US retailer Target is refusing to stock the new Beyonce album.
The singer unexpectedly released her new self-titled LP last week (December 13) exclusively on iTunes. In an interview with Billboard, a representative for Target said it would not sell the record as it did not want to focus on artists who prioritised digital over physical sales.
Erica Julkowski said: “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’.”
‘Beyonce’ smashed iTunes records shortly after its release, shifting 828,773 copies in just three days, becoming the fastest-selling album ever on the iTunes Store worldwide. It also took up the Number One spot in 104 countries.
Beyoncé added extra dates to the string of shows announced for 2014 as part of a wider Mrs Carter Show European tour. The singer will now play two dates each in Glasgow, Birmingham and Manchester before four nights at London’s O2 Arena in February and March of next year. X Factor winner Sam Bailey will provide support on all of the dates.
Beyoncé will play:
Glasgow SSE Hydro Arena (February 20, 21, 2014)
Birmingham LG Arena (23, 24)
Manchester Arena (25, 26)
London O2 Arena (February 28, March 1, 2, 4)