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Beyonce and Marketing

by Jamie Sanford on January 9, 2014

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Photo via Beyonce’s Instagram.

It’s been almost a month since Beyonce shut down the Internet by releasing an album without having told anyone beforehand. Coined a “visual album,” Beyonce was released to iTunes exclusively and sold over 600,000 copies in 3 days, blowing recent releases by Lady Gaga and Britney Spears out of the water. I’d like to examine a few pieces of this story.

Lack of Promotion

Beyonce has been traveling the world on the Mrs. Carter tour, has dropped a few singles over the year, but it was known that she had recorded material for a new album. The assumption was that the album would release in 2014. Instead, it turned out that Beyonce had written something like 100 songs, chosen the album tracks, and proceeded to film videos for every song on the album all over the world during the span of her tour. Brilliant and sneaky. Beyonce has been quite active on Instagram, keeping in touch with the fans and giving them a glimpse of her personal life, and dropped the news of her new album on Instagram and set it all on fire. After it became available, 80k copies had sold in 3 hours.

The genius of this is that no, Beyonce’s album isn’t a lifechanger, but the entire plan was based on the fact that she is a huge star, people love her, and since they knew NOTHING about the album, everyone went online and bought it immediately to participate in the event that the album became. Britney and Gaga released tons of songs from the albums before they were released, and since they were not that impressive, sales were not there to match. No one had time to find out if Beyonce’s album sucked before they were buying it to join in on the excitement.

Beyonce vs Target

Due to the secretive nature of the project, they didn’t start physical production of the album until very late in the timeline. The album had been available online for a few days already and Target refused to carry it, stating that the exclusivity to iTunes at the start would hinder sales of the physical CD. This was really dumb on their part.

  1. Beyonce went to Walmart, which was selling the album, and gave out gift cards and made people’s days and made herself a lovely news story.
  2. Hello, Target, people who still watch the news and aren’t living their life on the Internet (they do exist), would totally pick up and buy the new Beyonce if they saw it in the store. That you refused to buy this album that had the biggest hype of any album release in AGES was a huge miss.

Content Video is King

The release of music videos for every song was designed for the age of the Internet. Tumblr is HUGE, and it’s all about sharing images and video. The Beyonce videos aren’t all massive productions with huge budgets, but that isn’t the point. They all feature Beyonce. Beyonce is the star. Done and done.

Changing the Game

According to a post on https://www.yesgamers.com, Beyonce’s surprise release, as well as the format of songs + videos from the jump, is a different approach to the new music world we are living in. Spotify can’t show you videos, so you go buy the album on iTunes. You haven’t streamed the whole album yet on a music website, so you go buy the album on iTunes. All of these tactics that are the new normal were ignored for a bombshell approach that no one was expecting, and it worked like a charm.

The album sold over one million copies in 6 days. For everyone who said album sales were over, Beyonce just changed the game.

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Sights & Sounds #28

by Jamie Sanford on November 2, 2011

Sights and Sounds #28

I haven’t done one of these in a while!

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“Zoo Station” is one of my favorite U2 songs, so for Nine Inch Nails to do a cover is pretty much my dream.  I need a new NIN album rightnow.

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A little late for Halloween, but this is Gagaween.  Brilliant video by The Hillywood Show.

That wraps up Sights & Sounds #28, I’ll have to remember to write these more often.

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Realness Report: Fashion Week, Kristen Stewart, Gaga

by Jamie Sanford on September 12, 2011

New feature! I have been sucked into the term “realness” from watching too many episodes of RuPaul’s Drag Race, RuPaul’s Drag U, etc.

You can see the origin of talking about realness in terms of “passing” in this clip from Paris is Burning.

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In this instance, realness I’m talking about is encapsulating a look or attitude from another person, culture, situation, etc.  It’s a broader definition, but it works for me and let’s go with it.

“Just out of the shower with a hangover” realness at the Alexander Wang Spring 2012 show at New York Fashion Week.

Kristen Stewart looks AMAZING in this month’s W Magazine, but as you can see from the picture, she is giving lots of Priscilla Presley realness.  Click here to check out the rest of the photos and an interview with Kristen.

Carnation realness from Lady Gaga.  Come on, look at that hat.  (In all seriousness though, how beautiful does Gaga look here? She looks fabulous with a pale lip and that blond hair, for about a week she looked just beautiful, without distracting from it with her fashion extremes.  I appreciate that part of Gaga too, but I really loved this look.)

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Sights and Sounds #24

by Jamie Sanford on June 27, 2011

Sights and Sounds #24

New York did the right thing!

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Harry Potter fans can celebrate the launch of Pottermore, an interactive community for those who want to experience the Harry Potter books a new way.  I’m excited for this!

I’ve heard that Beyonce’s new album isn’t going to be that exciting, but damn, her body is no joke! She’s so hot. (Pink is the New Blog)

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Lady Gaga and Judas Priest mashup! Thanks to Chris Brogan for sharing this one.

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This is the new Britney Spears video, for her song “I Wanna Go” from Femme Fatale.  I love it, I think it’s so much fun.

That’s Sights and Sounds #24. Leave me links etc on the Facebook page or Twitter.

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Sights and Sounds #21

by Jamie Sanford on June 6, 2011

Sights and Sounds #21

I had this link from ages ago, to these adorable Lady Gaga cookies.

Here’s a tutorial that is much easier than I anticipated on making an animal-print manicure.

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Add VersaEmerge to the list of acts that have covered Britney’s “Toxic” and covered it well.

That brings Sights and Sounds #21 to a close!

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