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’s New Publishing Deal Is Just The Beginning

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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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 …

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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 …

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What’s Next For Jay-Z, Beyonce And Blue Ivy Carter?

Jay-Z has been known to feature up-and-coming artists on his records, helping launch the careers of Kanye West, Rihanna and J. Cole, to name a few. Earlier this month he released a track featuring his youngest guest ever: his two-day-old daughter, Blue Ivy Carter. Titled “Glory” and produced by Pharrell Williams, the song debuted this morning on Jay-Z’s Life + Times site. The track includes Jay-Z and Beyonce’s child crying and cooing after her father raps about the joys of fatherhood, the …

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Jay-Z Tops FORBES’ Hip-Hop Cash Kings List

This week Jay-Z and Kanye West unveiled their long-awaited collaboration,Watch the Throne. The album’s timing and title couldn’t have been more appropriate—the Empire State of Mind rapper is hip-hop’s top earner with $37 million in the past 12 months, claiming his fourth Cash Kings crown in five years; his partner-in-rhyme ranked third. Fueled by the tail end of his Blueprint 3 Tour and a vast portfolio of business interests, Jay-Z barely edged second-ranked Diddy—who raked in $35 million, roughly half of …

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Do Retailers Have A Double Standard For Jay-Z and Kanye?

Most kings get their heads cut off — or at least, so goes the chorus of Jay-Z and Chris Martin’s duet “Most Kings.” For the Empire State of Mind rapper, though, the sentiment appears to be figuratively true of late. Last week, a group of independent record store owners released an open letter to Jay-Z and Kanye West in protest of the duo’s plans for collaborative album Watch the Throne, due out in August. At issue: a four-day window granted to Apple’s iTunes …

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Jay-Z Earns More Than Beyoncé For First Time Since 2008

For the first time since tying the knot in 2008, Jay-Z earned more than Beyoncé. The Brooklyn-born rapper raked in $37 million over the past 12 months, edging his superstar wife by $2 million, according to FORBES’ latest estimates for the annual Celeb 100 package. Jay-Z continues to reap the rewards of his 10-year, $150 million multiple rights deal with concert promoter Live Nation; he brings in additional cash from endorsements and ownership stakes in a range of companies including ad …

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Zack Talks About the Jay-Z Book on Good Day New York

Empire State of Mind is in stores now! To celebrate the book’s opening week, Zack is making the rounds on TV and radio. First up: Good Day New York. Full video of the interview below. Jay-Z Biography: MyFoxNY.com Order the Book online: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Books-A-Million | Borders | IndieBound

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Author Zack O’Malley Greenburg Talks Jay-Z in Bloomberg TV Segment

Bloomberg television interviewed Zack extensively for a segment about Jay-Z (see below for video excerpts). In addition to writing hundreds of stories for print and web outlets including Forbes, The Huffington Post and The Washington Post, Zack has appeared frequently on television and radio — both as an interviewer and as an interviewee. He has served as an expert source on the music industry for news organizations from BBC to NPR and has conducted his own video interviews of numerous …

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Carmelo Anthony’s Impact on Jay-Z’s Net Worth

Originally published on Forbes.com on Feb 23, 2011. By Zack O’Malley Greenburg – When Carmelo Anthony suits up for his first game as a Knick tonight, there will be a thick soup of euphoria in the air. There will be cheers, laughter and maybe even a few tears of joy. Because for the first time in a decade, New York basketball fans have a championship-caliber team to root for, helmed by two name-brand superstars. But for Brooklyn native and Nets …

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