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Jay-Z wins

JAY, SMOKIN': Before we've heard one track from Magna Carta Holy Grail, let's talk about what Jay-Z has already accomplished. As we noted earlier, he's gotten the  RIAA to change its rules and apparently has Target willing to bend theirs, and could ostensibly be platinum by the time his TBA single spins on radio (it will hit there as the album is unlocked for Samsung users). He's dominated the conversation and fostered all kinds of buzz just prior to the Fourth, which he'll dominate with his unconventional Roc Nation release. He's already made $5 million and has a lavish promotional budget, both courtesy of Samsung. And he's driven a viral storm online, letting the curious (including us) build the buzz still further without spending any additional dough. What happens after the record hits? Well, he'll be joining Justin Timberlake (who guests on Magna Carta track "Holy Grail" and whose 20/20 Experience Vol. 2 will drive more buzz) for the Legends of the Summer tour, kicking off 7/17. (7/2p)

SURF’S UP
FOR HITS LIST
Good vibrations (3/5a)
NEAR TRUTHS: UNCORKED
Jay-Z's blingy mountain of cash keeps gaining altitude. (3/5a)
UMG PULLS IN NEARLY
$9B IN 2020
Value keeps rising ahead of IPO. (3/5a)
MILEY JOINS COLUMBIA
Like moving to the apartment next door. (3/4a)
GRAMMY CHEW: THE
PRE-GRAMMY BOUNCE
Let's hear it for ironic guitar-smashing. (3/5a)
BLACK HISTORY MONTH
A jazz chronicle of fighting the power.
GRAMMYS: WHERE TO FROM HERE?
After the snubs, the show.
ACQUITTED
In a phenomenal display of cowardice.
MOVING THE NEEDLE
When vaccination schedules and touring schedules meet.
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