Watch The Throne Now Available For Pre-Order And With Official (?) Release Date

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When rumors swirled last week that Jay-Z and Kanye West collaboration Watch the Throne would be released on July 4, we speculated on the likelihood of such a release, concluding that the release date decision was really up to Kanye, then went to the source and got an official denial, which in hindsight makes perfect sense, since Kanye spent the weekend performing, at Summerfest in Milwaukee on Thursday and at the Essence Festival in New Orleans on Saturday, which would, we presume, preclude finishing the album.

July 4 did turn out to be a benchmark for the album, despite it not actually being released: shortly after midnight, the album became available for pre-order (CD and digital, deluxe and standard), with an announced “ship date” of Tuesday, August 2, 2011, apparently confirming weekend rumors, attributed to Ryan Seacrest, that the album would be coming in August. The album art, also revealed on July 4, can be seen below:

Jay-Z And Kanye West’s Watch The Throne Ready For Pre-Order [MTV RapFix]