The pop star released the album digitally before physically
Beyoncé shocked the world when she dropped her latest album, Beyonce, on iTunes silently on Friday (Dec 13th), but one big box retailer will not be selling the album when it’s released on CD this week. Target told Rolling Stone that they will not be carrying the project that has surpassed 618,500 downloads in less than a week, a new best for the singer.
Spokeswoman Erica Julkowski said, “At Target we focus on offering our guests a wide assortment of physical CDs, and when a new album is available digitally before it is available physically, it impacts demand and sales projections. While there are many aspects that contribute to our approach and we have appreciated partnering with Beyoncé in the past, we are primarily focused on offering CDs that will be available in a physical format at the same time as all other formats.”
Retail outlets are expected to start selling the 14 audio, 17 video “visual album” in a CD/DVD set starting on Wednesday, while Walmart and most other brick-and-mortar outlets will start carrying the set by Friday.
Rolling Stone also reports that Beyoncé has set a record for first-week digital sales in the U.S., and will debut at Number One on the Billboard 200 albums chart.
Author: Buddy Iahn
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