As Jay Z rolls in the UAE, we cover huge his career so far in numbers and stats
Time Out staff
Dates on Jay’s ‘Magna Carter’ world tour, which comes to Abu Dhabi on Friday November 1. The UK was his first port of call, presumably because it’s the home of the actual Magna Carta.
Months since the artist formerly known as Jay-Z officially dropped the hyphen from his name. The Jay and the Z are now separate entities, which has saved us a bit of ink money. Thanks Jay!
Seconds of ‘Wonderwall’ he performed at Glastonbury in 2008, crushing hip hop sceptic Noel Gallagher in the process.
Jay Z LP that has topped the UK charts – this year’s ‘Magna Carta Holy Grail’. Oasis have had seven UK Number One albums. Just saying…
Hours in New York was all it took for Rita Ora to be signed by Jay Z’s Roc Nation company. It manages more of the biggest in the biz too, including MIA, Rihanna, and recently Haim.
Digits needed to perform Jay’s signature ‘diamond’ hand gesture. Interestingly, former WWE wrestler Diamond Dallas Page trademarked the move in the ’90s and received a payout from Jay after threatening to sue.
Different types of ladies – from the ‘Spanish chica’ to the ‘stewardess’ – that Jay pays tribute to in 2001’s ‘Girls Girls Girls’.
Reportedly earned by Jay and Kanye for performing at a private sixteenth birthday in Dubai.
Is the magic number when it comes to Jay’s albums. His ‘Vol 3... Life and Times of S Carter’ was a gem.
Swarovski crystals were used to adorn a porcelain bathtub given to the rapper’s baby daughter Blue Ivy. She also has a $16,000 high chair to sit on. Sitting pretty, indeed.
Hours he spent lip-synching new song ‘Picasso Baby’ on loop in a NYC gallery, as part of a Marina Abramovic-inspired performance art piece. Attendees included Pablo’s granddaughter, Diana Widmaier Picasso.
Was the cost of a Roc-A-Wear T-shirt sporting the slogan ‘Occupy All Streets’ that went on sale in 2011. How much of that went to the Occupy movement? $0.
Years since Jay was selling music out of his car. He went on to set up Roc-A-Fella and recently became a fully accredited sports agent. As he says: ‘I’m not a businessman… I’m a business, man.’
Times Jay urged Miley Cyrus to twerk on recent track ‘Somewhere In America’. Who knew she’d actually go and do it, or pick Robin Thicke as her gross twerkee?
Was the position ‘Empire State of Mind’ came in Time Out New York’s ‘100 Best NYC Songs’ list. Start spreading the news, Frank Sinatra’s finally been usurped.