Jay Z returning to festival circuit: Is this a sign of new music from the rapper?

2017-05-09 10:42

New York - Rap mogul Jay Z was confirmed on Monday to play several upcoming festivals, adding to hints of a return to music after years focusing on his business empire.

The husband of pop superstar Beyoncé - who cancelled at last month's Coachella festival in California as she is expecting twins - has not released an album since 2013's chart-topping Magna Carta Holy Grail.

Hip-hop producer Swizz Beatz fuelled speculation of new music over the weekend when he posted on Instagram a picture of himself with Jay Z and wrote: "Album Modezone."

They don't even know what's about to happen ?????????? Album ModeZone??

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On Monday, The Meadows - one of the growing number of festivals in New York - announced the line-up for its second edition, to take place on 15-17 September, with Jay Z as a headliner.

The announcement came shortly after news that Jay Z will headline the Austin City Limits festival in Texas in October as well as the Made in America festival in Philadelphia, which Jay Z founded.

The rapper, a strong supporter of former president Barack Obama, said some proceeds from the September 2-3 festival in Philadelphia would go to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), which has been on the frontlines of legal challenges to President Donald Trump.

Jay Z - whose net worth together with Beyoncé is estimated at $1bn - had concentrated in recent years on his business projects, most notably the upstart Tidal music streaming service.

He has returned to music intermittently since his last album, including contributing a verse last year to a remix of Fat Joe and Remy Ma's hit All the Way Up.

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