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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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 …

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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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Learning From Jay-Z’s Successes — And Failures

Six years ago, Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter found himself on the verge of finalizing one of the biggest deals of his life. The prize: A Jay-Z branded Jeep Commander that would roll off the lot boasting an audio system preloaded with all of Jay-Z’s songs, an interior swathed in butter-cream leather and an exterior slathered in a coat of patented Jay-Z Blue paint. For his efforts, the rapper would receive a 5-10% royalty on each $50,000 vehicle sold. The Jay-Z Jeep …

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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 Book: The Latest Reviews of Empire State of Mind

It’s been months since the release of Empire State of Mind: How Jay-Z Went From Street Corner to Corner Office, and the reviews keep rolling in. Here’s what people are saying: “In his debut book, Greenburg hits the mark. Empire State of Mind is an easy read that packs an informative, motivational punch for anyone who is trying to improve their situation, land a job, or advance their career.” - AOL/Huffington Post “After reading Greenburg’s book, I have to admit I understand …

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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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What Jay-Z’s Book Doesn’t Decode

Originally published on Forbes.com on November 16, 2010. By Zack O’Malley Greenburg – Jay-Z’s Decoded is a 300-page tome that’s filled with lush photographs, autobiographical musings and lyrical analysis, roughly in equal measure. But despite its title, the book leaves much un-decoded. Among the important topics largely left out of the book: the details of Jay-Z’s rise as a businessman. Jay-Z has amassed a fortune of $450 million by Forbes’ last count; last year alone he pulled in $63 million. …

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

“One of the year’s best rock books.” –Bloomberg
“Zack O’Malley Greenburg has become one of the rare reporters to bring dignified coverage of the hip-hop business into the mainstream…

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