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Reports: Jay-Z closing $150M business deal with Live Nation

LOS ANGELES - Jay-Z is close to reaching a $150 million deal with Live Nation Inc. that will give the concert promoter a stake in virtually every aspect of the rapper and entrepreneur's career.

LOS ANGELES - Concert promoter Live Nation Inc. said Thursday it was in
talks with rap mogul Jay-Z over a potential business deal.

The
company, however, stopped short of confirming published reports that
the deal would give Live Nation a stake in virtually every aspect of
Jay-Z's career and land him a potential windfall in excess of $100
million.

A person familiar with the negotiations between Live
Nation and Jay-Z told The Associated Press the proposed 10-year deal
was worth about $150 million and would cover three albums.

The person requested anonymity because of the confidential nature of the ongoing talks.

An
e-mail seeking comment from representative of Jay-Z, whose real name is
Shawn Carter, at William Morris Agency was not returned.

Under
the proposed deal, Jay-Z would be paid about $25 million upfront,
another $25 million toward concert tours and advances of $10 million
for each of at least three albums, the person said.

Live Nation
would pay Jay-Z about $20 million for publishing, licensing and other
rights, and put up $50 million toward a joint venture dubbed Roc Nation
through which Jay-Z would sign artists and engage in other
entertainment projects, the person said.

Live Nation is currently producing a tour with Jay-Z and Mary J. Blige.

Jay-Z still owes his current label, Def Jam, one studio album.

He
was president of Def Jam for three years but stepped down in December
because he and the label's corporate parent, Universal Music Group,
could not agree on a new contract.

Los Angeles-based Live Nation also struck recent deals with Madonna and U2.

 
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