July has been a good month for music, namely hip hop as some of it’s hottest stars have all released new albums. From J.Cole to Kanye West, Temper and now with Jay-Z as he has just released his 12th solo project MAGNA CARTA HOLY GRAIL. J.Cole one of Jay’s artist on his Roc Nation label just recently grabbed the number one spot on the billboard charts. J.Cole had been battling for the top spot with hip hop icon and producer Kanye West and now in his third week of release has grab the top spot. July has also been big for R&B as well as stars such as Kelly Rowland, R&B veteran/songwriter Mario Winans and Ciara have also all released new albums. Each hold their own with their recent releases and for they have also released some stellar new music. R&B and soul singer Robin Thicke is set to release his latest project BLURRED LINES (July 30) as hip hop star Ace Hood is expected to release his debut TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS on July 16.
Still, the month of July has been heavily focused on Jay-Z since he made the announcement of his 12th studio album and his business partnership with Samsung. Jay-Z since the announcement had been making headlines with his MAGNA CARTA HOLY GRAIL album, from the announcement of the cover art to the track list to the possibility of Hov not being recognized for the million copies sold in it’s first week of release.
Jay-Z has always created his own rules and set trends how he wanted and with his 12th album MAGNA CARTA HOLY GRAIL, he has done just that. After some discussion among the RIAA and Billboard, Jay-Z was certified platinum (one million copies sold) before his album was released. This due to the partnership he has with Samsung in which they received the rights of the MAGNA CARTA HOLY GRAIL for a short time and used the album to develop a brand new app for the their galaxy phones. Giving their subscribers a free download of the album ahead of the general public (July 4.) Only catch was that Samsung galaxy users had too download the Magna Carta app. Fans without a samsung galaxy phone, the MAGNA CARTA HOLY GRAIL album became available July 9 and when the album hit iTunes, MAGNA CARTA HOLY GRAIL became an instant trending topic on twitter as it did when it was first released for samsung galaxy users.
With MAGNA CARTA HOLY GRAIL, Jay-Z adds another classic to his already impressive line of work. From the first track HOLY GRAIL to the last track NICKELS AND DIMES. Hov delivers a masterpiece for his fans and one that they will be talking about for months from now.
MAGNA CARTA HOLY GRAIL is an amazing piece of art with features from Beyonce, Justin Timberlake, and Frank Ocean with production from hip hop heavy weights Swizz Beatz, Timbaland and Pharell. During the commercials for the MAGNA CARTA HOLY GRAIL, fans saw Rick Rubin but the Def Jam co-founder recently stated that he did not produce on Jay’s latest album.
Jay-Z recently shot some the visuals for his latest single PICASSO BABY, check out the behind the scenes of the video shoot here:
Earlier today Jay-Z dropped by the Breakfast Club and his dished on his latest album and the Beyonce pregnacy rumors, watch the full interview here:
Look for Jay-Z on tour as he prepares to hit the road with pop star Justin Timberlake for
their Legends of Summer Tour.
-Kelly J Newson