Billboard Says Jay-Z’s Samsung Giveaway Won’t Count; Album Tracks Revealed

June 24, 2013  |  

Billboard has told Jay-Z to hold his horses. The magazine, which tracks record sales, informed the rap mogul that it will not include the one million album downloads that Jay-Z is giving to Galaxy mobile phone users through a deal with Samsung, reports The Huffington Post. Last week, Jay-Z announced a venture in which his new album, “Magna Carta Holy Grail,” set for official release on July 7 would go out to one million Samsung users on July 4.

Through a letter posted on its website, Billboard said the downloads don’t count because Samsung ultimately isn’t selling the album on its phones. But, said editorial director Bill Werde, it wasn’t that easy denying Jay-Z’s request to include them on the Billboard album sales chart.  “The passionate and articulate argument by Jay’s team that something was for sale and Samsung bought it … doesn’t mesh with precedent,” Werde wrote.

Speaking of the “Magna Carta Holy Grail,” the track listing for Hova’s latest was revealed via a scavenger hunt held in Brooklyn, NY. According to Billboard, Jay-Z’s publicist Jana Fleishman tweeted pictures of locations where she was waiting with books containing the song titles. Fans who were clever enough to figure out the sites grabbed the copies.

But Fleishman hinted there was more to come. Following  the publicity stunt, she tweeted a photo via Instagram containing the words, “Hey family… Done for right now… Stay tuned for next time. I’m out…”

Right now, only the title tracks have been made public, though there is much speculation about who collaborated with Jay-Z on the album. Among the rumored producers are Rick Rubin, Pharrell Williams, Timbaland, and Swizz Beatz, mostly thought to have been involved because of their appearance in the commercial that aired June 16 announcement the album during the NBA Finals.

Some of the cuts in the much-anticipated CD: Picasso Baby, Heaven, Tom Ford, La Familia,  Jay-Z Blue,  Nickles & Dimes. Read into the titles what you may. But most of us won’t  know what Jay-Z is rhyming about until July 7.

Are you going to buy a of “Magna Carta Holy Grail”?

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