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Jay-Z To Tour Behind 'The Blueprint'

Multi-platinum rapper Jay-Z is planning a U.S. theater tour in support of his forthcoming Roc-A-Fella album, "The Blueprint." The 18-date jaunt will kick off Sept. 14 in Columbus, Ohio, and wind down

Multi-platinum rapper Jay-Z is planning a U.S. theater tour in support of his forthcoming Roc-A-Fella album, "The Blueprint." The 18-date jaunt will kick off Sept. 14 in Columbus, Ohio, and wind down Oct. 12 in Los Angeles. "The Blueprint" arrives on Sept. 18.

The tour will feature support performances by fellow Roc-A-Fella artists Beanie Sigel and Memphis Bleek. Las month, Sigel's "The Reason" debuted at No. 5 on The Billboard 200. Just two weeks later, the artist was arrested and charged with assault in his hometown of Philadelphia.

"The Blueprint" will be Jay-Z's third album in two years. The two sets he released in 2000, January's "Vol. 3...Life and Times of Shawn Carter" and November's "The Dynasty Roc La Familia (2000 --)," debuted at No. 1 on The Billboard 200, as did his 1998 release "Vol. 2...the Hard Knock Life."

"IZZO (H.O.V.A.)," the first single from "The Blueprint," is currently at No. 5 on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart.

Here are Jay-Z's tour dates:

Sept. 14: Columbus, Ohio (Newport Music Hall)
Sept. 16: Cleveland (Agora Ballroom)
Sept. 19: Providence, R.I. (Lupo's Heartbreak Hotel)
Sept. 20: Worcester, Mass. (Palladium)
Sept. 22: New York (Hammerstein Ballroom)
Sept. 23: Washington, D.C. (Nation)
Sept. 24: Philadelphia (Electric Factory)
Sept. 26: Raleigh, N.C. (the Ritz)
Sept. 27: Charlotte, N.C. (Grady Cole Center)
Sept. 28: Virginia Beach, Va. (the Boathouse)
Sept. 29: Atlanta (Dekalb Atlanta Center)
Oct. 1: Miami (Levels)
Oct. 2: Orlando, Fla. (Hard Rock Live)
Oct. 4: Houston (Ariel Theatre)
Oct. 5: Dallas (Bronco Bowl)
Oct. 8: Chicago (Riviera)
Oct. 11: San Francisco (Warfield)
Oct. 12: Los Angeles (Shrine Auditorium)