Tuesday, September 13, 2011

What could enhance Jay-Z's arena opening debut? Video explains... maybe a baby (named Barclays? Brooke Lynne?)

The news last month that BeyoncĂ© Knowles is pregnant prompted the most Tweets per second in Twitter history.  That got me thinking how the creative minds behind the Barclays Center might make the most of that pregnancy.

After all, father Jay-Z is expected by many to open the Barclays Center in August or September 2012 with a series of concerts, much in the way--but way bigger--that Jon Bon Jovi opened the Prudential Center in Newark.

The cartoon video below sketches an imaginary conversation between Nets Sports & Entertainment CEO Brett Yormark and Nets p.r. guy Barry Baum. Note that the Xtranormal Movie Maker software provides only a set number of accents, and there is only one variant of "American English Male."

So allow a little artistic license and imagine Baum, for the purposes of contrast, to have a British accent. (Memo to Xtranormal: please add a bunch of variants of the "American English Male" accent.)

The video

Plotting Jay-Z's Barclays Center Debut
by: AYreport



Making predictions

As indicated in the video, I'd bet that Jay-Z gets on stage wearing a "Brooklyn Nets" ballcap and name-checks the Nets in a lyric.

As to whether Beyoncé does a guest spot and brings out the baby, well, that's more of a longshot.

What about naming the kid "Barclays" or even "Brooke Lynne"? Unlikely.

But I'm sure someone's thinking about how best to milk Jay-Z's appearance.

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