Magna Carta Holy Grail (stylized as Magna Carta… Holy Grail) is the twelfth studio album by American rapper Jay-Z. It was made available for free digital download for Samsung customers by the JAY Z Magna Carta app on July 4, 2013, and released for retail sale on July 8, 2013, by Roc-A-Fella and Roc Nation while being distributed by Universal. The album was promoted through various commercials presented by Samsung and was not preceded by any retail singles. It features guest appearances by Justin Timberlake, Nas, Rick Ross, Frank Ocean and Beyoncé Knowles. Production on the album was primarily handled by Timbaland and Jerome “J-Roc” Harmon, while other producers included Boi-1da, Mike Will Made It, Hit-Boy, Mike Dean, No ID, The-Dream, Swizz Beatz, and Pharrell Williams among others.
Upon its release Magna Carta Holy Grail was met with mixed reviews from music critics, who were divided in their opinion about the album. On the day of its physical release in the United States, the album was certified Platinum by the RIAA for shipments of 1,000,000 copies, due to the unprecedented digital download deal with Samsung. It debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, selling 528,000 copies in its first week, making it Jay-Z’s 13th consecutive studio album to top the chart. By the end of 2013, the album had sold 2,500,000 copies worldwide.
Many of the album’s songs charted on various countries’ charts, including the two successful singles “Holy Grail” featuring Justin Timberlake, and “Tom Ford”, along with “FuckWithMeYouKnowIGotIt”, “Oceans”, “Heaven”, “Picasso Baby” and “Part II (On the Run)”.
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