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Jay-Z Signing With Epic?

It was revealed last week that Jay-Z split with long time label Def Jam, reportedly so he could release albums “independently” from here on out. And by independently, he means totally relying on a major label.

Sources close to Billboard have revealed that Jigga is close to inking with Epic, a division of Sony Music. The article speculates that this switch would make sense, due to Jay’s close ties to producer Rick Rubin, who co-heads Sony imprint Columbia Records. Plus, Beyonce‘s on Columbia and family’s family.

That said, the particulars don’t necessarily mean he’d be tied to Epic or Sony like a traditional artist would. The Billboard source maintains that Epic would handle distribution, and that Beyonce and Jay wouldn’t be necessarily working side by side. Roc Nation would be the actual label, and we can only presume that Jay-Z is going to do what ever he wants at this point. So, to recap: ‘The Blueprint 3′ is probably coming out on Roc Nation and will be distributed by Epic who is owned by Sony. But what’s with ‘The Blueprint 3′ anyways?

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Auto-tune fan Kanye West recently told MTV that it won’t have any auto-tune on it! “”We actually removed all the songs with Auto-Tune off of his album,” West said, “to make the point that this is an anti-Auto-Tune album, even though I released an album that has all Auto-Tune!”

“He’s just been working on it, and it’s gonna be amazing when he drops it,” West continued. “I think it’s good he’s taking his time to give people the best product possible and not being rushed by this fast-food, media-outlet, Internet, everything-is-getting-leaked, people-stealing your-songs-before-you-can-mix-them-and-put-them-online world we’re living in right now.”

Yes. Or at least making sure some sort of big distribution deal is in place before it leaks and every 12 year old with an allowance and an Internet connection starts to act as distributor.

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