News: Jay-Z's "Blueprint 3" Set For Summer Jam 2009 Announcement

Friday, Jun 5, 2009 10:35AM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Jay-Z's The Blueprint 3 will reportedly be given an official release date this weekend at New York radio station Hot 97's annual Summer Jam concert in New Jersey.

While details are scarce, an announcement is set to take place Sunday (June 7).

Jay-Z will release his Blueprint 3 album on September 11 on Roc Nation with distribution through Atlantic Records, numerous sources have confirmed. A formal announcement is expected Sunday on New York radio station Hot 97 and at the station's massive Summer Jam concert in New Jersey at Giants Stadium. (Billboard)

Reports of Jay calling on Atlantic Records for help with the project was announced via Twitter earlier this week by label rep Sam Crespo.

"@Missinfo: Hey we have Jay-Z Blueprint 3 album, going thru Atlantic," Crespo wrote, unmodified. "1 album to be released September 11th anniversary of 1st Blueprint album." (Nah Right)

He later posted a correction via his Twitter page.

"Correction, people, Jay-Z release is on RocNation, we're assisting in marketing and promotions. D.O.A. comin soon." (Nah Right)

Diddy has also taken part in Jay's business moves with reports of him persuading the rapper to involve Warner Music Group.

Looks like Jay-Z's new Blueprint 3 album will go to Warner Music Group after all, though his Roc Nation label is still headed to Sony. Our old pal Roger Friedman reports that Warner had Jay-Z's pal Sean "Diddy" Combs convince him at a recent Lakers game to re-join former IDJ colleague Lyor Cohen for the album, which he bought back from UMG for $5 million. It's apparently a one-off deal, just for this recording. (Hits Daily Double)

This year's Summer Jam will be highlighted with a variety of performances.

Hosted by comedian Tracy Morgan, this year's line-up includes Mary J. Blige, The-Dream, Jim Jones, Juelz Santana, Elephant Man, Young Jeezy, T-Pain & Friends, Jadakiss and surprise guests. (The Angie Martinez Show)

No further information has been announced regarding The Blueprint 3.

Summer Jam 2009 takes place Sunday, June 7 in New Jersey.

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