Samsung users can rejoice! Samsung and Jay-Z have partnered up for a phenomenal promotion sure to make #teamiphone screamers jealous. Last Friday, Jay Z announced that his album “Magna Carta Holy Grail” could be downloaded for free on July 4 – three days before its public release – to the first 1 million users of Samsung smartphones who had downloaded a special app. Take that #teamiphone!
Because of this promotion Jay-Z’s album will go platinum before it is even officially released however the Billboard charts have rejected Jay’s request that the Samsung promotional sales be counted toward the Billboard 200 chart because “in the context of this promotion, nothing is actually for sale.”
“The ever-visionary Jay Z pulled the nifty coup of getting paid as if he had a platinum album before one fan bought a single copy,” said the magazine’s editorial director, Bill Werde. In 2011, the magazine instituted a minimum price of $3.49 for an album to be considered for its chart in the first four weeks after release, which came in response to retailers and record labels who were selling albums for less than $1 to inflate sales. Werde said Jay Z should earn his 13th No. 1 album anyway, as “Magna Carta Holy Grail” is forecast to sell between 400,000 and 450,000 units in its first week.
According to reuters.com, the magazine’s Hot 100 songs chart has been changed in recent years to include digital downloads and online streaming figures as consumers turn away from traditional terrestrial radio and buying physical copies of songs. “Magna Carta Holy Grail” will be released by Universal Music Group’s Roc-A-Fella Records.