Jay-Z and Kanye West's collaborative album Watch the Throne did not hit stores this weekend as rumored, but it did become available for pre-orders through West's official website and watchthethrone.com. Though a standard 10-track version and a 14-track deluxe edition are available to purchase in CD and download formats, the release date for the record is still unknown. (Ship dates on receipts for the pre-orders seem to indicate that the record will be out August 2nd.)
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The track listing for either version of Watch the Throne is still a mystery, but according to the Hollywood Reporter, the disc will include tracks by Swizz Beatz, No ID and Lex Luger as well as guest vocals by Beyoncé and Bruno Mars. Though most of the details around Watch the Throne are being kept hush-hush, the sites have unveiled the album's regal metallic gold cover, which was designed by Givenchy creative director Riccardo Tisci.
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The pre-order reveal wasn't the only good news from this weekend heralding the arrival of the long-awaited Ye/Jay team-up. The New York Post's Page Six reported yesterday that Hype Williams is scouting locations in Montauk, Long Island for a music video for one of the songs from the forthcoming record.