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Jay Z Bringing Beyoncé and Prince to Barclays Center for Charity Concert

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Jay Z’s Tidal Streaming Service Has Split The Music Industry Apart ……?
When Jay Z launched Tidal at a star-studded event in March, it was with the aim of saving the music business: a vow to give artists a fair share of revenue than other streaming services such as Spotify. And he wasn’t alone, either. Kanye West, Beyonce, Usher, Calvin Harris, Deadmau5, Madonna, Nicki Minaj, Coldplay, Rihanna, Daft Punk, Jack White and Arcade Fire all joined him for the bash in New York, each pledging to create a fairer system for musicians.

Since then, though, its found itself a target of constant criticism. Mumford And Sons, Lily Allen and Noel Gallagher have all questioned its purpose and doubted whether it will ever achieve its goals. People have claimed its a model that only favours mainstream acts – the ones least at threat by streaming in general – and that it’s little more than a vanity project.

“I would say that I have 99 problems but Jay Z is not one of them.”

Jay Z Bringing Beyoncé and Prince to Barclays Center for Charity Concert

The company said in an announcement that all ticket proceeds would support charities and that New World Foundation, which focuses on civil rights issues, would administer all funds, in association with Sankofa.org, a social justice nonprofit founded by Harry Belafonte. The event’s Ticketmaster page states that donations will benefit “nonprofit organizations dedicated to advancing positive community relations and effecting systemic change for the development and sustainability of just societies.”

Tickets will be available, for $74-$244.

Tidal X: 1020

Jay-Z, Beyonce, Prince, Nikki Minaj, Usher, Lil Wayne, T.I., Fabolous, Damian Marley

8:00pm, Tuesday, October 20, 2015



Special Report: Charlie Wilson “Forever Charlie” tour at Barclays Center

Charlie Wilson at the Barclays 2

Despite a snowstorm which prevented one of the Forever Charlie tour support acts from arriving at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center on March 5, 2015, Charlie Wilson dazzled the crowd and earned the right to proclaim at the end of his show, “Uncle Charlie turned this mutha out!”

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Brooklyn’s Barclays Center, The House HOVA Built



Brooklyn’s Barclays Center, The House HOVA Built

As I was riding the subway to witness Jay-Z opening the freshly minted Barclays Center in Brooklyn, I immediately noticed the impact he’s made on the neighborhood even before I entered the arena. The name of the train station was changed from Atlantic Avenue to Barclays Center. Hova was the man who indirectly made this change. Very impressive.

The Bed-Stuy-born Jay-Z performed eight concerts from September 28-October 6 at New York City’s most high-tech venue. Barclays Centers holds 19,000 people for concerts, similar to the capacity of Madison Square Garden, however it feels larger than Manhattan’s landmark arena.

I attended the fourth night of Jay-Z’s Barclays Center Grand Opening Celebration on Monday October 1st. There was a frenzied atmosphere outside as excited fans holding the hottest tickets in town lined up to enter the brand-new, brightly lit entertainment center. Shortly after 9:30pm, the house lights began to dim and images of Michael Jordan, Mike Tyson and other Brooklyn greats flashed on the stage screen.

“Tonight is a celebration, a celebration of where I’m from,” Jigga told the crowd before launching into the hard-hitting “Where I’m From” from his 1997 album, In My Lifetime, Vol. 1. Then he paid the tribute to another legend from Brooklyn, his high school friend the Notorious B.I.G., with Biggie’s first hit “Juicy.” Jay-Z told the crowd, “Sing loud so he can hear you in heaven.” He also held a moment of silence for B.I.G. who was shot to death in 1997.

Of course, a concert in New York’s largest borough would not complete with Jigga asking, “Is Brooklyn in the house?” The sold out house responded in unison with a deafening roar, “Yeaaaaaaah!!!!” The magnitude of the event was felt both by the audience and by the performer. “I’ve been on stages all around the world – nothing feels like tonight,” Jay told the raucous crowd.


He also revealed his first reaction to being involved in the Barclays Center. When the developer asked him if he would be interested in being part of the plan to build an arena in Brooklyn, his response was, “Hell yeah!”

“I want to thank you, Brooklyn, New York City, for making me the man I am today,” he said. “Like I said, everybody’s from Brooklyn tonight.” Hova proved he did not need an opening act or any guest appearances as he performed by himself with seven piece live band.

Brooklyn’s Finest MC tore through tracks “99 Problems” and “Empire State Of Mind.” His lyrics cut through knife-clean and the band’s bass lines kept their crucial bounce. Jay performed all his hits including “Big Pimpin’,”  “Dead Presidents,“ “I Just Wanna Love U,” “Can I Live,” “Encore,” “What More Can I Say” and 1999’s party anthem, “Do It Again.”

Many of the songs are autobiographical, filled with verses that assert his hard and improbable climb from selling drugs to hosting fundraisers for President Obama.  Beginning in poverty in the Marcy Projects living a “Hard Knock Life,” Jay-Z is now fulfilling his song, “We Run This Town.”

Shawn Carter has certainly come a long way.

(Reported by Yasuko Ito)

Jay-Z to christen the Barclays Center with a concert

Jay-Z at Barclays Center


Jay-Z to christen the Barclays Center with a concert

 Jay-Z, co-owner of the Brooklyn Nets, will christen the professional basketball team’s new 18,000-seat arena on Saturday night with a rap concert.

The lights were officially turned on at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center during a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Friday.

The austere-looking arena has all black seats and metal hanging lights. The polished wooden floor has a herringbone design with the Nets’ new black-and-white logo in the middle.

“This is going to send a loud and clear message that Brooklyn has arrived as a center of exciting entertainment, thrilling big-time sports, and thriving commerce,” said Mayor Michael Bloomberg. “This really is a great day for Brooklyn and a great day for New York City.”

Jay-Z is playing a series of sold-out concerts at the Barclays Center.

The arena will be the home to the NBA’s Nets, who were moved from New Jersey to Brooklyn.