News: Jay-Z Hits The Road For North American Tour

Wednesday, Sep 9, 2009 11:45AM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Grammy-winning rapper Jay-Z has announced plans to hit the road next month for a 21-date tour in support of his new album, The Blueprint 3.

The cross country trek will make stops at a mixture of popular venues and colleges.

A multiple Grammy Award winner and influencer that has resonated with a generation of music fans, is officially announcing his fall tour. With 21 dates confirmed, the tour will make stops at a mix of college campus arenas and traditional venues across the North America starting at Penn State University on October 9th. Tickets go on sale in select markets beginning on September 11th at LiveNation.com. (Reuters)

Hov will hit a variety of well-known cities including Seattle, Washington and Cincinnati, Ohio.

National highlights include an October 17 show at KeyArena in Seattle, WA, and a November 7 engagement at the Save Mart Center in Fresno, CA. North of the border, Jay-Z will stop for gigs on October 16 at General Motors Place in Vancouver, BC, and October 30 at the Bell Centre in Montreal, QC, among other dates. (Ticket News)

Jay's tour will be his latest since hititng the road alongside Mary J. Blige.

The fall tour is the follow-up to the "Mary J. Blige & Jay-Z: Heart of the City" tour, which was seen by more than 600,000 fans. The 28-date trek grossed more than $35 million. (United Press International)

The rapper fell roughly $8 million shy of having the highest grossing rap tour for 2008-2009.

Seventy-eight Lil Wayne headlining arena and amphitheater concerts in North America from Dec. 14, 2008, through Sept. 6, 2009, grossed approximately $42 million and drew nearly 804,000 fans, according to Lil Wayne tour producer and tour business manager Shawn Gee. The second highest-grossing rap tour that Billboard has tracked was Jay-Z's 2008 jaunt with Mary J. Blige, which grossed $34.6 million and drew 310,694 concertgoers to 28 shows, according to Billboard Boxscore. Kanye West's 2008 Glow In the Dark tour comes in third, having pulled in $30.8 million from 49 concerts that attracted 507,853 fans. (Billboard)

The upcoming tour officially kicks off Friday, October 9th at Penn Sate/Bryce Jordan Center, Pennyslvania.

Check out one of Jay-Z's recent Las Vegas performances below:

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