Jay-Z’s ‘Blueprint 3’ Gets Early Release

The people have spoken. Jay-Z’s Blueprint 3 will arrive in stores earlier than expected.

Roc Nation and Atlantic Records will release the third installment in the Blueprint series on Tuesday, September 8, three days prior to its original September 11 release. The pushed-up date is likely due to the album leaking to the Internet almost two weeks before its release.

“Due to popular demand Jay-Z’s new album, The Blueprint 3, releasing early,” Jay’s publicist confirmed via Twitter. “Available at rhapsody.com tomorrow 12pm(pst), in stores 9/8.” Amazon.com also reflects the new date.

Jay-Z’s former label Def Jam will also release The Blueprint Collector’s Edition, consisting of the original Blueprint and The Blueprint 2: The Gift & The Curse, on the same day.