Target Snubs New Beyoncé Album

The singer's surprise new album was released on iTunes Friday

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Target announced it will not sell Beyoncé’s new album because she released it online first.

“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 told Billboard.” 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. At this time, Target will not be carrying Beyoncé’s new self-titled album ‘Beyoncé.'”

Beyoncé’s fifth studio album, which is called Beyoncé and considered a “visual album” due to the simultaneous release of the 14 original songs and 17 accompanying videos, sold 617,000 copies in the U.S. and 828,773 worldwide over the weekend. The singer did no promotional marketing leading up to its iTunes release, which she announced via social media.

The album will be available at many other retail stores on Dec. 20.

[Billboard]

43 comments
TeamRik
TeamRik

- They lie about their Philanthropy totals which are under $500k a year, starting 100 foundations is not funding them Bey ;-) Taylor gives over $2 Million yearly.

- Beyonce has been sued by what 5 companies & artists for song theft, trademark infringement, unfair competition and deceptive business practices, and "double crossing"
- She burned 100 bridges and ruined a lot of people with this stunt, by surpassing pre-single releases none of the writers or producers will receive payment or royalties. She screwed over thousands of Radio stations and she ruined 2 great exclusive contracts she had with the largest brick & mortar distributors in the country.
- she has never 100% sold out any of her concerts. Taylor has never had 1 single un-sold out show in her 7yrs of touring 
- ALL of Taylor Swifts albums have become Catalog Albums charting all year every year since their release date meaning they chart and earn money and royalties all year. Beyonce has ZERO..  Catalog Albums to her name ;-) 
- OOOH wait... if J + B = $95 Million net worth then how can B - J = $350 Million? stupid 

RESPECT STATS AND FACTS BEFORE FAN CLUB QUACKS! 


JohannaMaria
JohannaMaria

It's funny how people think Beyoncé showed Target!! Target made 70 Billion last year and Beyoncé made 53 Million.  She showed who what??? And Amazon who made 60 Billion last year, just announced they will not carry it either.  Beyoncé made Target less than 1 million dollars when she released her last CD. So now that most of the sales have peaked on her new release, she wants to offer the retailers a few scraps when they didn't even make a million off of the last album.  From a business stand point why should Target or Amazon bother???

RachelHudson
RachelHudson

While the rest try to play catch up Beyoncé will continue to be one of the leading ladies in the game!! Watch everyone else try and follow suit with their records in some sort of way in the future!!! My girl is straight stomping on them all!!!

RachelHudson
RachelHudson

There are a lot of ppl on here who didn't complete fifth grade I see!!! Digital or hard copies still count towards sells!!! The album is moving like wild fire and you idiots who apparently can't read clicked on the wrong story titled BEYONCE not Taylor Swift!!! I read one bloggers comment who simply said go and find a Taylor Swift story and click on that to talk about Taylor Swift!! Well said!!!! I mean maybe you should educate your self on the world of sells and how it actually works before you start chumping your gums!! Beyoncé moved 600 plus thousand units in three days and within the days following reached over a million so I'm going to need for you all to start utilizing your brains, educate yourself and speak facts instead of wasting everyone's time with what you wish was truth!!! Taylor Swift net worth $105 million. Beyoncé net worth $300 millions. The egg on your damn face right now!! PRICELESS!! Now have several damn seats and calm down!!

OhMy
OhMy

I really think Bey could care less!  

SheenaBean-aBrown
SheenaBean-aBrown

Target sounds like a silly tantrum toddler.  You didn't get the exclusive so now you won't carry it.  Bitchy. LOL Oh well who cares, I'll go to Best Buy ANYWAY :-)

chrishhhh
chrishhhh

I think the real issue here is that Target isn't getting any "Deluxe Target Exclusive". Target Ticket releases digital movies even weeks ahead of their DVD release so that's a weak excuse. Sorry T, if you're gonna try to pull this off at least be honest. 

maxxonair
maxxonair

How did people who keep saying "she has yet to sell a "physical" album got through high school? How can you sell an album that's not available in CD format until Dec 20th? I'm having a hard time understanding whether you all are being serious or sarcastic...

__PlatinumXIX
__PlatinumXIX

It's funny that people are claiming that she has sold no PHYSICAL copies, but yet the PHYSICAL COPIES won't be released until December the 20th. Talk about Taylor Swift in a Taylor Swift forum. Thanks. 

sandersdion27
sandersdion27

@willisben32 ,, I feel bad for Beyoncé :( 3 days of sales and she has yet to sell one album ( Not one )


Everything is digital sales, how can you win an album of the year award if you sell 000 albums?  Taylor Swift sold  985,000 albums plus all her digital album sales that total 1.450,000 in sales total for Taylor world wide and Beyoncé only has 828,773 digital world wide and no actual albums.

josie.gabriel26
josie.gabriel26

I don't think Target is losing anything. We live in the digital age, CD's are a thing of the past and do not garner the same success as it's digital counterpart. A large percentage of the world have smartphones, tablets, computers etc. and download music via online mediums such as itunes, googleplay or have music subscriptions to spotify (such as myself) and other music services. Why waste time standing in line to buy a CD, when you can buy/stream online directly to your phone or other device? If you want to give it as a gift, buy them a gift card (itunes, googleplay, amazon...). Target and other retailers would have to sell it at a markdown to move the inventory.

2good2leaveunow
2good2leaveunow

Target has just shot itself in the bulls eye -- way not to make money. What an idiotic and childish response. Welcome to the future. I suppose Target's loss is Walmart and Best Buy's gain.

Missradio04
Missradio04

@willisben32 @LisaJones1One must give credit where credit is due.  This was a product launch that is genius.  1.  She cut out the middle men ~ Ka-ching.  2.  She has relied on the sycophantic press to promote her album ...for free ~ ka-ching.  3.  She has sold a product through a distribution channel, at full whack, that doesn't allow refunds ~ Ka-ching.4.  She is already on tour, so having to pay a share to LiveNation ...or whomever...to set-up and promote her tour is a mute point.  ~Ka-ching. Queenyonce has taken a serious page out of the Michael Jackson playbook on how to turn the industry in her favor. Flawless execution! Bravo!



iBeyonceLately
iBeyonceLately

Huge mistake. This album is selling like crazy. 

kereth
kereth

Wake up and smell the future Target.

willisben32
willisben32

This is suppose to be good? ... This is only the 4th best in 2013


Taylor Swift sold 1.45 world wide the first week >> So let's spin this story other way >> Taylor Swift sold 1,450,000 -465,000 itune albums sold = Taylor sold 985,000 CD Albums world wide  


( Beyoncé sold 0 CD ALBUM's world wide ) What Happened Beyoncé?


Beyoncé sold 0 cd's the first week? and Taylor Swift sold 985,000! lol



SukeMadiq
SukeMadiq

Saw a picture of her on Starsearch, she lost by the way. But she was black then, really black, much darker than JayZ. Now she is light brown. Does she hate being black enough to bleach herself?

jaredapa
jaredapa

@JohannaMaria No, what's really funny is how you erroneously compared Target's yearly revenue to Beyonce's gross profit. How comparing these numbers has anything to do with the argument at hand is beyond me, or why someone would compare a retailer's revenue to the finances of an entertainer escapes logical sense too. Also, before you proudly boast Target's revenue realize that 70 Billion in revenue for a company Target's size is actually lackluster; Walmart routinely generates 400 plus billion a year in revenue. Further, Beyonce did "show Target" by taking that million that she generated for them last album to Walmart, who as I just pointed out is already crushing Target in every conceivable financial arena. 

AriAugustine
AriAugustine

@JohannaMaria whether your rich or not it doesnt matter a million is a million thats more money into their pockets

MiamiMarlins77
MiamiMarlins77

@RachelHudson there was a singer name GEORGE MICHAEL  who release his album like this.

no  appearance in his videos on MTV .  The song/video Freedom (only supermodels in the video) sounds familiar?


baconsmith17
baconsmith17

@sandersdion27 Taylor Swift won the Grammy album of the year for her record breaking album " Fearless " ....... Who was Taylor up against? ((   Beyoncé ))  lost as Beyoncé cant sell her albums!

TeamRik
TeamRik

@Missradio04 @willisben32 @LisaJones1 she didnt cut out anyone.... she used them all and because she skipped pre-releasing any singles all of those producers and writers will NEVER be paid or make a Royalty in their life from this album. That is Deceptive Business Practice and just F**ed Up..  It will be added to her 5 other bad business lawsuits all of which she has lost millions... 

TeamRik
TeamRik

@willisben32  
Enough is Enough Already... Every Single Story that comes out since her release is Pure Bull***

The rankings for BDS- and SoundScan-based music charts reflect airplay, sales digital & physical or streaming during the weeks that titles appeared on a RELEVANT chart during the TRACKING PERIOD.

The 2013 chart period -- which includes 53 weeks this year -- began with last year’s December 1, 2012 and ended on November 30, 2013.

HENCE the YEAR-END RESULTS ALREADY BEING ANNOUNCED! 

BEYONCE ARTIST & ALBUM = 2014 Charting Period.... 

2013 YEAR END CHARTS!

TOP ARTIST - Top 100:
#02 -Taylor Swift
#37 - Beyonce 

TOP ARTIST - FEMALE - Top 10:
#01 - Taylor Swift
#__ - Beyonce

TOP BILLBOARD 200 ARTIST - Top 100:
#02 - Taylor Swift (2012 & 2013)
#__ - Beyonce - (not even in the top 100!) 

TOP BILLBOARD 200 ARTIST - FEMALE - Top 10:
#01 - Taylor Swift (2012 & 2013)
#__ - Beyonce 

TOP CATALOG ARTIST - Top 10:
#04 - Taylor Swift - Every Album Catalogs and Charts Every Year! 
#__ - Beyonce  HAS NO CATALOG ALBUMS! very bad

TOP CATALOG ALBUMS & TOP COUNTRY CATALOG ALBUMS - Top 100:
#10 - Fearless - #7 Country
#25 - Speak Now - #9 Country
#36 - The Taylor Swift Holiday Collection (EP) # 17 Country 
#39 - Taylor Swift  - #13 Country

TOP BILLBOARD 200 ALBUMS - Top 100:
#02 - Taylor Swift - RED (2012 & 2013) 
#__ - Beyonce - (not even in the top 100!) 

HOT 100 ARTISTS - Top 100:
#06 - Taylor Swift
#__ - Beyonce - (not even in the top 100!) 

HOT 100 ARTISTS - FEMALE - Top 10:
#02 - Taylor Swift
#__ - Beyonce 

HOT 100 SONGS - Top 100:
#16 - "I Knew You Were Trouble" Taylor Swift
#71 - "22" Taylor Swift
#77 - "Highway Don't Care" Tim McGraw w/ Taylor Swift
#___- Beyonce 

HOT 100 AIRPLAY ARTISTS - Top 25:
#05 - Taylor Swift
#__ - Beyonce 

HOT 100 AIRPLAY SONGS - Top 75:
#09 - "I Knew You Were Trouble" Taylor Swift
#__ - Beyonce 

Brion
Brion

@willisben32Considering Beyonce has yet to release her hard copy album and she didn't need to promote her album the traditional way, she's doing beyond good in sales.Also, her album has only been out for 3 days so far, which isn't a whole week. Taylor Swift had a whole week to sell 1.45 million albums. Whether she sold CDs or digital copies, it's still an album and people will continue to listen to it.

Missradio04
Missradio04

@SukeMadiq Beyoncé debuted in 1990 with the girl group "Girls Tyme" that was changed to "Destiny's Child" 8 year's before iTunes, 14 year's before Facebook, 15 year's before YouTube, and 16 year's before Twitter came out. She's only 32, and she has managed to stay successful in the music business for 23+ year's so far. Beyoncé is an incredible mother, business woman, and wife. She is truly a force to be reckoned with.

UnMutedOne
UnMutedOne

@SukeMadiqIdiot.  Beyonce is the exact same complexion she was when she and a group of other girls (one of whom you were probably looking at) competed on Star Search.  Oh, and yeah she lost...such a tragedy for her that her career never went anywhere after that.  Seriously, shut up.

rcamerous
rcamerous

@SukeMadiq What a dummy...You must live in Idaho, Wyoming or Montana where there are virtually no Black people.

TeamRik
TeamRik

@baconsmith17  BAM!... Tell em! and just think thats only 1 of a thousand major milestones Taylor has received over Beyonce...  

Brion
Brion

@baconsmith17 Sandersdion27 I'm not understanding the thought you two are using? Are you two aware that the physical album hasn't been released yet? And even if she didn't release a physical copy of her album, NEARLY 1 MILLION PEOPLE HAVE BOUGHT THE DIGITAL COPY. SHE'S STILL SELLING ALBUMS WHETHER YOU LIKE IT OR NOT. Also, digital sales are more accurate than regular. People will always find ways to hate on her. 

TeamRik
TeamRik

@Missradio04 @SukeMadiq  She is a good business woman?...  so 5 Separate Lawsuits by both Corporations, Producers and Singers all with Judgements against her, where she had to pay DOUBLE her Yearly Gross for each of the 5 different cases which stated song theft, trademark infringement, unfair competition and deceptive business practices, "double crossing" that is a good business woman? 

Taylor Swift, Britney Spears, Katy Perry, [(Lady Gaga & Madonna) *when they dont spend it all on their tours]... Those are good business women 


RachelHudson
RachelHudson

@Brion baby if you waiting on what you said to register and make sense to a bunch of damn fools you wasting your breath so don't bother.. As for you me and the rest of the fans lets just enjoy the album as Beyoncé sells continue to climb and idiots like @baconsmith17 and the rest of his little (and I do mean small minded) friends keep hating!! Sells are sells. The one thing I don't think any of them seem to get is that with this new album and the money Beyoncé saved by not using all the heavy promotion strategies to get the word out she is walking away even richer versus all the all mind a like artist including Taylor Swift who have to pay out a large portion of their earnings to the record level etc. so keep hating bitches while we bump this Beyoncé hit on our radios!!!  

AmyCarterRose
AmyCarterRose

yes so tru n when it drop I'm getting one unless u can tell me how to buy it using android or its just I phones

2good2leaveunow
2good2leaveunow

@nelson.mickson @LisaJones1 @willisben32 Beyonce's download is "album only". All of her sales are for the complete album. The sales are phenomenal as no physical copies have been available. They won't hit stores until the 22nd. Given there has been no pre-release hype Bey has certainly raised the bar.