Plug pulled on Jay-Z CD party in New York

ImageHundreds of Manhattan patrons were upset when police closed down a nightclub 30 minutes before a release party for hip-hop artist Jay-Z's new CD.

New York Newsday reported Thursday that the crowd was on hand Wednesday night to celebrate the release, but the party was over before it started. Police and fire department officials would not allow anyone to go inside the Avalon -- a converted church in the Chelsea area -- citing ongoing problems with a certificate of occupancy.

Newsday said the "scene became heated as police dispersed the patrons" and witnesses said there were some angry exchanges outside the club between partygoers and law enforcement.
Fans were anxious to hear Jay-Z's new release, "Kingdom Come," although the star wasn't scheduled to be on hand. The new music had apparently been leaked over the Internet last weekend, although officially it wasn't supposed to debut until Nov. 21.
Avalon managers expected the club to be closed throughout the holiday weekend.

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