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    1. June 23, 2015

      Jay Z’s streaming service Tidal loses second chief executive

      Tidal, the paid streaming music service acquired this year by rapper Jay Z, has lost its second chief executive in two...

    2. May 8, 2015

      Pop’s realists cast aside the courtly love of ‘Stand By Me’

      The noble state of matrimony has lost a champion. Ben E King, who died on April 30, created one of the great celebrations of...

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    1. April 10, 2015

      The Life of a Song: ‘It’s the Hard Knock Life’

      Listen a lot to Katy Perry’s “Roar” (yes, I have two daughters) and you will notice the outline of another song within the...

    2. April 7, 2015

      Christian Scott, Ronnie Scott’s, London — review

      Christian Scott usually features his touring band playing the high-energy blend of jazz, hip-hop and alt rock that he calls...

    3. April 3, 2015

      Music’s Roc-A-Fella sees Tidal’s rise

      “At least 15 artists were named on Monday as co-owners of Tidal, the streaming service acquired by Jay Z” Financial Times,...

    4. April 3, 2015

      Jay Z sees Tidal as leading artists’ fight against the techies

      The gathering of some of the world’s top musical talent by hip-hop star Jay Z this week was on a scale unseen since 1985,...

    5. April 1, 2015

      Tidal tilts balance of digital power back to record labels

      The revolution will not be televised, Gil Scott-Heron reckoned in 1970. But the “godfather of rap” was wrong. The revolution...

    6. March 30, 2015

      Jay Z enlists top acts to promote new streaming service

      Jay Z has enlisted some of music’s biggest names as equity partners in his new streaming music service, offering stock and...

    7. March 20, 2015

      Universal takes on Spotify freemium model

      The “freemium” model used by Spotify to amass 60m users and 15m paying subscribers around the world is facing a new...

    8. February 3, 2015

      A history of hustling gives hip hop its entrepreneurial edge

      Back in 2007 it seemed that rappers had peaked as entrepreneurs. In that year, Jay-Z sold his clothing company, Rocawear,...

    9. FT Alphaville

      January 30, 2015

      FirstFT (the new Lunch Wrap)

    10. FT Tech Hub

      May 9, 2014

      Cash Rules Everything Around Me

      Cash Rules Everything Around Me* “Dough”, “paper”, “cabbage”, “brash”, “scrilla, “chips”, “bread”, “bacon”, “Gs”, “beans”,...

    11. FT Alphaville

      January 2, 2014

      Further reading

      Elsewhere on Thursday, - The rich country trap. - China and the risk of policy incoherence. - Asimov on now. - “Egypt...

    12. December 13, 2013

      Art into urban, urban into art

      The boom in contemporary art since the turn of the millennium has made it into a genre that believes it can do anything....

    13. July 18, 2013

      Why regulators boo when the encore becomes another gig

      Kanye West recently had a run-in with the UK’s Advertising Standards Authority. The rapper – whose latest album Yeezus...

    14. July 8, 2013

      Samsung’s Jay-Z album giveaway

      Territory: Global Verdict: 5/5 As Jay-Z once rapped, he’s a business, man. Last week, the star allowed 1m owners of Samsung...

    15. April 5, 2013

      The hip-hop hustler with a sporting empire on his mind

      Among Jay-Z’s thesaurus of boasts in his rap songs is a rich index of sports comparisons. He is the “Mike Jordan of rap”...

    16. Material World

      January 22, 2013

      The inaugural fashion score card

      The more we see of this inauguration, the more we think it looks like America – or rather, just the main shopping drag of...

    17. FT Alphaville

      September 28, 2012

      You can't stand under my umbrella... ella... ella...

      No clouds in my storms Let it rain, I hydroplane into fame Comin’ down like the Dow Jones When the clouds come, we gone We...

    18. Material World

      August 1, 2012

      Why are no CEOs best-dressed?

      Vanity Fair has released its annual international best-dressed list a few days earlier than the September issue where it...

    19. June 26, 2012

      Glenstrata’s brinkmen teeter on the abyss

      The unravelling of the $65bn merger between Xstrata and Glencore shows that while the deal-doers knew commodities inside...

    20. May 20, 2012

      Jay-Z/Kanye West, The O2, London

      Stock market analysts beware. When Jay-Z and Kanye West released their opulent collaboration Watch the Throne last August,...

    21. May 11, 2012

      Word on the suite

      Kanye West, the rap superstar and stranger to modesty (“I realise that my place and position in history is that I will go...

    22. April 26, 2012

      Hunt reveals Olympic festival plans

      Jeremy Hunt, the culture secretary, put on a steely façade as he laid out plans for a cultural festival to coincide with the...

    23. March 7, 2012

      Feel-good jewels: The dark side to happiness beads on a string

      Among celebrities and fashion editors alike, arguably the most ubiquitous jewellery trend at the moment is Shamballa Jewels’...

    24. December 16, 2011

      Rapping and rolling in it

       Empire State of Mind: How Jay-Z Went From Street Corner to Corner Office, by Zack O’Malley Greenburg, Penguin, RRP£16.99,...

    25. November 14, 2011

      A great time to be a capitalist

      Profit and protest do not mix well but could there be an Occupy Wall Street trade? A quick turn can be made by tent...

    26. November 11, 2011

      Fresh prince

      Four years ago, J Cole stood outside a New York recording studio waiting for Jay-Z to emerge. When the rap superstar...

    27. November 7, 2011

      The public image: Kraft’s Jell-O ‘Jiggle-It’

      Client: Kraft Foods Agency: Crispin, Porter + Bogusky Territory: Global Verdict: Anyone who thinks apps are useless should...

    28. October 27, 2011

      Yankees win! Or maybe they don’t

      In the days that followed the death of Muammer Gaddafi, many New Yorkers turned their attention to an unlikely question: why...

    29. August 19, 2011

      Jay-Z and Kanye West: Watch the Throne

      Watch the Throne is a messy but charismatic collaboration between two of rap’s biggest names. Musically it’s all over the...

    30. July 22, 2011

      At home with the stars

      At the end of last year, Gwyneth Paltrow received a plaintive e-mail. It was from a reader of Goop.com, the lifestyle portal...

    31. June 27, 2011

      Beyoncé, Glastonbury Festival, UK

      The sun shone and the mud dried up. For the first time since the opening day’s rain, Glastonbury was easily navigable. The...

    32. June 14, 2011

      Hip hop adoption leaves cloud over Timberland

      On the conference call where VF Corporation unveiled its $2.3bn acquisition of the Timberland outdoor boot brand this week,...

    33. May 26, 2011

      Strauss-Kahn defence and prosecution clash

      DNA said to have been left by Dominique Strauss-Kahn during his alleged sexual assault has dominated press coverage of his...

    34. May 16, 2011

      Courtroom wit who excels in defending celebrities takes case

      Faced with sexual assault charges in New York, Dominique Strauss-Kahn has turned to Benjamin Brafman, one of the city’s...

    35. January 21, 2011

      Yoga with the FT: Russell Simmons

      Simmons at his Jivamukti yoga class in New York Russell Simmons, aka the co-founder of Def Jam Recordings (launch pad of...

    36. FT Alphaville

      January 13, 2011

      Further reading

      Elsewhere on Thursday, - So, are London’s bankers paid too much? - Chinese ghost towns, the video. - Humans are hard-wired...

    37. January 11, 2011

      Russian oligarch increases HMV stake

      Shares in HMV staged a minor rally on Tuesday on news that Russian oligarch Alexander Mamut has raised his stake in the...

    38. January 10, 2011

      Drake, Hammersmith Apollo, London

      Doh re me me me: Drake in full flow at the Hammersmith Apollo “This,” Drake declared at the outset, “is about to be one of...

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