Jay-Z Talks Barclays, Made In America and NBA 2k13 at 40/40 Club

Jay-Zwants his eight-night     residency at the Barclays Center, which kicks off Friday at the     venue's grand opening, to be a "celebration." "I pretty much     have sing-alongs at the concert and I want to encourage that     even more," he told Billboard at a launch event at his     Manhattan venue the 40/40 Club for NBA 2k13, a new video game     whose soundtrack he executive produced. "It's like a gift to     Brooklyn to have this, to all us Brooklynites, to have this     arena and this team. We just want to celebrate this team since     it's the first since the Dodgers."

Though Jay-Z is also a minority investor in the venue, he will     ultimately have little control over future bookings. "I have     enough jobs," he said with a laugh. "But they'll still ask my     opinion on most things. I don't want that job, though."

Rihanna, for example, just announced an upcoming gig on her     Diamonds Tour, as have EDM trio Swedish House Mafia, clients of     Roc Nation management partners Three Six Zero. "There's a     little nepotism," Jay-Z allowed. "Rihanna's on Roc Nation, so     of course she's playing the Barclays."

Source:  Billboard


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