*Amazon has become the latest retailer to shun physical copies of Beyoncé’s new album because of its exclusive initial release on iTunes.
According to Billboard, although the online giant is selling the mp3 version, the actual CD will not be available through its site. Fans will only be able to get the CD on Amazon by way of third-party sellers .
Meanwhile, the UK arm of the site makes no mention of the album – physical or digital.
Beyoncé dropped the self-titled album without any warning or promotion in a game-changing move on December 13. iTunes had exclusive access to the album until it went on general release on December 21.
Her deal with Apple meant that pre-order sales of the album could not be made by other retailers.
According to reports, Amazon is fuming over Beyonce’s Apple deal and was said to be planning further reprisals against her label Sony Music Entertainment and Colombia for giving preferential treatment to Apple for the week-long exclusive.
The Amazon move came days after Target announced that it would not stock Queen B’s album in its stores.
“At Target we focus on offering 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 spokesperson Erica Julkowski told Billboard.
Bey’s album consists of 14 new songs and 17 new music videos and features guest appearances from Drake, Frank Ocean, and Jay Z and Beyonce’s daughter Blue Ivy.