July 5th, 2011
01:57 PM ET
Jay-Z and Kanye West fans have indeed been keeping a close eye on the duo’s anticipated album “Watch the Throne,” and on Independence Day their rapt attention was rewarded. The album's cover art was released, and better yet, it's also available for pre-order.
The gold cover, designed by Givenchy's Riccardo Tisci, doesn’t bear the name of either artist or the title of the album, which has been speculated about since the duo's single “H.A.M." was released earlier this year.
According to MTV, those who pre-order the album get a ship date of August 2. You can view the album art and place your purchase at either Jay-Z’s Life and Times website or Kanye's, both of which redirect to WatchtheThrone.com.
A deluxe CD costs $16.99, while the standard is $13.99. If you haven’t bought a CD in you don’t know how long, there’s also an MP3 deluxe edition available for $14.99 and a standard retailing for $11.99.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, production credits include Jay-Z and Kanye as well as Swizz Beatz, No ID and Lex Luger, with a reported partial track listing revealing that the album should include guest spots from Beyonce and Bruno Mars.
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