Angie Martinez


Billboard Explains Why They Won't Count Jay-Z's Samsung Sales [PHOTO]

Jay-Z turned the world upside down with a commercial during the NBA Finals.

Now the deal between Jay-Z and Samsung has been broken down as the rapper graces the cover of this month’s Billboard Magazine.

Titled “Jay-Z’s New Blueprint,” the publication rebuts Hova’s tweet about Billboard not counting the one million copies sold already from Samsung.

According to the publication, “It is in this spirit that I say it wasn't as simple as you might think to turn down Jay-Z when he requested that we count the million albums that Samsung "bought" as part of a much larger brand partnership, to give away to Samsung customers.”

They added, “had Jay-Z and Samsung charged $3.49 -- our minimum pricing threshold for a new release to count on our charts -- for either the app or the album, the U.S. sales would have registered. And ultimately, that's the rub: The ever-visionary Jay-Z pulled the nifty coup of getting paid as if he had a platinum album before one fan bought a single copy.”

Magna Carta Holy Grail is scheduled for release on Samsung users July 4.

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