In February, Jay Z surprised us by signing on to headline the U.K.'s V Festival. Last week, he announced headlining spots at both his own fest, September's Made in America (for the first time since it debuted in 2012), and October's Austin City Limits. Now news is out that that just two weeks after MIA does its sixth iteration in Philadelphia, Hov will come home to New York City for The Meadows' second throw-down from Sept. 15-17.
So Jay Z totally has a new album coming soon, right? The 47-year-old's played his greatest hits show enough times. The Beyoncé/Jigga collab LP rumor has gone too far. Swizz Beatz just said Jay's in "album mode zone" and that we "don't even know what's about to happen." And he's been dormant longer than ever before, with the previous fattest stretch being the three years and 10 months between The Blueprint 3 and 2013's Magna Carta... Holy Grail. In April, he passed that distance.
Smart money, we think, goes on Jay Z dropping a new album by summer's end. But he could also wait until Q4 (or—please no!—beyond) and shake up the festival setlist with a few new fire singles, "Shining" and the 2016 jams "All the Way Up," "I Got the Keys" and "Drug Dealers Anonymous."
Also at The Meadows in 2017 will be Red Hot Chili Peppers, Gorillaz, Run the Jewels and Foster the People, all of whom are also on the ACL docket. Queens' Citi Field will additionally play host to Erykah Badu, Future, Nas, Migos, Weezer, M.I.A., LL Cool J—the list goes on and on. See the full lineup below:
Next, watch a Blueprint 3–era Jay Z x Fuse interview: