It’s nice to see the modest and often-misused hyphen making headline news.
Yesterday, the Mirror explained that “the US rapper has dropped the hyphen from his title and is teasing us with some CAPS LOCK action.”
The BBC screamed from its red-topped roofs: “JAY Z changes spelling of his name”
“A source has confirmed that the hyphen has been dropped and that it is now ‘all capital letters’.”
Billboard editor Joe Levy tweeted: “JAY Z has dropped the hyphen from his name, according to his label. I am not kidding. (Wish I was.) Copy editors: take note.”
With this spelling change, JAY Z leaves the ranks of a distinguished list of mononymous celebrity artists, past and present. Here are some of those he has left behind: