While Beyonce's new fast-selling self-titled album is sure to be on many Christmas wish lists, there's at least one major retailer that's opting not to sell the album: Target. "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," a target spokesperson tells Billboard.
After only three days on sale, Beyonce's new self-titled album has broken the U.S. iTunes Store's record for the largest sales week for an album. "Beyonce" breaks the previous one-week iTunes record, set by Taylor Swift's "Red" when it sold 465,000 in the week ending Oct. 28, 2012.
Beyonce's surprise self-titled album is all but guaranteed a No. 1 debut on the Billboard 200 chart this week. Industry sources suggest its sales have grown to over 550,000 in the U.S. through Saturday night. The album may sell 600,000 by the end of the tracking week on Sunday, Dec. 15—a remarkable figure for an album with less than four days of availability. That amount would make it her fifth consecutive No. 1, her largest debut yet and 2013's biggest debut by a woman.