Are you too going to Jay-Z? Battle of the musical heavyweights

By Hugh Sundae

Two of the biggest artists in the world will share Mt Smart Stadium on Thursday, November 25, but will the fans be equally as accommodating?

In 2003 Robbie Williams played at Western Springs, with Duran Duran as support. Closer in genre yes, but there was still a noticeable movement to the gates before The Ego took the stage.

Not to mention that last time U2 were here, Kanye West came too.

So let us know where you stand, take our poll, but first see how the two stack up...

Debut Album

U2 Boy 1980.

Jay-Z Reasonable Doubt 1996.

Discography

U2 October (1981), War (1983), Under A Blood Red Sky (live) 1983, The Unforgettable Fire (1984), The Joshua Tree (1987), Rattle and Hum (1988), Achtung Baby (1991), Zooropa (1993), Pop (1997), All That You Can't Leave Behind (2000), How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb (2004), No Line On The Horizon (2009)

Jay-Z In My Lifetime, Vol,1 (1997), Hard Knock Life, Vol. 2 (1998), Life and Times of S.Carter, Vol. 3 (1999), The Dynasty Roc la Familia (2000), The Blueprint (2001), Unplugged (live) 2001), The Best of Both Worlds (2002), The Blueprint 2, The Gift & The Curse (2002), The Blueprint 2.1 (2003), The Black Album (2003), Unfinished Business (2004), The Commission (2006), S Dot Carter (2006), Kingdom Come (2006), The Black Chronic (2006), Commission Pt. 2 (2007), Serious Business (2007), American Gangster (2007), International Gangsta (2008), Brooklyn Gangsta (2008), Street Phenomenon (2008), The Blueprint 3 (2009)

New Zealand Tours

U2 Unforgettable Fire (1984), Lovetown Tour (1989), Zoo TV (1993) and Vertigo (2006)

Jay-Z Never

Estimated income in past financial year

U2 NZ$184 million
Jay-Z NZ$88.5 million

Controversy

Jay-Z headlined the 2008 Glastonbury music festival in the UK, the first time a Hip Hop artist had done so. Purists were outraged and said the organisers were trying too hard to keep up with the kids. Generally accepted as a success.

U2 Fans, who have paid good money to watch a band play music, get a bit sick of the save-the-world preaching.

Your views

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