Released on Friday as a short-lived Tidal exclusive, Beyoncé’s latest album, entitled Lemonade, is now available to download via iTunes — comprising 12 music tracks, a one-hour film produced for HBO, and a “digital booklet.”
The $17.99 Lemonade has so far received strong critical reviews, although we’ll have to wait and see whether it can come close to achieving her last album’s record-breaking sales feat, which became the fastest-selling album in iTunes history.
Released in late 2013, Beyoncé’s previous album sold a massive 828,773 albums sold on its first three days on iTunes, after arriving without any hint of warning. Of course, that was before Beyoncé’s husband Jay Z launched his Tidal music streaming service — which remains the only place to stream the new “Lemonade” album, unfortunately for Apple Music listeners.
It will be interesting to see how long that lasts, of course. Tidal artist Kanye West is currently the target of a class-action lawsuit after saying that his latest album “The Life of Pablo” would “never ever be on Apple” — only to turn around a month later and put it on Apple Music and Spotify.
Will the same thing happen with Lemonade? Let’s watch and wait.