The out-of-the-blue June 15 announcement of Jay Z's "Magna Carta...Holy Grail" was a watershed moment. Not just because it heralded Jay Z's first album in four years, but its first week of availability would be courtesy of Samsung and not any label partner. In a deal worth $30 million in media spend, music rights and endorsement fees, Jay Z's Roc Nation and Samsung changed the way a major album could be released and distributed.

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