NEW YORK, Sept. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- On October 26th 2004, to coincide with
the BEST OF BOTH WORLDS TOUR, reigning kings of R&B and Hip-Hop, R. Kelly and
Jay-Z, will release worldwide BEST OF BOTH WORLDS: UNFINISHED BUSINESS. The
album features 11 previously unreleased songs and will feature special
packaging including a lenticular cover featuring the artists' faces. The
album is being released on Jive/Roc-a-fella/Def Jam in the United States and
Canada. It will be available on Jive/BMG everywhere else in the world.
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BEST OF BOTH WORLDS: UNFINISHED BUSINESS is launching with the singles;
"Big Chips" and "Don't Let Me Die." Both singles will be added at radio on
September 29th will mark the opening night of "The Best Of Both Worlds,"
the most anticipated tour of 2004, when the multi-platinum duo of Jay-Z and R.
Kelly join forces on stage for a 40-plus city tour. The consumer demand rose
to unprecedented heights when fans were treated to a taste of the superstars'
on-stage performance together at Jay-Z's sold-out 2003 Madison Square Garden
concert. The nation-wide tour will kick off in Chicago, Illinois and end
November 28th in Phoenix, Arizona.
Jay-Z has released 10 consecutive multi-platinum albums since 1996 and has
sold over 33 million units. Jay-Z has been nominated for Grammy Awards as
well as Billboard Music Awards and Radio Music Awards. This year alone, Jay-Z
won 4 MTV Video Music Awards for his groundbreaking video "99 Problems," was
honored with a Lifetime Achievement award by Prince Charles at the 1st Annual
Prince's Trust Urban Music Festival, received ASCAP's Golden Note award for
excellence in songwriting, and has received 2 American Music Award nominations
for his critically acclaimed Black Album.
In addition to his success as a musical artist, Jay-Z has multiple
businesses including 40/40 restaurants, Roc-A-Fella Records, Roc-A-Wear, and
Roc-A-Fella Films. He is also responsible for the Shawn Carter Scholarship
Fund (a scholarship fund for high school students in Brooklyn), The Annual
Jay-Z Toy Drive, and Team Roc.
R. Kelly has sold more than 30 million albums worldwide. In 1997, he won
three Grammy Awards for his inspirational hit "I Believe I Can Fly" from the
motion picture "Space Jam." In addition, he won Billboard Music Awards in
several categories, including Hot 100 and R&B, in 1994, 1996, 1999, 2001, and
2003. In 1999, R. Kelly won an American Music Award for R&B/Soul Favorite
Male Artist, and in 2003 he won both a Vibe and a BET Award. Just last month,
he won seven R&B/Hip-Hop Awards at the 5th annual Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Awards
show. In addition, on August 27, 2004, R. Kelly won 3 BMI Awards for Urban
Producer, Song and Most Performed Song of the Year for "Bump, Bump, Bump" and
One of the most sought after songwriters and producers of this era,
R. Kelly has written and/or produced for Whitney Houston, Celine Dion, Kelly
Price, Janet Jackson, Michael Jackson, Toni Braxton, Joe, Mary J. Blige,
Maxwell, B2K, Jay-Z, Britney Spears, Jennifer Lopez, Nick Cannon and Twista.
For Additional Information:
Jana Fleishman Sonia Muckle
Island Def Jam Music Group Jive Records
SOURCE Island Def Jam