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.