‘BLACK’ BROUGHT BACK!

'The Black Album' will now come out two weeks earlier than planned...

JAY-Z‘s last album will be released two weeks earlier due to it being leaked onto the Internet by bootleggers.

‘The Black Album’ was set to come out on Black Friday (November 28) in the US but fans will now be able to get hold of their copy on November 14.

“They’re at it again,” the rapper said. “They’re getting better. I’m so used to it.”

He added: “It’s like you plan to do one thing, then you just gotta go to plan B. But it’s good though. I’ve made 13 albums to this point. So to be still relevant like that and to still be hot in the streets is a good thing. If the project ain’t hot, you might not get bootlegged at all.”

Jay-Z believes that a security breakdown at the pressing plant is the most likely cause of the leak, telling MTV News: “Once it hits the plant you have no control over it. If they want it, they get it. It touches too many hands not to get it.”

He also revealed that three golden tickets will be included inside copies of the album, giving fans a chance to win one of three Mercedes Benz cars, as well as ten copies of a book containing of his lyrics as second prize.

The rapper is also playing a highly anticipated concert in New York’s Madison Square Garden on November 25, which he promises will include some high-profile guests.

He said: “I’m about to get into heavy preparations. Right now I’m just going through the show list. There’s some songs that I wanna do that I haven’t performed in years.”

As previously reported on NME.COM, Jay-Z said that he would quit the music business following the release of ‘The Black Album’.

In an exclusive – not to say slightly unusual – interview with NME he invited us aboard his customised private jet and told us he wants to follow in the footsteps of Eminem and act in a feature film.

Jay-Z told NME: “My plan is to make the next album, ‘The Black Album’, my last. There comes a time when you’ve got to go and challenge yourself with other areas, you know what I’m saying? Take myself out of my comfort zone. Take the safety blanket off.”