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JAY-Z’s Made in America Festival will remain in Philadelphia


ABC/Randy HolmesThe dispute between JAY-Z and Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney has been settled and the Made in America festival will remain in Philly.

Kenney announced that the festival will continue to be held on the City of Brother Love’s Benjamin Franklin Parkway, where it’s taken place over Labor Day Weekend each year since 2012.

“I am greatly appreciative of everything that Made in America has done for the City of Philadelphia and I remain committed to its continued success,” Kenney said in a statement.

He added, “The Made in America festival belongs in Philadelphia — the birthplace of our country — and I’m optimistic that we can turn an unfortunate misunderstanding into a positive outcome and even stronger event.”

Kenney made the announcement following a meeting with Roc Nation Chief Operating Officer Desiree Perez. 

“We are happy to announce the Made in America festival will continue at the heart of Philadelphia, the Benjamin Franklin Parkway for many years to come,” Perez said in the joint statement. “After a candid and constructive discussion with the Mayor, we are confident any miscommunication is corrected, and we are proactively addressing any concerns.”

As previously reported, after the mayor said last week that the festival needed to be moved. JAY-Z wrote an op-ed letter to the Philadelphia Inquirer slamming the mayor’s decision. He threatened to move the festival to another city and, according to The Source, received an offer from Milwaukee to host the event.

The 2018 Made In America Festival will be held on the parkway September 1 and 2, and the lineup features Nicki Minaj, Post Malone, Meek Mill, Miguel, Janelle Monae, Ty Dolla $ign, and many more.

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