Jay-Z and R. Kelly Kick of 2004 Tour

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Consumer demand rose to unprecedented heights when fans were treated to a taste of the superstars’ on stage performance together at Jay-Z’s sold-out 2003 Madison Square Garden concert.  The two-month tour will take the pair from Chicago, Illinois dates through November 28th in Phoenix, Arizona.
To coincide with the “The Best of Both Worlds Tour,â€? the duo will release their new album “Unfinished Businessâ€? on October 26.  The album features 11 previously unreleased songs and will feature special packaging including a linitcular cover featuring the artists’ faces.  The album is being released on Jive/Roc-a-fella/Def Jam in the United States and Canada.  It will be available on Jive/BMG everywhere else in the world.
“Unfinished Businessâ€? is launching with the singles; “Big Chipsâ€? and “Don’t Let Me Die.â€? Both singles will be added at radio on October 4th. Jay-Z has released 10 consecutive multi-platinum albums since 1996 and has sold over 33 million units.  Jay-Z has been nominated for Grammy Awards, as well as Billboard Music Awards and Radio Music Awards.  This year he won 4 MTV Video Music Awards for his groundbreaking video “99 Problems,â€? was honored with a Lifetime Achievement award by Prince Charles at the 1st Annual Prince’s Trust Urban Music Festival, received ASCAP’s Golden Note award for excellence in songwriting and has received 2 American Music Award nominations for his critically acclaimed Black Album.

Additionally, Jay-Z has multiple businesses including 40/40 restaurant, Roc-A-Fella Records, Rocawear and Roc-A-Fella Films.  He is also responsible for the Shawn Carter Scholarship Fund (scholarship fund for high school students in Brooklyn), The Annual Jay-Z Toy Drive and Team Roc.
R. Kelly has sold more than 30 million albums worldwide, and has won 3 Grammy awards, several Billboard Music Awards, and an American Music Award, among many other honors. R. Kelly released his 8th album Happy People/U Saved Me on August 24.

 For complete list of tour schedule please see story on www.blackstarnews.com


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