Jay Z returning to festival circuit with tease of new music

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Jay Z returning to festival circuit with tease of new music

New York (AFP) – Rap mogul Jay Z was confirmed Monday to play several upcoming festivals, adding to hints of a return to music after years focusing on his business empire.

The husband of pop superstar Beyonce — who canceled at last month’s Coachella festival in California as she is expecting twins — has not released an album since 2013’s chart-topping “Magna Carta Holy Grail.”

Hip-hop producer Swizz Beatz fueled speculation of new music over the weekend when he posted on Instagram a picture of himself with Jay Z and wrote: “Album Modezone.”

On Monday, The Meadows — one of the growing number of festivals in New York — announced the lineup for its second edition, to take place on September 15-17, with Jay Z as a headliner.

The announcement came shortly after news that Jay Z will headline the Austin City Limits festival in Texas in October as well as the Made in America festival in Philadelphia, which Jay Z founded.

The rapper, a strong supporter of former president Barack Obama, said some proceeds from the September 2-3 festival in Philadelphia would go to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), which has been on the frontlines of legal challenges to President Donald Trump.

Jay Z — whose net worth together with Beyonce is estimated at $1 billion — had concentrated in recent years on his business projects, most notably the upstart Tidal music streaming service.

He has returned to music intermittently since his last album, including contributing a verse last year to a remix of Fat Joe and Remy Ma’s hit “All the Way Up.”

There are hints that Jay Z, seen here with his wife Beyonce at an NBA game, will soon release his first album since 2013
Copyright GETTY/AFP/File Jason Miller

 

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