“While Beyonce’s new fast-selling self-titled album is sure to be on many Christmas wish lists, there’s at least one major retailer that’s opting not to sell the album: Target,” Keith Caulfield reports for Billboard.
“‘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,’ Target spokesperson Erica Julkowski tells Billboard,” Caulfield reports. “She continues, ‘While there are many aspects that contribute to our approach and we have appreciated partnering with Beyonce 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. At this time, Target will not be carrying Beyonce’s new self-titled album ‘Beyonce.””
“Columbia Records released ‘Beyonce’ at 12 AM EST on the morning of Friday, Dec. 13, exclusively via iTunes without any pre-release announcement. They are the exclusive seller of the album through at least Dec. 18,” Caulfield reports. “Billboard estimates that iTunes is the largest seller of music in the U.S., with about a 41% share of the market in 2012. Walmart had 10%, while Amazon (9%) and Target (5%) were the third and fourth-largest sellers, respectively.”
Read more in the full article here.
MacDailyNews Take: Sour grapes make for awful Christmas whine, Target.
Thankfully, no one bet us our Macs that we’d have four Beyoncé articles this year, much less in the last four days.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “Sarah” and “Dan K.” for the heads up.]
Beyoncé shatters iTunes Store records with 828,773 albums sold in just three days – December 16, 2013
Surprise Beyoncé album tops Apple’s iTunes Store charts – December 16, 2013
Beyoncé releases surprise ‘visual album’ exclusively on Apple’s iTunes Store – December 13, 2013