First Dibs: What’s Jay Z’s Latest Step Toward World Domination?

Who’s the most ignored music artist in many states across the country? Coldplay drops a bit of “Magic,” and Kendrick Lamar tries to squash his Grammys controversy.

  • Jay Z, along with Kanye West, is totally taking the hip-hop world by storm. Ye is partnering with Roc Nation to manage his DONDA creative agency, and we can’t wait to see what kind of cultural impact that joint venture can bring. [Rap Radar]
  • The most popular 50 music artists in the country can’t expect to get equal love in every single part of the U.S. A new map breaks down which artists are overlooked in each state, and it looks like R. Kelly needs to boost his profile in large swaths of the country. [Spin]
  • Having been relatively silent as of late, Coldplay have announced that they’re releasing a new album, Ghost Stories, this spring. They’ve also made a new single, “Magic,” available for our listening pleasure. [Rolling Stone]
  • After a perceived snub when he didn’t win Best Rap Album at this year’s Grammy’s, Kendrick Lamar has commented on the much-debated conciliatory text he received from winner Macklemore. What does Kendrick have to say? [MTV News]

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