Hip-hop star Jay-Z is so thrilled with the success of his New York City sports bar 40/40, he's planning to open a string of them across America.

The 99 PROBLEMS rapper, boyfriend of Destiny's Child beauty Beyonce KNOWLES, opened the Manhattan hotspot in 2003, and has been taken aback by the bar's immense popularity.

He currently has plans to open another bar in Atlantic City, New Jersey, and is certain a few other branches will follow.

He says, "Me and my partners just wanted to have a venue to argue about sports and just to relax - a place where we could go.

"But I didn't know it would come out like this. I wanna go to Vegas next after Atlantic City and then Atlanta, LA. We'll see what happens from there."

25/08/2004 21:07