JAY-Z fans bursting with anticipation for Hov’s imminent new release are invited to be among the first to experience 4:44 — if they can squeeze their ears into one of a dozen listening parties scheduled across the U.S. on Thursday night (June 29).
Sprint stores in nine cities will stay open late for the exclusive release of the album, officially due Friday (June 30) on Tidal, Jay’s streaming platform.
New Yorkers can choose between three different parties in the city, and Los Angeles will have two locations. Other cities boasting 4:44 events include Las Vegas, Miami, Chicago, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Boston and Washington. Fans can register for the events here.
Aside from the parties, the follow-up to 2013’s Magna Carta Holy Grail — which peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 — only will be available to Tidal subscribers and Sprint customers. In January, Sprint paid $200 million for a 33 percent stake in Tidal.
Billboard learned that No I.D. produced the entire 4:44 album. No I.D. (real name Dion Wilson) previously worked on Jay’s “D.O.A. (Death of Auto-Tune),” “Run This Town,” “Holy Grail” and other tracks from American Gangster, Blueprint 2 and Blueprint 3.
As far as hitting the road for live performances, JAY-Z is headlining a few festival gigs (The Meadows, Austin City Limits and Made in America), but the new father of twins with his wife, Beyonce, will reportedly wait until fall to launch a full tour.
The hip-hop mogul was recently inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, the first rapper to receive the honor.