Jay-Z, Kanye West 'Watch the Throne' Is It Art or Ego? 1Jay-Z and Kanye West seem like an unlikely pairing, but their joint album Watch the Throne is riding a wave of hype that will likely catapult it to the top of the charts. But is it art?

According to the latest industry estimates, the record is expected to move as many as half-a-million copies during the first week of sales, no small feat in these days of diminished CD sales.

The album is available on iTunes or by pre-order through amazon.com. If you order it from amazon through TheImproper you pay only $15.78 for the deluxe edition, which contains enhanced content, a savings of $4.21 or 21 percent. You can also get the regular edition for $9.99.

Just click on the link below. The collaboration has been No. 1 in Apple’s digital store.

The album will officially go on sale Friday (Aug. 12) but only in BestBuy, which is another blow to independent record stores.

A group of independent store owners have protested the deal, which is all too common today, and have demanded equal access to the recording.

“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,” they wrote in an open letter.

West and Jay-Z, aka Shawn Corey Carter, announced the collaboration nearly a year ago and have included 12 songs and four bonus tracks on the album, which they have packaged like a piece of fine art.

Whether this is truly art or a testament to two really huge egos remains to be seen.