Jay-Z Inks With Showtime For Concert Broadcast

Jay-Z's Feb. 22 concert in Memphis, Tenn., will be broadcast live via Showtime. The show at the Mid South Coliseum will also feature other artists from the Roc-A-Fella label family, as well as special

Jay-Z's Feb. 22 concert in Memphis, Tenn., will be broadcast live via Showtime. The show at the Mid South Coliseum will also feature other artists from the Roc-A-Fella label family, as well as special guests. At present there are no other U.S. tour dates announced for Jay-Z.

The broadcast will be the first in a series of concerts planned by the pay cable network. "Jay-Z is the perfect performer to kick off Showtime's return to the musical event business," Showtime Networks president, programming Jerry Offsay said in a statement. Rival HBO has made headlines with a host of concert broadcasts in recent years, including shows by Bruce Springsteen, Britney Spears, and Janet Jackson.

Jay-Z's Feb. 22 performance will also serve as the opening act for Showtime's broadcast of the Mike Tyson vs. Clifford Etienne boxing match, which will take place at Memphis' Pyramid Arena. Following the fight, the network will bow its new reality series, "Family Business."

Next week Jay-Z will kick off a European tour in support of his latest album, "The Blueprint 2: The Gift & The Curse" (Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam). The run will begin Jan. 16 in Paris and last through a Feb. 2 finale in Manchester, England.

Released in November, "The Blueprint 2" debuted at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 and Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. First single "03 Bonnie & Clyde" featuring Beyonce Knowles peaked at No. 2 on Billboard's Hot Rap Tracks chart, No. 4 on the Hot 100, and No. 5 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks tally.

In other news, Jay-Z has also pulled down a nomination for the upcoming 45th annual Grammy Awards. He's up in the best male rap solo performance category for his track "Song Cry," taken from his 2001 Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam album "The Blueprint." The awards will be handed out Feb. 23 at New York's Madison Square Garden.

Here are Jay-Z's upcoming tour dates:

Jan. 16: Paris (Olympia)
Jan. 18: Brussels (Ancienne Belgique)
Jan. 19: Hamburg (Docks Konzerte)
Jan. 22: Munich (Colosseum)
Jan. 23: Milan (Propaganda)
Jan. 24: Winterthur, Switzerland (Eulachhalle Winterthur)
Jan. 26: Berlin (Columbiahalle)
Jan. 27: Cologne, Germany (Palladium)
Jan. 28: Offenbach, Germany (Offenbacher Stadthalle)
Jan. 30: Amsterdam (Heineken Music Hall)
Jan. 31: London (Wembley Arena)
Feb. 2: Manchester, England (Manchester Evening News Arena)
Feb. 22: Memphis, Tenn. (Mid South Coliseum)