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Jay-Z debuts album cover next to cathedral's real Magna Carta

Posted By Kristen Butler, UPI.com   |   July 3, 2013 at 11:11 AM   |   Comments

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July 3 (UPI) -- Cover art for Jay-Z's twelfth studio album, "Magna Carta Holy Grail" was revealed Wednesday at a British cathedral housing one of the four remaining copies of the Magna Carta.

The rapper's cover art will remain on display next to the centuries-old legal document at England's Salisbury Cathedral through the end of July.

Samsung purchased 1 million copies of his new album before it was even publicly announced. The company plans to give the album away free through an app to owners of their Galaxy line of phones three days before the album's official release date.

Other than clips played in a series of Samsung ads featuring the rapper, no music from the new album has been heard yet, but it's already certified platinum due to the sale.

The Recording Industry Assn. of America announced Monday that it would start counting digital sales toward gold and platinum certification immediately, rather than wait the traditional 30 days after an album’s release.

The RIAA said the change was prompted by Jay-Z's "novel and creative marketing move." Though the album is already certified platinum, the Samsung copies won’t count toward first-week sales for the Billboard 200.

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