Show Goes On for Jay-Z, Minus R. Kelly
Days after he lost his Best of Both Worlds touring partner R. Kelly over what has now mushroomed into a $75 million legal battle, Jay-Z has retooled his concert plans under the new name of Jay-Z and Friends, reports Billboard.
His friends this Friday night at Miami's American Airlines Arena will be P. Diddy and Mary J. Blige.
Before things got nasty last weekend, Best of Both Worlds was due to run through a Nov. 28 show in Glendale, Ariz. On Monday, Kelly, 35, filed a $75 million lawsuit against Jay-Z after he was kicked off the tour.
In originally canceling the tour, Jay-Z's camp blamed Kelly's "lack of professionalism and unpredictable behavior." Kelly responded by suing Jay-Z, 33, for sabotaging the tour.
On Friday night at New York's Madison Square garden, Kelly walked off the stage amid claims he saw two men in the audience brandishing guns. Later in the evening, he alleges, he was attacked with pepper spray backstage by members of Jay-Z's entourage. Kelly was treated at St. Vincent's Hospital and released.
Jay-Z ended up continuing the Madison Square Garden engagement Saturday and Monday with assistance from the likes of Snoop Dogg, the Neptunes' Pharrell Williams, Kanye West, Busta Rhymes, Fabolous and Q-Tip.
But it still may be the best of both worlds for the feuding rappers: Their second collaborative album, Unfinished Business, debuts this week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, selling 215,000 copies in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan.