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Jay-Z asked Love for permission to use Cobain's lyrics on new album

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Jun 21, 2013 | 5:20pm EDT

Jay-Z's new album Magna Carta Holy Grail will feature lyrics written by the late Kurt Cobain, according to the rocker's widow Courtney Love. The former Hole singer has revealed she gave the rapper permission to use lyrics from Nirvana hit Smells Like Teen Spirit, and admits she's concerned her estranged daughter Frances Bean will "freak" when she finds out. Explaining her decision, Love, who owns the rights to her late husband's music, tells The Huffington Post, "Jay-Z's huge and we're friends." The new album is set to become an instant hit when it is released next month (Jul13) thanks to a deal Jay-Z has done with bosses at Samsung - one million copies of Magna Carta Holy Grail will be given away for free to Samsung Galaxy smartphone users 72 hours ahead of its official release on 4 July (13). Samsung executives reportedly paid $5 (GBP3.20) for each copy of the album, which will become available via an application that can be downloaded at the end of June (13).

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