The rapper formerly known as Jay-Z wants to be called Jay Z now. No hypen.
According to Billboard editor Joe Levy, Jay Z has dropped the hyphen from his name officially.
“Breaking: Jay Z has dropped the hyphen from his name, according to his label. I am not kidding. (Wish I was.) Copy editors: take note,” Levy tweeted yesterday.
Reportedly Billboard has already begun to adopt the presumed new stage name in its write-ups of him. Interestingly, his name is already spelled without the hyphen on iTunes, this includes his new album Magna Carta Holy Grail, so it’s probably not a big deal to make it official.
Meanwhile, Jay Z and Justin Timberlake seem to be having a great time in their Legends of the Summer kick off concert in Toronto. A packed house overflowing with 45,000 helped the pair start the tour.
Fans of Jay Z and Timberlake thought the show was not awkward without up-staging each other, only camaraderie and two performers giving their all for the audience.
“The two-and-a-half-hour set was smooth and fun and playful and didn’t have that air of my-turn, your-turn. It just seemed natural, almost off the cuff in places, which can happen when a guy can rap and a guy can sing,” MTV reports.
“You are making us feel right at home,” Jay Z soon told the fans. “We appreciate all your love. But I still think we’re at a seven. We can’t leave here with it being a seven at the official start of the tour. We gotta turn it all the way up, not to 10, not to 20, not to 30, 40, 50, turn it all the way up to 99,” be concluded, providing the segue into an incendiary version of “99 Problems.”
So what does this change in terms of the dropped hyphen, not much, just publishers being careful not to put in there when writing Jay Z.
Breaking: Jay Z has dropped the hyphen from his name, according to his label. I am not kidding. (Wish I was.) Copy editors: take note.
— Joe Levy (@RealJoeLevy) July 18, 2013
What do you think of the announcement that Jay-Z is now just Jay Z, without the hyphen? Silly?