Jay-Z and R. Kelly Kick of 2004 Tour

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The first of two sold-out nights at Chicago’s Allstate Arena, September 29th will mark the opening night of the most anticipated tour of 2004 “The Best of Both Worlds Tour—when the multi-platinum duo of Jay-Z and R. Kelly join forces on stage for a 40-plus-city nationwide trek. The tour comes to New York’s Madison Square Garden on October 29 and 30 and in New Jersey’s Continental Airlines arena on October 31.

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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