It was announced today that rapper, producer, and entrepreneur Jay-Z is coming to the Bryce Jordan Center on January 31, 2014 in support of his newest album, Magna Carta Holy Grail.
This won’t be the first time that Jay-Z, whose real name is Shawn Carter, has been to the BJC; he came to Happy Valley in 2009 with guest acts N.E.R.D, J. Cole, Wale, and Memphis Bleek. So far, no word on who will open for Hov.
Tickets go on sale on September 12 at 11 a.m. and there’s a chance student tickets will go on sale early. It will be the last stop on his North American tour.
Jay-Z has long been a major player in the rap game. His 1996 debut album Reasonable Doubt, which featured guest artists like The Notorious B.I.G. and Mary J. Blige, is widely regarded as one of the best debut albums in rap history. He has released twelve #1 albums, including 2003’s The Black Album and 2011’s Watch The Throne, which he released with Kanye West.
A lot of details are still to come, but regardless, this very well could be the biggest concert on Penn State’s campus this year.
(UPDATE 11:58 p.m.) Student ticket prices and times were just announced, and man is it a bargain.
Penn State students can buy tickets starting Tuesday, September 10 at noon in a special UPAC pre-sale with prices starting at $17.50. The sale will last until 6 p.m., but limited quantities are available so I would expect for it to be over well before that time. You can buy tickets at at the Bryce Jordan Center Ticket Office, Eisenhower Auditorium, HUB Alumni Hall, and the Penn State Downtown Theatre. Just make sure you have your ID+ card! Students will be able to purchase two tickets per ID.