1. Jay-Z and Kanye West’s Watch the Throne is the only major album of the past few years to NOT leak. If anyone can keep a highly anticipated album from leaking, it’s Kanye.
West’s camp figured out how to prevent leaks after assessing the leak of a few tracks from his previous album, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, in 2010.
2. Kanye’s camp stopped sending versions of tracks to each other by email or any other online service.
“During Dark Twisted, we realized that no one’s email was secure, whether it was Gmail or .mac or iDisk,” Anthony Kilhofer, one of the engineers on Watch the Throne, told Billboard.
3. He also stopped working in regular recording studios, choosing to instead set up small studios in hotel rooms and other locations where he could keep out anyone besides trusted inner circle collaborators.
West used similar methods in recording Yeezus.
5. West had both Watch the Throne and Yeezus mastered only a week before release to keep the window for final recordings to fall into the wrong hands as brief as possible.
The final official master of Watch the Throne was delivered to iTunes three days before it went on sale on Monday, Aug. 8th, 2011.