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Jamie N Commons Announces Summer 2013 West Coast Tour Dates

U.K. singer/songwriter Jamie N Commons will head back to the U.S. this summer for a string of west coast tour dates. First stop will be a performance on Jimmy Kimmel Live on August 5th (ABC, 11:35pm/10:35c) followed by a show in Denver, CO at Soiled Dove on August 6th (see below for complete itinerary).

Jamie also releases new music today with “Spotify Sessions – Live at SXSW’ available now only at Spotify. Recorded in March at the ‘Spotify House’ in Austin, Texas during the SXSW Music Festival “Spotify Sessions – Live at SXSW’ includes songs “Lead Me Home,” which was written for the AMC hit The Walking Dead, the new “For You To Learn,” “Caroline,” and a cover of the spiritual song “Wade In The Water.”

Jamie N Commons released his U.S. debut Rumble And Sway EP earlier this year on KIDinaKORNER/Interscope Records and toured North America with Lianne La Havas.

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Born in Bristol but raised in Chicago, Commons accompanied his music-obsessed father to Allman Brothers Band and Neil Young concerts when he was a little kid. At 10, the back-to-back releases of Moby’s gospel-infused Play and the Americana-tinged O Brother, Where Art Thou? Soundtrack prompted Commons to delve more deeply into the roots of rock music. By the time he was 15; Commons had scored his own guitar and started teaching himself to play. Newly signed to Alex Da Kid’s KIDinaKORNER , a label under Interscope Records that is also home to Imagine Dragons and Skylar Grey,  Commons is gearing up to release a full-length album that will wield heady beats and boldly inventive grooves to create an entirely fresh style of blues-drenched rock.

Jamie N Commons west coast dates are below. Tickets go on sale Friday, June 21st:

August 6th                    Denver, CO                Soiled Dove
August 9th                    Seattle, WA                 Barboza
August 10th                  Portland, OR               Doug Fir
August 13th                  San Francisco, CA     Caf’ Du Nord
August 14th                  Los Angeles, CA         Troubadour


Imagine Dragons “Radioactive” To Thank For Miami Heat Win?

Imagine Dragons' Dan Reynolds (Mark Davis/Getty Images)

Could Imagine Dragons be responsible for last week’s Miami Heat NBA championship win? Unlikely. But one thing is certain, the band’s breakout single “Radioactive” helped LeBron James, the point leader in last night’s (June 21) game, to get in the proper headspace needed to take home the win for Miami.

James, who anointed himself the team’s DJ, explained in a behind the scenes video from the band that “Radioactive” was one of the key songs used in getting him in the mood to hit the

“The music instills the drive that I have every day to prepare,” said James.

The band’s frontman Dan Reynolds, who is an avid basketball fan, said, “I actually followed LeBron from the very beginning…I’ve always found inspiration of people who were pushing the boundaries of human capabilities. I think it’s pretty incredible that LeBron and the team have taken an interest in ‘Radioactive.’”

James his teammates aren’t the only ones finding inspiration in the tune. With a whopping 42 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, the uplifting song has ascending this week to No. 4, up from No. 6 last week.

“It’s a great song to listen to,” said James. “It puts me in that mode when I’m going out there on the court and then hearing it out in the arena, during the game, after the game, it’s just something that’s like ‘waking up.’”


Alex Da Kid on Renman Live!

Watch Alex Da Kid on RenmanMB!
Alex talks about Sound Design, Song Writing, Running a Record Label and more!


Pretty Lights Talks About His New Approach To Making Records

Electronic Artist & Producer Derek Vincent Smith Talks about his new approach to making records, taking on a completely new and revolutionary approach to sampling by recording his own records and sampling from his own works. Dare we say, this gentleman right here is pushing the boundaries of electronic music far beyond any limit we’ve seen before!


Interview With J. Cole At The Breakfast Club Power 105.1

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Loyola University Forum with Chris Thomas King, a Blues Musician

In this clip from Blues musician Chris Thomas King speaks with a group of students at Loyola University, New Orleans, about making it today in the music business – setting and achieving goals, managing time, managing your art as a business, and more.
Baton Rouge, LA, native Chris Thomas King is probably best known for his role as blues singer “Tommy Johnson” in the film “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” Under his own name, King has been recording albums exploring the intersections between blues and hip-hop since the late 1980s. His most recent album, “Rise” was written and recorded after losing his home and recording studio to Hurricane Katrina in 2005, and explores the aftermath of that disaster.

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Scotty McCreery Tour Video – Pensado’s Place #119

Scotty McCreery, country music artist and winner of American Idol season 10 gives us a backstage pass to his recent “Weekend Roadtrip” tour on the 119th episode of Pensado’s Place! Soundcheck starts at 3:48.

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Getting Started As A Musician With 311’s Lead Singer Nick Hexum

311 Front man Nick Hexum discusses how he got his start in the music industry, as he recounts his humble beginnings, focusing on his craft, his first show and how he finally got signed.


Off The Record: Ski Beatz

Brooklyn rapper and Warner Brothers signee Dyme-A-Duzin invites fans and hip-hop enthusiasts out for a night of music and fun courtesy of LRG, PUMA and Malibu Red to celebrate the release of his “Father’s Day” music video directed by Court Dunn. Taking place on June 19 from 7-9pm EST.

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Top 10 Tracks—Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines,” which cleared the 300k plateau the previous week, comes within shouting distance of 400k on the latest sales chart, equating to an 18% jump. There’s also drama just below the pinnacle, as Imagine Dragons’ “Radioactive” (see Iovine item below), posting a +8%, jumping #5-2 to leapfrog Florida Georgia Line’s “Cruise” (-9%) and grab the #2 slot; both sold north of 200k. The Daft Punk/Pharrell Williams combo posted its second straight 1% gain to come within 5k of the gold standard, while Blake Shelton heats up at the climax of The Voice’s season, climbing #11-6 on a +10%. Avril Lavigne, who’s been doing some TV herself of late, makes an even bigger hop, skip and jump, moving up 16 slots from #23. And Fall Out Boy (+26%, #18-10) continues to bounce like a red rubber ball, returning to the Top 10 for the third time if we’re not mistaken, although we usually are…mistaken, that is.

1. Robin Thicke, “Blurred Lines” – 371k
2. Imagine Dragons, “Radioactive” – 208k
3. Florida Georgia Line f/Nelly, “Cruise” (remix) – 204k
4. Daft Punk f/Pharrell, “Get Lucky” – 195k
5. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, “Can’t Hold Us” – 158k
6. Blake Shelton f/Pistol Annies, “Boys ‘Round Here” – 236k
7. Avril Lavigne, “Here’s to Never Growing Up” – 131k
8. Selena Gomez, “Come & Get It” – 129k
9. P!nk f/Nate Ruess, “Just Give Me a Reason” – 118k
10. Fall Out Boy, “My Songs Know What You Did Last Night” – 117.6k

A week from now, Bruno Mars’ latest single, “Treasure” (#12, 108k), will likely begin its residency in the Top 10. It’ll also be interesting to see how the finalists on The Voice fare, as they ride the mega-exposure of the season finale. [HitsDailyDouble]

Jimmy Iovine Taking Advantage of NBA Playoffs Iovine has masterfully utilized prime-time TV via the highly rated NBA Playoffs to exploit the symbiotic relationship between IGA and Beats, I.B. Bad notes in his latest column, posting Friday morning. The savvy marketing of Beats’ audio products in combination with exposure of the label group’s repertoire has reached critical mass during the postseason, providing both with serious traction while fueling a pair of smashes: Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” (selling at a brisk clip) and Imagine Dragons’ ubiquitous “Radioactive” (3.3m, with the album at 1.05m). It hasn’t hurt that LeBron James is also shilling on behalf of Beats headphones in spots that have regularly aired during the postseason on TNT, ESPN and now ABC. Insiders say Iovine is fully reengaged and motivated to innovate once again now that John Janick is managing the label with such remarkable effectiveness. More on this topic and other talking points tomorrow morning. [HitsDailyDouble]

‘Magna Carta’ Downloads Won’t Count Towards Jay-Z Chart Position reportedly paid $5 each for a 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. [AlLindstrom]

Behind the Scenes with LeBron James and Imagine Dragons’ Dan Reynolds

Feat. Imagine Dragons “Radioactive”
As seen on Beats By Dre Powerbeats campaign starting LeBron James

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Rolling Stones Update iTunes Store, Remaster Albums

Rolling Stones Update iTunes Store, Remaster Albums

Continuing the celebration of their 50th anniversary as a band, the Rolling Stones have announced a new section of the iTunes Store dedicated exclusively to their music.

There, fans will be able to purchase all of the Stones’ studio albums, live releases, and singles, from the band’s self-titled debut to such classics as “Beggars Banquet,” “Sticky Fingers,” and “Exile on Main St.,” each re-mastered for iTunes.

The store also features other items including the Rolling Stones 50 eBook, a Rolling Stones app, and multiple documentaries on the band including “Charlie Is My Darling-Ireland 1965,” “Ladies and Gentlemen: The Rolling Stones,” “Rock and Roll Circus,” and the award winning doc “Crossfire Hurricane.” []

The Breakfast Club Interviews J.Cole

Black Sabbath Earns First-Ever No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 Chart 43 years after Black Sabbath debuted on the Billboard 200, the iconic rock band earns its first No. 1 album this week with the arrival of “13.” The set starts at No. 1 with 155,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

“13” is the band’s 23rd chart entry, and first studio album with singer Ozzy Osbourne since 1978’s “Never Say Die!” The new release is only the group’s second top 10, following 1971’s “Master of Reality,” which reached No. 8. Sabbath made its Billboard 200 debut the week of Aug. 29, 1970, with its self-titled album.

The launch of “13” with 155,000 is also easily the biggest sales week for the band since SoundScan started tracking sales in 1991. Its previous best frame was when the live set “Reunion” bowed with 62,000 back in 1998 at No. 11.

Frontman Osbourne has yet to tally a solo No. 1 album, despite seven top 10 titles. He’s gone as high as No. 3, with 2007’s “Black Rain.” Black Sabbath’s debut this week also beats Osbourne’s best solo SoundScan-era sales frame, when his 2001 album “Down to Earth” bowed with 153,000 at No. 4.

While Sabbath’s nearly 43-year wait for its first No. 1 is long, it’s not the longest. Tony Bennett waited 54 years for his first No. 1: 2011’s “Duets II.” The pop singer’s first charting album was 1957’s “Tony,” which debuted on the Feb. 23, 1957, list.

Last week’s No. 1 album, Queens of the Stone Age’s “Like Clockwork,” tumbles out of the top 10, falling to No. 15 with 24,000 (down 74%). It’s the third title this year to debut at No. 1 and slip out of the top 10 in its second week, following Chris Tomlin’s “Burning Lights” (1-21 on the Feb. 2 chart) and Paramore’s self-titled album (1-11 on the May 4 chart).

No. 2 this week is Daft Punk’s former No. 1 “Random Access Memories,” which holds in the runner-up slot for a second frame (48,000; down 22%). The set’s cumulative sales surpass the half-million mark this week, as its total climbs to 543,000.

Thanks to Father’s Day (June 16) sale pricing and promotion in the iTunes Store, Justin Timberlake’s “The 20/20 Experience” is one of several albums experiencing a surge in sales this week. The album vaults 9-3 on the chart, selling 35,000 (up 31%). In terms of download sales, it moved 19,000 last week, a gain of 79%. The album was featured in an iTunes email blast sent to its customers last week and was discounted to $6.99.

Behind Timberlake is the debuting Big Time Rush, whose new album “24/Seven” bows at No. 4 with 35,000. That’s far less than the 70,000 that greeted the vocal quartet’s last full-length set, 2011’s “Elevate” (which debuted at No. 12).

Florida Georgia Line’s “Here’s to the Good Times” also benefits from Father’s Day gifting and a temporary price cut at digital retailers, as it rises to a new peak of No. 5 (up from No. 8) with 33,000 (up 20%).

Darius Rucker’s “True Believers” slips 5-6 with nearly 33,000 (down 3%) while Blake Shelton’s “Based on a True Story . . .” falls 4-7 with 31,000 (down 15%).

Goo Goo Dolls notch their fourth top 10 album as “Magnetic” enters at No. 8 with 29,000. The rock trio’s last studio set, 2010’s “Something for the Rest of Us,” debuted and peaked at No. 7 with 34,000 sold in its first week. It previously hit the top 10 with 2006’s “Let Love In” (No. 9) and 2002’s “Gutterflower” (No. 4).

Two more debuts round out the top 10: the “Man of Steel” film soundtrack at No. 9 (29,000) and the Lonely Island’s third release, “The Wack Album,” at No. 10 (28,000).

The “Man of Steel” album, by composer Hans Zimmer, is the highest-charting non-vocal score soundtrack since almost a year ago: Zimmer’s own “Dark Knight Rises” debuted and peaked at No. 8 on the Aug. 4, 2012, chart.

As for the Lonely Island, its latest set is off to a slower start than its last effort, 2011’s “Turtleneck & Chain,” which launched at No. 3 with 68,000. The comedy troupe’s first album, 2009’s “Incredibad,” debuted and peaked at No. 13 with a 48,000 start.

Over on the Digital Songs chart, Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines,” featuring T.I. and Pharrell, nets the best sales week for any song in nearly four months. “Blurred Lines,” which holds at No. 1, sold 371,000 downloads last week (up 18%). It’s the largest sales week for a song since the March 2 chart, when Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ “Thrift Shop,” featuring Wanz, moved 412,000.

Imagine Dragons’ “Radioactive” flies 5-2 with 208,000 (up 8%), Florida Georgia Line’s “Cruise” slips 2-3 with 205,000 (down 9%), and Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky,” featuring Pharrell Williams, holds at No. 4 with 195,000 (up 1%).

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ “Can’t Hold Us,” featuring Ray Dalton, rises 6-5 with 158,000 (down 9%), and Blake Shelton’s “Boys ‘Round Here,” featuring Pistol Annies and Friends, jumps 11-6 with 136,000 (up 10%).

Avril Lavigne’s “Here’s to Never Growing Up” sees a massive 72% sales increase as it climbs 23-7 with 131,000 sold, its best sales week yet. The sales surge follows sale pricing in the iTunes Store for the cut, where its price dropped from $1.29 to 69 cents. As of Tuesday night (June 18), it was the only song among iTunes’ 40 best-selling songs priced for less than $1.29.
Also helping the cause for “Never”: Lavigne tweeted a link to purchase the discounted song on June 14, and she performed on TV twice during the tracking week, on “Live With Kelly & Michael” (June 14) and the MuchMusic Video Awards (June 16).

Closing out the top 10 on the Digital Songs chart are Selena Gomez’s “Come and Get It” (7-8 with 129,000; down 16%); P!nk’s “Just Give Me a Reason,” featuring Nate Ruess (8-9 with 118,000; down 11%); and Fall Out Boy’s “My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark” (18-10 with nearly 118,000; up 26%). The band performed the latter track on NBC’s “The Voice” last week (June 11).

Overall album sales in this past chart week (ending June 16) totaled 5.3 million units, up 8% compared with the sum last week (4.9 million) and down 10% compared with the comparable sales week of 2012 (5.8 million). Year-to-date album sales stand at 131.5 million, down 5% compared with the same total at this point last year (138.8 million).

Digital track sales this past week totaled 25.6 million downloads, up 3% compared with last week (24.9 million) and up 1% stacked next to the comparable week of 2012 (25.4 million). Year-to-date track sales are at 630.5 million, down 3% compared with the same total at this point last year (647.6 million).

Next week’s Billboard 200 competes with the same week in 2012 when: Justin Bieber’s “Believe” bowed at No. 1 with 374,000 sold and Kenny Chesney’s “Welcome to the Fishbowl” entered at No. 2 with 193,000. []

Rap Radar: TDE’s Punch Interview PT 2

Yeah, it’s hard getting Elliott out that damn office. But anyway, Punch is back. And in the final clip, the TDE President speaks on Kendrick Lamar’s brief Def Jam signing, new artists, and the impact of Kendrick Lamar’s good kid, m.A.A.d city. Classic? Just maybe. Ha! [RapRadar]

Rihanna Surpasses Justin Bieber as Most Viewed Artist on YouTube

Rihanna Surpasses Justin Bieber as Most Viewed Artist on YouTube

Some time early Tuesday morning (6/18), Rihanna passed Justin Bieber as the most viewed artist on YouTube. The 77 videos on Rihanna’s official VEVO channel now have a combined 3.784 billion views in total, surpassing the total view counts of the 79 videos on Bieber’s official VEVO channel by roughly two million views.

Rihanna surpassing Bieber’s popularity on YouTube is largely due to the size of her subscriber-base. Rihanna has 8.73 million subscribers on the platform, 3.7 million more than Bieber’s 4.9 million. This means that while the average Bieber fan is much more engaged than Rihanna’s, Rihanna has much broader reach as an artist and is therefore able to secure more view counts to her name over time.

This discrepancy in fan-base stays true on the Facebook platform, where Justin Bieber’s 54.3 million “likes” on the platform dwarfs Rihanna’s 72.3 million. However, it’s not the case on Twitter, where Bieber overtook Lady Gaga back in January as the most followed person on the platform and has just recently became the first person to surpass 40 million followers.

Other artist-specific channels that populate the YouTube viewcount leaderboard are Psy at No. 3, with 3.1 billion views to his name, followed by Eminem (2.4 billion views), Lady Gaga (2.25 billion views), and Shakira (2 billion). []

Beyonce Settles $100M Lawsuit With Video Game Company

Beyonce 'Chime for Change' concert

Beyonce has wiggled out of a lawsuit brought by a video game company that sued the musician for allegedly backing away from a deal to create a motion-sensing dance game.

Gate Five filed the lawsuit in New York court in April 2011, claiming that the superstar had acted on “a whim” the previous Christmas with an “extortionate demand” for more compensation for Starpower: Beyonce. The demands drove away a financier and caused Gate Five to lay off 70 people
during the holidays, said the lawsuit.

After saying it spent $6.7 million to develop the project, Gate Five looked to recover the $100 million in estimated profit the game was projected to make. But after a grueling court battle that never got to trial, the two sides have found a way to resolve their differences.

Beyonce’s argument in the case was that she had a valid contractual right to exercise termination provisions after Gate Five was unable to fulfill obligations to obtain $5 million of committed financing for the project.

In opposition, Gate Five contended that it was on the verge of closing a $19.2 million financing contract before Beyonce got antsy.

In late 2011, a New York Superior judge denied Beyonce’s motion to dismiss, and a state appeals court later affirmed the ruling on the basis that Beyonce hadn’t objected to the loan at the time, the unresolved question of whether the non-finalized financing agreements constituted “committed financing” under the contract and the possibility that the singer’s own actions contributed to the collapse of financing.

In recent months before the case was settled, the dispute went deeper.

Gate Five looked to investigate whether Beyonce had dropped Gate Five in the interest of scoring a better deal with a competitor. The company sought all sorts of documents including a possible audit conducted by Beyonce’s law firm on the management company run by her father. Beyonce’s attorneys called it a “fishing expedition” and a breach of attorney-client privilege.

There won’t be any trial. Last week, the parties submitted papers in court that discontinue the claims. An attorney for Gate Five couldn’t be reached but has been quoted as saying that the lawsuit was settled amicably on confidential terms. []

Business Matters: Why An Artist Like Jay-Z Would Partner with Samsung

It’s no wonder that Jay-Z signed a partnership deal with the electronics giant Samsung that’s rumored to be worth $20 million. The Korean company spends an incredible amount on advertising every year.

Samsung Electronics’ advertising spending in 2012 was $4.6 billion, an amount higher than that of Pepsi ($3.7 billion), Coca-Cola ($3.3 billion) and Apple ($1 billion). How big is that $4.6 billion figure? It isn’t far off Universal Music Group’s 2012 revenue ($6 billion) and dwarfs the annual A&R spending of record labels globally ($2.7 billion). In other words, no music company has the resources to do what Samsung can do.

Jay-Z and Samsung created an album release plan that leverages the size and scope of the company. His “Magna Carta Holy Grail” album will be available for free download on July 4 to the first 1 million Samsung Galaxy S III, Galaxy S 4 and Galaxy Note II users. With about 70 million smartphones in the global market in the fourth quarter of last year, and with a massive advertising presence to create awareness, Samsung is a large and effective distribution network for the artists it partners with.

Let’s be clear about Samsung’s music spending: the company’s advertising spending goes toward many things other than smartphones. The company also sells such products as televisions, semiconductors, digital cameras and printers. And because Samsung’s advertising spending goes toward products other the smartphones, it’s easy to deduce that music probably may not get much of that huge advertising budget.

Coca-Cola and Pepsi spend a great deal of money on music. As Billboard’s Andrew Hampp noted in his 2012 cover story “The Cola Wars,” Coca-Cola and Pepsi spend $240 million and $330 million annually on entertainment and sports, according to research firm IEC.

But Samsung certainly has the capacity to spend a great deal on music. And there will be more money available for music as Samsung’s revenue grows. Total marketing spending — advertising is just one component — has risen as Samsung’s smartphone sales have exploded in recent years. Marketing expenses were 6.5% of revenue in 2012, up from 5.9% and 5.7% in 2010 and 2011, respectively. []

Noreaga aka NORE – Banned From TV (Behind The Scenes)

Go behind the scenes of N.O.R.E.’s “Banned From T.V.” video shoot from the critically and commercially acclaimed album, ‘N.O.R.E.’, released in the Summer of 1998.

1 Million Streams Later, Pink Floyd’s Catalog ‘Unlocked’ on Spotify of iconic psychedelic rockers Pink Floyd can now stream the band’s entire discography for free on Spotify (and Spotify only), thanks to a promotional campaign between Pink Floyd and the music streaming service.

The deal was that as soon as Floyd’s well-known song “Wish You Were Here” hit 1 million streams, starting on Friday June 14th, the band’s discography would be “unlocked” by Spotify, making it available for free to the service’s 20 million registered worldwide users. The campaign took less than four days to complete.

That doesn’t mean, however, that Pink Floyd’s music is a newcomer to streaming; as the Guardian notes, subscribers to Rhapsody, Deezer and/or Rdio have been able to listen to Dark Side of the Moon — still the record-holder for most weeks spent on the Billboard 200 (well over 800 weeks) and a constant presence on the Billboard 200 and/or Catalog Albums charts from 1973-1988 and 1991-present — to their hearts content for years now. []

U2 – Interview

Yes, that U2. What’s most striking about watching Bono, the Edge, and Adam Clayton discuss their history and new album is how much they seem like regular guys– give or take a Bob Dylan anecdote. Filmed back in 2009.

Inside “Magna Carta Holy Grail” with JAY Z + Samsung

JAY Z’s new album “Magna Carta Holy Grail” comes to Samsung Galaxy fans first. Be among the first million to download the app on June 24th and get the album free July 4th, three days before the rest of the world.