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2008 JAY-Z

 

“Put us up against anything, and we'll win our fair share of battles."  --Jay-Z on his and Steve Stoute's talent at targeting the coveted hip-hop demo.

 

Claim to fame:  Hip-hop mogul

 

While Hov didn’t release much music, the busy mogul’s year reads like one long agenda.

 

 

Feb

--Sealed partnership with longtime business associate Steve Stoute to launch Translation Advertising.

 

April

-- Closed deal with concert-promotions giant Live Nation for $150 million. The deal will provide money for a host of business ventures, which are expected to include a label, music publishing, talent consulting and management services. 

-- Married long-time boo, Beyonce.

 

June

Performed for 100,000 fans at the Glastonbury Festival in the face of Oasis leader Noel Gallagher. "It was a historic night for Glastonbury and for myself. It's the first time a hip-hop act had headlined. It was one of those nervous moments right before I went on, and I haven't had that feeling in a long time. In front of [100,000] people, it was this great thing."

 

October

-- Scheduled free shows in Detroit and Miami for the Obama campaign to promote voter registration

 

December 

-- Received six Grammy nods.

-- Confirmed that The Blueprint 3 is coming out in 2009.

 

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