Michael Stipe is 'thrilled' Jay-Z used REM lyrics on 'Magna Carta Holy Grail'

Rapper took lyrics from 'Losing My Religion' on new song 'Heaven'

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Michael Stipe of R.E.M has told NME that he is "thrilled" that Jay-Z chose to include lyrics by his band on his latest album 'Magna Carta Holy Grail'.

Speaking to NME as part of this week's cover feature on the US rapper, Stipe discussed his relationship with Jay-Z and his reaction to words from his song 'Losing My Religion' appearing on his new song 'Heaven'.

"I've known Jay for a long time, he's super cool, super grounded, super smart and super talented," says Stipe in the magazine, available digitally and on newsstands from today (July 17). "I've always had the deepest respect for him, and his music and choices. We're thrilled (for our lyrics) to be included, it's a really great honour."

Other artists and music industry insiders interviewed as part of this week's cover feature include Tinie Tempah, Rita Ora and Wiley.

Jay-Z went straight to Number One in the UK with 'Magna Carta Holy Grail' last weekend. In its week of release, the rapper's 12th studio album 'Magna Carta Holy Grail' knocked Mumford and Sons' 'Babel' off the top spot. Jay-Z's previous career best on the Official Albums Chart was a Number Four peak for 'Blueprint III' in 2009. His joint effort with Kanye West, 'Watch The Throne', climbed a place higher than that in 2011.

The rapper also took over London's Wireless Festival at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park this past weekend (July 12-14) appearing three times, including the first ever performance of his Legends Of The Summer joint show with Justin Timberlake.

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