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Artist Jeff Koons Announces He’s Creating A Giant Balloon Dog For Jay-Z

 Jay-Z's new festival tour will include more than just the rapper's musical talents, artist Jeff Koons announced on Instagram: 

This is the sixth tour that Jay-Z's headlining, and 4:44 is his 13th studio album. He's received over twenty Grammy Awards for his music. The rapper released his album on June 30, after teasing an ad during the NBA finals. 

Jay-Z will perform on the 43rd premiere of "Saturday Night Live!" airing September 30. 

After his first solo exhibition in 1980, Jeff Koons has been showing his work at major galleries and institutions around the world. In 2013, Koons collaborated with Lady Gaga on her album Artpop, creating the nude sculpture of Gaga behind a blue ball that is featured on the album cover.

Koons and Lady Gaga team up:

Here's a taste of Koons' work:

This is Jay-Z's and Koons' first collaboration. And it sounds as if we can expect a new balloon for each tour date in Jay-Z's future.

JAY-Z’s 4:44 Tour Dates:

Oct. 27 – Anaheim, Calif. – Honda Center
Oct. 28 – Las Vegas, Nev. – T-Mobile Arena
Nov. 1 – Fresno, Calif. – Save Mart Center at Fresno State
Nov. 3 – Phoenix, Ariz. – Talking Stick Resort Arena
Nov. 5 – Denver, Colo. – Pepsi Center Arena
Nov. 7 – Dallas, Texas – American Airlines Center
Nov. 8 – Houston, Texas – Toyota Center
Nov. 9 – New Orleans, La. – Smoothie King Center
Nov. 11 – Orlando, Fla. – Amway Center
Nov. 12 – Miami, Fla. – American Airlines Arena
Nov. 14 – Atlanta, Ga. – Philips Arena
Nov. 15 – Nashville, Tenn. – Bridgestone Arena
Nov. 16 – Charlotte, N.C. – Spectrum Center
Nov. 18 – Detroit, Mich. – Little Caesars Arena
Nov. 19 – Cleveland, Ohio – Quicken Loans Arena
Nov. 21 – Montreal, Quebec – Bell Centre
Nov. 22 – Toronto, Ontario – Air Canada Centre
Nov. 25 – Boston, Mass. – TD Garden
Nov. 26 – Brooklyn, N.Y. – Barclays Center
Nov. 29 – Washington, D.C. – Verizon Center
Dec. 2 – Uniondale, N.Y. – Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
Dec. 5 – Chicago, Ill. – United Center
Dec. 6 – Lincoln, Nebr. – Pinnacle Bank Arena
Dec. 9 – Edmonton, Alberta – Rogers Place
Dec. 11 – Vancouver, British Columbia – Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena
Dec. 13 – Seattle, Wash. – KeyArena
Dec. 14 – Portland, Ore. – Moda Center
Dec.16 – Oakland, Calif. – Oracle Arena
Dec. 17 – Sacramento, Calif. – Golden 1 Center
Dec. 19 – San Diego, Calif. – Viejas Arena
Dec. 21 – Los Angeles, Calif. – The Forum

H/T: Entertainment Weekly, XXL Magazine, Instagram, MTV, Jeff Koons