Jay-Z concert in New York allegedly cancelled due to terrorism concerns

City's Mayor intervenes and scraps planned performance on top of Ed Sullivan Theatre

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A Jay-Z concert on top of the Ed Sullivan Theatre in New York City has reportedly been cancelled due to concerns over "fireworks and terrorism".

The performance was scheduled to take place on July 8 to mark the release of the rapper's 12th album 'Magna Carta Holy Grail'. The New York Post says the concert had initially been given the go-ahead by the city's authorities and Mayor Michael Bloomberg, but they've since changed their minds.

The show was going to be filmed and shown on The David Letterman Show later that night. A scheduled meeting between Jay-Z, David Letterman and various city and police officials was also reportedly cancelled. It's unclear if the concert will be rescheduled for a later date.

Meanwhile, Jay-Z's new album 'Magna Carta Holy Grail' is streaming unofficially online, and will be officially released on Monday (July 8). It's also available to Samsung mobile phone users as part of a deal with Jay-Z, although there have been complaints the app needed to hear the album hasn't been working.

Click here to read NME's Louis Pattison's reaction to the first listen of the album.


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