In a new Jay-Z Magna Carta Holy Grail commercial, the upcoming album release date was dropped. The new Samsung Galaxy commercial features rapper Jay-Z letting fans know about a special offer only available to those who own and use Galaxy S3, Galaxy S4 or Galaxy Note 2. (To watch the new Samsung Jay-Z commercial, scroll to the bottom of the article!)
What kind of offer did Jay-Z reveal? How about a free album—Jay-Z's latest—named Magna Carta Holy Grail? And to sweeten the deal further, he's not only giving Galaxy S3, S4 and Note II smartphone owners the album for free, but they'll actually be getting them three days (72 hours) earlier than the rest of the world! Yeah, that's right—for everyone else who hoped to listen to the new Magna Carta album, you'll have to wait till July 7, 2013, or hope you have a friend kind enough to lend you an ear bud.
How to Get Jay-Z's Magna Carta Holy Grail Album For Free July 4, 2013
So, when does Jay-Z's new album release and how do you get Magna Carta Holy Grail for free? The trick is simple. Head to the Google Play Store on or after June 24, 2013 and download the Magna Carta App. On July 4, you will be able to unlock the new rap album and download it from the Magna Carta app for free. What time does the free download unlock? The free download becomes available July 4, 2013 at 12:01 a.m. EST. The only hitch is this: In order to download, you have to be one of the first million to hit download on the Magna Carta app on July 4, so be prepared to stay up late that night and cash in on the free music being offered by Jay-Z exclusively to Samsung Galaxy S3, S4 and Note II users. After the July 4 release, Galaxy owners will also be able to share the contents of this app with "with other Galaxy owners" via Facebook, Twitter, and S Beam. For more details, visit, www.magnacartaholygrail.com
Why Jay-Z and Samsung Partnered Up
So how, you might be asking, did the whole "free Jay-Z album" deal transpire? Well, it all boils down to this: Samsung is serious about overtaking the competition. As a result, the Galaxy S3, S4 and Note II creator purchased 1 million copies of Jay-Z's new rap album, "Magna Carta Holy Grail," to give away to their Galaxy smartphone users for free. It appears the deal was likely pretty nice for both parties as Samsung paid only $5 each for the albums, meanwhile Jay-Z got some incredible exposure while raking in 5 million before the record was even released.
"The eight-figure deal will be inked in the next few weeks, and is the biggest of its kind. You can speculate that he'll want to develop some kind of new music-streaming service to promote his acts and music on mobile devices."
And though the deal may have been made for a variety of reasons on each side, one thing is certain: Samsung probably had its big time competitor Apple on its mind when they went into the album deal with Jay-Z in hopes of competing against the excitement built when Apple announced a new music service coming to iOS 7 called iTunes Radio. The online radio service is free on Apple devices and has made several deals with record labels in order to offer listeners access to certain tracks before they're available elsewhere.
Of course Jay-Z not only just signed a multi-million dollar deal with Samsung, it can't have hurt his publicity at all either. With the new Samsung Commercial being featured during the Miami Heat vs. San Antonio Spurs in Game 5 of the NBA finals, you couldn't ask for a better time to reach a large group of Samsung customers, or potential customers, as well as rap music fans.
To watch the Samsung Magna Carta video, featuring Jay-Z, Rock, Rubin, Pharrel Wiliams and others, check out the embedded link below.
In the video, Jay-Z is heard voicing some deep thoughts about life, and work, and making music. "It's this duality of how do you navigate your way through this whole this whole thing—through success, through failures, through all of this, and remain yourself."
The rapper goes on to say, "We don't have any rules. Everyone's trying to figure it out. We need to write the new rules."
The new deal between Samsung and Jay-Z and the one million Magna Carta Holy Grail album giveaway definitely will break the rules. Let's see if they can reinvent them.
Watch Jay-Z in Samsung Galaxy "Magna Carta" Commercial
About Jay-Z (From Wikipedia)
Shawn Corey Knowles-Carter (born December 4, 1969), better known by his stage name Jay-Z (sometimes stylized JAY Z), is an American rapper, record producer, and entrepreneur. He is one of the most financially successful hip-hop artists and entrepreneurs in America. In 2012, Forbes estimated Carter's net worth at nearly $500 million. He has sold approximately 50 million albums worldwide, while receiving 17 Grammy Awards for his musical work, and numerous additional nominations. Consistently ranked as one of the greatest rappers of all-time, he was ranked #1 by MTV in their list of The Greatest MCs of All-Time in 2006. Two of his albums, Reasonable Doubt (1996) and The Blueprint (2001), are considered landmarks in the genre with both of them being ranked in Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.
Jay-Z co-owns the 40/40 Club, is part-owner of the NBA's Brooklyn Nets and is also co-creator of the line Rocawear. He is the former CEO of Def Jam Recordings, co-founder of Roc-A-Fella Records, and the founder of Roc Nation. As an artist, he holds the record for most number one albums by a solo artist on the Billboard 200 with twelve. Jay-Z also has had four number ones on the Billboard Hot 100, one as lead artist. On December 11, 2009, Jay-Z was ranked as the 10th-most successful artist of the 2000s by Billboard and ranking as the 5th top solo male artist and as the 4th top rapper behind Eminem, Nelly, and 50 Cent. He was also ranked the 88th-greatest artist of all time by Rolling Stone. He married American R&B singer Beyoncé Knowles in 2008. They have one daughter named Blue Ivy Carter, born in January 2012.