The first weekend of 2014 has come and gone, and plenty went down to kick off the new year. Jay-Z had the city buzzing like never before Saturday night, with thousands of people lined up in the bitter Carolina cold to fill Time Warner Arena nearly an hour before show time. After the show, Label Nightclub hosted the official afterparty, as Jay, Beyonce, and a host of celebrities filled the VIP of the hottest spot in the city. While other artists have come to Charlotte and performed in the past, no one has brought people from ALL backgrounds and ages together in one arena like Jay did Saturday night. No one.

S/O to Jarvis at Charlotte Magazine for this recap as well.

Other stories that caught our eye this weekend around the Web:

Speaking of music, Is “Old Man Music” really better than what comes out today? This post gives 8 reasons why your parents might have been right.

The U.S Census released the list of the Top 25 Cities with highest HIV Rates. The state of Florida is taking over, with 3 of the top 10(Miami #1, Jacksonville #3, Orlando #8), and 6 of this year’s top 25. In case you were wondering, Charlotte landed at 18 on this list.

Former Boxing champ Evander Holyfield thinks that being gay is like being handicap, and a doctor can “fix it.”

The Panthers found out last night they will host the San Francisco 49ers Sunday at 1pm in the NFC Divisional Round. ESPN thinks the Niners are the best team in football right now.

I guess the Republican Party might still be mad at Charlotte for 2012. They won’t be bringing their convention here in 2016.

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