Jay-Z Announces New Album and Samsung Galaxy Tie-In
If you missed it on our Twitter or Facebook last night a) you should follow @PeteHatesMusic and b) you missed the news that Jay-Z is dropped a new album on July 4. His pal Kanye West has a new album out on Tuesday, but it leaked last week and despite generally good reviews, is now yesterday’s news thanks to Jay-Z upstaging him.
The new album will be called Magna Carta Holy Grail. The biggest, jaw dropping thing about the album?
I rap on it It’ll be free to the first million users of a specialized app on the Samsung Galaxy. The commercial below, which debuted during Game 5 of the NBA Finals, shows collaborators such as Pharrell Williams, Rick Rubin, Swizz Beatz, and Timbaland. The album will be out July 7 for non-Samsung app users.
This could be a game changer. Albums released right to your phone, exclusive access, and marketing, all rolled into one. The Wall Street Journal reports that Samsung will pay Jay-Z $5 per album, which means the 1 million free albums will net him $5 million.
Inside “Magna Carta Holy Grail” with JAY Z + Samsung
Pink Floyd Coming to Back to Spotify, with a Catch
Pink Floyd tweeted that their classic album, Wish You Were Here, would be coming back to music stream service Spotify. If a streaming goal is met, then the rest of the catalogue will be unlocked (via Slash Gear). If Wish You Were Here is streamed 1 million times, which is a decently high number, then you can listen to other albums like Dark Side of the Moon. Couldn’t they team up with Samsung or something?
The most annoying thing for people who like to rig these kinds of things is that there is no counter to let fans know how close they are to the goal. Is this deal narcissistic of the band, or does it make good business