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Billboard’s Power 100: Jay Z And Beyonce Share Top Spot

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Billboard has released their annual Power 100 list and sharing the top ranking … Jay Z and Beyonce.

On Thursday night, the Emerson Theatre in Los Angeles was filled with stars as Billboard announced their list of the 100 most powerful players in the music industry.

Jay and Bey, music’s power couple, topped the list at number one. According to Billboard, not only has the power couple “used their star power to release new albums in unprecedented ways,” but the couple has completely changed how “the industry and fans thought about interacting with music.”

“Artists have always had the power but courage is in short supply. It’s just that the hip-hop generation believes in the possibilities,” said Lyor Cohen (No. 74), a longtime associate of Jay Z’s. “Jay and Beyoncé don’t listen to the noise … They make the noise.”

After the release of Jay’s Magna Carta Holy Grail, the album sold 528,000 in its first week and in total, the album sold 1.1 million copies in 2013. Beyoncé moved even quicker with her latest surprise, 14 track 17 video self-titled album. According to Billboard, in the first three hours of release the album sold 80,000 copies through iTunes and a reported 850,000 in the first week.

Billboard also recognized the couple’s power in the business world. With the launch of Jay Z’s Roc-a-Fella Records in 1996, to his current venture Roc Nation in 2008, and to Beyonce’s empire with Parkwood Entertainment, the two are more than deserving to top this year’s list.

Also making the Power 100 list, Justin Bieber’s manager Scooter Braun, Ryan Seacrest and music producer Dr. Luke.

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Exclusive: Sorry Folks, Diddy Did NOT Offer H&M Model A Contract

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Last week rumors started circulating that Diddy had offered Liam Mango, the young model featured in the H&M ad a Sean John modeling contract. Unfortunately those reports, as sweet as they sound, aren’t true.

Diddy spoke to reporters backstage before a tapping of his new show The Four  and clarified what really happened.

“I didn’t actually offer a modeling contract to him I told my people to reach out to him so we could use him in the next shoot that we do,” he explained.  “But with that being said, I think that what we’re seeing is just a general insensitivity to how we feel you know. I think that H&M is going to feel the results of that.”

H&M has issued an official apology for featuring Mango on their website in a “Coolest Monkey In The Jungle” hoodie, saying in a statement : “We sincerely apologize for offending people with this image of a printed hooded top. The image has been removed from all online channels and the product will not be for sale in the United States. We believe in diversity and inclusion in all that we do and will be reviewing all our internal policies accordingly to avoid any future issues.”

After photos of the young boy hit the web, folks started speaking out against the retailer calling them racist and insensitive. But one person not feeling that way was Mango’s mother. She posted her thoughts Facebook questioning what all the fuss is about. “I really don’t understand but not coz am choosing not to but because it’s not my way of thinking, sorry.”

She and the boys father Terry Odhiambo have since had a change of heart appearing on ITV on Monday, saying they don’t think that there’s ever an “overreaction when it comes to racism”.

They also said they’ve had to move from their home in Sweden, and haven’t been able to live a normal life since the controversy started.

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