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Samsung Buys 1 Million Copies Of Jay-Z New Album “Magna Carta Holy Grail” [VIDEO]


UPDATED: Billboard has decided that these downloads don't count as sales for thier charts, but the Samsung app for "Magna Carta Holy Grail" is available now here.

In a deal that sources put at $5 million, Samsung has purchased 1 million copies of Jay-Z’s next album, entitled “Magna Carta Holy Grail”. A million Samsung Galaxy smartphone users will receive a free copy on July 4th,  72 hours prior the official release.  It's not yet clear that these million copies will count towards Jay-Z's first week positions on Billboard's Nielson Soundscan charts. The rumored $5 per copy price would theoretically allow the business savvy star to qualify, virtually guaranteeing a #1 debut. 

"We need to write the new rules."


New Rules

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Samsung owners will receive “Magna Carta Holy Grail” via an app, which can be downloaded starting June 24th. It will offer what the company calls an "unprecedented inside look into the album personal stories and inspiration" and unlock the album for play on July 4, three days before it officially goes on sale for the non-Galaxy owning world.

The new album and the Sunsung deal were unveiled with this three minute commercial debuted  during the NBA Finals on Sunday. In the video and accompanying site Jay-Z repeats the theme that the internet has changed everything, and thus, "We need to write new rules."


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  1. Will those sales be contributed to his first week’s sales numbers?
    Between stunts like this and those ‘6-month pre-sales’ that PledgeMusic does, SoundScan needs to reassess what counts towards the figures they publish.

  2. Scary, all the music in the world and they choose this
    Obviously pandering to the market rather than musical
    concerns… Mozart, Beethoven, Bach, Tarrega, Rodrigo…

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