The Island Def Jam Music Group at first considered a Nov. 18 release, but is now also eyeing Friday, Nov. 14.
Jay-Z's new Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam set "The Black Album" -- which was originally scheduled for an off-cycle release Nov. 28, or "Black Friday" -- may be coming out earlier, apparently due to piracy fears. Sources tell Billboard Bulletin the Island Def Jam Music Group at first considered a Nov. 18 release, but is now also eyeing Friday, Nov. 14.
A number of logistical questions must be answered before the final date can be set, but in the meantime, Universal Music & Video Distribution is maneuvering to set the album up in time for the earlier Nov. 14 date, retailers say. Island Def Jam did not return a call for comment.
The original release date of "The Black Album" was the day after Thanksgiving -- the biggest shopping day of the year, called Black Friday because it pushes many retailers out of red ink into black. However, that day also presented problems, with some merchants fearing they wouldn't receive product in time because of the holiday.
"The Black Album" is tipped to be Jay-Z's final release. He will celebrate the album with a star-studded Nov. 25 show at New York's Madison Square Garden, and will also play local radio station Z100's Dec. 11 Jingle Ball at the same venue.