Showbiz Sandbox 101: How Jay-Z Went From Street Corner To Corner Office

Starting out on the streets of Brooklyn, New York as a drug dealer in the late 1980s, hip-hop star Jay-Z has transformed himself into a recognizable brand encompassing music, clothing, restaurants, nightclubs and an NBA basketball team. Our guest this week is Forbes staff writer Zack O’Malley Greenburg who tells the improbable story of how Jay-Z rose to the top of the business world in his new book, “Empire State of Mind: How Jay-Z Went from Street Corner to Corner Office“.

Another brand that has proven their business acumen is home video subscription service Netflix. The company, which reported record first quarter numbers this past week, soon will have a number of competitors, including the likes of YouTube, DirecTV and Comcast.

Maybe Vin Diesel can turn himself into a mega-brand, proving he can still open a film on a global scale with “Fast Five”, the fifth installment in the “The Fast and The Furious” franchise. The film earned mega-bucks this past weekend, despite being up against the summer blockbuster “Thor” in international territories.

We also give you a run down of all the top entertainment headlines from the past week, including Paula Abdul’s new gig, the merger of two big Hollywood trade unions and how Roger Ebert finally got published in the New Yorker.


“Fast Five” Races To Front Of Pack, Ignites Summer Ticket Sales

Royal Wedding Sets A Web Streaming Record

23 Million Watch Royal Wedding In U.S.

TimeWarner CEO Extends Olive Branch To Netflix, Theater Operators

Youtube To Challenge Apple With New Movies-On-Demand Service—hooray-says-hollywood-26788

Netflix Fast Growth Continues In First Quarter

Netflix: We’re A Friend, Not An Enemy, To Cable Networks

Survey Says: DirecTV Could Compete With Netflix Online

Comcast Is Making VOD More Like Live TV

Vevo Goes International, Now In The U.K.

NCIS Creator Don Bellisario Sues CBS Over Spinoff NCIS Los Angeles

Parker Series to Continue At Penguin With New Writers

Simon Cowell Says Paula Abdul and Cheryl Cole Will Join X-Factor

Jennifer Lopez and Simon Fuller to Launch Latin Music Talent Search

Sony Admits Major Security Breach

Superman Renounces His U.S. Citizenship

Jeremy Renner Producing The New Steve McQueen Biopic

Riche Sambora To Miss Bon Jovi Tour

SAG National Board Unanimously Moves Toward Merger With AFTRA

Chuck Lorre Hatches “Two and a Half Men” Reboot Without Sheen

Roger Ebert Wins New Yorker Cartoon Caption Contest