Debut Album By The Throne, Aka Jay-Z And Kanye West, Breaks Sales Records
August 17, 2011 at 8:51 AM (PT)
WATCH THE THRONE, the first collaborative album by superstars JAY-Z and KANYE WEST on the ROC-A-FELLA/DEF JAM/ROC NATION imprint, soared to a #1 SOUNDSCAN debut on first week sales of 436,078 units, it was jointly announced by UNIVERSAL REPUBLIC/ISLAND DEF JAM MOTOWN Chairman/CEO BARRY WEISS and IDJMG Pres./COO STEVE BARTELS.
WATCH THE THRONE has also broken the record for the all-time highest first-week sales on iTUNES in the U.S. with nearly 290,000 units sold, besting the previous record held by COLDPLAY and hitting #1 on iTUNES worldwide in all 23 global territories within 24 hours.
"This is one of those rare occasions where the amazing music on this album actually matches the event status of the pairing of these two iconic, generational artists," said WEISS. "The proof is in the pudding with the sensational sales this week. Needless to say we are thrilled to be involved with this huge worldwide cultural event."
"It is so exciting to be able to share and work on JAY-Z's and KANYE WEST's partnership and vision for this special collaboration," said BARTELS. "Great music, great artists and a great team effort coupled with an out of the box launch approach, resulted in no leaks and all the fans getting the music at the same time. The results are exciting and this is just the beginning."