Jay Z Announces New Album 4:44, Out Next Week

FILE – In this Nov. 4, 2016 file photo, Jay Z performs during a campaign rally for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in Cleveland. Jay Z will become the first rapper ever inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame when he enters the prestigious organization in June. The Songwriters Hall announced Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017, that songwriting heavyweights in the industry, including Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds, Max Martin and Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis will also be part of its 2017 class. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

Jay Z Announces New Album 4:44, Out Next Week

FILE – In this Nov. 4, 2016 file photo, Jay Z performs during a campaign rally for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in Cleveland. Jay Z will become the first rapper ever inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame when he enters the prestigious organization in June. The Songwriters Hall announced Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017, that songwriting heavyweights in the industry, including Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds, Max Martin and Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis will also be part of its 2017 class. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

Earlier this month, Tidal started posting mysterious ads touting something called 4:44. There was a lot of speculation that this might be a new Jay Z album. As it turned out, it was a new Tidal-exclusive movie starring Mahershala Ali and Lupita Nyong’o. But, of course, we all forgot the lesson of American Gangster: Jay Z is perfectly capable of making a new album and giving it the same name as a new movie. And today, we learn that there is, in fact, a new Jay Z album called 4:44. It’s coming out next week, on the same day that the 4:44 movie will arrive on Tidal.

Jay already shared a clip of a new song called “Adnis” in a 4:44 trailer, and it suggests a more sparse and thoughtful direction than past Jay albums. (It’s not clear yet whether the 4:44 movie is a visual album or whether it’s its own thing.) 4:44 will, of course, be a Tidal exclusive. And like Jay’s last album, 2013’s Magna Carta Holy Grail, it’ll also be available to Sprint customers. The four-year break between Magna Carta Holy Grail and 4:44 is the longest-ever stretch between Jay Z albums; he didn’t even take that much time off when he was retired.

In a press release, Sprint says that the 4:44 album and movie are the first in a series of planned Sprint/Tidal exclusives. They will both arrive 6/30 at 12:01AM eastern time.

Also, Jay and Beyoncé welcomed twins into the world last week.

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