Jay-Z, Coldplay Join Forces For Private New Year’s Gig

Old pals will perform to celebrate opening of Las Vegas hotel.

Jay-Z has clearly adopted the “go big or go home” philosophy when it comes to his live shows. After wrapping up the epic Home and Home series of gigs with Eminem in Detroit and New York, Jigga is planning another major concert for New Year’s Eve.

According to The Associated Press, Jay will hook up with musical pals Coldplay for a private, invitation-only show celebrating the opening of Las Vegas’ Cosmopolitan hotel. Both acts are reportedly getting hefty paychecks for the gig, which will feature solo performances from each and a joint mash-up set at night’s end.

The concert will be broadcast on the hotel’s 65-foot marquee overlooking the Las Vegas Strip. The show is part of a three-day party that will take place two weeks after the new $3.9 billion resort opens its doors. Though a complete lineup hasn’t been announced yet, a spokesperson for the resort said the celebration weekend also will feature surprise performances on the Cosmopolitan’s pool deck, which looks out over Las Vegas Boulevard.

The pairing of the rapper and the alternative rockers isn’t as strange as it may seem, especially considering that Jay is friends with Coldplay singer Chris Martin, and the two have collaborated on several occasions. Most recently, Martin popped up last week at one of the Home and Home shows in New York to sing the hook on “Heart of the City.” In addition, they previously traded cameos on Coldplay’s “Lost+” and Jay’s “Beach Chair,” and back in 2008, the two acts not only shared a bill in England, but also had their music weaved together by mixtape veterans Mick Boogie and Terry Urban on the Viva La Hova project , a 19-track mash-up that laid Jay’s flow over Coldplay’s atmospheric rock.

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