Jay-Z's Modest New Album: Magna Carta Holy Grail

He announces it during Samsung commercial
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 17, 2013 10:44 AM CDT

(Newser) – If you thought Kanye West's latest album title, Yeezus, was perhaps a bit pretentious, well ... here comes Jay-Z with Magna Carta Holy Grail. He announced the upcoming album during a 3-minute Samsung commercial that aired during last night's NBA Finals Game 5, Rolling Stone reports. The album—his 12th and the first one since 2009—is out July 4, "which is already a totally Jay-Z-is-America-is-the-new-Jay-Gatsby thing to do," writes Zach Dionne on Vulture. Samsung is giving out 1 million copies of the album, free, to Galaxy smartphone users through an app, the Wall Street Journal reports. (Read more Jay-Z stories.)

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