Jay-Z ‘Magna Carta Holy Grail’ Leaks Same Day as Samsung Release
Back when Jay-Z’s latest album in four years was announced, its distribution method – released through an app Samsung phone users can download – seemed innovative and a solution that leaves record labels out of the equation. But will that stop leaks? The same issue that has plagued standard music distribution for over the past decade hit Samsung this morning.
As reported, Magna Carta Holy Grail was to come out through the smart phone brand on Samsung Galaxy SIII, S4, and Note II devices today, but right at midnight eastern time, the album leaked.
To somewhat add insult to injury, the Samsung phone users attempting to legally download the album apparently found the company’s servers had crashed.
While Magna Carta will eventually be available through a major label, Jay-Z’s partnership with Samsung, which might have netted him $20 million even before the album came out, was the first time a brand served as a music distributor. Per the plan, 1 million copies of the album would be made available for Samsung phone users who downloaded an app. Commercials, as of recent, had been previewing the music and included the rapper’s collaborators.
However, while this method is innovative and new, it has a downside – the 1 million copies, essentially resulting in a platinum release up front, aren’t being counted to overall chart performance and sales.
What’s your take on the leak? Does this essentially subvert the whole purpose of releasing the album through a brand?
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