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Kanye West, Jay-Z and Rihanna.
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Jay-Z performed to a jam-packed Madison Square Garden on Friday night for his benefit concert to support the New York Police and Fire Widows and Children's Benefit Fund.

Tickets for the concert were $50 and sold out in minutes. The crowd, as described by music journalist Touré on his Twitter, was a mix of "'hood, prep, white, black, working class, trust fund rich."

Concertgoers got more than their money's worth: Jay-Z brought hip-hop's biggest stars with him on stage, including his wife Beyonce, Mary J. Blige, Kanye West, Diddy, Pharrell, Santigold, and Kid Cudi.
Casting call hopeful, Ruth.
photo by Talaya Centeno
At Tuesday's open casting call for extras for "Sex and the City 2," a cross section of New Yorkers vied for the chance to share the big screen -- albeit a very small part of it -- with Carrie Bradshaw and the gang.

Knowing the four fashionable ladies wouldn't mingle with anyone less than the best-dressed, hopefuls pulled out their most notable outfits in their efforts to woo casting directors. An assortment of tight spandex dresses, oversize designer handbags, and various Italian labels paraded around a full Manhattan block toward the Metropolitan Pavillion.

As they marched along, WWD asked a few about their look for the big audition, and what role they'd be best suited for.

Soul Cycle in Bridgehampton.
Unlike hard-charging spin classes with thumping techno music and barking instructors, SoulCycle classes are conducted by candlelight and combine yoga and meditation techniques with fat-incinerating spin workouts that provide upper and lower body toning. "It's making exercise joyful," says Julie Rice, who founded SoulCycle three years ago with former real estate agent Elizabeth Cutler.

Frequent visitors to the Upper West Side and Bridgehampton locations include Chelsea Clinton, Tiki Barber, Brooke Shields and Katie Lee Joel -- even Bill Clinton has swung by as part of a fundraiser at the studio during Sen. Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign.

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