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Jay-Z views album inspiration at English cathedral

Thursday - 7/18/2013, 2:18pm  ET

FILE - In this May 14, 2012 file photo, Shawn "Jay-Z" Carter smiles after a news conference at the Philadelphia Museum of Art in Philadelphia. Jay-Z’s new album has sold more than 500,000 units its first week. Nielsen SoundScan said late Tuesday preliminary data shows that “Magna Carta Holy Grail” moved about 527,000 copies. It will debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart this week. The album was officially released on July 7. Samsung bought and gave 1.2 million copies of the album to Galaxy mobile phone users on July 4. Billboard is not counting those sales on its charts. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

LONDON (AP) -- Jay-Z has dropped by an English cathedral to see the inspiration for his latest album -- an 800-year-old parchment copy of the Magna Carta.

The musician visited Salisbury Cathedral in southwest England to see one of only four surviving original copies of the 1215 proclamation that is considered the founding constitutional document of the English-speaking world.

Jay-Z's chart-topping album "Magna Carta Holy Grail" is partly inspired by the document, whose name means the Great Charter.

The cathedral said Thursday that Jay-Z spent an hour at the church on Sunday, meeting the dean, Rev. June Osborne, and some of the choristers.

Osborne said the star had been "a delightful guest."

The 750-year-old cathedral is currently displaying the artwork for the album alongside its copy of the original Magna Carta.


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