From hanging with Adele and John Legend at the The UJA Luncheon, Jay-Z aka Shawn Carter continues to set trends and write his own rules. Adding to the anticipation already building for his 12th album which is expected to be released July 4th for Samsung Galaxy users and July 7th for the rest of the world. Jay-Z recently announced the track listing for his upcoming album MAGNA CARTA THE HOLY GRAIL however, there is no mention of any features. Leaving many fans to wonder and speculate as rumors and photos have circulated of Jay-Z in the studio with Raekwon and Drake and just recently in the studio with R&B singer Ne-Yo who confirmed he did a few parts but he is not sure if they will be used or if so for what.
In speaking on his recent studio session with Jay-Z, Ne-Yo said, “The thing about Jay is again you don’t know until it’s done. I went in, I did a session where I laid down a couple hooks but I have no idea what’s going to be kept. I heard some of the new stuff. It’s amazing. With Jay-Z it’s hard not to be amazing.”
Ne-Yo also stated that Beyonce is still working on her upcoming and much anticipated solo album.
Recently, Jay-Z received news that though Samsung bought one million copies for their newly developed and upcoming Magna Carta app, it will not count towards Nielsen Sound scan this according to Billboard. Billboard says that because Samsung is not selling the albums it will not count towards albums sold.
Still, it did not stop Hov from landing the cover of Billboard magazine and in the article an excerpt explains why Samsung’s million copies bought will not count.
“But our role as the chart of record is to set the rules, and hopefully even raise the level of play. It is in this spirit that I say it wasn’t as simple as you might think to turn down Jay-Z when he requested that we count the million albums that Samsung “bought” as part of a much larger brand partnership, to give away to Samsung customers. True, nothing was actually for sale — Samsung users will download a Jay-branded app for free and get the album for free a few days later after engaging with some Jay-Z content.”
Jay-Z continues to write his own rules and earlier today June 22,) Mr. Carter in a scavenger hunt in New York City fans received a book detailing Jay-Z’s THE MAGNA CARTA THE HOLY GRAIL track listing. Here is the full track listing:
1. Picasso Baby
4. Tom Ford
5. Beach Is Better
9. Part II (On The Run)
11. La Familia
12. Jay-Z Blue
13. Nickles & Dimes
Also, Jay-Z during game 7 of the NBA finals released yet another commercial, this time the hip hop icon talked with super producer Timbaland about creating four more tracks. Watch the three minute video below:
-Kelly J Newson