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

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Jay-Z says he's disappointed his Philadelphia "Made in America" festival will not be held in "the heart of the city" after this year.

Yesterday, Danya Henninger of Philly news site Billy Penn reported said that MIA 2019 would not be held on the Parkway, attributing the news an unnamed Philadelphia communications official; this was verified by the Philadelphia Inquirer's Dan DeLuca, who received a statement from deputy communications director Sarah Reyes.

A rep for the mayor told Philly.com: "When the festival first started, it was meant to provide a unique attraction to the city on the otherwise quiet Labor Day weekend..." The letter goes on to claim that the festival and JAY-Z learned of its order to evict through the media, "without a sit-down meeting, notice, dialogue or proper communication". Nicki Minaj, Meek Mill, and Post Malone are set to perform this year.

Roc Nation COO Desiree Perez exclusively told us that she'd previously tried to reach out to the mayor's office and never heard back before the city publicly said the fest would move.

"Another thing about Wawa Welcome America that I did not like: I did not like that once Mayor Kenney came into office that the Roots were pulled from Wawa Welcome America", Harris said.

Part of the issue could certainly be financial - Roc Nation has paid an average of $566,666 in the aforementioned "rent" to the City of Philadelphia each year, while the city's price tag for hosting is significantly higher.

Writing for the Philadelphia Inquirer newspaper, Jay-Z said: "Our question is: how do you think that tourism grew, Mayor Kenney?"

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The outdoor concert would bring a blockbuster roster of talent, with at least 30 artists performing across three stages on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Is this an accurate representation of how he and his administration treat partners that economically benefit his city?

Fans crowd outside of the "Made in America" festival in Philadelphia.

In addition to contributing to Philadelphia, since its inception, Made in America has donated $2.9 million to the United Way of Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey.

How does an administration, merely discard an event that generates millions in income and employs the city's people as if we are disposable now that we have served our goal?

"When the festival first started, it was meant to provide a unique attraction to the City on the otherwise quiet Labor Day weekend", a spokesperson for the mayor's office told FOX 29.

The mayor said he thought the city's position had been communicated to Jay-Z.

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