15 Albums To Look Forward To This Summer
#1 Jay-Z - "Magna Carta Holy Grail" (July 4th)
Though Kanye West's “Yeezus” has pretty much taken over the Internet, it didn't stop Hov from making the summer's biggest announcement: a new Jay album. During the fifth game of the NBA Finals, Jay-Z announced that his 12th studio album would be titled Magna Carta Holy Grail and that it would be released on July 4th through a partnership with Samsung.
Hoping to write “new rules”, Jay sold a million copies of the album to Samsung – at the mere price of $5 (equalling a $5 million deal) – so it could be serviced through an app on release day. Which, let's face it, is good news for Samsung Galaxy owners. The 43-year-old rapper has been working on the new album since May 2012 as he's collaborated with Frank Ocean and Roc Nation producer Jahlil Beats. Production is also reported to come from Kanye West, Rick Rubin, Swiss Beatz, Timbaland and Pharrell Williams, while Hov himself has been caught in the studio with Drake, Nas and Justin Timberlake. Along with releasing the new album through Samsung devices, the record is reportedly getting a proper physical release on July 9th.