That said, "the cause of death is unknown pending toxicology tests." Those (including myself) who had a knee-jerk reaction to the news of her death as being drug-related could, in fact, look somewhat stupid in the end. If that comes to pass, I’ll be the first to eat crow, and I’ll do it in public because I can accept that I was wrong. However, if her death is due to what I suspect, I don’t want to hear a single word from some self-righteous two-face about how what I’m saying is wrong. At that point it would be absolutely correct, and unlike others who are afraid to go against the grain of being politically correct for fear of being ostracized, I’ll at least be speaking the truth, both factually and from the heart.
With that out of the way, let’s get to other news that happened this week that may be of further interest.
"Billboard.com reports that Jay-Z and Kanye West are giving iTunes and Best Buy exclusive windows to sell different editions of their Watch the Throne album, and brick-and-mortar retailers aren't happy about this at all.
iTunes will be selling the album exclusively on August 8, four days before the official release date, and they will be offering the lead track "Otis" as an exclusive download after customers pre-order the album from Apple.
Best Buy will be given nearly two weeks to purchase the deluxe CD version of the album, until August 23."
My very first reaction to this was, “What ‘brick-and-mortar’ retailers?” Tower Records closed years ago, every Virgin Megastore in the US has shut down, and Borders is going out of business for good even as I type this. Independent retailers are still around, but that’s it.
And then I did a little more research on the story and realized that it’s those independent stores that are so upset with this deal. In fact, they even sent an open letter to Jay-Z and West about the marketing move, decrying it as a “short-sighted strategy.”