First Dibs: What’s The Real Story Behind The Creation Of Beyonce’s Album?

What’s become of Jay Z’s discarded hyphen? Blondie may be disbanding, and Kanye West’s non-profit launches a music education program.

  • For weeks, various reports claimed there have been delays with Beyonce’s upcoming album, including that she recently tossed out 50 recordings to start from scratch. Her representatives are denying those reports, but fans are still seeking answers. [MTV]
  • After Jay Z dropped the hyphen from his name, we were all left wondering what the next move would be for that beloved piece of punctuation. Check out its Craigslist ad, searching for a new employer. [Funny Or Die]
  • Is Debbie Harry ready to leave Blondie after nearly 40 years? The band is taking a hiatus, but there’s speculation the 68-year-old singer may be growing weary of a grueling life on tour. [The Guardian]
  • Donda’s House, Kanye West’s non-profit organization in Chicago, is starting a music writing initiative. “Got Bars” is aimed at teaching at-risk youth how to professionally record music, but will also include yoga and nutrition components. [AllHipHop]

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