*A free download of Jay-Z’s new album “Magna Carta Holy Grail” was made available exclusively to the first 1 million Samsung Smartphone and tablet users just after midnight Thursday. But according to USA Today, the launch did not go off as smoothly as planned.
The app didn’t work for many customers who found themselves frustrated when instead of the album, got a white screen with the black MCHG logo with a spinning icon that quickly disappeared. Many took to Twitter to vent about the technical glitches. But far more flooded social media with their excitement about getting the album, and for several hours dominated Twitter’s top trends.
The album, which was supposed to be exclusive to Samsung customers for three days, leaked not long after the midnight launch when it showed up on scores of blogs, file-sharing sites and torrent trackers. The “MCHG” app itself was hacked, with several unofficial clone versions popping up that included anti-government statements and a picture of President Obama wearing headphones. Those apps were downloaded only by users of unofficial sites.
So far, Samsung has not commented on the leak or the issues with the download.
As for Jay-Z, his album has gotten mostly positive reviews and has gone platinum thanks to a rules change by the Recording Industry Association of America on how it certifies it’s album awards. Billboard, however, will not count the app downloads in its sales figures.
How the leaks affect sales when the album becomes available for purchase Tuesday remains to be seen.
*After video of the president singing the first line of Al Green’s “Let’s Stay Together” went viral last week, the R&B classic posted its best download sales week since 2003.
Since President Barack Obama broke out in song at the Jan. 19 fundraising event, the tune enjoyed a 490 percent weekly sales increase, selling 16,000 downloads in the week ending Jan. 22 according to Nielsen SoundScan.
It’s the best sales week for the song since SoundScan began tracking downloads in 2003.
The fundraiser took place at New York’s Apollo Theater, where Green was also making an appearance. As Obama took to the stage, he noted Green’s presence in the room and surprised the crowd (and his aides) with the opening line.
“Those guys didn’t think I would do it,” joked Obama, gesturing to his staffers on the side of the stage. “I told you I was going to do it. The Sandman did not come out.”
While there are multiple videos of the moment on YouTube, the most-viewed clip has been watched more than 4 million times. Watch below.
*Jay-Z and Kanye West have just broken Coldplay’s three-year record for iTunes downloads.
The duo managed to tally up over 290,000 downloads of their new disc “Watch The Throne” since it hit iTunes on Aug. 8.
The feat breaks a record set by Coldplay’s 2008 album “Viva La Vida,” which sold over 282,000 digital copies through the online store in its first week.
“Watch The Throne,” is also expected to sell in excess of 500,000 copies in the US this week, which would put the set comfortably atop the Billboard 200 next week.
Meanwhile, Jay Z celebrated the album release on Sunday by treating guests at a Miami nightclub Liv to drinks from a $100,000 bottle of champagne.
Jigga purchased a massive 3.96-gallon bottle of Ace of Spades Champagne to drink with guests such as Ne-Yo and DJ Clue.
A source tells the New York Post’s Page Six column, “It takes two people to serve the Champagne due to the size and weight of the bottle.”
Not in attendance for the album release were West, who was performing at a festival in Finland, and Jay Z’s wife Beyonce, who was onstage in New York for the first of four sold out shows at Manhattan’s Roseland Ballroom.