Queen B and Jay Z: A Love Story Behind the Stage

You’ve heard it before, Beyoncé and Jay-Z are THE power couple of Hollywood and there’s a good reason why. Beyoncé, also known as “Queen B,” is an incredible success story of her own. Combine her talent with that of Jay-Z, and you have yourself an exceptional duo.

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Aside from being artistic allies, Bey and Jay have also been crazy in love for almost two decades. They’ve had their ups and downs, but in the end, have stuck with each other, for better or for worse. Today, you’ll discover secrets of their relationship you never knew.

How They Met

After 20 years, Beyoncé and Jay-Z are still googly-eyed for each other and altogether inseparable. Acknowledged as music’s legendary power-couple, Queen B and rapper Jay Z were already well-established individuals when they first crossed paths at the MTV 2000 Spring Break festival in Cancun, Mexico.

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Though their eyes caught instantly, the couple didn’t start dating until two years later. At the time, Beyoncé was taken by her first boyfriend, Lyndall Locke. Despite this, she occasionally dialed up Jay Z for a friendly chat, which was later said to be the building block of their relationship.

Keeping It on the DL

When they dropped their first hot single Bonnie & Clyde, people started suspecting that the romantic parts they were “acting” in the music video were more than just a performance. This in fact was later confirmed to be around the time they started dating each other.

Jay Z has his arm wrapped around Beyonce in a still from the Bonnie & Clyde music video.
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Once their hit Crazy in Love was released, speculations rose higher, and fans were sure the artists were actually in love. In an interview, Jay Z denied dating the diva. No one bought it. They were spotted many times together at various events, but their lips were still sealed.

Coming Out as a Couple

In 2004, Jay Z and Bey showed up to the VMA’s arm in arm, confirming that the dating rumors were true. They could no longer hide their obvious romantic relationship. It was a magical moment to remember, but their outfits were a little less sexy.

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We went googly-eyed when we saw Jay Z feature on Beyoncé’s Deja-Vu and Upgrade U singles. Just when the music had us thinking the couple was going somewhere, Jay Z rapped, “I don’t think it’s meant to be, B, but she loves her work more than she does me.” Couple trouble?

A Breakup? Already?

Convinced they’d last forever; fans were devastated when they witnessed a not-so-sexy break between Beyoncé and Jay Z in 2005. The Hollywood stars sadly only lasted a year steady. Fans seared with curiosity, wondering what could possibly come between such a perfect couple?

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The cause behind split was never confirmed, but a source revealed it as a result of rumors saying Jay Z allegedly cheated on his love, Beyoncé. With who? Rihanna! Additional sources claimed it was because Beyonce was too focused on her career. Thankfully, they eventually got back together.

Jay Z: A Jealous Boyfriend?

Legend has it, in 2003, Sean Paul and Jay Z had beef over Queen B when the Jamaican-born icon collaborated with her on Baby Boy. This mega-hit ranked the top single on the Billboard chart for a whopping nine weeks! No wonder the boyfriend was jealous…

Beyonce Knowles and Sean Paul during their guest appearance on MTV.
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The outstanding solo was responsible for both Beyoncé and Sean’s early success. Rumors circulated of a romance between them. Some say Bey dated Sean on one of her breaks from Jay Z. Later, Sean revealed Jay Z was jealous and has a problem with him to this day.

Beyonce: A Territorial?

Following a 2019 NBA game between the Golden State Warriors and the Toronto Raptors, the internet was buzzing as a result of Bey acting very awkward. At a courtside appearance of Game 3 of the Finals, photos were taken of her making rather questionable faces.

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Cameras showed the couple sitting next to the owner of the Warriors, with his beautiful brunette wife, Nicole. At first, they offered polite smiles and waves, but when Nicole leaned in to speak with Jay Z, with Beyoncé in between, it seemed The Queen wasn’t so pleased.

The Engagement

A year following their 2005 breakup, Beyoncé and Jay Z walked the red carpet as an officially engaged couple. Sources say Jay Z was worried about Bey’s workaholic tendencies, so he took it to the next level by proposing to his Queen with a 5-carat diamond ring.

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The extravagant sparkler is emerald cut, held in place with shiny prongs that are set in a pave split shank setting. The band itself is made of platinum, which is kind of unusual yet an altogether fitting metal for the award-winning artist.

The Unconventional Wedding

Striving to keep their private life well, private, in 2008, Beyoncé and Jay Z held a top-secret, glamorous wedding ceremony at his fancy apartment in New York. Only 40 guests were invited and they were all asked to abide by a “no recording devices” rule.

Beyonce and Jay Z walk down the aisle after their ceremony.
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Conforming to their unconventional rites, the couple didn’t execute usual wedding traditions. Bey and Jay used mysterious art to tie the knot. Beyoncé’s mom made the wedding dress and a source told People, “It was a very emotional wedding-lots of crying and really very spiritual…”

What About the Wedding Band?!

All kept under the radar, Beyoncé and her hubby-to-be exchanged something odd and unexpected at their modest wedding ceremony. Instead of wedding bands, Bey and Jay got matching tattoos on their ring fingers of the number 4, famed as their lucky couple number.

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In November 2008, Beyoncé confirmed that she wanted to forego an engagement ring. “People put too much emphasis on that. It’s just material and it’s just silly to me. What Jay and I have is real. We’ve been together a long time. We always knew it would happen.”

Renewing Vows in 2018

Singing forever young at the On the Run Tour II in Wales, Bey and Jay shared footage of their intimate vow-renewal ceremony on screens overhead. The shots displayed an over-the-top celebration of their 10th anniversary celebrated in 2018. In the clip we see the dress, the guests and more.

Jay Z, Beyonce, and their children during their vow renewal.
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We later witnessed two babies in the foreground – Rumi and Sir. In addition, Beyonce’s mom Tina Knowles was standing in the middle while a blonde Solange was at her rear.

The Event & the Dress

We thought we sighted a fantasy when Beyoncé and her hubby renewed their vows. The event was breath-taking and rumored to cost more than Kim and Kanye’s wedding. Obviously, the “Queen Bride” wore a spectacular white dress created by Israeli designer Galia Lahav.

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Beyoncé’s Thelma gown flaunts a blush Chantilly lace, Swarovski crystals and pearls decorating the bodice. With a whopping price tag of $12,143, the masterpiece was inspired by former Queen Victoria’s wedding dress. It’s safe to say, Beyonce lived up to her royal reputation.

The First Baby Bump

Beyonce announced her first pregnancy in a very nonchalant way when she walked the red carpet in 2011, sporting a red-orange Lanvin gown. For photos, she cradled her adorable bump under her dress and without saying a word, she seemingly confirmed that she was expecting baby number one.

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Beyonce shared, “I put a lot of thought into how I wanted to unveil it. It was important to me that I was able to do it myself…”

“It was the toughest red carpet I ever did. I decided to say nothing and proudly show my baby bump.”

The Most Famous Baby in The World

Parenting three children, the couple have strange habits with their kids and the media. Eldest daughter, Blue Ivy, 10, has been seen in countless photos over the years. She has lived in the limelight from birth and Time dubbed her “the most famous baby in the world.”

Blue Ivy Carter, Jay Z, and Beyonce embrace during the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards.
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Blue’s vocals were featured on Glory by her daddy, granting her a Guinness World Record for being “the youngest person to have a charted song on any Billboard chart.” She was featured on Beyonce’s single Brown Skin Girl that later followed awards like NAACP and Bet Her.

The Blue Ring

Beyonce’s best gift arrived when Blue Ivy was born, but another ring in addition could never hurt, right? Following the birth of his firstborn in 2012, Jay Z is said to had surprised Wifey B with a dazzling chunky ring.

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Daddy bought this blue ring in honor of their daughter’s name, a tradition where fathers reward the mother after she gives birth to their child. The expensive piece of bling matched Beyonce’s nail polish, creating a dazzling blue show as she made her second public appearance since the birth

The Secret Twins

When mommy Carter released a photo of her baby bump, the world went wild. She posted on Instagram, “We would like to share our love and happiness. We have been blessed two times over. We are incredibly grateful that our family will be growing by two…”

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Named Sir and Rumi Carter, these adorable twins have not been flaunted to the public eye, unlike their older sister, Blue. Now five years old, sightings of the two children are quite rare and it’s unclear why… Maybe to protect them from the blinding lights of fame?

Jay-Z is an Amazing Dad

Beyonce and Jay Z are intentional about treating their kids as individuals and making each one of them feel loved. Jay Z was quoted in a recent interview, “Feeling love is the most important thing a child needs, you know?”

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He continued, “What if my child doesn’t want to be in music or sports? I have no idea, right…? It’s easy for us human beings to want our children to do certain things but we have no idea, we’re just guides.” Looks like Jay Z is a great dad and awesome rapper.

How Covid Affected the Family

When the Corona virus first swept in, the family dynamic of the hip-hop duo changed drastically. From two people usually on the go, Jay Z and his wifey wound up quarantining in their home with the kids. In an interview, Jay Z opened up about what life was like then.

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The rapper quoted, “In the beginning it was time for everyone to sit down and really connect and focus on family and being together and take this time to learn more about each other. Then as it wore on it’s like ok all right what is the new normal?”

Beyonce & the Pandemic

Beyoncé had much to say about the pandemic. Knowing how to keep positive, she shared, “I truly cherish this time with my family, and my new goal is to slow down and shed stressful things from my life…”

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She continued, “I’ve spent a lot of time focusing on building my legacy and representing my culture the best way I know how. Now, I’ve decided to give myself permission to focus on my joy.” Beyonce never ceases to amaze us with her heartfelt words and love for her family.

Beyonce’s Bodyguard Died of Covid-19

Unfortunately, after battling Covid-19, Beyoncé’s longtime bodyguard and personal trainer, Craig Adams, died of the virus. He was like a family member and the Carter/Knowle family was utterly heartbroken over the passing. He was only 67 when he sadly parted from their family.

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Tina Knowles-Lawson, Beyoncé’s mom, quoted on Instagram, “I found out this morning that this amazing human being Craig Adams passed away last night from Covid. This horrible killer disease attacked his organs… and as hard as he fought, he succumbed to the disease last night.”

Their Dates & Hobbies

Beyonce and Jay Z share common interests and hobbies aside from music, some of them usual, while others are quite surprising. The sweet couple especially love to spend time together watching basketball games.

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They have been spotted at countless sporting events, mostly basketball games. We get to see them either getting cozy at courtside or posing in their glamorous outfits. They love New York Knicks games best but have also been seen in LA at NBA events like the All-Star Games.

Beyoncé Raises Bees and Jay is Jealous

We love to call her Queen B, but we never would have guessed that her nickname has total truth to it. Beyonce admitted to Vogue that she makes hundreds of jars of honey a year, saying, “I know it’s random, but I have two beehives. Real ones…”

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As Beyonce was interviewed further, she reported that she has had the beehives in her house for a while and has 80,000 bees from which she makes hundreds of jars of honey a year. She explained, “My daughters both have terrible allergies and honey has healing properties.”

Their Religion

Beyonce is open about her religion and shares that she is a Christian. She was raised by two Christian parents and has stuck to their beliefs to this day. Surprisingly, in recent years, her mother and father have seemed to move from Christianity and looked into scientology.

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Jay Z is even more open than his wife when it comes to his religion and unusual take on spirituality. Rumors have said that he is a member of the secret illuminati organization, but Jay Z claims that he believes in one God.

The Illuminati Conspiracy

Conspiracy theories explained that Beyonce and Jay Z are secret members of the Illuminati, a super-secret society of the intellectual and political elite, that supposedly runs the world. They have been said to be the reigning king and queen of the world’s organizations although they both deny it.

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How did this crazy rumor start? Beyonce’s affiliation with Illuminati stems from her relationship with Jay Z. Conspiracy theorists began to speculate in the 90’s that Jay had help from a higher power. As a result, he became the successful music icon he is today.

Proof it is Not a Conspiracy

Let’s start with the fact that Jay Z’s signature hand sign involves holding both palms up in the shape of a triangle, a possible nod of the Illuminati organization. Single Ladies has also made people think Bey is a member, as the song has secret messages within the lyrics.

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Conspiracy theorists went bonkers when Beyonce flashed the same signature hand triangle during a performance, creating evidence of her allegiance to the Illuminati. Jay and Bey aren’t the only suspected members of the clandestine group. The late Whitney Houston, Justin Bieber and some others also make the list.

Their Best Collabs

Regularly having a hand in each other’s creative projects, there is no doubt that Beyonce and Jay Z are more than just a pretty couple. From Crazy in Love to That’s How You Like it and Déjà vu, this epic couple has created a lot of R&B competition.

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Since their marriage, the stars haven’t stopped to amaze their fans with appearances on each other’s ventures such as, Watch the Throne (“Lift Off”), Magna Carta Holy Grail (“Part II”) and 4:4 (“Family Feud”). The many lyrics they create are usually personal and relationship/family-related.

On the Run II Tour

In summer of 2018, Hollywood’s favorite couple hit the road together for a follow-up of 2014’s On the Run tour. They performed at stadiums across Europe and North America with a 40-plus song setlist. It concluded on October 4th and was a world-wide sensation.

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Following a show in London, the couple released their album collaboration, Everything is Love. The exciting news was announced by a screening of the music video for its lead single, Apeshit. The tour was a major success, bringing in $253.5 million.

Couple Competition

With the 2022 Oscars nominees set to be announced in March, fans are extatically anticipating it like it’s their birthday. Why? The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has shared ten shortlists of potential nominees for the 94th Oscar’s ceremony and Beyonce and Jay Z are on it!

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Bey and Jay could be both nominated for best original song and now instead of being a duo, they’re competing against each other! Beyonce’s hit (written with DIXSON), Alive, appears alongside Jay Z’s Guns Go Bang from The Harder They Fall. This competition will be an epic moment in music history.

Jay Z & Beyoncé’s Favorite Vacation Spots

A very busy couple and family, they deserve an occasional vacation from their overwhelming life. The love birds have been spotted in Thailand, Iceland, Hawaii, Italy, the Dominican Republic and all throughout Africa. Their favorite spot however, is Paris, the city of love.

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Sources have reported the couple is often seen at a two-story penthouse at Hotel Le Maurice, which costs $20,000 per night (but they can afford it, right?). Overlooking the Tuileries Gardens, the suite has a private kitchen, a glass-walled dining room and a breath-taking private open terrace.

Where Do the Billions Come From?

Although Beyonce and Jay Z make an awful lot of bucks doing what they love. They also have a lot of cash flowing in from other sources. Jay Z invests in several companies and start-ups and also has his own champagne brand, Armand de Brignac.

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Lady Beyonce has a modern line of gym wear she calls Ivy Park. She also created and owns a vegan meal delivery service called 22 Days Nutrition. The parents spend most of their money on their kids. Blue received a diamond encrusted doll for her birthday worth $80,000.

Who Picks Their Outfits?

Even early on into their relationship, it was clear that Beyonce and Jay Z were not only musical stars, but also style icons. To this day, the couple seizes every public opportunity to show their love for sharp, coordinated looks and matching ensembles.

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Beyonce has worked closely with stylist Zerina Akers, creating her wardrobe to reflect someone who is thoughtful about the clothing brands she supports. Jay Z is always by her side, finishing up her look with his own apparel. Countless photos prove their lux and almost effortless-looking outfits.

Life is But a Dream

During an interview with Elle, Beyoncé opened up about having several miscarriages with Jay Z before the birth of Blue. In her Life is But a Dream documentary, she shared about a very painful time, making fans very emotional.

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“I was pregnant for the first time and I heard the heartbeat which was the most beautiful music I ever heard in my life. I picked out names. I envisioned what my child would look like… I flew back to New York to get my checkup – and no heartbeat.”

Who Are Their Friends?

When Jay Z and Beyoncé dropped their duo album, Love is Everything, we understood what friendship means to them. Jay Z is known for mentioning his friends in his raps so in their joint album they continued the tradition by making an ode to their long-time friendships called, Friends.

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Jay Z shouts out to people like Ty-Ty Smith, Emory Jones, Jay Brown, Chaka Pilgrim, Lawrence Parker, Desiree Perez, Meek Mill and Kawanna Brown – all good friends of his. Beyonce however has admitted to Oprah that among all the friends that they have, her best- bud is her daughter, Blue.


Being together almost two decades, Beyoncé and Jay Z have had plenty of interesting anniversary celebrations such as their 13th, where they took a trip to Las Vegas on a private jet. Bey received a diamond-encrusted handbag and a coffee featuring a love-heart.

Beyonce and Jay Z on their 13th anniversary.
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So, what did she wear for date night with hubby? Beyoncé wowed us with a tweed blazer and matching pair of micro shorts. She uploaded three photos of herself showing off the ensemble, while propping up her legs and pouting her lips.

Rough Patches in the Marriage

Just like everyone, people make mistakes in their relationships and Jay Z is no exception. Trouble in his and Beyonce’s marriage first became apparent in 2014 after a fight with her sister who violently confronted Jay for supposedly cheating on Bey with Rachael Ray.

Beyonce Knowles and Jay-Z look uncomfortable during an event.
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Divorce rumors began to spread once Beyoncé released her sixth album, Lemonade in 2016. The album featured songs that hinted at Jay Z’s alleged infidelity. Following Beyonce’s masterpiece, her husband also released an album titled 4:44, where he apologized to Queen B for cheating on her.

The Elevator Scandal

In 2014, shocking surveillance footage was leaked, showing Beyoncé’s sister, Solange Knowles attacking Jay Z in the elevator following the Met Ball. At first, no one knew why she attacked him, but it was soon revealed that the fight was about her brother-in-law cheating on her sister.

Solange, Beyonce and Jay Z during 2006 MTV Video Music Awards.
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Feeling shamefaced of his sins, Jay Z released new music where he sang, “I apologize often womanize, took for my child to be born, see through a woman’s eyes, took for these natural twins to believe in miracles, took me too long for this song, I don’t deserve you…”.

Jay Z Finally Confirmed the Cheating Rumors

In an intimate interview with The New York Times, Jay Z exposed his truth and opened up about the emotional reality of hearing Beyoncé record Lemonade. He admitted to cheating on Queen B who used the album to get back at him and show him how she felt.

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Patching things up wasn’t simple but the couple somehow made it work. He said, “We did the hard work of going to therapy and you know we love each other, right? So, we really put in the work. I like to believe we’re in a better place today…”.

Meeting Prince Harry & Meghan Markle

When Meghan Markle and Beyonce officially met, it was like a dream come true for the both of them. They had been on each other’s radars for a while before they met publicly at the London premiere of Disney’s live-action Lion King remake.

Prince Harry and Meghan meet Beyonce and Jay Z at the Lion King premiere.
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In the encounter, we saw Jay Z smiling as his wife and the duchess beamed at each other endearingly and chatted. After that, Prince Harry came up to Beyoncé and Meghan saying, “Hello, You guys are busy…”. When Beyoncé first exchanged looks with Meghan Markle, she reportedly said to the Duchess, “My princess.”

ALL Their Homes

More than able to afford it, the Carters have picked up a handful of incredible real-estate over the years. They own homes in Los Angeles, the Hamptons and New York City. Following the birth of their twins, they moved into an $88 million dollar mansion in Bel Air.

Aerial view of Beyonce and Jay Z’s home in Bel Air.
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Comprising of six structures, this spectacular residence is made from glass, steel, and marbled limestone. The home is custom made with eight bedrooms and eleven bathrooms. The windows are bulletproof for safety. There’s a basketball court, four swimming pools, a spa and a standalone staff quarter.

Tiffany Commercial

Beyoncé and Jay Z starred together in a romantic About Love ad campaign for Tiffany and Co. In the video, we see Bey flaunting a 128.54- karat diamond while singing Moon River and playing gently on the piano. Later, she appears on a plane with a yellow diamond necklace.

Beyonce and Jay Z in the Tiffany and Co. campaign.
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Jay Z records his stunning wife’s performance, while clips of the couple embracing each other appear in the background. Bey and Jay later posed for a campaign photoshoot in matching black outfits that were a perfect backdrop to accentuate the sparkling Tiffany & Co. jewellery.

Their Combined Net Worth

The power couple works hard and plays hard. As a whole, they have a combined net worth of $1.8 billion. Wonder whose portion is bigger? His is worth $1 billion while hers is $500 million. They are the top ten richest celebrity couples in the world.

Jay Z and Beyonce attend the Met Gala.
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They have each sold more than 100 million records, not including the 60 million Bey sold as a part of Destiny’s Child. TIME Magazine listed them as one of the 100 most influential people of 2006.

Glamorous Gifts Exchanged

What’s money worth if you don’t spend it on your loved ones? Jay Z and Beyonce are known for papering each other with expensive gifts. On her 25th birthday, he bought her a $1 million Rolls-Royce convertible. In return, she got him a $2 million Bugatti Veyron for his 41st birthday.

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For Father’s Day, she bought him an epic $40 million private jet, while Jay surprised Beyonce with a $20 million private island for her 29th birthday. The property is located in Florida Keys and confirmed to be 12.5 acres long with a mansion.

Blue Was a Record Breaker Two Days After Birth

After the birth of their first child, Jay Z released the hit Glory via his social networking site. Blue was credited as a contributor, owing to her cries which were featured at the end of his track where Jay raps, “My greatest creation was you.”

Jay Z, Blue Ivy Carter, and Beyonce attend the Grammy Awards.
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It’s safe to say that at just two-days old, Beyoncé and Jay’s now eldest child is the youngest person to ever appear on the Billboard 100. The song was debuted at number 74 on the R&B and hip-hop chart. Success from birth!

Diana Ross is a Big Influence on Bey & Jay

Former Supremes singer, Diana Ross, has played a major role in the growth of this musical duo. Beyoncé shared that Diana is a primary influence on her musical style. Jay Z stated that one of his favorite moments was seeing Ross perform in the rain at a Central Park concert. He has also referenced the star in his lyrics.

Diana Ross and Beyonce Knowles attend an event.
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Why is Diana such an inspiration for Bey and Jay? Ross is a singer and songwriter who courageously parted from her former Supreme sisters to chase a solo music career that went very well. In her track Ain’t No Mountain High Enough she proves her wild talent.

The Royal Taster

All artists have a special someone who gets the honor to take the first peak at their creative masterpieces. As far as Beyoncé is concerned, Jay Z is that person. It’s not really a surprise that the rapper gets to taste the first fruits of her labor.

Beyonce and Jay-Z embrace during a performance on stage.
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Jay Z admitted that Beyoncé had “like 100,000 songs” contending for the track list for her fifth studio album. Beyoncé revealed that 72 tracks were delivered for the record company’s inspection. Jay and Bey make it a habit to deliberate over tracks at home while dancing in their socks.