News: Jay-Z To Replace Drake W/ Kanye West & Rihanna, New Single This Week

Tuesday, Jul 21, 2009 10:30AM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Jay-Z has reportedly decided to swap out the original Blueprint 3 first official single with Drake with a joint collaboration record featuring Kanye West and Rihanna.

Reports of the song's title and release date have spread online.

JUST GOT WORD: NEW Jay-Z single coming this Friday (July 24) called "Run This Town" with Kanye and Rihanna! Plus, here's what his album promo schedule will look like: Sept 10 - "Run This Town" webcast from Rocawear 10 year anniversary party in NY. Sept 11 - Blueprint 3 album release & NYC concert assoc. w/NYC Fireman's charity. Sept 13 - MTV Awards performance. Sept 14 - Jay Leno primetime NBC series premiere performance (first musical guest ever). (Hot 106)

Jay's collaboration record with Drake was recently confirmed by DJ Skee.

DJ Skee had the opportunity to preview "Off That," Jay's first single from The Blueprint 3. "I don't want to really ruin the surprise," the host of Sirius XM's "Skeetox" radio show reluctantly tells "I mean it's Jay, he's killing it." While he didn't disclose details, he did build anticipation for the record. "Jay sounds pretty incredible, man." Skee confirmed that hip-hop's hottest newcomer, Drake, lends his talent to the song. (Rap-Up)

Skee previously broke the news on Jay's upcoming album via Twitter.

"First single off the new Jay-Z Blueprint 3 album coming Sunday," DJ Skee wrote unmodified on Friday (June 5). "D.O.A. is the street track...Oh...the official OFFICIAL Jay radio single will be called 'Off That' and feature Drake.....Coming July...Last thing about Jay, Blueprint 3 release date IS 9/11. Same day as original Blueprint in 2001. RocNation. Atlantic hired for marketing. Sunday! (DJ Skee's Twitter Page)

Jay hinted at the production for the new album in an interview last month.

"It's a new classic, that's what I like to call it," he promised. "Kanye [West] is doing the bulk of the production, Timbaland has some incredible records on there and I'm still working on it since I got a little time and can only get better." (WGCI)

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