Jay-Z Releases The Blueprint 3 Early, Announces Arena Tour

New album drop pushed up from Friday to Tuesday.

While some of you were enjoying a lazy holiday weekend, Jay-Z was hustling, pushing up the release of [article id="1620486"]The Blueprint 3[/article] to Tuesday (September 8) from the original September 11 street date. The news of the fresh street date — which comes less than a week after the full album leaked online — was announced on the Web sites of online retailers Amazon.com and Best Buy. Last week, while announcing this Friday's [article id="1620447"]9/11 benefit[/article] concert, [article id="1620482"]Jay told MTV News[/article] he wasn't sweating the leak, calling it a "preview" of the album for his fans.

The weekend also brought news of a 21-date arena tour that will kick off on October 9 at Penn State University. Following a concert Tuesday night (September 8) at the House of Blues in Chicago and Friday's show at Madison Square Garden in New York — the proceeds of which will go to the New York Police & Fire Widows and Children's Benefit Fund — Jigga will [article id="1618558"]perform at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday[/article], then head overseas for five U.K. dates, including two at Wembley Stadium with Coldplay. The North American dates will include a mix of college campus venues and traditional arenas.

Jay-Z tour dates:

» October 9 - University Park, PA @ Bryce Jordan Center

» October 10 - Highland Heights, KY @ The Bank of Kentucky Center

» October 13 - Edmonton, Alberta @ Rexall Place

» October 14 - Calgary, Alberta @ Pengrowth Saddledome

» October 15 - Kelowna, British Columbia @ Prospera Place

» October 16 - Vancouver, British Columbia @ General Motors Place

» October 17 - Seattle, WA @ Key Arena

» October 21 - Ypsilanti, MI @ Convocation Center

» October 23 - Philadelphia, PA @ Wachovia Center

» October 24 - Providence, RI @ Dunkin Donuts Center

» October 25 - Amherst, MA @ Mullins Center

» October 27 - Baltimore, MD @ 1st Mariner Arena

» October 28 - Columbus, OH @ Value City Arena Ohio State

» October 29 - London, Ontario @ John Labatt Centre

» October 30 - Montreal, Quebec @ Centre Bell Centre

» October 31 - Toronto, Ontario @ Air Canada Centre

» November 1 - Ottawa, Ontario @ Scotiabank Place

» November 12 - Champaign, IL @ University of Illinois, Assembly Hall

» November 19 - Albuquerque, NM @ Tingley Coliseum

» November 20 - El Paso, TX @ Don Haskins Center

» November 22 - Austin, TX @ Frank Erwin Center Arena

The 2009 MTV Video Music Awards will take place September 13 at 9 p.m. ET. Additional celebrity presenters and performers will be announced in the coming weeks. To be the first to find out the inside scoop, follow the Inside MTV Twitter account at Twitter.com/InsideMTV.