Saturday, April 13, 2024

Beyonce Shatters iTunes Record for Fastest Selling Album– Already Near 700K in US


Beyonce has shattered the iTunes record for fastest selling album with her fifth release, called “Beyonce.” The album was a surprise release on Friday– not on any schedules. No one knew about it in public. But with no marketing or forewarning, “Beyonce” — the singer’s best album ever, filled with actual songs and singing– just blew through iTunes. They’ve sold at least 618k copies in the US, heading quickly to 700K. The album will debut at number 1 tomorrow on all the different charts.

The genius of the Beyonce album on iTunes is that the individual tracks are not available. You have to buy the whole album. This may break what has been the killing of the album in the last ten years. The single tracks won’t be available until after Christmas. So Sony and Beyonce get the full $15.99 and not $1.29 per track. Rob Stringer and the Sony people may be changing the game here big time, and getting the business back on its feet.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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