Jay Z must have had a pretty exciting Father’s Day on Sunday, as he and wife Beyoncé welcomed their new twins into the Carter family a few days prior. Just after the clock struck midnight early Monday morning, however, it was back to business for Jay. The rapper turned businessman has finally announced his first new album since 2013’s Magna Carta... Holy Grail, with 4:44. The upcoming LP is set for a June 30 release exclusively for subscribers of Sprint and his Tidal streaming platform.
Following weeks of speculation and unexplained catalog moves, it was revealed early Monday morning that Jay’s next album will take advantage of the new partnership between Tidal and Sprint, who reportedly purchased a 33 percent stake in the streaming platform for $200 million. Outside the U.S. however, 4:44 will only be available to stream on Tidal.
Sprint’s president and CEO, Marcelo Claure spoke about the exclusive release in a statement, saying, “Today is an exciting day to be a Sprint customer. JAY-Z is a global icon and we’re giving customers an incredible opportunity to be among the first to experience his new album ‘4:44.’ Our loyal, existing customers, and customers who switch to Sprint, can experience the album exclusively, plus access a complimentary six-month trial of TIDAL HiFi, giving them access to content they can’t get anywhere else.”
An audio clip of a song, reportedly believed to be titled “Adnis,” was also released via a black and white promo video starring Oscar winner Mahershala Ali. The clip can be watched in the Twitter post below.
Jay Z’s last full concert came last November alongside buddy Chris Martin at the Global Citizen Festival in India. He’s since announced three festival appearances for 2017 with scheduled headlining spots at The Meadows, ACL Festival and his own Made In America Festival. All three events take place in the fall, so fans should also expect more end-of-summer concert announcements coming very soon. Actually, fans should expect a lot more tour dates announced in the near futures after Jay signed that $200 Million touring contract of his.
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