June 17th, 2013
12:09 PM ET

Jay-Z announces new album

Jay-Z is going to be challenging his occasional collaborator, Kanye West, for the top of the charts.

The Brooklyn hip-hop king's new album, "Magna Carta Holy Grail," is due out July 4, he announced - via a Samsung ad during Game 5 of the NBA Finals - Sunday night.

That's just a little more than two weeks after the new album from West, "Yeezus," which officially comes out tomorrow (though, naturally, it's already been leaked). Jay-Z and West joined forces on 2011's "Watch the Throne."

The three-minute Samsung ad, which aired just before the end of the second quarter of the matchup between the Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs, required some attention from fans who were more likely wondering how big a lead the Spurs would take into the locker room at halftime. As Jay-Z chats with friends, including Pharrell Williams and Rick Rubin, he drops hints about the new record, implying the need to shake up the music business.

That's because the partnership with the electronics maker isn't just a sponsorship: Samsung will make "Magna Carta Holy Grail" available to Samsung Galaxy smartphone users for free 72 hours before the official release date. According to the Wall Street Journal, Samsung paid $5 apiece for the albums - giving Jay-Z a cool $5 million in advance sales.

Jay-Z's last studio album, "The Blueprint 3," came out in 2009.

Filed under: Jay-Z • Music

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  1. Deal B

    You can download the entire Jay-Z Magna Carta Holy Grail album in MP3 format for free from http://www.teamg0.com/threads/jay-z-magna-carta-holy-grail-full-album-mp3-download.496/

    July 8, 2013 at 3:33 am | Report abuse |
  2. Stop jeezy and weezy

    Will you PLEASEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE Retire already. Im so sick of artists saying "im retiring" and then making 10 more Cd's. Go away J-Z and take the dwarf Kayne with ya!!

    July 1, 2013 at 9:28 am | Report abuse |
  3. what is important

    its jay Z

    June 28, 2013 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Meh

    just keep banging that broad and shut up dude...you'll be fogotten soon enough

    June 28, 2013 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Farmergirl

    Is this really his best. He just has no class!!!!

    June 26, 2013 at 1:07 am | Report abuse |
  6. We master over each other...oh well...

    what a great moment in history

    June 22, 2013 at 8:48 pm | Report abuse |
  7. WELL....

    alright I was masterbating about 24–but that's how we juiced you up...I don't think a roll on will work.

    June 22, 2013 at 8:46 pm | Report abuse |
  8. mauriceblack

    Does this mean any jobs for black young mean.

    June 22, 2013 at 8:44 pm | Report abuse |

    June 18, 2013 at 5:31 am | Report abuse |


    June 18, 2013 at 5:30 am | Report abuse |


    June 18, 2013 at 12:29 am | Report abuse |
  12. Poodlepuff

    Magna Carta Holy Grail?????? Why do I get the feeling that he has no clue what either of these things are? It is amazing that rappers put together words that they think make them appear intelligent, when in fact it only makes them seem ridiculous.

    June 18, 2013 at 12:20 am | Report abuse |
  13. Say Wha??

    He's an artist?????

    Who knew......

    June 17, 2013 at 7:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fr33th1nk3r

      Welcome to America in the 21st century.
      The musicians, play no musical instruments and cannot sing, our cinema is nothing but explosions and car chases (but no story), and nobody respects subtlety, dedication, perserverance (ask Chet Atkins how long it took him to play like that), or musical abilities that require yeas of patience to learn.
      Today, we only value the "instant success" type of celebrity– there is not much good music today that will be remembered a month after the songs fall off the Billboard charts.

      June 17, 2013 at 8:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • It is music...

      I agree partially that a vast majority of hip hop artists these days are commercial crap that couldn't make good music to save their life. I will also say that Jay-Z is NOT one of those artists. Jay-Z's lyrics are top notch story telling works of poetic art. If you dissect the lyrics I can guarantee you will be surprised by the talent. Myself Love all kinds of music and took professional guitar lessons for over a decade. I know how to write, read, and yes, play music. I was drawn to hip-hop by the vast variety in the instrumentals. The musical canvas over a hip-hop song can be anything from country, to pop, to rock, to classical. I Love making computerized instrumentals on my MacBook and find it enjoyable. There is a lot more work that goes into Hip-Hop than meets the eye. Granted ALOT of them are god awful (Lil Wayne) to name one... Jay-Z is not one of them. Respect their craft and enjoy. Just enjoy.

      June 17, 2013 at 8:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • M.A.P.

      All these people writing Rap is not art, all rappers are talentless etc have obviously never really given it a chance. It is a truly strange style of music sometimes, so people assume that means it's bad – and yes it can be when done distastefully, but to deny there is a craft to it is wrong. There's a great amount of thought and time spent on the production values, the rythms are experimental and off beat, the sounds can be anything from old jazz to space electronics and the lyrics can be GENIUS! I also like death metal and techno. People should step out of their comfort zone with music sometimes.

      June 18, 2013 at 4:15 am | Report abuse |
  14. Fr33th1nk3r

    When are these hip-hop artists going to figure out that commercial success, does not make you a good musician? Music is an ARTFORM, not an INDUSTRY.

    June 17, 2013 at 7:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brent

      Any person commenting on the lack of talent Jay-Z possesses is a complete fool. That would be like saying Lebron James "sucks at basketball." So if you only know Jay-Z as someone in People Magazine, and you never have listened to a full album of his, keep your mouth shut. He is a legend, and that is saying something about a rapper still living. Enough said. I am reminded of something I read and it applies to you: Better to be thought a fool than to open your mouth and prove everyone right.

      June 18, 2013 at 5:10 am | Report abuse |
  15. Gavin Ford

    I wouldn't download any of his or Kanye's music even if I got paid, let alone for free.

    June 17, 2013 at 7:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brent

      Cool. You know who cares about who you listen to? Absolutely nobody. Next time, say why you have a given opinion.

      June 18, 2013 at 5:11 am | Report abuse |
    • wande

      Jay-z Is a God, A King, The Greatest Of All Times, SHOW RESPECT!


      June 26, 2013 at 9:16 am | Report abuse |
  16. Any information said today came out of HER mouth...we had nothing to do with it.


    June 17, 2013 at 6:01 pm | Report abuse |


    June 17, 2013 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
  18. threats he will never meet anyone, medical he cannot make it without her....a man loses his own self esteem with this behavior and confidence...

    June 17, 2013 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
  19. cars and vacation are not love its all crap if there is no love....


    June 17, 2013 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
  20. You can't be that rich because your so hooked on controlling the situation

    June 17, 2013 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
  21. He needs a friend even if its platonic and not someone who is going to threaten him with cars and money every 2 seconds so he will stay

    June 17, 2013 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
  22. eviltaxpayer

    This is obamas c o k e thug isn't it? This is just the kind of news obamas ignorant racist voters eat up!

    June 17, 2013 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Nobody is going anywhere---do you understand--he needs her even if its platonic.

    June 17, 2013 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Joe Rogan

    Ugh, I'd wish he would just go away. Most overrated rapper ever.

    June 17, 2013 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fr33th1nk3r

      Are there any rappers that aren't overrated? Seriously– never heard so much bravado out of guys claiming to be musicians, but play no musical instruments and cannot even sing a note in key (that's why they rap– which is basically talking to a rhythm).

      June 17, 2013 at 7:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • wande diaz

      Jay-z Is a God, A King, The Greatest Of All Times, SHOW RESPECT!


      June 26, 2013 at 9:17 am | Report abuse |
  25. Oh now boo....i told you it was never you---it was those nasty lesbean bloggers.


    June 17, 2013 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  26. deservedit@hotmail.com

    I'm sorry boo it was too much we had too do something...

    June 17, 2013 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Boo

    And we should care about this because......................????

    June 17, 2013 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • wande diaz

      Jay-z Is a God, A King, The Greatest Of All Times, SHOW RESPECT!


      June 26, 2013 at 9:16 am | Report abuse |
  28. he takes sarah seriously and so does she.

    June 17, 2013 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
  29. palintwit

    If Sarah Palin is not some kind of a massive political joke in the USA, wheeled out to liven up the political scene from time to time with nonsensical displays of sheer and utter ignorance, then it is worrying. It is even more so if anyone other than a manic depressive suffering from a chronic lack of lithium takes this...female...seriously.

    -European newpaper-

    June 17, 2013 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |

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