Boycotting ‘Beyonce’? Amazon Joins List of Retailers Refusing To Carry New Album [Weigh In]

Published: Saturday 21st Dec 2013 by Rashad

As fans know, Target may have been a huge celebrator of pop superstar Beyonce‘s ‘4’ album, but it’s self titled follow-up cannot boast the same.  In a well-publicized decision, the huge retailer opted against carrying the singer’s 5th album citing unfair ‘preferential treatment’ to Itunes (which exclusively carried the digital version of the album upon its December 13th surprised release).

Now, in another blow to the album, the largest online retailer Amazon has also joined the boycott against Columbia and Sony by refusing to carry the physical copy of the album on its online shelves.

More below:

Via Billboard:

“While is carrying the MP3 version of the album, the online merchant is apparently not stocking the CD version of the album, according to label sources and a check of the site. The album is available, however, via third-party sellers in the Amazon marketplace.

Moreover, while Amazon is carrying the Beyonce MP3 in its store, it does not appear to be supporting the album with any prime real estate. The only way the album is visible if shoppers search for it and will see that the album is there digitally for $15.99.”

“Meanwhile, in addition to being annoyed at the Beyonce exclusive, Amazon is reportedly still steaming that Sony Music Entertainment handed down an edict that Amazon, or any other retailer for that matter, couldn’t pre-sell the Beyonce title.”


So what does this mean?

The news does follow reports that Beyonce, on Itunes’ shoulders alone, passed the 1 million mark in digital sales in less than 7 days.  So, in the now, the news carries less sting.

But, as Amazon is indeed the world’s largest online retailer, it withholding of physical copies of any album – even one of Beyonce’s caliber – will definitely cause a stain on the album’s immediate (see: Christmas sales) and long term success.  Again, Amazon’s gripe is not with Beyonce as much as it is with Columbia/Sony.  So, if Amazon continues this behavior with less profitable Columbia/Sony acts, we can be sure a swift agreement will be made to rectify the situation.

Either way, many brick-and-mortar stores have still stocked their shelves with physical copies of the album.  Amazon cardholders or just fans of the online shopping experience with the retail giant can still opt to purchase it via Amazon’s website from third-party retailers.

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  1. Molly December 21, 2013

    Lmao who could be behind this? maybe GaGa the 99cent Amazon queen? hmmm anyways Bey don’t need yall shes doing fine without yall… get money b****!

  2. Amanda Bynes December 21, 2013

    Beyonce is ugly

  3. LOVEBIRD – SHADE GALA GOODBYE WORLD TOUR (20TH – 23RD) December 21, 2013

    I think the retailers are just pissed Beyonce offered the album to iTunes exclusively first before distributing to other retailers.

    This might be retailers trying to send a message.

    Also with over 600K sold on iTunes alone, the likelihood that other retailer will capitalize on the album are slim considering iTunes has already eaten through their market. They are just weighing the potential to shift copies vs demand and with 600K already sold, demand is lower than their estimations.

    Amazon is a HUGE company though, so I’m going with option 1 (trying to send a message).

  4. LOVEBIRD – SHADE GALA GOODBYE WORLD TOUR (20TH – 23RD) December 21, 2013

    When LegendToya drops her single though, it’ll be available on amazonMP3, GooglePlay store and iTunes and it’ll break their servers.

    When will your basic fav??? When??

  5. Lana Del Bey December 21, 2013

    Hmmmm this will effect sales :/ and as a member of the hive you know we love boasting our album sales, well she already ‘won’t on commercial terms by going okay already. I just wonder how quickly she would of gone double platinum with these extra physical sales

  6. Lana Del Bey December 21, 2013

    these really irritates me, I need bey to WIN with no obstacles in the way, every extra sale is a booty pop in lesser b****** faces

  7. Common Sense December 21, 2013

    I personally didn’t buy the album because it isn’t on the Google Market. And no matter how pretty an iPhone is, beauty cannot cover up an inferior product.
    Target is the one who should be the most angry over this iTunes nonsense because they’re the ones who pushed for her the hardest during her 4 drama.

  8. Lana Del Bey December 21, 2013

    Wow serious typos in my last comment! *she already ‘WON’ on commercial terms by already going PLATINUM

  9. LOVEBIRD – SHADE GALA GOODBYE WORLD TOUR (20TH – 23RD) December 21, 2013

    @Common Sense

    Didn’t she camp at Target with Piers Morgan and even had banners all over the store, as well as ads on TV? I see why Target is super mad.

    Also, who buys iPhones anyway? You cannot customize them and they are very limited in what they do. I cannot imagine spending money on that thing when they are much more customizable products out there. I have iTunes on my PC though and it ALWAYS crashes smh.

  10. LOVEBIRD – SHADE GALA GOODBYE WORLD TOUR (20TH – 23RD) December 21, 2013

    Anyway this is just retailers being mad at Beyonce.

    Even though Walmart will carry it, i’m certain their orders will be low.

    Retailers are mostly reacting to the fact that Beyonce offered the album to iTunes exclusively first.

  11. drrr December 21, 2013

    Well. She is being sold in startbucks. And randomly. In a walmart in Massachusetts passing out gift. Cards I am guessing she will finsh the yr with 3 million. Us and 4 worldwide

  12. Molly December 21, 2013

    Like who cares where its being sold its obviously selling.

  13. Facts December 21, 2013

    Beyonce’s Album isn’t platinum yet it had over 600k in Downloads in the USA via Chart News lol! 1mill is her worldwide Downloads from itunes tho, the b…. Couldn’t sale over a Million in USA with all the 17 Free Videos she put on a Album lolololol

  14. nivea December 21, 2013

    This is pettyness n bitterness!!!

  15. cde December 21, 2013

    Really though? This is the best you could do? #SAD #UTried #FAILED

  16. MC!!! December 21, 2013

    I guess they’re thinking business wise like it’s been over a week since that album came out. I can see if she did something like a 2 day special okay..but the fact that walmart does carry the cd they only carry the non explicit edited version in their stores. And of course target is like mad because their the ones that really do those “Get it before it hits” special treatments to shakira, justin timberlake, usher etc. So its like why carry it when everyone and their momma including youtube already has it? and amazon i guess at this point is like f*** it you get it through us but NOT BY US! does google play have the album as well?

  17. MC!!! December 21, 2013

    Beyonce shouldve released it with target physical copies ONLY and then the following monday release it digitally everywhere. NOW that would’ve been a GAME CHANGER

  18. LOVEBIRD – SHADE GALA GOODBYE WORLD TOUR (20TH – 23RD) December 21, 2013


    It would have leaked.

  19. MC!!! December 21, 2013

    @lovebird probably but it still would’ve done good numbers

  20. LOVEBIRD – SHADE GALA GOODBYE WORLD TOUR (20TH – 23RD) December 21, 2013

    This is what Beyonce should have done, she should have told the other retailers she’ll be dropping this album on iTunes and Google Play for two days, and that it’ll be a secret.

    Immediately after the album drops through digital release, she should have then informed them that manufacturing will begin right away and the the shelves will be stacked nightly as manufacturing is happening whilst the CD is delivered to stores through JIT (nightmare for logistics and inventory management).

    This way, the retailers are happy, consumer is happy, everyone is happy.

  21. itsjutl December 21, 2013

    Amazon and TARGET can stay mad. She is Still WINNING regardless.

  22. DOSSOME December 21, 2013

    One of the few times i agree with @Lovebird…Everything except the unnecessary Latoya Jackson comment is practically what’s happening

  23. KATE MIDDLETON December 21, 2013


  24. cake like lady gaga December 21, 2013

    DEAD at the people at Billboard sounding more salty than the Red Sea..

    BB has lost all credibility, they have showed that they willing to put down other artists to promote their faves. And now that Target and Amazon didn’t bandwagon for t*********, they are mad. Poor dat

  25. Eclectech December 21, 2013

    I’m so proud of Beyonce and I love the album. Right now Haunted is my joint but I’m honestly playing the hell out of the project.

  26. jessica December 21, 2013

    She already sold a million and counting ……

  27. roxy December 21, 2013

    Most of these retailers will end up selling the physical copy any way at some point, so wats tge point of boycotting if you wont see it through till the end ?

  28. roxy December 21, 2013

    Not too long ago amazon were all to happy to do an exclusive with gaga salty ass idiots

  29. cake like lady gaga December 21, 2013

    Someone please bring back the old @lovebird…

  30. BEYSHADY December 21, 2013

    You sound stupid! 600k digital copies in 3 days is EPIC! If the album had a full week to sell with both digital & physical copies it would have sold 1 million in the US!

  31. BEYSHADY December 21, 2013

    But… Bey is sooo shady!! First Starbucks and now she pays a visit to Walmart lol. She’s sending Target a message!

  32. cake like lady gaga December 21, 2013

    GaGa sold 1.2m in one week, t********* sold 828k in one week. The HlV+ must stop trying it!!

  33. NICKI IS QUEEN OTHER B****** TAKE A SEAT> December 21, 2013

    LOL target and amazon down wonder what others will reject her t***** ass

  34. Perry Power December 21, 2013

    Gaga sold 1.2 million worldwide with endless promo, a 99 cent deal, and gave away free copies with a Samsung phone. Like MTV reported, it was sold everywhere. She also made history for the biggest 2nd week drop, only to be broken by Artflop. Beyonce is doing it at full price with no promo at all. And most of those sales come from iTunes. You need to stop trying. Beyonce has over 10 years in the business under her belt, Flopga didn’t even last 5.

    I can see why Target and Amazon are mad about the iTunes exclusive deal, especially Target, but aren’t they losing more money by doing this? All their potential sales could very easily go to their biggest competitors Best Buy and Wal-Mart. If I were running them, I would want physical copies at a lower price as soon as possible and doing commercials for it. This could be Beyonce’s biggest selling album of her career, I’d want to cash in on it.

  35. LOVEBIRD – SHADE GALA GOODBYE WORLD TOUR (20TH – 23RD) December 21, 2013

    Nope Target/Amazon are not losing any money by doing this.

    These are retailers that sell video game consoles at $399 – $500, video game discs at $60 and Blu Rays at $22-$34, they’ll lose no sleep if they do not carry Beyonce.

    They have leverage, and they know this. If it was an HMV, then yes they would be losing money, but a Target or Amazon, they won’t care much.

    Beyonce screwed up by excluding them and now they are sending a message, which is why this is a big deal and is being reported.

  36. h2o December 21, 2013

    Is @ Fake Like Daddy GayGay not tired of getting clocked ?

    I mean despite being discounted to 99c, “Born This Way” still failed to outsell “I Am… Sasha Fierce” in the long run.

    Despite being discounted to $5.99, “ARTFLOP” still can’t outsell “4” in the US or worldwide and got outsold by “BEYONCE” in a matter of days and hours.

    Beyonce is outselling Daddy GayGay without any discounts, wether you like it or not.

  37. Ciarastan December 21, 2013

    Only time I head people talk bad about iPhones is when they can’t afford one, everyone knows android is for people to cheap to a apple product so they settle for a crappy product that will always inevitably fail & malfunction. And iPhones are very customizable..your statement shows me you never owned iPhone you just speaking out of your ass

  38. Ciarastan December 21, 2013

    You sound stupid, I hope you are being sarcastic.

  39. cake like lady gaga December 21, 2013

    ^^ The HlV+ is mad that GaGa sold 1.2m in one week and t********* only sold 828k in the same time

    Poor dat

  40. VENUS December 21, 2013

    This is just b******* and bitterness and it sucks. For the first time, as she said, she wanted this to be just from her to her fans directly and I loved that concept, everybody did, thats why it has sold already a lot until now. Whats wrong with that, srsly?? And we knew the realising date was going to be Dec 20th and most of us want the “hard copy” as well so I see no point with this boycottage. It sucks, thats what I think.

  41. RoyalKev December 21, 2013

    Bey always seem to have the weirdest obstacles to get around lately. For the last 2 eras it’s been non stop foolishness. The more successful she becomes the more unheard of BS seems to come her way! Bey’s not under contract to give Target first dibs on selling every new album she makes. Business is business and she has to go with the outlet that fits her needs best. She could have easily given Target some kind of exclusive deal (and possibly settle for her album leaking 3 weeks before release AGAIN) or wisely plot a surprise attack on Itunes and benefit from legitimate sales from all the individuals that want to download your music instantly.

    This is a separate venture from “4”, the goal this time around would obviously be to work out the kinks that plagued the 4 era and operate totally differently. Target and Amazon are making this so personal, when it’s not. Many established artists choose to team up with a carrier to boost first week sales. There’s no need for any competitors to make this grand announcement about not supporting a particular artist that don’t give them the upper hand. It sounds like people are b*** hurt and pressed! It’s no surprise though, while other divas get multiple handouts and passes, Bey has to work 10x harder. This comes with the territory when we’re talking Beyonce!

  42. h2o December 21, 2013

    ^^ The Little Blowjobs are mad because GayGay was forced to sell her album for $0.99, while Beyonce sells hers for $15.99

    Not to mention “FartFLOP” getting scalped by “Beyonce” worldwide in less than a week with iTunes sales alone and, before any lead singles released, and with more than 2X the price.

    Poor dat

  43. Lolz December 21, 2013

    This is just going to give her album more publicity

  44. whateveeeeeeeeer! December 21, 2013

    Your sad. Get a life! Read a book, go exercise, learn to do something, do some charity work, get a job! Minus reading books your lord and saviour Beysus does them all. Why don’t you one up her and start with reading books. It does a mind good.

  45. whateveeeeeeeeer! December 21, 2013

    Money talks b******* walks.

  46. cake like lady gaga December 21, 2013

    Not a muslim troll TRYING it with me… Your troll tea was clocked long ago, I don’t know why you still bother making a clown of yourself on tgj..

    And dead at your flip flop a**. One day you stan for GaGa, the next she is GayGay. I can’t at your bandwagoning. The HlV+ will be dumb if they allow you to join them.

    And again, GaGa sold 1.2m in a week, t********* sold 828k in the same time, I would also be mad if I was a HlV+

  47. Hadley December 21, 2013

    Beyonce did what she did without discounts

  48. h2o December 21, 2013

    Fake Like Daddy GayGay: And again, GaGa sold 1.2m in a week, t********* 828k in the same time, I would also be mad if I was an H**+


  49. Hadley December 21, 2013

    Artpop proved Gaga can’t do it without discounts

  50. BeyonceOutNow December 21, 2013

    Nothing can stop Bey. Who can honestly sell 1 million copies worldwide, in 6 days, with no discounts & no physical copies.
    Don’t worry about Bey, she’ll be slaying for a while. No I’m not bothered.

  51. cake like lady gaga December 21, 2013



  52. h2o December 21, 2013



    Physical + digital, with singles out.

    Digital only, without any singles out.

    Scalped FartFlop in 5 days

    want more ?

  53. Mark111 December 21, 2013

    I shop amazon all the time over iTunes. But in this case, I bought this album from iTunes. The only time amazon out sold iTunes was with 99 cents Born This Way. Plus people who want this album will go else where. Their lost.

  54. cake like lady gaga December 21, 2013

    But why is it that t*********’s best selling mixtape couldn’t sell a mere 1m??

    GaGa and Taylor remain unbothered with their 1.2m units sold. The HlV+ seems to be pressed for the gawds though ^

  55. GREEKGOD December 21, 2013

    @Hadley and she STILL had discounts.

  56. h2o December 21, 2013

    Unbothered my ass hairs. Tell me when Daddy GayGay sells her albums for more than $0.99

  57. cake like lady gaga December 21, 2013

    The muslim is strapped to his windows 95 pc tighter than he is to his bomb…

    Don’t you and your filthy muslim family have innocent people to kill instead of seething on tgj??

  58. h2o December 21, 2013

    Just because you can barely afford a Win 1.0 doesn’t mean the same goes for everyone else.

    Win 1.0 doesn’t even load pictures through web, which works so perfectly fine for your dial-up connection. You post comments seething about Beyonce’s sales faster than any other fuming troll stanning for a flop.

    And death @ you acting like you even have any member of your family left for me to kill … The amount of cannots that I cannot

  59. cake like lady gaga December 21, 2013

    Wouldn’t you love to know how many family members I have though… Sorry, I’m not telling.

    I will not have a terrorist like u and your terrorist brothers coming to SA to bomb us.. Muslims are devil worshippers, that’s why they kill for fun..

    I cannot at you devil worshipper trying it on tgj.. Have you run out of bombs or something??

  60. h2o December 21, 2013

    It’s not your choice to “have” or not “have” a terrorist like me come to ZAF to bomb you.

    It’s on the way already.

    So live the 3 hours and 52 mins left of your life.

  61. Gregg December 21, 2013

    Attention Beyhive!!…All those outlets that are boycotting your girl you all need to boycott them…money talks and if you arent spending your money there and make it a campaign….then you have a voice to stop it. Its not right to have a tantrum and punish her because she released it on Itunes.

  62. cake like lady gaga December 21, 2013

    Mess.. Instead of bombing innocent people you should be buying your faves cd..

    Where is your father? I forgot, Obama’s men killed that terrorist and dumped his body in the sea, you and the rest of your family are next. Infact, we should kill all these smelly muslims. Your people are like a bunch of cockroaches that need to be killed, then we can have world peace on earth (and Tgj)

  63. *ℙᏫℙ ℝᏫᎩAℒᎿᎩ* December 21, 2013

    This Is getting Interesting, Very Interesting Indeed.

  64. *ℙᏫℙ ℝᏫᎩAℒᎿᎩ* December 21, 2013

    That Racist Poofter need to be Ignored, He knows he need to go Suck More d**** to Help “Artpop” With it’s Flopped 5 Singles.

  65. BeyonceOutNow December 21, 2013

    Funny, yet Bey didn’t need any discounts and is selling her album for $15.99, not 99 cents. And look at ArtFlop first week sales? What a joke, without discounts she’s no threat at all. So bye, you delusional fan.

  66. h2o December 21, 2013

    Last time I checked, I’m not the one letting my fav get – again – SCALPED by a 1 week old release as well as basic b****** like Katy and Failey Vyrus latest albums.

    My fav’s album is the fastest selling digital album acc. to Apple.

    FARTFLOP however ………………….

  67. cake like lady gaga December 21, 2013

    But that won’t change the fact that Obama’s men killed your father and dumped his body in the ocean.

    Your family of terrorists is next. Muslims are smelly devil worshippers who kill innocent people. I’m surprised you still breathing, Obama’s men are looking for your terrorist a**, consider urself lucky that u still breathing.

    The world would be a much better place without u and the other cockroaches muslims. You lot are disgusting.

  68. h2o December 21, 2013

    I was there, Obama’s men told me it wasn’t my father since his d*** didn’t taste like your mother’s p****.

  69. cake like lady gaga December 21, 2013

    They made you taste your fathers d***?? Rough!!

    Next time your terrorist a** will be shot in the head and your brain will splash on the floor, then the same will be done to that h** that birthed u and finally the entire muslim population. Smelly cockroaches

  70. h2o December 21, 2013

    The self drag …

    Since I was the one who was made to taste my father’s d***, how would I know what your momma’s pu$sy tastes like unless I had f**ked her for years ?

    😆 x 100000

  71. MuzikLuv December 21, 2013

    MY UK BEY supporters GET YOUR PHYSICAL COPIES AT SEVERAL HMV stores. OUT NOW and selling fast!!!


  72. cake like lady gaga December 21, 2013

    Muslim terrorist, you have been on your Windows 95 pc for the past 98542 hours now, don’t u and your family have innocent people to kill? I know you were part of the animals that killed people in Kenya, what did you gain from that??

  73. Captain Obvious December 21, 2013

    Actually, 600k in 3 days digitally is an abysmal fail, when you consider the search results and placement of any and all relevant ads and sites to the album. When you are looking at 9 million searches per day for the album, 600k is embarrassing. Kindly learn how to compute comparative equations before attempting to rely on any kind of math for your credibility. Have a great day! 🙂

  74. MISHKA December 21, 2013

    I think the message is actually a warning to all the other artists who would attempt to go the Beyonce way.

  75. ANTI-GARBAGE SINGING VOICES December 21, 2013

    Who “still” buy CD in these days anyway?

  76. ANTI-GARBAGE SINGING VOICES December 21, 2013

    Itune is apple, and Apple is Iphone, just saying.
    Beyonce will loosssseee nothing, people will go to Wallmarkt.

    This behavior is only good for Wallmarkt.
    Funny to read how they are fighting about for Beyonce.
    This only tell you how Big Beyonce is. Angry because of money.

  77. NICKI IS QUEEN OTHER B****** TAKE A SEAT> December 21, 2013

    ok i cannot deal with the racism. why is race being brought into a stan war? wtf! some seats need to taken.

  78. ANTI-GARBAGE SINGING VOICES December 21, 2013

    Despite Amazon and Target’s boycott, Beyoncé’s record label Columbia has already shipped 500,000 copies of the album to retailers around the country, according to Billboard. Walmart is among the stores that are selling the album, and Beyoncé expressed her appreciation by appearing at a Walmart in Tewksbury, Massachusetts on Friday night. While there, she handed out $50 gift certificates to store customers.

  79. FutureCIARA December 21, 2013

    But I just saw Beyonce shopping for her own CD, PLUS Christmas shopping for Blue Ivy @ WAL-MART.

    So she is very #UNBOTHERED…..

  80. FutureCIARA December 21, 2013

    Besides, These retailers should start catching on.

    This iTunes exclusive release thing is going to be the thing now with artist and their music, they are tired of being jooped by major retailers, when most consumers can just purchase digitally straight to their iPods, iPhones, iPads, Tablets, Computers, MP3s, and Video Gaming Consoles….

    They need to get the idea that no one will give a f*** about a “Boycott” from Amazon, Target, or Walmart, when In fact it should be the other way around. People need to start ‘Boycotting’ their asses with their extremely low wages they pay their employees and their completely immoral acts and rules.

    Beyonce has only started a trend….

    Soon they will be saying “If you cant Beat em, Join em…”

  81. FutureCIARA December 21, 2013

    OMG This is why I don’t read the comments like this anymore!

    These comments have turned RACIST & VIOLENT

    These comments have turned RACIST & VIOLENT



  82. AshleeeeeBey December 21, 2013

    Stop spreading lies. Tell the truth or don’t speak what you do not know. Beyonce sold 817k in 3 days. Over a million by day 5. Stop lying, and videos are free, do they sale videos on vevo or YouTube. Who pays for Videos? Stop reaching and stop lying.

  83. Navy Commander December 21, 2013

    Cake like lady gaga, I officially have lost the minimal amount of respect I had left for you. You should be banned from this this site you racist ass troll

  84. Matt December 21, 2013

    Beyonce is selling her album at a discount, 17 free videos which usually would cost 2$ a piece. That’s a 34$ discount! The album would’ve cost 50$ if everything was bought separate.

  85. h2o December 22, 2013

    Because no one will buy anything for $50 ?

  86. Sant December 23, 2013

    $0.99 X 1.2 mill (before tax) = 1,188,00
    $15.99 X 828k (before tax) = 13,239,720

    Dollars do make more sense! Get money!

  87. Sant December 23, 2013

    And last time I checked, Wal-Mart is the number one retail store in the world. I’m not a fan of theirs but thats the truth. The number one thing in a business is making money PERIOD. Choosing to boycott a product is money lost, regardless of what other products your selling. Why is everyone acting like Target and Amazon are the only places you can buy albums? People who really want the album will figure out a way to buy it regardless.

  88. Latoria Long January 25, 2014

    To the haters, kill yourselves including all retailers who refuse to sell her new album. Your loss! Im canceling all business with Google Play Music and Amazon for not selling her album digitally and switching to ITunes#

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