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Magna Carta Samsung Downloads Won’t Count On Charts For Jay-Z


Samsung reportedly paid $5 each for 1 million copies of Jay-Z’s upcoming Magna Carta Holy Grail album. But, Hova won’t be able to write “new rules” regarding album sales and the charts. According to SoundScan,  the mogul won’t be able to claim instant platinum status on July 4.

MTV News followed up with Nielsen SoundScan reps, digging up that the information tracking system does not count sales like the deal struck with Samsung. “Nielsen doesn’t count bulk sales,” a SoundScan spokesperson told MTV News. Essentially, if anyone cops a bulk amount of albums, Billboard’s policy for not counting bulk buys as sales stands in the way.

Jay-Z is still determined to get his platinum shine by any means necessary. Taking to Twitter to chat up the upcoming release, the Brooklyn bomber is still hoping that his “new rules” mantra can shift the tide in his favor. “If 1 million records gets SOLD and Billboard doesn’t report it, did it happen? Ha. #newrules #magnacartaholygrail Platinum!!! VII IV XIII,” he tweeted yesterday (June 17).

Universal Music Group is reportedly fighting to get the digital downloads obtained via the Magna Carta Samsung app counted as sales. Considering how much Jay-Z has been winning of late, this could be another lucrative feather in an increasingly crowded cap if he gets his way.

Magna Carta Holy Grail drops on July 4.

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  • Dubsco

    It would seem that an astute business man like Jay or someone on his team would have researched Soundscan policy before the subsequent deal/announcement was made……that’s a fag way of getting another plaque anyway, Jay…….

  • Eddie Maisonet, III

    Floyd Mayweather once said that winning a title belt doesn’t matter to him, the money and ranking as the pound-for-pound #1 does. I would imagine soundscan numbers don’t mean as much to Jay-Z anymore, especially with a $20M check from Samsung in his pocket and a guaranteed one million listeners locked and loaded.