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Name: Jay-Z                                                                       
Birth name: Shawn Corey Carter                                                   
Born: 4 December 1969 Brooklyn, New York City                                     
Shawn Corey Carter (born December 4, 1969) better known by his stage name Jay-Z, 
is an American rapper and former president and CEO of Def Jam Recordings and     
Roc-A-Fella Records. In addition, he co-owns The 40/40 Club and the New Jersey   
Nets NBA team. He is one of the most financially successful hip-hop artists and   
entrepreneurs in America. Known for his flow and blending of street and           
popular style, he can compose lyrics without the use of pen and paper. His       
critically acclaimed album The Blueprint was allegedly written in only two days. 
After announcing his retirement from recording music in 2003, he returned in     
late 2006 with the album Kingdom Come which sold 680,000 copies in its first     
week, Jay-Z's highest-selling album in a one-week period.                         
Along with Damon "Dame" Dash and Kareem "Biggs" Burke, Jay-Z was one of the       
founders of Roc-A-Fella Records, a hip hop record label. Jay-Z is the richest     
hip hop Entertainer (followed by 50 Cent), having a net-worth estimate of $600   
It was announced on 2nd February 2008 that Jay Z will headline this year's       
Glastonbury Festival.