THE STORY OF JAY-Z BECOMING A BILLIONNAIRE

There are very few entertainers whose fortune reached up to $1 billion. Just recently, Jay-Z broke a record and became the first hip-hop artist to do so. Besides being a successful rapper and a beloved husband, it is clear that he is leaving permanent traces in business. So, how did Jay-Z transcend into the golden age of his life?

Perhaps, the biggest secret behind his success is that he always created his own brands and never promoted another brand. During the first half of the nineties, he was allegedly a drug dealer.

When he decided to become a musician, he founded his own label called Roc-A-Fella Records. This was completely his own work which ended up earning him over 20 Grammy Awards and 14 albums that had number 1 debuts in Billboard 200.

His self-reliant business persona expanded into other industries in the beginning of the millennium. Rocawear was a clothing line with clothes and accessories initiated by Jay-Z. The sales earned him a net income of 400 million USD in less than 3 years. In mid 2000s, he founded the sports club called 40/40 club.

It was more like a chain of clubs that had branches in Las Vegas. He also invested in beauty products of the cosmetic brand Carol’s Daughter.

In 2010s, he made investments that brought him the ultimate success. One of them was the Armand de Brignac champagne that he invested 200 million USD in 2014. The luxury-wine and spirits company had significant demand from celebrities. Its signature look was the gold bottles.

He had the biggest portion of his income from this brand with 310 million USD. It shouldn’t be surprising since he invested four times more money in the company than he did for his music. In addition to the champagne business, he also has a joint venture with Bacardi that gave rise to the cognac brand D’Usse.

There were 200000 annual sales that helped the company grow 80% every year. Jay-Z’s net income from D’Usse is 100 million USD. He is one of the few entertainers who make more money from an industry other than the entertainment sector.

Jay-Z invested substantially in entertainment and media. In 2008, he founded Roc Nation containing a record label, a talent agency, concert production and other media-related activities. Many artists including Jay-Z’s wife Beyoncé also made contributive investments. The company contributes an additional 75 million USD to Jay-Z’s fortune.

He purchased the Norwegian technology company Aspiro, launching the streaming service called Tidal in 2014. He successfully promoted Tidal with posters and announcements of his 13th studio album that would immediately be available on the platform. Tidal had a net income of 100 million USD.

 

His other sources of income were from music catalogues, art collection and real estate. He owns mansions in East Hampton, New York and Los Angeles. These mansions boast a real estate value worth 50 million USD. He purchased an Andy Warhol collection for 4.5 million USD after using some his work on the cover of his 2011 album Decoded. His overall art collection is estimated to be worth 70 million USD.

It seems that this is only the beginning for Jay-Z and that he won’t control the business, but he will become the business himself.

 

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Only 2 days left until The Global Citizen Festival! Check out the dates, Line up and where to watch it!

The Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100 will be hosted in Johannesburg by South Africa’s Motsepe Foundation, which seeks to reduce poverty through education and job creation.

Did you know? Usher has won over 50 Awards?

Celebrities that are scheduled to perform at the South African concert on Sunday 2nd December in honor of the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela @ 100 includes Usher, Femi Kuti, Beyoncé & JAY-Z, Wizkid,  Ed Sheeran, Cassper Nyovest, Tiwa Savage, Usher, Eddie Vedder, Pharrell Williams & Chris Martin, , Sho Madjozi,  D’banj…

Did you know? Beyoncé has won over 20 Awards?

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Did you know?  Wizkid has won over 15 awards?

 

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Did you know? Tiwa Savage is the first Nigerian female artist to win the MTV Europe Music Awards (MTV EMAs) in the Best African Act category

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Did you know? Cassper Nyovest’s new album out now!

 

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The foundation is partnering with Global Citizen, an international advocacy group that supports sustainable development goals set by the United Nations.

It is believed Oprah is among the influential figures attending  and will be delivering a keynote address about Mandela’s legacy at the festival.

For more information about The Global Citizen Festival visit www.bigconcerts.co.za

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Beyonce’s Birthday!!

The queen of pop music, Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter, affectionately called Queen Bey hits 40! 

Over two decades now, the extraordinary and talented singer has been relevant in the music industry. Celebrating this milestone has called for well-wishes and praises from family, industry colleagues, and fans worldwide.

It’s been a fantastic journey in the superstar’s life. Today, marking her 40th birthday, it has been widely celebrated globally, especially among African-American young female musicians she set the pace for.  

Beyoncé has indeed been of great inspiration to many artists in the music and entertainment industry. The love showered on Beyonce today is fantastic. MTV took Beyoncé’s fans back to 2014 when she was awarded as the Video Vanguard at the VMAs as a way of celebrating her legacy on her special day. 

UN Women also took to Twitter to celebrate the screen goddess for her remarkable impact in the role of women empowerment and equality. Taylor swift media sent hearty good wishes to her and praised her for her kindness and significant influence in the music industry. 

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Several media outlets, including BET, Netflix, and Billboard, have paid tribute to the greatest of all-time entertainer. Other artists, including Billie Elish, Kehlani, Dream Girls, Essence, and a lot more, have shared in the joy of the icon. 

Her pictures and collection of her early music to her current projects and excerpts of series of her fiercely stage performances have been displayed on social media to celebrate her legendary contribution in the world of entertainment, fashion, and lifestyle. Yes! It’s been a red-letter day in the life of the music star. 

Last year, the Grammy awards winner marked her 39th birthday in a grand style with series of projects including her Lion King; The Gift album, which featured some African artists like Wizkid, Shatta Wale, Burna Boy, Tiwa Savage, Tekno, Yemi Alade, etc. alongside her “Black Is King” Visual album which has been well-received across the globe. 

Queen Bey was engulfed with love and gifts from her destiny child group and her family. Her mother complied with her very young age stage performances in joy as she celebrated her daughter’s feet on Instagram. 

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Beyoncé gained public recognition at a very age when she was just 9years as a leading vocalist for the R&B music group known as Destiny’s Child. Subsequently, she competed and won talent shows with her sensational singing and electrifying dancing skills. 

She released her debut album “Dangerously in Love” as a solo artist in 2003, which sold successfully and earned her awards, including five Grammys. Later she began acting and starred in a couple of movies such as Austin Powers in Goldmember, 2002, Dream Girls, Carmen: A Hip Hopera, Pink Panther, and Obsessed. Climbing to the top of her music career, she closely worked with top-notch talents like Sean Paul, her beloved Jay-Z, and Missy Elliot.

Following her debut album, dangerously in love, Beyoncé has released hits upon hits on projects such as “B’Day,” “I Am… Sasha Fierce”, “Funk,” “Beyoncé” and “Lemonade,” all released between 2006 and 2016. In 2018, she collaborated with her Jay- Z on another album dubbed Everything Is Love as the Carters.

As an internationally recognized music star and actress, Beyoncé has earned numerous awards from awards schemes like MTV Video Music Awards, Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award, and Forbes. This year, Time’s Magazine mentioned her as one of the 100 women who defined the last century. 

Beyoncé is also a philanthropist who has led many humanitarian activities under the Beygood Foundation to support less privileged individuals and vulnerable communities. The foundation has helped in education by providing scholarships and grants, empowering women, disaster relief initiatives, just to mention a few.

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Even though he doesn’t show it, the rapper/ producer P.has turned 50 on Saturday. Time flies.

It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say that the birthday event hosted more celebrities than the Grammy’s.

 

 

Among the guests were Cardi B, the Kardashians, Kanye West, Beyonce, Jay-Z, Naomi Campbell, Snoop Dogg, Kylie Jenner, Post Malone,

 

 

Pharrell Williams, Dr. Dre, Lil Kim, Mary J. Blidge and Leonardo DiCaprio. We suppose we could say it was a tribute to the early 00’s music industry with all these names.

 

One a side note, Diddy’s birthday was in November but he decided to celebrate it together with the birthday of his former partner Kim Porter,

who passed away last year. It was also more convenient for him because some of the celebrity guests wouldn’t have been able to make it in November.

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Indeed, at an event with so many celebrities, there were some interesting moments.

 

The live performances of Lil Kim and Mary J. Blidge were some of the highlights of the night. Beyonce, Kelly Rowland, and Jay-Z were seen singing along.

However; there was a little tension emerging when a random guest started to record them on the phone, to which reacted.

 


 

 

In the meantime, Jay Z’s watch attracted a lot of attention. He was wearing a Patek Philippe worth 2.2 million USD.

Another instant of the event was the reunion between Jay-Z and Kanye West, who hadn’t been spotted together for a long time.

The celebrities had a feud 3 years ago after Kanye West ranted about the Carters on stage.

Although many fans reacted positively to this reunion, some couldn’t help but notice the dissatisfaction on Jay Z’s face when he saw Kanye.

50 Cent even mocked the situation by sharing a story with a picture of Diddy, Pharrell, Jay Z, and Kanye. It’s hard to deny how grumpy Jay Z looks in the picture.

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In his story, 50 Cent wrote “This is exactly why I ask who all gonna be there?”.

Leonardo DiCaprio was among the guests having the best time. He was spotted dancing with his friends and girlfriend Camila Morrone.

The menu was also quite rich and a bit controversial. There was a weird combination of gourmet meals and McDonald’s sandwiches.

The main alcoholic beverage was obviously Ciroc, the vodka brand for which Diddy holds shares.

Although none of the celebrities brought him presents, his son Christian Combs bought him an extravagant painting that consisted of 100,000 stones crusted on diamond.

 

They are both iconic and followed by millions. They are both good-looking and successful.

They are perfect matches for each other. In this article, we are going to list the black power-couples that restore our faith in fairy tales.

In no particular order

  • Barack Obama – Michelle Obama

President Barack Obama is the first African American to hold the office of President of the United States..

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Barack Obama is the 44th president of the United States and the first African-American president. Obama is the ‘President of Firsts’.

  • LeBron – Savannah James

It is hard to imagine meeting someone special in high school and spending the rest of your life with them. For the NBA star LeBron James, this became a reality.

When they met in high school, they were already sports prodigies with LeBron advancing in basketball and Savannah advancing in softball.

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Now, LeBron James is one of the most successful and highest-paid athletes. He can’t emphasize enough how supportive Savannah has been throughout this strenuous journey.

Besides their successful sports career, they dedicated their lives to helping underprivileged children through the LeBron James Family Foundation.

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  • ‘Beyoncé – Jay-Z Carter

There are some couples that you knew you would lose faith in love forever if they were to break up.

We are talking about Beyonce and Jay-Z, probably the most powerful couple in the music industry. They are both extremely successful with their phenomenal music, which feeds from their love for each other.

In addition, they have built up an enormous wealth up to billions thanks to their investments in sports, cosmetics and alcohol brans.

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Surely, they weren’t perfect, as they faced marital issues in 2014. They even came very close to a divorce. As Jay-Z stated in an interview, they chose to fight for their love for each other and their three children.

It is perhaps their honesty about the flaws and imperfections that make them even more “perfect”.

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  • Dwayne Wade- Gabrielle Union

During the 2019 ESPY awards, the newly-retired Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade gave a heart-melting speech for his wife, actress Gabrielle Union, expressing his love and gratitude for her.

The couple met in 2009, three years after Union’s first marriage ended. After five years of dating, they got married in 2014.

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The couple welcomed their daughter in 2018, while Union also takes care of Wade’s three children from his previous marriage.

When asked about their secret, they told that being each other’s friend and laughing together was essential.

  • Will Smith & Jada Pinkett Smith

Who said you can’t do business with your partner?

The Smiths are a great example of this as they lunch Multimedia Cross-platform Venture Westbrook Inc.

Having established successful acting careers, the two met on the set of the TV show The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air in 1994.

Starting out as friends, they eventually became a couple and got married in 1997. Following this, they welcomed two children.

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When asked about the secret to their marriage, they said individuality is very important and they allow each other to have their own quality times.

Nevertheless, they also expressed they would be willing to sacrifice their career to save their marriage if need be.

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  • Ciara – Russell Wilson

The successful R&B singer Ciara and the NFL star Russell Wilson are always admired for keeping their relationship alive and exciting.

When asked about the secret, they say it’s not rocket science and it only takes love and communication. The couple has a 2-year-old daughter, while Ciara’s 5-year-old son from her previous marriage also lives with them.

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Ciara and Russell are planning to have more children in the future, but are – as Ciara stated – “enjoying dancing with flat bellies at the moment”.

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New Music Alert! The Lion King: The Gift Out Now!

 

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The Lion King Album ‘Stand Up Africa’ produced by Beyoncé, featuring Jay-z, Donald Glover, Blue Ivy Carter, Tierra Whack, Kendrick Lamar and more

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Other top African Afrobeats artists are Shatta Wale, Burna Boy, Yemi Alade, Mr. Eazi, Busiswa, WizKid, Moonchild Sanelly, Tiwa Savage, Salatiel,Tekno, Guilty Beatz and more

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Beyoncé lion king album is now available at all the sites below. What an amazing combo! Enjoy!

 

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Beyonce Knowles-Carter Stars in the Lion King

In 2019, the American entertainment industry received yet another bombshell with the musical film, titled The Lion King, produced by Jon Favreau.

The musical film is a photorealistic remake of Disney’s award-winning traditionally animated film, The Lion King in 1994.

The remake featured top-rated personnel in the entertainment industry including Seth Rogen, Donald Glover, Alfre Woodard, Chiwetel Ejiofor, John Oliver, Billy Eichner, John Kani, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter and James Earl Jones.

Despite much contemplation over the availability of the Grammy-award winning star, Beyonce Knowles, Jon Favreau’s adamancy about making Beyonce play the role of Nala eventually paid off.

On November 2017 when it was officially announced that she would be playing the much-anticipated role.

 

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The Lion King

The Lion King has raised the interests of millions across the globe as many keep anticipating how her unique role will pan out.

Beyonce, inspired by the new project, has recorded a surprising 14 soundtracks to be released along with the release date of the musical film that has attracted over 174 million viewers through its trailer alone, to be released on the 19th of July, 2019.

The album titled The Lion King: The Gift won the heart of millions who now regard Beyonce as the indispensable tool to rocket Afrobeats in the United States music mainstream.

The Lion King soundtrack featured top African Afrobeats veterans including WizKid, Tekno, Yemi Alade, Burna Boy and Mr. Eazi to ensure the music meets the nuance of real African music.

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As a result, the successful singer nicknamed the soundtrack “A love letter to Africa.”

The soundtrack has helped market the movie has millions are already aware of the upcoming film due to the proficiency and popularity of the hardworking music icon, Beyonce Knowles.

Her album featured other African top-rated artists; Moonchild Sanelly and Busiswa from South Africa, Shatta Wale from Ghana along with Jay-Z, Childish Gambino, and Kendrick Lamar, the producer of the Marvel’s Black Panther soundtrack.

Disney’s United Kingdom premiere saw the meeting of royalty between Lioness Nala, Beyonce and Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex for the first time.

 

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Following Carter’s family shout out to the Duchess during their Brit awards acceptance speech in February. In what could be termed magical moment.

The meeting was welcomed with much love and lots of chat between the two unanimously decorated women in the world.

The night had in attendance, The Duke of Sussex, Prince Harry, Jay Z, and other Lion King stars Seth Rogan and Billy Eichner.

 

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Their meeting seemed like a regular meeting between to celebrated people to some and to others, it was a meeting between two powerful black women in the world.

Disney’s The Lion King remake was grandly welcomed in the United Kingdom and other parts of Europe and is expected to attract millions of viewers in the UK within the first couple of days.

The Lion King will mean so much: Afrobeats ground-breaking moments in the world, reunion and moment of love between the nobles, the revival of the old Disney movie and more. Sure people won’t dare miss out on this as it unfolds.

 

 

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The African influence in the world music has become increasingly visible

This owes to the influential musicians of Africa whose music sailed overseas and proven their originality. One of the pioneers of this movement is the Beninese American singer Angelique Kidjo.

Her creativity and activist personality earned her top spots in the lists like The Guardian’s Top 100 Most Inspiring Women and Forbes’ Most Powerful Celebrities in Africa.

 

Angelique Kidjo: African Female Legend

EARLY LIFE

Kidjo was born in Benin in 1960 to a father from the Fon ethnic group and a mother from the Yoruba people. Her biggest inspirations in childhood includes, Miriam Makeba, Fela Kuti, Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Wonder, Otis Redding.

She was performing on stage along with her mother at age 6. In elementary school and high school, she was part of a school band called Les Sphinx.

MUSIC CAREER: She then released her first album Pretty that instantly became a commercial success. She relocated to Paris in 1983 due to unrest in Benin. She met her producer and future husband, Jean Hebrail.

Angelique was initially doing back vocals until she became the lead singer in Pili Pili and released three albums. Her work in Pili Pili made her considerably famous across Paris and eventually led to her discovery by Island Records founder Chris Blackwell.

Also recorded four albums with the record label. Her 1991 album Logozo topped the Billboard World Music Chart, while the 1994 album Aye earned her the first Grammy nomination.

She featured Santana (whom she listened to as a child) in one of her songs in the album Fifa (1995). In the following collections collectively called Trilogy, Kidjo’s first Grammy award was for  album Djin Djin.

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The album featured a collection of distinguished soul artists like Joss Stone, Alicia Keys, Ziggy Marley, Josh Groban, Peter Gabriel and more.

Her experimental efforts continued in the 2010s. In her albums, Spirit rising and Eve, she worked with traditional women choirs from Kenya and Benin, as well as the Kronos Quartet and the Luxembourg Philharmonic Orchestra.

Her album debuted at number 1 in the Billboard World Music Chart and won the Grammy for the Best World Music Album in 2014. She released two more albums in 2018 and 2019. The first one, Remain In Light, was produced by Jeff Bhasker who worked with Rihanna, Kanye West, Jay-Z, Bruno Mars, and Drake.

The album Cella is a tribute to Cuban singer Cella Cruz. Both albums received critical acclaim for spanning and combining different genres like rock and Afrobeat. Amongst all the album work, she also managed to carry out her activism journey as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, regularly visiting many African countries.

She also founded the Batonga Foundation to reach out to disadvantaged women in Benin and help them improve their talents. Collaborating with many other famous artists, she joined many campaigns related to women rights, water shortage, and awareness for HIV in Africa.

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