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Jack White's Third Man Records to issue Jay-Z vinyl

Jack White's Third Man Records to issue Jay-Z vinyl
Jack White's Third Man Records plans to release the vinyl edition of Jay-Z's new album, "Magna Carta Holy Grail." (Evan Agostini/Invision/Associated Press)

Jay-Z drew both praise and scorn last week by unveiling his latest studio album, "Magna Carta Holy Grail," through an exclusive smartphone app.

Music industry pundits hailed the Brooklyn rapper's business acumen; listeners complained about the app's crummy performance. (As for the album itself, reviews have been similarly mixed.)

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But if Jay-Z fancies himself a pioneer in digital music distribution, he's not ready to leave behind old models quite yet.

Early Wednesday, Third Man Records -- the Nashville-based company founded by Jack White of the White Stripes -- announced that it would release the vinyl edition of "Magna Carta Holy Grail" "in the coming weeks," according to a press release.

It's not Jay-Z's first collaboration with White: Third Man recently issued the vinyl edition of the soundtrack to Baz Luhrmann's "Great Gatsby" film, which contained a song by White and which the rapper helped oversee.

The label's version of "Magna Carta" will feature a bonus track, "Open Letter."

Watch Jay-Z discuss the recording of his album below in a clip from an interview he gave Tuesday on New York's Hot 97, which followed an earlier Q&A session on Twitter.

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