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Jay-Z readies 1st show at NYC's Barclays Center

FILE - In this Sept. 26, 2011 file photo, entertainer Shawn "Jay-Z" Carter gestures during a news conference in front of Barclays Center, under construction in the background, as Brooklyn borough President Marty Markowitz, right, applauds in downtown Brooklyn, N.Y. Jay-Z, who is also the co-owner of the Brooklyn Nets, will open the team's new 18,000-seat arena with a concert series beginning on Friday, Sept. 28, 2012. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)FILE - In this Sept. 26, 2011 file photo, entertainer Shawn "Jay-Z" Carter gestures during a news conference in front of Barclays Center, under construction in the background, as Brooklyn borough President Marty Markowitz, right, applauds in downtown Brooklyn, N.Y. Jay-Z, who is also the co-owner of the Brooklyn Nets, will open the team's new 18,000-seat arena with a concert series beginning on Friday, Sept. 28, 2012. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — Call it his official homecoming: Jay-Z will perform the first of eight shows at the newly built Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Friday night.

The rapper is the co-owner of the Brooklyn Nets, who will play the new arena this year. Brooklyn-born Jay-Z will christen the venue, which holds 18,000 seats.

Jay-Z's performance Friday is expected to feature other top musicians. His past shows included wife Beyonce, Kanye West, Alicia Keys and dozens of others.

FILE - In this May 14, 2012 file photo, entertainer Shawn "Jay-Z" Carter smiles during a news conference at the Philadelphia Museum of Art in Philadelphia. Jay-Z will perform the first of eight shows at the newly built Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Friday night, Sept. 28, 2012. The rapper is the co-owner of the Brooklyn Nets, who will play the new arena this year. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)FILE - In this May 14, 2012 file photo, entertainer Shawn "Jay-Z" Carter smiles during a news conference at the Philadelphia Museum of Art in Philadelphia. Jay-Z will perform the first of eight shows at the newly built Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Friday night, Sept. 28, 2012. The rapper is the co-owner of the Brooklyn Nets, who will play the new arena this year. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

The Barclays Center will rival Manhattan's Madison Square Garden for musical events. A number of acts have booked shows at the venue, including Barbra Streisand, Lady Gaga, Bob Dylan, Rihanna, Rush, The Who, Justin Bieber and Neil Young and Crazy Horse.

Jay-Z will perform at Barclays through Oct. 6 with the exception of Oct. 2.