Jay-Z and Samsung aftermath: Magna Carta Holy Grail’ app experience ‘not cool’ and “disheartening” says Jay-Z

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We have been listening to this album all we can say its just great. But not all is well in Camp Holy Grail. Jay Z has spoken about his partnership with Samsung and the issues some users had when trying to download the new release. This was during  interview on New York radio station Power 105.1, Jay-Z branded the experience “not cool” and “disheartening” after fans were unable to access the album right away after several tries. Jay Z was careful not to pin Samsung on this one, instead he focused on the demand for the album itself.

“It was 20 million hits for the app and it broke, No one is expecting it, there’s no way in the world for you to calculate 20 million hits. It’s not even a number you can fathom. You cannot prepare a service for that.”

— Jay-Z

As part of its exclusive deal with Jay Z, Samsung gave away 1 million free copies of Magna Carta Holy Grail to Galaxy S III, Galaxy S4, and Galaxy Note II owners on July 4th (almost a week ahead of the public release), as long as they downloaded the promotional app.As fans rushed to download their copy on release day, Twitter lit up with complaints about gateway errors when users tried to obtain the release from the company’s servers. With one million people requesting the album, Samsung’s service was quickly overwhelmed with multiple requests after it stopped responding.

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