Hate In An Elevator: Solange Knowles and Jay Z duke it out in hotel elevator

Jay Z, Beyonce, and Solange attending a party in Hollywood (photo: abcnews.go.com)

Jay Z, Beyonce, and Solange attending a party in Hollywood (photo: abcnews.go.com)

Two days after the release of security footage showing rapper Jay Z allegedly being attacked by his sister-in-law Solange Knowles in a hotel elevator, we’re still in the dark regarding the nature of the dispute.

On Monday (5/12), TMZ released the footage obtained from The Standard Hotel showing what appears to be Solange Knowles, sister of mega-star and Jay Z’s wife, Beyonce Knowles, punching and kicking the iconic rapper as he keeps his hands up in defense. Solange continues the assault even after being grabbed by a security guard.

Though no one has come forward to state what caused the altercation, the family feud has apparently simmered down to some degree as the troubled in-laws were spotted shopping together in a jewelry store (Mr. Flawless) in New York City yesterday (5/13).

According to sources, the pair were cool, calm, and collected as they browsed the high end shop in the famed NYC Diamond District in silence for around 20 minutes. So have they patched things up, or did they just not want to fit the bill for trashing the place?


Swift Money: Taylor Swift tops Billboards Money Makers list for 2014

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Taylor Swift captures top spot on Billboard’s 2014 Money Makers list

Billboard has announced their annual Money Makers list and this year Taylor Swift took it to the bank with a $39 million outing. No surprise there with the meteoric success of her newest studio album, “Red,” and the fact that she earned an estimated $30M for six months worth of touring. Check out who took the other top spots.

10. Fleetwood Mac — The classic rock band pulled in an estimated $19 million with the release of their first new content in over ten years and a tour which earned the group a whopping $17M over just 34 shows.

9. Pink — With an album (“The Truth About Love”) which helped the singer earn over 8M digital downloads and an international tour that raked in more than $15M in the US leg alone, Pink is sitting pretty in 2014 with a $20 million price tag.

8. Luke Bryan — $22 million is certainly nothing to sneeze at! With more than 2.7M album sales, 7.6M digital downloads, a tour that brought in over $15M, and winning the 2013 CMA Entertainer of the Year award, Bryan had a banner year.

7. Maroon 5 — Last year’s impressive comeback by the L.A.-based alternative band with multiple sold-out live performances was impressive enough. Earning $22 million, having four singles make it into the top 20 on Billboard’s Hot 100, and selling more than 7M digital downloads makes it pretty damn amazing.

6. Beyonce — Yeah, like anyone didn’t think she would make the list. With the release of a  surprise self-titled album which has sold more than 1.3M copies since December and a lengthy world tour that alone has earned the singer an estimated $19M, it’s no shock that Queen Bey is in the top ten. A strong outing at $24 million.

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Jay Z and Beyonce: Masters of the (Music) Universe!


Jay Z and Beyonce top Billboard’s Power 100 List – Illustration By Sean McCabe (photo: Win McNamee/AFP/Getty Images)

Billboard has just released it’s Power 100 list revealing the most powerful individuals currently in the music industry, and, to many, it’s no surprize who’s topping that list. Since their marriage in 2008, Jay Z and Beyoncé have been one of the hottest power couples in the entertainment world, but their meteoric rise to the top has secured the pair a spot normally occupied by label executives and CEOs.

Beyoncé and Jay Z are the only performing artists found on the entire list, to say nothing of the top 10. According to Billboard columnist Andrew Hampp, the reason the dynamic duo trumped the competition is that by “Leveraging their star power to release new albums in unprecedented ways—Jay Z through Samsung and Beyoncé through iTunes—they instantly changed how the industry and fans thought about interacting with music.”

There is no doubt that the music industry in general has been changing drastically over the last decade. From the way consumers purchase their music to the innovative ways in which artists and producers are releasing new tracks and albums, the old marketing model is fading away. Artists like Jay Z and Beyoncé are at the forefront of that change and, in my opinion, their spot at the top of the Billboard Power 100 list is well deserved.

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