Well good job, Samsung! You managed to piss off performance artist Jay-Z with the rocky launch of his eagerly anticipated new album Magna Carta Holy Grail. The July 4th release was plagued with slow downloads, leaving some users languishing for hours and reminding us that even if it’s free, people will still complain.
Jay-Z told Power 105.1 that the botched debut totally bummed him out, labeling it as “not cool” and “disheartening.” But being his ever humble self, Mr. Z was careful not to rebuke Samsung, instead blaming the overwhelming demand for his mediocre release:
“It was 20 million hits for the app and it broke,” said Jay-Z. “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.
And since he’s a business, man, he volunteered himself as tribute to try out for the unique project, which Samsung reportedly paid $20 million for.
“For me, that’s not cool. That’s a loss. That has to get better,” said Jay-Z. “Someone else is going to figure that out and the next person will now know how to go into it better. That’s my job. I took the hit for that.”
A $20 million paycheck sounds like a pretty good loss to us.
(H/T The Verge)