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Jay-Z Partners With Samsung for Upcoming Album Release

Jay-Z has partnered with Samsung to promote his upcoming album, Magna Carta Holy Grail, which will debut on Samsung smartphones via Google Play app on July 4, three days before it’s released to the rest of the world.

The record will be available as a free download for the first 1 million Samsung users to download the Magna Carta app onto a Galaxy S III, Galaxy S4 or Galaxy Note 2 smartphones. However, Jay-Z fans who gain early access to Magna Carta won’t be able to share the new songs with their friends until the official release three days later. It’s unclear how Samsung will attempt to stop the new songs from leaking online.

The album was officially announced in a commercial that aired during the NBA finals on Sunday night, featuring Jay-Z, Pharrell Williams, Columbia Records co-president Rick Rubin and a Samsung Galaxy Tab. It’s unclear how much Samsung paid Jay-Z. The Wall Street Journal reports the South Korean company paid $5 per album for a total of $5 million. However, earlier this month the NY Post reported that the two parties were hashing out a $20 million dollar contract.

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Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...


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