Jay-Z's new album to feature Kurt Cobain lyrics

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, told 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 in July 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 July 4.

Samsung executives reportedly paid US$5 (A$5.45) for each copy of the album, which will become available via an application that can be downloaded at the end of June.

- WENN

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