Beats cofounder and Apple employee Jimmy Iovine is “having fresh talks with artists about doing exclusives.”
According to a new report by the New York Post (via Cult of Mac), executives at Beats, the music accessory and streaming company acquired by Apple for $3 billion earlier this year, are looking for the next “Beyoncé.”
“Beyoncé” is, of course, the self-titled album of the hugely popular R&B songstress and former Destiny’s Child lead singer Beyoncé.
In March, Apple music chief Robert Kondrk was reported to have been on the hunt for more artists to release “Beyoncé”-like iTunes-exclusive albums.
And now, Iovine and other key people at Beats are reportedly making a similar move. Artists that are likely being wooed for iTunes-exclusive deals, given their connections with Iovine and Beats, include Gwen Stefani, Kanye West, Nicki Minaj, Pharrell, and Will.i.am.
Aside from being made available for purchase only on iTunes, upcoming exclusive albums are expected to be also made available for streaming on Beats Music.
Apple reportedly has big plans for Beats Music. The company is said to be working to halve the service’s $10 monthly subscription fee and to start integrating it into iOS and iTunes sometime next year.
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