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So here’s some news out of left field, kinda. Jay-Z is releasing another album.

Magna Carta Holy Grail will drop on July 4 2013 and was announced via a Samsung ad during a recent NBA game (typically). It will be free but only available to the first one million Samsung Galaxy S III, Galaxy S 4 and Galaxy Note II users. They will, however, be allowed to distribute as they wish after that.

“The idea is to really finish the album and drop it. Giving it to the world at one time and letting them share it.”

The ad (above) shows Jay in the studio in some pretty good company – i.e. Timbaland, Rick Rubin, Swizz Beats and Pharrell – talking about his process, the release and, of course, teasing some of the sounds which may, or may not, feature on what will be his 12th studio album.

With surprisingly little build up, and coming off the back of a few other highly-anticipated releases, it’ll be interesting to see what Mr. Carter offers up this time. And, more importantly, how the world will respond. In the meantime, make sure seek out your nearest Samsung smartphone user for your July 4 connect.

For more info (sort of) and countdown, head to the official site.