As most will know by now, Jay-Z‘s new album Magna Carta Holy Grail was released a week early to Samsung Android users as part of a money-spinning tie-in with the electronics company.
The move hasn’t gone as smoothly as Jay or Samsung would have liked, however: the official Android app for Magna Carta Holy Grail has been cloned and redistributed by hackers. The cloned app was available through third party sites, and appeared to do everything that the legitimate app did until July 4, when it changed the app’s wallpaper from the Magna Carta Holy Grail artwork to the above image of President Obama, referencing recent revelations about the US government’s surveillance policies [via BBC].
Magna Carta has been available – in under the counter form – for non-Samsung users since last week, but has now been made available to stream for all on Spotify. You can stream it below.
Last week, FACT’s Chal Ravens explored what repercussions the “#newrules” surrounding Magna Carta‘s release might have for the future of the record industry – you can read that piece here, and Chris Kelly’s rundown of the producers and stories behind Jay-Z’s back catalogue here.