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iTunes-Exclusive Beyonce Album Breaks Records With 828,773 Copies Sold in 3 Days

Late Thursday night, singer Beyoncé released a new album exclusively on iTunes, with significant promotion both on the iTunes Store and across social media.

In a press release today, Apple said the album is the fastest selling ever on the iTunes Store, moving 828,773 units worldwide in its first three days of availability. The album sold 617,213 copies in the U.S., and went to number one on the iTunes chart in 104 countries.

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The self-titled, BEYONCÉ, is the fifth solo studio album from Beyoncé, which was made available exclusively worldwide on the iTunes Store on December 13 by Parkwood Entertainment/Columbia Records. The self-titled set is the artist’s first visual album. BEYONCÉ is infused with 14 new songs and 17 visually stunning, provocative videos shot around the world from Houston to New York City to Paris, and Sydney to Rio de Janeiro, all before the album’s release. The album represents Beyoncé’s biggest sales week ever.

The iTunes Store is the world’s most popular music store with a catalog of over 26 million songs and is available in 119 countries. The iTunes Store is the best way for iPhone®, iPad®, iPod®, Mac® and PC users to legally discover, purchase and download music online. All music on the iTunes Store comes in iTunes Plus®, Apple’s DRM-free format with high-quality 256 kbps AAC encoding for audio virtually indistinguishable from the original recordings.
The album is currently featured in every slot on the promotion carousel at the top of the iTunes Store. It is dubbed a "visual album" because each song has an accompanying music video.

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12 months ago

I will never understand pop music's popularity.


This is proof that quality and popularity are two very different things.


What? Your subjective taste in music is different than someone else's? Tell me more.
Rating: 30 Votes
12 months ago
This is proof that quality and popularity are two very different things.
Rating: 24 Votes
12 months ago

This is proof that quality and popularity are two very different things.


This is true: Quality is subjective. Popularity is objective.

Also, did you even listen to the album or are you just posting for the sake of saying something snarky?
Rating: 23 Votes
12 months ago
yawn yawn ... Mac pro please
Rating: 16 Votes
12 months ago
I will never understand pop music's popularity.
Rating: 14 Votes
12 months ago

Man oh man, exclusively available in a lossy format.


828,773 people don't care
Rating: 14 Votes
12 months ago
I guess it's asking too much to expect people to comment on what this means from an iTunes, AAPL or technology standpoint instead of an "I don't like this kind of music" rant.
Rating: 13 Votes
12 months ago
She might end up selling a million albums in a week, that doesn't happen much any more, and that's all on iTunes. No wonder they were wiling to give her all the promotional slots.

I'm not a fan of her music, but I have to give her credit, a release this big is very impressive not to mention having a video for every song at the time of release. It can't have been cheap but obviously it paid off.

And they managed to keep the whole thing secret until release, that might be most impressive of all.
Rating: 11 Votes
12 months ago
I can't wait for the CD to come out! :D
Rating: 8 Votes
12 months ago

yawn yawn ... Mac pro please


Yeah. I'm sure everyone has at least $2999 lying around to buy this thing.
Rating: 8 Votes

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