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Kanye West and Jay-Z break iTunes album record

Kanye West and Jay-Z's Watch The Throne album has smashed iTunes sales records after almost 290,000 downloads were snapped up last week (ends14Aug11).

The release went on sale exclusively through iTunes from 8-11 August (11).

Jay-Z's pal Chris Martin and his band Coldplay previously held the download record - their 2008 album Viva La Vida Or Death and All His Friends sold 282,000 in its first week.

West and Jay-Z's album is expected to debut at the top of the Billboard 200 charts on Wednesday (17Aug11) with total sales of close to 500,000.