Star Scoop: Billboard Not Buying Jay-Z, Rolling Stones Rule Concert Tours, ‘Independence Day 2’ Set for 2015

By  June 21, 2013

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Jay-Z may have already sold 1 million copies of his 13th disc, Magna Carta Holy Grail to the folks at Samsung, but Billboard isn’t buying in to his way of topping the charts. Editor Bill Werde wrote a letter confirming that the units purchased by Samsung, that will in turn be available for free download by customers, will not count on album charts. “Learning about Jay-Z’s enormous and admirable ambition two weeks ago simply didn’t leave time for this,” Werde wrote about potentially considering such sales in the future. “But rest assured, Billboard will find the right balance and metric to chart brand-driven album distribution just as we’ve found the right metrics for everything from the 78s that played on your grandparents’ Victrola to your mom and dad’s 8-track to your kid’s fascination with the new Miley Cyrus video on Vevo.” That definitely doesn’t mean Mr. Carter won’t hit number one: Magna Carta is already projected to sell 400,000+ units its first week. [Billboard]

Taylor Swift may have dominated tour sales last week, but a band years her senior ascended to the top this week: The Rolling Stones. The band grossed $8.2 million with ticket prices averaging $358.97, beating out Swift by $6.5 million. Due to her June 3 appearance at the band’s Chicago show, we’re sure any competition is relegated to the charts. [Huffington Post]

It’s been almost twenty years since Will Smith was catapulted to superstardom with the 1996 blockbuster Independence Day. Now, the Oscar-nominated actor is preparing to save the world from an intergalactic invasion, again. Fox announced that Independence Day 2 will be arriving in theaters on July 3, 2015, right in time for Fourth of July weekend. [Deadline]

Justin Timberlake has his 20/20 vision set on this weekend’s BET Awards. The pre-Legends of the Summer performance will broadcast live from The Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles where former American Idol colleagues Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj are also slated to perform… but considering their tense history, probably not together. [MTV]

On August 16, one of the most-anticipated films of 2013, Jobs, will debut. And today, we finally have a trailer. Get a peak at Ashton Kutcher as the Apple visionary who sparked a technological revolution, nearly lost it all, then regained his place back at the head of one of the biggest computer companies in the world. Just don’t say anything bad about typeface. [YouTube]