Rapper Jay-Z unleashed his American Gangster album on Tuesday, but don't go looking for it on iTunes — it won't be available there.
In a statement issued Tuesday, the hip-hop mogul said he isn't selling the album on iTunes because he doesn't want the songs available for individual purchase. "As movies are not sold scene by scene, this collection will not be sold as individual singles," he said. That's probably just as well for Universal Music, which distributes Jay's Def Jam label — earlier this year, the company's chief, Doug Morris, refused to re-up a multi-year contract with iTunes to put Universal music in the online store. Morris has been trying to enlist other industry heavyweights to team up for a competing online music service.
If Jay-Z’s American Gangster goes to the number one spot, the rap mogul will tie rock legend Elvis for the most number one albums in history.