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“We Love You So Very Much:” Beyoncé Gets Lots Of Love From Family And Famous Friends On Her Birthday

Surprise! Today is Beyoncé’s 31st birthday, and to celebrate the occasion her loved ones snuck into the BeyHive and left it graffitied with the cutest, handwritten and heartfelt Bey-day messages. Included amongst the sneaky well-wishers were family members, team members, former Destiny’s Child members and famous friends, whose wishes include sweet recollections of the birthday girl as “one of the greatest gifts in my life” (from Mom Knowles) to a friendly “HEY” (from Pastor Rudy and Pastor Juanita) to the more formal but no less lovely “We love you so very much” (Gwenyth Paltrow-Chris Martin clan — young Apple and young Moses included!).

Of all the messages, our favorites are the ones that include inside jokes, like her mother-in-law Mama Carter‘s “You came into my life a sweet southern girl. (LOL),” Michelle Williams‘ post-scripted “Me and you will never part! Ma Te Ta Ta!!” and — most inexplicably — the “‘That’s a lot of paper!’” scribbled next to Gwyneth’s note. There’s a lot of stories to be untangled from these messages, if only we knew what Mama Carter thinks is so funny. Clearly, though, Beyoncé is well loved and admired.

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BRACKET MADNESS: Are You A “Stan” For Eminem Or “Do U Wanna Ride” For Jay-Z?

The 2000s seem like nearly yesterday. Really. It doesn’t feel like 12 years ago we were rapping along to Eminem’s “The Real Slim Shady” and Jay Z‘s “This Can’t Be Life.” We’re back with another Bracket Madness for the greatest artist of the 2000s. While NSYNC and Backstreet Boys go toe-to-toe on the boy band front, and Beyonce and Britney Spears face-off for their pop singing match, Eminem and Jay-Z will battle in a street corner cipher (obviously not literally, although this would be awesome) for votes to send one of these rhyme slayers to round two. Read more…

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BRACKET MADNESS: Vote For The Greatest Artist Of The ’00s!

Earlier this month, after a tough three rounds of voting, we crowned Mariah Carey as The Greatest Artist Of The 90s. That settled, we are looking forward to the near past: the ’00s. The new millennium brought a whole new slew of greats, as rock and rap and otherwise broke into the Top 40 and anyone at No. 1 seemed possible. Who’s next in line for the crown?

Round One faces off the best of the boy bands *NSYNC and the Backstreet Boys; leading ladies Beyoncé and Britney Spears; kings of the rap game Eminem and Jay-Z; and rockers Nickelback and Linkin Park. Eight great Aught acts to be sure, but only one can be The VH1 Greatest Artist of the 00s. Did Justin Timberlake drive you “Crazy” or did Nick Carter have it “Goin’ On”? Were you “Dangerously In Love” With Bey or a “Slave 4″ Brit? Were your 00s “99 Problems” or about cleaning out your “Closet”? Were you about Chad Kroegers arena rocking or Mike Shinoda’s rap-rock?

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Beyonce Chats With Anderson Cooper About Spreading Positivity Through Humanitarian Day

Beyonce Chats With Anderson Cooper About World Humanitarian Day

Since your calendars are already marked for August 19 we know you’re oozing with angst for the premiere of Beyonce‘s “I Was Here” video. Yesterday the R&B singer met with Anderson Cooper to talk about her partnership with the UN to spread awareness regarding World Humanitarian Day. Bey wants her video to inspire small acts of kindness because every bit makes a difference. “I feel like we all have our purpose and we all have our strengths; and I don’t know if it’s selfish or unselfish, but it feels so wonderful to do something for someone else. And I think for the UN to want to include the whole world was something important, and that’s what I represent.” Read more…

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Beyonce’s Family Photos Are The Cutest Thing You’ve Ever Seen

Beyonce, Solange and Tina Knowles

Many praises go to whoever is responsible for Beyonce joining Tumblr. Checking daily to see if Queen Bey has uploaded new photos has become quite the guilty pleasure. The 30-year-old new mom is notoriously private about her personal life, but mommyhood has opened her up more now than ever before. Over the weekend she gifted the world with family photos from her trip to Texas and her overseas travels where she Watch(ed) The Throne. Jay-Z, Solange and Tina Knowles make a cameo in the photos of the family living the good life. Be prepared to let out a loud “Awwwwww” when you see the back of baby Blue Ivy Carter with her Watch The Throne t-shirt while mama Bey feeds her a bottle. And Jay-Z pushing Bey on the swing? It doesn’t get much better than this ladies and gentleman. Read more…

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Drake Has More No. 1 Hits On The R&B/Hip-Hop Charts Than Jay-Z

Drake Passes Jay-Z's Record of R&B and Hip Hop No. 1s

People can keep on talking about Drake executive producing Aaliyah‘s posthumous album while he breaks records. It’s official. Drake has the most No. 1 singles on the Billboard R&B/Hip Hop charts with 10 hits including the recent collaboration with 2 Chainz for “No Lies.” He can thank 2 Chainz later. Unexpectedly the YMCMB rapper passed Jay-Z who previously held the title with nine No. 1s on the same charts. The total number includes both individual songs and collaborations. Who would have thought the guy with some of the most regrettable go-to looks would break a veterans record so early in his career? His boss Lil Wayne is third on the list with eight No. 1s  and Kanye West‘s not far behind with six. Weezy really did cultivate the Toronto rapper so he could take over the rap game one R&B/Hip Hop hit at a time. Read more…

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Rita Ora Career Check: Everything You Need To Know Before Ora‘s Debut

Let’s call it the Rita Ora bubble. The Kosovo born, London raised star has hard at work on her debut album since 2009 and all the while she’s been busy building herself hype. Over the past few years, she’s given a lot of interviews, played festivals, made nice with Rob Kardashian, and begun hinting at a fashion line in the works. She’s made sure to keep visible and to always be looking good with crimson lips, fly style, and a big smile. As a result, she’s been fun to root for, and not just because she’s got a big dog like Jay-Z behind her. But she only has a handful of songs to her name, and with her debut release Ora finally close on the horizon, we have to wonder what exactly we are going to get. Can she live up to the hype? Or will the bubble pop? Let’s break it down. Read more…

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Last Lap: Jay-Z And Beyonce Raked In $40 Million Last Year, Are Named The Highest-Paid Celebrity Couple

BILLS, BILLS, BILLS NO MORE: JAY-Z AND BEYONCE HAVE TAKEN THE THRONE
Forbes has anointed Jay and Bey the Highest-Paid Celebrity Couple this year, having earned a cool $40 million between them in music sales alone. [Idolator]

THE OLYMPIC CLOSING CEREMONY WILL BE “THE GREATEST AFTER-PARTY IN THE WORLD”
Medals have been awarded and heroes have been made, but the end is nearing and now the rumors start spinning: the music director for the the 2012 London Olympics closing ceremony says Sunday’s event will include 20 British artists performing 30 pieces of music, “like spinning plates and they’re all on fire.” Among in those 20 acts? Almost definitely Muse, Kate Bush if we’re lucky, and probably not Ed Sheeran but definitely not Pink Floyd. And please, please, puh-lease someone make sure the Spice Girls are there. [NME]

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Artists As Executives: Young Jeezy Joins The Atlantic Records Staff

Over the last few weeks, Executive Vice President of A&R at Atlantic Records Mike Caren has been making noise about a new Director position open in his department. While news of the Urban/Rhythmic-focused gig spread through re-tweets and industry word-of-mouth, it appears a different role in Atlantic’s A&R department was also up for grabs: Senior Vice President.

Late last night, Atlanta DJ Greg Street of V103 announced over the air that Jeezy was joining forces with Atlantic Records; not added to their artist roster, the Snow Man would instead be considered an addition to their staff, lending his expertise to Mike Caren’s A&R group by landing the role of Senior VP.

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