Jay-Z Announces ‘Made in America’ Return, Takes Roc Nation To UMG

Jay-Z is teasing fans with a taste of what’s to come at his second annual Made in America festival that is scheduled to take over Philadelphia’s Benjamin Franklin Parkway this summer.

The rapper posted a video Monday (April 8) featuring clips from last year’s event, which he headlined alongside Pearl Jam. This year, according to the clip, the festivities will be held August 31st– September 1st.

The diverse lineup, which Jay-Z curated, brought together a variety of genres with acts like SkrillexCalvin HarrisRun-D.M.C.Odd Future and Rita Ora, not to mention a surprise appearance by Kanye West (as seen in the clip).

The lineup for this year’s festival will be announced tomorrow (April 10) via Spotify, according to Spin.

While last year’s fest brought the best of the hip-hop, rock and pop worlds together, Jay-Z’s new relationship with Universal Music Group could put this year’s lineup over the top.

The rap mogul’s record label, Roc Nation, has entered a multi-year partnership with UMG Monday that will allow the independent label to operate behind the power and reach of a major, according to the L.A. Times.

The move means that upcoming albums from Rihanna (currently represented by Roc Nation) and Jay-Z will be released through UMG.

Jay is no stranger to the UMG system, after previously working together to distribute his Roc-A-Fella Records imprint and serving as president of the group’s Def Jam Records from 2004 to 2009.

Roc Nation, founded in 2008, currently manages artists like Wale, Timbaland, Shakira, M.I.A. and Mark Ronson.

– Nee-Sa Lossing, Radio.com

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