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Monday 11 December 2017

Jay-Z and Kanye tour to play Dublin

RAP royalty Jay-Z and Kanye West have announced that they will perform one night in Dublin this summer during their world tour.

The two multi-platinum selling artists will be playing at Dublin's O2 arena on Friday, June 8.

The news is likely to have fans in a frenzy and spark speculation as to whether new daddy Jay-Z will bring his wife Beyonce and daughter Blue Ivy to Dublin.

Tickets for the gig, which are priced at €69.50 including booking fee, are expected to sell out shortly after going on sale this Friday at 9am on Ticketmaster.

The world-famous duo joined forces last year when they released album Watch The Throne.

Their joint effort is understood to have grossed more than $48m (€36m) and they were both named on MTV's top 10 Hottest MCs list.

Jay-Z and Kanye West's musical alliance has been so successful that they were awarded the 2012 Grammy for Best Rap Performance for their track Otis at the awards earlier this month.

Control

"Jay-Z has really stood alone over the course of his career and he never really let somebody else get in the front," Rahman Dukes, MTV News director of hip-hop news, remarked.

"This is the one time [he let someone take control] and that's a huge nod to Kanye's genius."

Kanye also picked up three Grammys at the awards ceremony on February 12.

He won Best Rap Album for My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy while his track All Of The Lights secured him the Best Rap Song award as well as the Best Rap/Sung Collaboration prize.

Jay-Z and Kanye West confirmed all the dates of the European leg of their tour yesterday.

They will be performing at the O2 in London in May, and return to the UK after their Dublin gig to play in Manchester on June 11, and Birmingham on June 13.

Meanwhile, Jay-Z and his wife Beyonce made their first public appearance together yesterday since the birth of baby Blue Ivy.

The loved-up couple were spotted cheering the New Jersey Nets, which Jay-Z co-owns.

Proud

Earlier this month, the couple released images of their baby daughter on Beyonce's website.

The family pictures were accompanied by a message from the proud parents.

"We welcome you to share in our joy. Thank you for respecting our privacy during this beautiful time in our lives. The Carter Family," the message read.

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