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|Thurs, July 28, 2011 at 8:04 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
Jay-Z and Kanye West may be kings of hip-hop sales, but their decision to give iTunes and Best Buy exclusive windows to sell different editions of their "Watch the Throne" album has other music retailers in open revolt.
Brick-and-mortar retailers are hopping mad that the Roc A Fella/ Roc Nation/ Live Nation/ Island Def Jam/ Universal Music Group release is giving preferential treatment to iTunes and Best Buy with separate exclusive windows to sell the upcoming blockbuster "Watch the Throne" album, which is due out everywhere on August 12.
But before that happens, iTunes will sell the album available exclusively, beginning on August 8. In addition, iTunes is pumping up sales by offering the lead track "Otis" as an exclusive download that is made available immediately to customers pre-ordering the album from Apple. That offer began July 25.
If that wasn't enough to get brick-and-mortar merchants up in arms, Island Def Jam/Universal Music Group is also giving Best Buy a nearly two-week window -- until August 23 -- to exclusively sell the deluxe CD version of the album, which wholesales for $12.40. On superstar releases, the deluxe version can account for anywhere from 50% to 70% of the first two-week CD sales.
"We believe fans should have the option to buy the same music at their preferred retailer, on the same date, and unfortunately that is not always the case." Craig Pape, director of Amazon Music, said in a statement.
Many others in music retail are condemning the move.
"A two-week window will be disastrous for music retailers," said Eric Levin, owner of Criminal Records and the head of the Alliance of Independent Media Stores.
Another retailer who declined to be identified said, "This may work for Jay-Z, but he is hurting all the other retailers and this will affect the entire industry."
Another merchant who preferred anonymity wondered if there are anti-trust implications to giving the largest music retail account, iTunes, preferential treatment.
But in a conciliatory move, independent merchants are reaching out to the two artists in an open letter explaining the...click to continue reading
|Tue, July 26, 2011 at 3:00 AM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
Jay-Z and Kanye West
"Watch the Throne" will be available on iTunes on Aug. 8 and hits shelves August 12. On August 8, tickets for The Throne's tour, powered by VoyR, will be made available at Ticketmaster.com and LiveNation.com. Fans who purchase their tickets online will receive a digital copy of the album.
The Throne's Watch the Throne Tour has twenty-four dates confirmed thus far.
Here are the Watch the Throne tour dates:
9/22/11 Detroit, MI Palace of Auburn Hills
9/24/11 Toronto, ON Air Canada Centre
9/25/11 Montreal, QC Bell Centre
9/27/11 East Rutherford, NJ Izod Center
9/28/11 East Rutherford, NJ Izod Center
9/29/11 Washington DC Verizon Center
10/4/11 Philadelphia, PA Wells Fargo Center
10/6/11 Chicago, IL United Center
10/7/11 Chicago, IL United Center
10/8/11 Minneapolis, MN Target Center
10/10/11 Denver, CO Pepsi Center
10/13/11 Tacoma, WA Tacoma Dome
10/14/11 Vancouver, BC Rogers Arena
10/16/11 San Jose, CA HP Pavilion
10/17/11 Sacramento, CA Power Balance Pavilion
10/19/11 Los Angeles, CA Staples Center
10/20/11 Los Angeles, CA Staples Center
10/21/11 Las Vegas, NV MGM Grand Garden Arena
10/25/11 Dallas, TX American Airlines Center
10/26/11 Houston, TX Toyota Center
10/29/11 Atlanta, GA Philips Arena
10/30/11 Greensboro, NC Greensboro Coliseum
11/1/11 Baltimore, MD 1st Mariner Arena
11/3/11 Boston, MA TD Garden
Last week (July 22), a 10 minute sneak peak into the recording process of 'Watch the Throne' hit the 'net. The documentary incorporates interview clips with Sway, footage of past performances ('Ye being indicted to Roc-A-Fella) and past (Ye' producing in tight space in Jersey City, Jersey, circa 2002) and recent studio sessions (in Sydney, Australia with Russell Crowe).
|Sun, July 17, 2011 at 11:14 AM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
Music industry veteran R. Kelly has more than foreclosure to worry about.
Kelly, the controversial R&B star owes more than $837,000 in delinquent federal taxes, records show.
The tax debt is another indication Kelly is struggling with financial problems. News leaked this week that Kelly faces possible foreclosure of his $2.9 million suburban Chicago mansion.
It's not all bad news. Last month, the IRS released a $1,036,858 tax lien filed against Kelly.
The IRS filed an $837,442.59 tax lien against Kelly on Jan. 6, 2010, with the Cook County Recorder of Deeds.
The address on the lien is Kelly's home in suburban Chicago