Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter recently announced that his new album, American Gangster, will not be for sale through iTunes—not because of DRM issue or flat-rate pricing. Nope, it’s because he doesn’t want the album to be broken down into individually-purchasable tracks.
“As movies are not sold scene by scene, this collection will not be sold as individual singles,” Carter said in a statement. Apparently it’s the kind of album that you have to listen to from start to finish in order to really understand it.
Ok. So we can also conclude presumably that a) there will be no CD singles from the album b) radio stations will be barred from playing solitary tracks from it, lest the true art not come through. Moreover, the music video will include all the tracks from the album in one (long) piece. As for the downloadable ringtones…….