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MTV Video Music Award nominations: Beyoncé leads with 8

Beyonce performs on the opening night of the

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The surprises from Beyoncé's unexpected "Beyoncé" album keep piling up, as she landed eight MTV Video Music Awards nominations Thursday to lead all artists.

Beyoncé racked up four nominations for her "Pretty Hurts" video, including best video with a social message, while her steamy "Partition" video landed two nods. However, it's "Drunk in Love," with hubby Jay Z, that nabbed the biggest nomination...

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Jay Z, No Doubt to headline Global Citizens Festival

After Jay Z wraps up his "On the

Jay Z will headline this year’s Global Citizen Festival on Sept. 27 on the Great Lawn in Central Park, along with Carrie Underwood, No Doubt, fun., The Roots and Tiesto.

Tickets to the concert are free, but only are available to those who join in “campaigning for positive change” with the event’s sponsor the Global Poverty Project on a series of issues. Fans can register at the Global Citizens...

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Beyoncé, Jay Z MetLife Stadium tickets on sale June 2

Beyonce and Jay Z open the 56th Grammy

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Beyoncé and Jay Z won’t be the only ones “On the Run” next week.

The hip-hop-power-couple-turned-touring partners will finally put their July 11 concert at MetLife Stadium on sale next week.

Beyoncé Fan Club members will get access to tickets starting at 8 a.m. Monday. Chase cardholders can buy tickets starting at 10 a.m. Monday. Those who sign up with Jay Z or Beyonce tour updates on...

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Jay Z, Beyoncé tour possibly in the works, reports say

Beyonce and Jay Z open the 56th Grammy

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Is it time for a Mr. & Mrs. Carter Tour? Maybe!

Jay Z and Beyoncé are reportedly planning a quick, 20-date summer tour, including a possible stop at a New York stadium on July 4, according to the New York Post. No word from Jay or Bey's camps or the Yankees, who would have to host the show since the Mets have a homestand against the Rangers at Citi Field that weekend.

A short, co-headlining...

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Jay Z rules Barclays Center

Jay Z, seen here in December, said his

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As Jay Z was wrapping up “Encore,” the fitting start of his encores at Barclays Center Sunday night, he made a startling declaration: “Tonight might have been the best show I’ve ever done in Brooklyn.”

Considering how he opened the Brooklyn arena -- built only three miles from the Marcy Projects where he grew up -- with an emotional string of shows in 2012, it was a bold statement. But like...

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Intro 1.13.14: Videos from Ryan Star, Jay Z, Disclosure and more

Ryan Star, a singer-songwriter and rock artist from

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Ryan Star celebrates his new “Angels + Animals” album at Bowery Ballroom Tuesday.

Intro brings you the week’s hottest videos and shows every Monday. To catch up on all the Intros and watch classic Long Island music scene videos, check out Newsday Music’s YouTube channel at http://www.youtube.com/newsdaymusic.

THE LIST

RYAN STAR, “Impossible.” At Bowery Ballroom Tuesday....

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Intro 1.6.14: Videos from Jay Z, Jake Bugg, Kid Ink and more

FILE - In this Nov. 5, 2012 file

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Jay Z kicks off his “Magna Carter” homestand with a show at Barclays Center Sunday.

Intro brings you the week’s hottest videos and shows every Monday. To catch up on all the Intros and watch classic Long Island music scene videos, check out Newsday Music’s YouTube channel at http://www.youtube.com/newsdaymusic.

THE LIST JAY Z, “PSA.” At Barclays Center Sunday and 1.13 KID INK,...

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'Beyonce' album review: Winner from start to finish

An image from Beyonce.com announcing the surprise release

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This was worth the wait.

Beyoncé finally unleashed her often-delayed fifth album, "Beyoncé" (Parkwood Entertainment/Columbia) early Friday morning with no advance warning. Just as with the creation of the album itself, B wanted complete control of its distribution as well, selling it only as an all-or-nothing package on iTunes, with no songs available individually. She also created...

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Justin Timberlake's 'Take Back the Night' video debuts

Justin Timberlake performs during the Wireless Festival at

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Justin Timberlake’s new single “Take Back the Night” (RCA) shows what happens when you draw too much from your influences. The first single from the second installment of Timberlake’s “The 20/20 Experience” owes so much to Michael Jackson’s “Rock With You” and The Jacksons’ “Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground)” – right down to the horn flourishes – that going back to the originals makes more sense....

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