July, 2011

Watch the Throne release angers independent record stores.

Jay-Z and Kanye West‘s forthcoming Watch the Throne collaboration album is one of the most hotly anticipated rap releases of all time. Yet despite this US independent record stores have sent an open letter to the pair. This is because the album is exclusively released on iTunes on August 8th and doesn’t arrive in shops until August 12th, as well as this the deluxe edition is going to be sold only in Best Buy stores for the first 10 days of release.

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Part of the letter reads: “We believe this is a short-sighted strategy, and that your decisions will be doing great damage to over 1,700 independent record stores – stores that have supported you and your music for years.”

What do you make of this? Surely the album will sell massively regardless of who is selling it? And with the hotly anticipated deluxe edition independent record stores could boost their profits massively.

Text by Dan Kemp.

HM x David Beckham

A new super-partnership is on the horizon! H&M and David Beckahm are getting together to produce a new underwear range and look to have entered into a new long-term partnership. The new collaboration should hit H&M’s 1,800 stores spread over 40 countries. The line is set for a release February 14, 2012 and will represent several huge undertakings from the Los Angeles Galaxy star and another collaboration added to the list of the world’s number two clothes retailer.