Beats CEO Jimmy Iovine Meeting with Musicians Over Exclusive Beyonce-Like Album Releases

Beats CEO Jimmy Iovine has been meeting with a number of music artists over doing exclusive album releases similar to Beyoncé's incredibly successful iTunes album last year, reports the New York Post.

Citing sources close to the matter, the paper notes that Iovine is using his close connections with popular musicians like Nicki Minaj, Pharrell, and Gwen Stefani to create new side deals that would bring exclusives, with Beats also said to be negotiating additional promotional deals after a successful campaign with AT&T earlier this year.

It’s been almost a year since Beats Music launched with a brace of Super Bowl spots starring Ellen DeGeneres and a big promotional backing from AT&T.

The promotional relationship ended a few months ago, and parties are discussing future deals. "They outperformed expectations in terms of the upsell," said one source of AT&T.

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In February, it was reported that Apple's iTunes chief Robert Kondrk met with record label executives during Grammy Week in January about the potential of more exclusive album releases similar to Beyoncé's. Kondrk emphasized sales through digital storefronts like iTunes in those meetings, and asked executives if they could lock down individual track sales after a certain window of time to create greater attention for artists and their music.

Beyoncé's self-titled album broke a number of records after its exclusive release on iTunes last December, selling over 828,000 copies in just three days to become the fasting selling collection of music in the service's history. The album was backed by significant promotion on the iTunes Store and across various social media networks.

Top Rated Comments

roadbloc Avatar
79 months ago

iTunes Exclusives is great for everyone. It rewards the best music fans who choose to consume music in the right way. It rewards the biggest and most talented artists with more revenues. And Apple also benefits from being at the forefront of the biggest music releases.


I only buy CDs so obviously, I disagree. Consume music the right way? How ignorant.
Score: 15 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Sandstorm Avatar
79 months ago

iTunes Exclusives is great for everyone. It rewards the best music fans who choose to consume music in the right way. It rewards the biggest and most talented artists with more revenues. And Apple also benefits from being at the forefront of the biggest music releases.


First - I stongly disagree that iTunes is "the right way". Not until Apple offers a proper streaming at least.
Second - exclusives are a slippery slope. Do I really need to explain this?
Score: 15 Votes (Like | Disagree)
iososx Avatar
79 months ago
The only true benefactor of using iTunes is Apple.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
arbitter Avatar
79 months ago

iTunes Exclusives is great for everyone. It rewards the best music fans who choose to consume music in the right way. It rewards the biggest and most talented artists with more revenues. And Apple also benefits from being at the forefront of the biggest music releases.

Wait what? According to you iTunes is the option to consume music the right way? I agree it is a way. But the right way? Shortsighted.

I for one do not like these exclusive deals. What do people do that don't have iTunes or an Appe account, and already pay for a streaming survice like Spotify. Good for Apple to rake in some money sure, but not good for the consumer. Always better if it comes out on all platforms at the same time. Also prevents illegal sharing of course.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
macUser2007 Avatar
79 months ago
Nope, most without an iTunes account or Beats subscription will not rush to sign on just to hear these exclusives.

This is how the road to mass piracy begins then, again?

Or did someone at Apple just realize that they paid 2.5 billion too much for this Beats thing?
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Rogifan Avatar
79 months ago
On John Gruber's latest podcast he said he's heard that the Beats deal was 100% Eddy Cue. He was the one inside Apple pushing for this deal. If this is why then he has way more power than he should have inside Apple. People hate exclusives. There's a lot Apple needs to do to improve iTunes. Offering exclusives from artists who are best buds with Iovine and Dre isn't it. It will be a turnoff more than anything else.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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