Kanye & Jay-Z Rule Charts, Lil Wayne Tease + More

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Kanye West / Jay-Z / Lil Wayne (Photo: Walik Goshorn/ Retna, West; Jimmy James/Camera Press/Retna, Jay-Z; Ian Witlen, Lil Wayne)
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  • Within one day of its release on iTunes, Kanye West and Jay-Z's Watch the Throne has hit the No. 1 spot on the music service's charts in 23 countries. While iTunes hasn't released sales figures, Billboard predicts the set is on track to sell between 400-500,000 copies in its first week in the U.S. That would make it the second-largest first-week sales of the year, behind Lady Gaga's Born This Way, which moved 1.1 million copies. Watch the Throne is exclusive to iTunes until August 12, when it will be available at standard retail outlets.

  • Lil Wayne has dropped two more teasers for his August 29 LP Tha Carter IV. In two behind-the-scenes studio clips, Wayne is shown recording and chatting with Drake about the pair's collaborative track, "She Will." Watch video below.

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      Nineties alt-rock throwbacks Surfer Blood will release a four-song EP, titled Tarot Classics on October 25. Deluxe vinyl versions of the set will feature remixes by School of Seven Bells, Speculator, and Totally Sincere, the group featuring members of The Drums' Connor Hanwick and Pains of Being Pure at Heart's Peggy Wang. [TwentyFourBit]

    • Justice will return with their second album, Audio, Video, Disco, on October 25. The set finds Gaspard Augé and Xavier de Rosnay mixing their hard electro-disco sound with prog-rock elements. The duo's pal, French DJ Busy P, debuted the title track at a recent gig. Watch that video below. [Pitchfork]

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      The riots and looting that have plagued London this week have hit the music industry hard, as well. Arsonists destroyed a 20,000-square foot building housing the merchandise (CDs, LPs, and more) of labels like Domino, 4AD, Warp, and Beggars Banquet yesterday; the building is owned by Sony. The effects on the music industry could be disastrous. "If — as seems quite likely — several smaller labels aren't covered by insurers, this could be the different between survival and going out of business," one industry analyst told The Guardian.

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