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One Year Later: Did Watch The Throne Really Change The Game?

 

Midnight, iTunes exclusive releases

Albums have been released digitally exclusive before, albums that weren’t nearly as big as this. This was done to defend the eventual early leak that occurs when the label eventually hands over the album to distributors days before the album is set to hit retailers. Jay-Z & Kanye West, being the big artists they were felt that they were big enough artists to take the hit. Their gamble paid off as its debut week served as the second highest debut week of 2011, while its first week digital sales of 321,000 downloads serve as the second highest one-week sales tally in digital history. Since then, Watch The Throne collaborator Frank Ocean released his album channel ORANGE digitally first to avoid a leak and saw similar success debuting at #2 on the Billboard charts.

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Comment Comments: 13 Tags Tags: jay-z, kanye west, beyoncé, swizz beatz, def jam
  • lovjah

    no…. it was a dumb album….. they r some evil demonic people ….. when judgement day come i just hope they repent on time…. a man that gains the whole world looses his soul…. and they souls are lost..

    • CerealKillaMike

      Fag…..

    • Yamking

      HAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHA! Seriously?? That’s your “critique?” “Well, the album was meh, but the worst part of the whole listening experience is these guys are going to hell.”
      Go ahead bro. Try an’ tell ‘em that.

  • thegoat4life

    yawn!

  • beasy88

    Yes it did change the game one of the best hip hop albums ever

  • FRESH_SP

    Album was dope!

  • teamGOD

    Not even close, in my opinion watch the throne represents everything thats wrong with hip hop music and the culture itself. Here you have two of the supposed best rappers and lyricists to ever do it and all they can come up with is seventy minutes worth of bling and self worship. Seriously? While I can respect the fact that they are no longer affected by financial troubles, the millions of people who bought the album, attend the shows and watch the videos aren’t. So disrepectful. I dont view this album as a work of art. They are just doing their part to keep the ‘hood ignorant and brainwashed. The illuminati is real and while these two guys are not sitting at the head table they are definately pawns in the game. Dont be distracted by all the beats and glamour really listen to the lyrics and then decide is the message in this song meant to build me up or destroy me? FYI- Lucifer was in charge of music before he was expelled from heaven!

    • Yamking

      BAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

  • NICKIMINAJ CAMEL TOE

    ive not listened to that albums tart to finish . and i dont tink i ever will . if u bought blue print 3 . you were expecting an album with less filler and more of the best of blueprint 3 and dark fantasy .. we got something else. TRUTH IS THO IT COULDA BEEN MUCH WORSE

  • lluunndd

    “collective primes” ????????

  • Enig Mue

    wanted to read this article but am not going to click thru 11 pages. Lazy way to generate clicks

  • DapperDon

    #1 Take Care wasnt a rap album it was listed as alternative #2 Tha Carter 4 was trash yet it supposedly sold 1million copies the first week… idu how ppl can call it self worship… u have a track called No Church in the Wild, Made In America, & New Day all introspective tracks… its sad when rappers get called out for flossin too much when all rappers talk abt is flossin…

  • Jeffrey Miller

    After I heard watch the Throne I really did tuck my whole summer in that was the only album and songs I listened to drake’s and Wayne’s album’s was as commercial as you can get that is why they sold as good as they did both albums didn’t even come close to competing with the watch the throne album. Definetly classic in my opinion and it gave me hope in hip hop