Best Buy Will No Longer Sell CDs and Target May Be Next

The future of physical music isn't looking good. According to Billboard, consumer electronics company Best Buy will no longer carry physical CDs and Target may be following suit in the near future. 

Best Buy notified music suppliers that they will cease selling CDs at stores beginning July 1. The move is sure to hurt the already declining sales of CDs as consumers are switching to streaming platforms such as Spotify, Apple Music, and Tidal in large numbers. CD sales have already dropped by a sizable 18.5 percent in the past year, Billboard reports. 

Despite not carrying CDs, the company will continue to stock their shelves with vinyl, at least for the following year or two due to a commitment it made to vendors. 

Target, on the other hand, is awaiting a response from music suppliers. The discount retailer has asked to be switched to scanned-based trading, which essentially translates to a type of consignment. Presently, the company pays for CDs upfront and shipping fees if they are unsold and returned to the supplier.  

The switch would mean that the company wouldn't pay for the CDs until they have been sold or scanned at the register. Target has also asked the same of DVD video suppliers. If the CD suppliers don't acquiesce, Target may follow Best Buy's lead and remove CDs from its in-store inventory. 

Billboard also points out that both Best Buy and Target have been reducing the number of music titles they have been carrying in recent years. Despite the dwindling number of CDs being carried, Target was able to move 500,000 physical copies of Taylor Swift's latest album Reputation. Not bad considering it was released in November of 2017. 

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The Internet Is Loving Blue Ivy’s Bars on “Blue’s Freestyle”

Of course Jay Z and Beyoncé’s first born has impressive flow.

On Thursday night, Jay released three bonus tracks for his wildly successful album 4:44. The additions were “Adnis,” “MaNyfaCedGod” with James Blake, as well as “Blue's Freestyle / We Family.” The last of these predictably featured the rapper’s 5-year-old daughter, Blue Ivy; however, no one was expecting just how incredible her cameo would be.

The track opens with the child spitting a 40-second rap that ends with a series of “boom shakalaka”s. Some of the words are admittedly hard to make out, but there’s no denying that Blue’s delivery is solid. 

The internet loved every single second of it. 

All of the bonus tracks can be found on the internet on physical copies of 4:44, which you can now cop at Best Buy if you want a free six-month trial of Tidal.

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Kendrick Lamar Says He Has More Music Coming

Kendrick Lamar returned to his hometown of Compton, California, this afternoon to sign copies of his critically acclaimed album Damn. As expected, the event attracted a huge turnout, with thousands of people lining up at the city’s Best Buy hoping to meet the Grammy-award winning rapper. A member of the TDE crew shared the appearance on an Instagram Live broadcast, which ended with some pretty big news. Or, at least, what sounds like big news.

At around the 21-minute mark, Kendrick looks into the phone, thanks his fans, and announces: “I got some more music.”

Of course, social media went wild with speculation.

But what did Kendrick mean? Because he didn’t elaborate, we’re not sure if he’s referring to a new album, a new single, or just speaking in a more general sense. Rumors of a second 2017 album began circulating immediately after K-Dot released Damn last week. A fan theory suggested he would drop a follow-up project sometime during Easter weekend. But, as we know now, nothing ever arrived.

Kid Capri added more fuel to the rumors after he revealed Kendrick recorded a lot of material that never made the album’s final cut.

“I came to the studio and recorded a lot of stuff, they took what they wanted, placed it where they needed to place it,” Capri told Mass Appeal. “I think they’ve got some more stuff—there are some more things—coming out later, but for right now, that’s what happened.”

So, were the fans right all this time? Does Kendrick have another album on deck? According to Damn producer Terrace Martin, it’s not a far-fetched theory.

“I’m a Beatles fan, and there’s a lot of conspiracies based on the Beatles and other shit. A part of me is like, ‘Man that’s just crazy,’” Martin told Complex about the second album rumors. “And then the other part is, shit, Kendrick may go to bed and may say, ‘Hey.’ I don’t know. We have a lot of music. We’re always recording, we’re always ready. That’s a Kendrick question right there.”

For now, we suggest you tune-in to his Beats 1 interview with Zane Lowe on Friday. Maybe he'll give more than just an enlightened conversation…

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