What to look for: September 2009

By: Danny Yellin

The Blueprint 3

Release Date: September 11, 2009

The Blueprint 3 is the upcoming eleventh studio album by rap icon Jay-Z, set to be released in the US on September 11, 2009 (UK released September 14), which is 8 years after the release of the first Blueprint. It will be the final installment in The Blueprint trilogy, preceded by the critically acclaimed The Blueprint (2001) and the commercially successful The Blueprint²: The Gift & The Curse (2002). On May 20, 2009 Jay-Z confirmed that he bought out the remainder of his contract from Def Jam Records in order to start his contract with Live Nation, and therefore The Blueprint 3 will be released under Roc Nation and distributed by Atlantic Records

The initial hype over The Blueprint 3 came when DJ Clue released a mixtape song called “Ain’t I”, produced by Timbaland in January 2008. In the intro, Clue said, “Off that Blueprint 3 baby!” However, a spokesperson for Jay-Z said that the song was an older, unreleased Jay-Z song and that the recording of The Blueprint 3 had not yet started.[2] In July, producer Timbaland, a frequent contributor of previous Jay-Z albums, told MTV News that he was producing the whole album.[3] But in an interview with the Rolling Stone, Jay-Z called the statement “premature”. Later that month Jay-Z appeared onstage to perform the Kanye West–produced song “Jockin’ Jay-Z” during the former’s Glow in the Dark Tour.[5] The next morning, Jay-Z confirmed The Blueprint 3 as the album’s name during a interview with radio station Shade 45. By November, he had finished the album but with lengthy negotiations with Def Jam, he went back to rework The Blueprint 3. In January, Jay-Z confirmed continued production on and admitted the leak of several songs. The album’s lead single “D.O.A. (Death of Auto-Tune)” was premiered on New York radio station Hot 97 on June 5.


Release date September 4, 2009

Jason Bateman. Mila Kunis, Ben Affleck, Kristen Wiig, Clifton Collins, and J.K. Simmons star in writer/director Mike Judge’s(Office Space, King of The HillExtract about a flower-extract plant owner contending with an ever-growing avalanche of personal and professional disasters. An employee at the factory has just suffered an unfortunate accident on the assembly line, but little does the put-upon owner realize that things are about to get much worse. As the injured employee threatens to sue and it begins to look like his company will be bought out, the frazzled owner attempts to catch the culprit responsible for stealing wallets from the coat room and begins to suspect that his wife is sleeping with the gigolo he hired to seduce her.


Release date September 17, 2009

The Soup’s Joel McHale will be starring in NBC’s upcoming half-hour comedy, “Community.” McHale plays a lawyer who goes back to community college after his degree was revoked and his job taken away. The show follows a “band of misfits” (including the incredibly famous Chevy Chase) who form a study group at the school and “end up learning a lot more about themselves than they do about their course work.”

Community debuts in the fall during “30 Rock”‘s current Thursday night timeslot (“30 Rock” is set to return after “Saturday Night Live Weekend Update Thursday” runs its course) . After watching the preview, I was a little surprised to see that, even though it’s billed as a comedy and stars one of the funniest people currently on TV (McHale), “Community” will also be putting a pretty strong emphasis on the serious “learning a lot about themselves” aspect of the show.


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