Beyoncé's new album continues to smash iTunes sales records, but its exclusivity with Apple has built a wall for the singer when the physical album is released on December 20. Target, who have previously partnered with her for a deluxe edition of 4, will not be stocking Beyoncé because of its initial digital release. Spokeswoman Erica Julkowski says:

"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... While there are many aspects that contribute to our approach and we have appreciated partnering with Beyonce in the past, we are primarily focused on offering CDs that will be available in a physical format at the same time as all other formats. At this time, Target will not be carrying Beyoncé's new self-titled album Beyoncé."

Wal-mart, however, will be selling the album. Says spokeswoman Sarah McKinney, "[we're] happy to be able to carry her album and support all physical music." As per store policy, they will only sell the non-explicit version.

[via Billboard]

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