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New Jay-Z album released early as Samsung app

Three screenshots from the Jay Z Android app.

Rapper and producer Jay-Z has released his new album as a free app for users of particular mobile devices.

The record, called Magna Carta Holy Grail, is set for general release on July 6th but fans with a Samsung Galaxy smartphone or tablet can stream or download the music through a special app from July 4th.

Click here to download the app from the Android Play store.

Beyonce and Jay-Z could face fine for Cuba trip

Beyonce and Jay-Z were greeted by big crowds as they celebrated their fifth wedding anniversary in Havana. Credit: REUTERS/Enrique De La Osa

Pop superstar Beyonce and her rapper husband Jay-Z could face a fine after a high-profile trip to Cuba to celebrate a wedding anniversary.

Two Republican members of Congress have asked the US Treasury Department for information on what type of licence the couple obtained before heading to Havana.

The long-standing US trade embargo against Cuba prevents most Americans from travelling to the island without a licence granted by the US government.

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Mario Diaz-Balart, who both represent districts in south Florida where there is a high Cuban-American population, said: "Despite the clear prohibition against tourism in Cuba, numerous press reports described the couple's trip as tourism."

"The Castro regime touted it as such in its propaganda," the letter said, adding: "We represent a community of many who have been deeply and personally harmed by the Castro regime's atrocities, including former political prisoners and the families of murdered innocents."

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Jay-Z urges people to vote in Obama campaign ad

Jay-Z has urged people to use their right to vote in the latest advert released by Barack Obama's presidential campaign.

Jay-Z says in the video, "When the president got into office initially, what he represented to a nation of kids was hope. You know, the hope of people all across the country, who would look and see themselves, and the possibilities".

During the ad the star - a friend of the President - says he believes the US people can now see the "power of our vote" thanks to Mr Obama.