Beyonce Releases Exclusive iTunes Album, Dominating Store Carousel

Thursday December 12, 2013 9:01 PM PST by Husain Sumra
American singer Beyoncè released her self-titled fifth studio album today, which is exclusively available on iTunes and is notably dominating the digital music store's rotating carousel.

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The album, dubbed a "visual album" because each song comes with an accompanying music video, has seen an unprecedented marketing push from Apple within the iTunes Store, receiving all the attention of the promotion carousel at the top of the store and even spawning a "Beyoncè albums" section where users can see her four other albums and anthology album.

Apple has previously offered exclusive streaming for certain albums, like David Bowie's The Next Day, leveraging iTunes dominant position in the digital music landscape.

Beyoncè is available now for $15.99, with individual song and video sales starting on December 20.

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11 months ago
Bow Down.
Rating: 14 Votes
11 months ago
Zzzzzz
Rating: 13 Votes
11 months ago
I hate to see the big record companies make sure they push absolutely everything else from the spotlight for a few days, like they're doing here.

Then again, of course the "popular" music is always what's on the front page. The real gems are the music that are not.. that.
Rating: 5 Votes
11 months ago
Of course she's going to take all of the advertising spaces. She's B.E.Y.O.N.CE. All you haters need to sit down.

I'm going to get flak for this (probably mainly because it's Beyoncé and it's hard to find anyone that hates her) but I'm on the side of "this is stupid."

I have nothing against her, or her music, but dominating the big advertising spots is stupid. There are other albums coming out that could really benefit from those spots (such as Childish Gambino's new album that released a few days ago) whereas Beyoncé is so well established to the point that all you need to say is "Beyoncé has a new album available now" and the rest will take care of itself.

It would make sense to have her take up one of those spots as with all major releases, but to steal away ALL of the largest advertising spaces is nothing but bad business for the rest of everyone.

Rating: 5 Votes
11 months ago

Of course she's going to take all of the advertising spaces. She's B.E.Y.O.N.CE. All you haters need to sit down.


We aren't haters. Beyonce should be better than that.
Rating: 5 Votes
11 months ago
estimated 80.000 copies sold in less than 24 hours! guess it worked.

not gonna lie, its refreshing to have an album simply come out without all this countdown and preview clip bs on social media. feels like 2003 again
Rating: 5 Votes
11 months ago
Too many African-Americans on iTunes featured page. It's like Apple has some hidden agenda trying to push rap and R&B music to American youth.

They need to feature an occasional Amish rap star, or some Filipino karaoke celebrity, or maybe a Korean Elvis impersonator crooner-type. iTunes Store needs more variety. :p
Rating: 4 Votes
11 months ago
iTunes Store?!! It's the BEYONCÉ store.

Flawless.
Rating: 4 Votes
11 months ago

Then again, of course the "popular" music is always what's on the front page. The real gems are the music that are not.. that.


The real gems of music ARE found in the popular music, that's why it's popular. It's why the iPhone is popular too. No one is forcing us to buy this stuff. It's popular for a reason, and marketing is not the main reason (otherwise you could push the same argument about the iPhone).

Clearly something about this "popular" music (which you feel you must put in quotations) resonates with mass consciousness in America at this time; and those so-called gems you're talking about, clearly only resonate with a specific niche of people. If they deserved to be listened by the whole world and gain global attention, they would.

Music becomes popular for a reason, and the people who buy it are not clueless sheep who are just buying music that's marketed towards them, just like we are not clueless iSheep who are buying iPhones simply because of marketing.
Rating: 4 Votes
11 months ago

Of course she's going to take all of the advertising spaces. She's B.E.Y.O.N.CE. All you haters need to sit down.


I don't hate her. I just don't like her music. Massive difference.
Rating: 4 Votes

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