Jay-Z’s New Album to Be Released to Samsung Galaxy Owners for Free Days Before Official Debut

Screenshot of Jay-Z's Magna Carta video

Screenshot of Jay-Z's Magna Carta video
With the release of his long awaited new studio album Magna Carta Holy Grail, Jay-Z is doing something different: giving away one million copies of his album days before its official release – for free.

Starting July 4th at 12:01AM ET, the first million Galaxy S III, Galaxy S4, and Galaxy Note II owners to access Jay-Z’s new album will be able to download it for free, 72 hours before the album is released to the rest of the world.

Samsung Galaxy users will be able to download the album with a free app, available from the Google Play store starting June 24. The app promises an “unprecedented” look into the thoughts behind the album. We won’t know for sure what the app will contain until next week, but if the Magna Carta Holy Grail‘s website is any indicator we can expect in-depth looks into the making of the album, leaving no reasonable doubt behind the motivation of his lyrics.

“We need to write the new rules,” Jay-Z says to Pharrell Williams, Timbaland, Swizz Beatz, and famous “99 Problems” producer Rick Rubin in the promo video for Magna Carta Holy Grail. And Mr. Carter is definitely writing new rules with the release of his new album by signing what the Wall Street Journal claims is a $5-million contract with Samsung.

“That ain’t supposed to work. Not against these lush sounds and this live instrumentation. That’s what hip-hop is! It’s the emotion,” Jay-Z says during his promo video. Check it out here:

Will you be able to download Jay-Z’s new album early? Or do you have to wait until July 7 like the rest of us non-Galaxy owners?

Lauren Mobertz

By Lauren Mobertz

Lauren is the former managing editor for DashBurst. One part geek, one part urban nomad, she is constantly scouting for the latest tech and world news. In the evenings you'll find Lauren running in strange places or attempting to dance salsa.

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