As we previously reported, Jay-Z created with Samsung an app that allowed Samsung owners to download his new album Magna Carta Holy Grail for free and in advance. But in the meantime, it seems that some users had some trouble with the app, not being able to download the new album. Jay-Z recently had an interview with a New York radio station (Power 105.1) in which he opened up about his opinion of the situation, saying it “was not cool” and that it was “disheartening” to find out that his fans couldn’t access the album as promised by him. However, Jay-Z did not discredit Samsung or even try to say something that may imply that it was somehow Samsung’s fault, but instead he blamed it on the very high demand of the album, 20 million requests at which the app crashed. Jay-Z stated that:
“No one is expecting it, there’s no way in the world for you to calculate 20 million hits. It’s not even a number you can fathom. You cannot prepare a service for that.”
This deal between Jay-Z and Samsung was followed by 1 million copies of the Magna Carta Holy Grail given to the users of Galaxy S4, Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note 2 days before the official release with the simple condition to download the app.
Obviously these users immediately tried to access the app and the consequence of 1 million people trying to get the album through the app at the same time was that Samsung’s servers were overwhelmed and stopped responding. People started sending requests due to lack of response, so it was a hardly manageable situation. Jay-Z’s frustration stands in the fact that he was the first to try this distribution of an album via app and that he somewhat failed it and that the next artists to use this method will do it better and that he takes full responsibility for it.
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