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Jay Z drops the hyphen from his name

London, PTI | Updated : 20 July 2013, 02:04 PM

Jay-Z is now Jay Z. The musician has reportedly dropped the hyphen from his name.

Jay Z -- real name Shawn Carter --has caused a flutter on social networking sites with the end of punctuation in his name as fans and journalists joined in to discuss the change.

The 'Holy Grail' rapper's representatives have reportedly asked journalists to spell his name 'Jay Z' from now on, reported Contactmusic.

"Breaking: Jay Z has dropped the hyphen from his name, according to his label. I am not kidding. (Wish I was.)," tweeted Billboard.com editor Joe Levy breaking the news.

The hyphen apparently disappeared around 2011 when the 43-year-old rapper released 'Watch the Throne' with Kanye West. It has not been used on iTunes since then.

It continues to appear on his album artwork, including the recently released 'Magna Carta... Holy Grail'.

While some Twitter users were against the change, others said their did not care about it.

"I refuse to comply with the new Jay-Z no-more-hyphen law. (sic)," one fan tweeted.

The others wondered why Jay Z had bothered to change his name at all.

One blogger Braden Graeber pointed out that 'Jay-Z' cannot be used in a Twitter hashtag due to the punctuation, whereas 'Jay Z' can.

No news on what prompted the change.

First Published: Saturday, July 20, 2013 02:00 PM
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