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Jay-Z reveals 'Magna Carta Holy Grail' album plans

Surprise! Jay-Z has a new album, “Magna Carta Holy Grail,” ready to roll out on July 4, though you’re going to need a Samsung Galaxy phone to get it that day. It will be on sale around the world on July 7.

Jay made the announcement through a three-minute Samsung commercial during Sunday’s NBA Finals game, where he talked about how “the Internet is like the Wild West.” “We need to write the new rules,” he says.

Well, this release is certainly new. Those with Samsung Galaxy phones will be able to download a “Magna Carta Holy Grail” app on June 24. The first million people who download the app will automatically get the album, the follow-up to 2009's "The Blueprint 3," for free on July 4.

There had been rumors that Jay had been working on new material, but no word of a completed album. In the Samsung commercial, Jay is shown collaborating with Rick Rubin, Timbaland, Pharrell Williams and Swizz Beatz, who are all expected to have tracks on the album.

“The album is about this duality,” Jay says in the ad, “of how do you navigate your way through this whole thing, through success and through failures, and remain yourself.”

No single has been announced. However, the announcement of “Magna Carta Holy Grail” has just made tickets to his Yankee Stadium shows with Justin Timberlake on July 19 and 20 much hotter commodities -- kinda like Samsung Galaxy phones.

Watch the three-minute announcement here. (Mobile users, head to newsday.com/backstagepass.)

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