Beyonce new record-breaking album, ACCORDING to Columbia, reports that the set sold 828,773 copies in its first three days, through the close of business on Sunday night, Dec. 15. Of that sum, 617,000 were sold through the U.S. iTunes Store, which -- as previously reported -- also set a record for the largest week ever for an album.
According to iTunes and Columbia Records, the singer's record label, this is the fastest-selling album ever worldwide in the iTunes Store and is still expected to easily top the Billboard album chart this week, giving the pop diva her fifth consecutive No. 1 and the largest debut of her career (ahead of B'Day in 2006, which moved 541,000 copies in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan).
And as if that were not enough, "Beyonce" notches the largest sales week of 2013 for a woman, and the biggest since Swift's "Red" debuted with 1.2 million in October of 2012.
Target is refusing to sell the physical album when it hits store shelves on Friday, citing that the pop star's decision to release it digitally first could negatively affect sales, according to Billboard.
"At Target we focus on offering our guests a wide assortment of physical CDs, and when a new album is available digitally before it is available physically, it impacts demand and sales projections," Target spokeswoman Erica Julkowski told Billboard.
She continues, saying that while they "appreciated partnering with Beyoncé in the past" on her last album, 4 (which received an exclusive Target release with six additional tracks), they will "not be carrying Beyoncé's new self-titled album Beyoncé."
Well, we say congratulations Beyonce for making another SMASH HIT and we are excited to get a copy of your new album.
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