Rap superstar Jay Z and rockers No Doubt have been tapped to headline the 2014 Global Citizen Festival.
The free concert will take place on 27 September (14) in New York City's Central Park and will be hosted by officials at the Global Poverty Project (GPP), which aims to end extreme world poverty by 2030.
A statement from Jay Z reads, "Change only takes place when and where there is action. I'm joining the 2014 Global Citizen Festival because I believe through actions, whether it be by raising awareness, getting involved or educating ourselves, the goal to end extreme poverty by 2030 is possible."
No Doubt's Tony Kanal adds to RollingStone.com, "Global Citizen will be the first show No Doubt has played together in two years. It's a great way to get us back on stage. It was such an honour to be asked to play this particular concert. It's unacceptable that over one billion people live in extreme poverty, and it's got a pretty eclectic line-up, which reflects the event's true spirit of diversity."
The hitmakers will be joined by pop stars fun., country singer Carrie Underwood, hip-hop group The Roots and dance DJ Tiesto. Tiesto says, "It's going to be an amazing show in one of the most unique venues in the world."
Superstar Beyonce has been giving back to her childhood community in Houston, Texas by donating $7 million (£4.12 million) over the years to help the homeless and feed the poor.
The Irreplaceable hitmaker and her family were regulars at the St. Johns Downtown church when she was growing up and Beyonce is known to return to the place of worship whenever she is in the city.
Her longtime pastor, Reverend Rudy Rasmus, reveals she has continued to keep the people of her hometown in her thoughts by making generous donations to his church to aid those less fortunate.
Reverend Rasmus, who presided over Beyonce's 2008 wedding to rapper Jay Z, says, "She has a global platform and is doing some amazing work and I'm glad she's a friend of mine... "She's an incredible human being. Has an incredible heart and has been extremely helpful in our mission and our ministry here."
Beyonce is no stranger to charitable causes - the singer founded the BeyGood campaign to encourage fans to aid those in need, while she has also backed the female empowerment moves Chime for Change and Ban Bossy.
Singer Solange Knowles is adamant there is no ill feeling over her infamous elevator bust-up with her rapper brother-in-law Jay Z, insisting: "We are all good."
The pair hit headlines in May (14) when surveillance footage emerged showing Knowles lashing out at her sister Beyonce's husband as they left a party at a New York hotel.
Halo hitmaker Beyonce later issued a statement insisting her husband and sister "each assume their share of responsibility for what has occurred", and now Solange has spoken out to reveal the famous family has moved on from the scandal.
She tells Lucky magazine, "What's important is that my family and I are all good. What we had to say collectively was in the statement that we put out, and we all feel at peace with that."
R&B singer Mya felt compelled to speak out and slam rumours of a long-running affair with Beyonce's rapper husband Jay Z after receiving a number of death threats from the hip-hop supercouple's die-hard fans, according to her manager.
The Lady Marmalade hitmaker found herself at the centre of cheating allegations at the end of last month (Jun14) after a blind gossip item posted on MediaTakeOut.com hinted that she had been Jay Z's mistress for the past 11 years.
One fan asked Mya about the accusations directly via Instagram.com on Thursday (03Jul14), prompting her to respond, "Never did, never was, never will (have an affair with Jay Z)."
She went on to insist she has "too much" respect for herself and the institution of marriage to embark on an affair with a married man. Now Mya's manager, Mike Killmon, has revealed the R&B star wanted to silence the salacious rumours publicly because she had become the victim of multiple death threats.
Killmon tells the New York Daily News, "At first it (the rumour) was just ridiculous, but then some die-hard (Beyonce and Jay Z) fans start (sic) making threats. She really couldn't care less about the rumours, but she wanted to set the record straight when the after-effects started to become troublesome."
Jay Z and Beyonce started dating in 2002 and wed in 2008. Speculation about the status of their marriage began surfacing in May (14) after surveillance footage of Beyonce's sister Solange Knowles attacking Jay Z in a New York elevator emerged online.
A joint statement released after the "unfortunate incident" claimed the hip-hop mogul and his sister-in-law had "apologized to each other" and "worked through" their disagreement, although it failed to mention what the argument had been about.
R&B star Mya has slammed rumours suggesting she and rapper Jay Z have been secretly dating behind Beyonce's back, blaming gossip-hungry bloggers for spreading the false speculation. The Lady Marmalade hitmaker found herself at the centre of cheating allegations this week (begs30Jun14) after a blind item posted on MediaTakeOut.com hinted that she has been Jay Z's mistress for 11 years.
The online report didn't refer to Mya by name, but described the woman as a "very short-named R&B singer who hasn't had a hit in awhile", and went on to state: "She basically lives off the generosity of Jay Z and a couple of other guys".
One fan asked Mya about the accusations directly via Instagram.com on Thursday (03Jul14), and the singer, who collaborated with the 99 Problems rapper on her 2000 song Best of Me (Part 2), responded, writing, "Never did, never was, never will (have an affair with Jay Z).
"Illegitimate, thirsty sources with no facts and that's the 'media' for you-especially today. I play second to no one, pay my own bills, have my own label, own management company, rely on God only and respect myself & marriage too much for nonsense.
"False rumors are crafted for ratings & numbers. And miserable, unhappy people need someone to judge to deter the attention away from their own misery and feel better about their miserable lives. If they did it to Jesus, they'll do it to anyone. God bless."
Jay Z and Beyonce have been dating since 2002 and wed in 2008. Speculation about the status of their marriage began surfacing in May (14) after surveillance footage of Beyonce's sister Solange Knowles attacking Jay Z in a New York elevator emerged online.
A joint statement released after the "unfortunate incident" claimed the hip-hop mogul and his sister-in-law had "apologized to each other", although it failed to mention what the argument had been about.
R. Kelly sidestepped a question about his daughter's recent decision to 'come out' as transgender when asked about the news during an interview.
The I Believe I Can Fly hitmaker's youngest girl Jaya, 13, made the announcement on Facebook.com earlier this month (Jun14), revealing she is now going by the name Jay Kelly after identifying as a male since the age of six.
The singer was asked directly about his child's decision by a DJ at a radio station in Chicago, Illinois on Monday (23Jun14) but failed to give a straight answer.
When the WGCI-FM journalist broached the subject, he replied, "You don't really wanna open it (the talk) up by saying my daughter is becoming my son, because if that were true... don't even give the blogs that kind of credit. You know what I'm saying? Real talk."
"As far as that's concerned, always believe what you see... with your own eyes that is. Always believe what you see. That's the best way to go about this business. I've heard a lot of things about a lot of people, and it was never true."
Kelly has two other children with his ex-wife Andrea.
U.S. broadcaster Katie Couric is a married woman after tying the knot on Saturday (21Jun14). The 57-year-old TV star wed financier John Molner in an intimate ceremony in East Hampton, New York in front of 50 guests.
Before the nuptials, Couric told People.com, "We wanted to keep the wedding just very low-key. This is not my first rodeo so I didn't want to go too crazy and neither did John."
The pair began dating in 2012. It is Couric's second marriage - her first husband Jay Monahan passed away in 1998.
Couric, who has two daughters of her own, is now stepmother to Molner's son and daughter.
Kanye West has sparked rumours he is feuding with Jay Z after he dropped the rapper's name from lyrics in his songs during a recent concert. The Stronger hitmaker invited Jay Z and wife Beyonce to his wedding in Italy last month (May14), but the superstar couple opted to spend the weekend in the Hamptons, New York with their daughter, Blue Ivy, instead.
Now rumours are circulating the two may be feuding after West dropped Jay Z's name from several song lyrics during his performance at the X Games in Austin, Texas this past weekend (07-08Jun14). According to reports, West omitted the 99 Problems hitmaker from his track Cold, which normally reads, "Lucky I ain't had Jay drop him from the team," and references his new bride's ex-husband Kris Humphries.
He then switched up the lyrics on Blood on the Leaves, in which he usually raps, "I don't give a damn if you used to talk to Jay Z/He ain't with you, he with Beyonce, you need to stop actin' lazy," to just, "You need to stop actin' crazy". And he also reportedly left out his moniker on Touch the Sky.
Following the concert, a fan commented about the omissions, writing, "First time he (skipped Jay Z's name), I (thought), 'Ehh that's odd, maybe he's just letting the crowd finish it whatever.' Then (Kanye) skipped his name again... Definitely obvious and intentional."
Meanwhile, Kanye's new mother-in-law, Kris Jenner, has spoken out about Beyonce and Jay Z's absence from the wedding, saying, "There was so much commotion and excitement, I never really gave that a second thought. "If you had been there, you would have thought that was the last thing on anyone's mind. (I) just assumed they were working."
"There was so much commotion and excitement, I never really gave that a second thought. If you had been there you would have thought that was the last thing on anyone's mind... (I) just assumed they were working." Kim Kardashian's mum Kris Jenner insists Beyonce and Jay Z's no show at her daughter's wedding to rapper Kanye West in Europe last month (May14) was not a big deal. The notoriously-private hip-hop supercouple stayed in the U.S. and instead vacationed in the Hamptons in New York.
Pop superstar Beyonce put on a show of unity with her sister Solange Knowles at a charity event in New York City on Tuesday night (03Jun14) just weeks after her headline-grabbing elevator fight with Jay Z. The Irreplaceable hitmaker appeared alongside her sister at the Chime for Change anniversary party in Manhattan.
The pair posed for pictures, hugging and smiling, in their first public appearance together since Solange's now notorious elevator bust-up with Beyonce's husband. Beyonce, who has been an advocate for the Gucci charity campaign since its inception last year (13), also made an impression at the event by announcing plans to donate $500,000 (£312,500) to the cause, according to WWD.com.
Chime for Change promotes education, health and justice for women worldwide.