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Jay-Z Plans Concert Series at Nets Arena

Rapper will headline eight shows at new Brooklyn venue

September 26, 2011 1:40 PM ET
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Jay-Z performs at the iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas.
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Jay-Z is planning to celebrate the grand opening of the new Nets basketball arena in Brooklyn next year with a series of eight headlining concerts. The rapper, who owns a part of the Nets franchise, will likely be joined by a number of his famous friends and collaborators at the shows, which are slated as part of three weeks of events at the space before the beginning of the basketball season.

Photos: Beyoncé and Jay-Z - Hip-Hop Royalty
The Barclays Center, which is still being constructed at Flatbush and Atlantic Avenues in Brooklyn, is scheduled to open on September 28th, 2012.

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