additions to Jay-Z’s empire, the business-focused biography of hip-hop’s biggest star by Forbes staffer Zack O’Malley Greenburg will feature a bevy of previously-unreleased material, including: * a brand-new foreword by Steve Forbes, drawing on his interviews with Jay-Z and Warren Buffett * an investigative chapter revealing Jay-Z’s financial relationship with a notable Swiss watchmaker * full …