Target executives aren’t among the over 800,000 people who were beyond excited about the surprise itunes only visual album that Beyonce’ dropped. The mega retailer will not be selling “Beyonce”.
“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.
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.'”
Meanwhile over at Walmart….
The new “Beyonce” album is set to hit their stores by the end of the week.
Walmart is “happy to be able to carry her album and support all physical music,” says Walmart spokesperson Sarah McKinney. (As per Walmart’s long-standing policy, they will only carry the non-explicit version of “Beyonce.”) Walmart, will be carrying “Beyonce” should be in their stores by the end of the week.
“Beyonce” set sales records in the iTunes Store after only three days on sale. According to iTunes and Columbia Records, Beyonce’s record label, the album sold 617,000 copies in the U.S. and 828,773 total worldwide through Sunday night (Dec. 15). That marks both the largest single week ever in both the U.S. iTunes Store, and, the fastest-selling album worldwide in the iTunes Store.