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19 July 2013, 09:07
The 'Holy Grail' rapper is said to have changed his stage name some time ago.
Jay-Z has reportedly dropped the hyphen from his name after years with the punctuation mark being part of his moniker.
The '99 Problems' rapper's label allegedly informed Billboard editor Joe Levy this week that the US star should now be referred to as Jay Z.
"Breaking: Jay Z has dropped the hyphen from his name, according to his label," Joe tweeted this week. "I am not kidding. (Wish I was). Copy editors: take note."
When suggestions were made that Jay-Z had attempted to drop the punctuation mark from his name several years ago, it was pointed out that his last solo album 'The Blueprint 3' still referred to him using the hyphen.
"He dropped it a while ago - ['Watch The Throne'] or earlier - not yesterday," Joe added. "No one seems to have noticed
"Didn't take, though. The hyphen is strong," the editor also posted.
Check out a picture of Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake on stage in Canada for the launch of their 'Legends Of The Summer' tour this week below:
This week saw Jay-Z join Justin Timberlake to launch their joint 'Legends Of The Summer' tour in North America, while he recently announced a brand new European tour for this coming autumn.
Jay-Z released his new album 'Magna Carta Holy Grail' this month and has reached number one in both the US and the UK.