Jay-Z and R. Kelly haven’t even had the chance to put one controversy behind them before another all-too-familiar problem popped up to pose a threat to their upcoming collaboration, The Best of Both Worlds — bootleggers.
Advance copies of the album featuring 11 tracks have hit the streets even though it isn’t due to arrive until March 26. According to Roc-A-Fella Records, which is distributing the album domestically while Jive handles overseas promotion, there are no plans to rush The Best of Both Worlds into stores in response to the bootlegging.
If that wasn’t bad enough, the latest development in the R. Kelly sex tape scandal is that numerous web sites and street vendors are claiming to have copies of the infamous video that was sent to the Chicago Sun-Times earlier this month and are hawking them for a fee.
Jay-Z, on the other hand, is proceeding with plans to release another single from his multi-platinum album, The Blueprint. The video for “Song Cry” currently is being shot and the clip and its corresponding track should drop next month.