News and culture through the lens of Southern California.
Hosted by A Martínez
Airs Weekdays 9 to 10 a.m.

Jay-Z's album release sparks privacy concerns




JAY Z And Samsung Celebrate The Release Of Magna Carta Holy Grail.
JAY Z And Samsung Celebrate The Release Of Magna Carta Holy Grail.
Larry Busacca/Getty Images for Samsung

Listen to story

04:51
Download this story 2.0MB

On the 4th of July, Jay-Z released his new album, "Magna Carta... Holy Grail" in a unique way. Samsung bought 1,000,000 copies of the album at $5 apiece and allowed phone users to stream or download an app containing the album at midnight on the 4th.

Jay-Z and Samsung's app gave users free access to the album, but it also requested access to user's social media accounts, GPS systems and more. It could reign in a new era in album releasing and music marketing, but might also signify a more corporate trend to a form of art.

Chris Richards of the Washington Post wrote about "Magna Carta...Holy Grail"'s release and Jay-Z's musical performance, and joins the show today.