Magna Carta Holy Grail app fails; one million Samsung Galaxy owners can't download Jay-Z's new album

Magna Carta Holy Grail app fails; one million Samsung Galaxy owners can't download Jay-Z's new album
One million people who own a Samsung Galaxy device must be feeling a little upset right now. It seems that a glitch has prevented them from downloading Jay-Z's new Magna Carta Holy Grail album. You might recall that as part of a $20 million partnership between the rap mogul and the Korean handset manufacturer, those who own a Samsung Galaxy device were given the opportunity to download an app that showed behind the scenes video and clips on the making of the album.

In addition, the first million Galaxy owners with the app were supposed to be able to download the album once the clock struck 12 this morning. But the app did not work and a million people were left hanging in the wind. To add insult to injury, the free behind the scene content on the app also has not been working. Jay-Z fans have been left looking for ways to pirate the tracks.

Unfortunately, when something like this happens, it leaves a bad taste in the mouths of consumers. If Samsung tries to do something like this again, whether with Jay-Z or another artist, there will be a backlash from those who were promised something that Samsung failed to deliver. It should be interesting to see the spin that comes out of both Samsung's and Jay-Z's camps over the next few days.

source: Phandroid

UPDATE: Apparently Samsung has corrected the problem from earlier in the day as we are hearing from our readers that they are now able to download the album. Enjoy!

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66 Comments

1. lilg29

Posts: 89; Member since: Sep 14, 2011

I have a galaxy s 3 and it took a little bit for it all to work. I did get the album but after 2 hours AFTER the release point. It wasn't worth it to be honest.

7. ukfan15

Posts: 14; Member since: Jul 02, 2010

You got an ENTIRE ALBUM FREE 3 days before it releases to the general public but because you weren't able to get it for 2 hours after the initial release it's not worth it? Wow.... sense of entitlement in this country is embarassing

9. lilg29

Posts: 89; Member since: Sep 14, 2011

Sure i'm happy that I got the album but I just didn't like what Jay Z did, I listened to a lot of the songs and I just didn't like them. That's what made it not worth it. Had it been some one else I really liked I would been super happy. Yeah I got an entire album for free but i just didn't like how they executed the plan.

10. av911

Posts: 206; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

It could've meant the album sucked, not the time it took to get it.

12. tedkord

Posts: 17041; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

A JayZ album sucked? Thats hard to believe...

17. squallz506

Posts: 1075; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

Worked fine for me. Samsung fail? Nope, just another phone arena fail.

2. bradley.block

Posts: 12; Member since: Oct 01, 2012

I just downloaded it...not quite sure how this is a fail? Oh and I just downloaded the app for the first time, so there definitely not been one million downloads yet.

3. darkkjedii

Posts: 30660; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Man is this was apple, the Sammites would be all over it.

22. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

" Man if this was Apple, the Sammys would be all over it " ®

29. PAPINYC

Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

"Man if ('Conjunction junction what's your function?' - apparently, you don't know!) this was Apple," the iTuniTes would have to pay $29.99 for the album (even if it were worth only a penny) because nothing on iOS is "FREE"!!

42. belovedson

Posts: 1060; Member since: Nov 30, 2010

Hahaha that says a good one

64. Chaseism

Posts: 82; Member since: May 08, 2013

iPhone users like to support their artists. As an independent artist...I am thankful for this...

40. belovedson

Posts: 1060; Member since: Nov 30, 2010

For one why would apple do this. If it's successful they might. But let's be real apple doesn't give a cap about its consumers as long as there is a demand for there product. It doesn't matter how they drive that demand.

4. rwitt1

Posts: 7; Member since: Apr 25, 2012

I downloaded it no problem. Awesome!! No fail here

37. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Let me know which track is hot from Jay-Z.

59. quakan

Posts: 1418; Member since: Mar 02, 2011

The whole album is great from start to finish.

5. Mdpats

Posts: 2; Member since: Jun 26, 2013

Calm down, they'll fix it geeeeez,,,,

6. Tsepz_GP

Posts: 1126; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Errmm...downloaded mine on my GS4, also downloaded on my mates phones which include GS4, GS3 LTE and GNote2. http://imgur.com/ajWp7GK :) already listened to the whole album, so not quite sure what PA is on about? Maybe me and the MANY on Twitter, Instagram and Vine who posted that we got it are imagining it.

8. Kevinphantom

Posts: 82; Member since: Jun 17, 2013

I'm from iraq I can't download it like that if I want to I can easily download it in the mp3skull

11. Carlitos

Posts: 626; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

I downloaded it pn my Galaxy Note 2. You just have to wait a while for the content to show up in the app.

53. PAPINYC

Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

That's nice to know, how long before you realized your mistake and deleted it?

13. Tre-Nitty

Posts: 470; Member since: Nov 16, 2010

The album is average at best. The app is even worse. You cant use the album in the music player on the phone, you can't rewind or fast forward any tracks, there's no credits for the album. Jay-Z is smart, this album would've tanked without this samsung push!

15. lilg29

Posts: 89; Member since: Sep 14, 2011

The songs are actually in the music folder on your phone, i found it.

14. tedkord

Posts: 17041; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

I would consider not being able to download a JayZ album a feature.

20. squallz506

Posts: 1075; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

So would apple

16. 1liono373

Posts: 2; Member since: Apr 02, 2013

phonearena was to quick to qossip, not everyones app failed . i got mine last night at 12.03 am along with my friends who also have the S4. the Album is worth the wait even if it was 3 sec or 3 hours later

18. alpinejason

Posts: 262; Member since: Sep 06, 2011

Rap sucks and so does jay z enough said

23. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Very true+1 Raggae and Dub music is much better. More listenable and enjoying and chilled. Not swearing and your mom this, your dad this, I fkd this, drugs bla bla bla. I mean am I in a aggresive mood or hyped! Music is ment to be enjoyed. ENIGMA® is a great master piece of music to listen and chill to. ®

44. PAPINYC

Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

True, and he ruins that sweet girl Beyonce's songs with his GhettoTude®!

61. quakan

Posts: 1418; Member since: Mar 02, 2011

Listen to the album, you won't be disappointed unless Rap just isn't your genre. Maybe because I grew up around so many different types of music I'm open to anything. The production is really good. There aren't many albums that I can say that I didn't skip or dislike a track, but this one is one of those for sure. Also, if Rap/Hip-Hop is your genre, listen to Joey Bada$$' mixtape. He did his thing. He's only 17 and much better than a lot of older rappers.

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