FILE - In this May 14, 2012 file photo, entertainer Jay-Z smiles after a news conference at Philadelphia Museum of Art in Philadelphia. Jay-Z's Made in America music festival will stay in the heart of the Philadelphia. Mayor Jim Kenney and Roc Nation's chief operating officer said Monday, July 23, 2018, the festival would remain on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway as they work out operational issues. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, file)

Jay-Z unhappy 'Made in America' leaving Philadelphia parkway

July 18, 2018 - 4:07 pm

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Jay-Z says he's disappointed Philadelphia is booting his annual "Made in America" music festival from the city's grandest boulevard.

The city says the festival is no longer welcome on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway after this year. A city spokeswoman tells philly.com the event was originally intended to attract people on a slow Labor Day weekend, but tourism growth means an event of that scale "may no longer be necessary."

In a Philadelphia Inquirer column Wednesday, Jay-Z accused the city of making a decision before consulting organizers, calling it a failure on Mayor Jim Kenney's part.

It's unclear if the festival would continue and where it would be held. Nicki Minaj, Meek Mill and Post Malone are set to perform this year.

The news website Billy Penn was first to report the city's decision.

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