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 The Blueprint 3 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 9/11 benefit concert, Jay told MTV News 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 perform at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday , 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.

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