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Celebrity Gossip Heard All Over The Web

Jay Z Buys Ace of Spades Champagne Brand

Pour it up, pour it up! It has been announced that Jay Z has purchased the Armand de Brignac (aka”Ace of Spades“) champagne brand!

According to Billboard, the rapper and entrepreneur acquired the brand from New York-based Sovereign Brands, which announced the sale in a statement this week. “We are proud to announce that Sovereign Brands, a New York-based wine and spirits company owned by the Berish family, has sold its interest in the Armand de Brignac (‘Ace of Spades’) Champagne brand to a new company led by the globally-renowned Shawn ‘Jay Z’ Carter,” the company said in a statement.

A bottle of Ace of Spades can go for $300 at its lowest but can go as high as $200,000, for actual 30-liter bottles made of gold!

Though the terms of the deal and Jay’s company name weren’t disclosed, a spokesperson for Sovereign told the New York Times in an emailed statement that the Brooklyn native “made us an offer we simply couldn’t refuse.”

I respect Jay’s hustle so much.  I can’t say I’ll be popping any Ace of Spades bottles anytime soon, but I’m sure a bunch of his celebrity friends will! Congrats to him on this new venture!

Image via Dave M. Benett/Getty Images

Karrueche Tran Talks About New Clothing Line and Working with Chris Brown

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2012 was a rough year for Karrueche Tran, what with her being put in the middle of a very public love triangle  Chris Brown and Rihanna. However, it seems like the girl is determined to make 2013 better, moving onward and upward! In an exclusive interview with VIBE, she spoke openly about her new clothing line, her modeling, and about what it’s like working with Chris now!

ON HER UPCOMING CLOTHING LINE “THE KILL”: 

“Chris wanted to do a female line for his men’s line [“Black Pyramid”]. So he asked me to take over and “The Kill” was gonna be a women’s only line but it’s actually unisex.When I first started, I pretty much thought of the name. Then from there, we started making very basic sample t-shirts, hats, beanies and socks. That’s what a lot of people saw online and on Instagram. They saw certain people wearing it, so it created this really big buzz in our very first stages. We got a little bit ahead of ourselves and we wanted to do this really awesome launch on 12/12/12, but we kinda had to slow it down ‘cause things weren’t 100% completely done. That’s why we waited.”

ON WORKING WITH CHRIS FOR THE LINE AND THEIR FRIENDSHIP:

“He completely trusts me with this line. He’s seen my designs and he loves everything so far. He definitely has my back and pushes us forward as well. At the end of the day, he will always be a friend. We’ll always care about each other. We won’t allow that to interfere. Our business is business.”

ON BEING LABELED A MODEL:

“I never was an official model. I always tell people I’m not a model but I’ve done modeling. Now I’m signed with a commercial agency, so hopefully that is going to pick up but before I was just doing favors for friends who needed somebody for their lookbook.”

WILL SHE, CHRIS, AND RIHANNA WILL EVER SIT DOWN AND TALK THINGS THROUGH?

“For everybody, emotionally, that would just be way too much. I’m a very mature person so if the time ever did come where we would need to sit down and talk, I’d do it. I’m a mature person. I can work it out but that would be a lot. (Pause) Yeah, it would be a lot.”

Image via VIBE