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Jay-Z launching YouTube channel

Hip-hop heavyweight Jay-Z is launching his own YouTube.com channel on Saturday with a live stream from his New York City concert.

The rapper will kick off his Life+Times channel by broadcasting live footage of the last of his eight shows at the new Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

The gig will cap off a series of sold-out homecoming gigs the 99 Problems hitmaker has staged to open the sports arena.

Future programming will include an interactive show for fans called Roc Nation Check-In, a series called Well Dunn with British catwalk star Jourdan Dunn, and a documentary series about the Brooklyn Nets basketball team.

Jay-Z is a minority owner of the NBA side.

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