Beyoncé Makes History with Fifth No. 1 Album

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Beyoncé has made history. The singer’s self-titled album officially debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, making her the first woman to hit No. 1 with her first five studio albums.

The visual LP, which features 14 songs and 17 videos, follows her five previous No. 1 albums including 2003’s Dangerously in Love, 2006’s B’Day, 2008’s I Am… Sasha Fierce, and 2011’s 4.

She joins the company of DMX and folk group the Kingston Trio, whose first five albums also debuted at No. 1.

Following its surprise release to iTunes on December 13, the album sold 617,000 copies through the week ending December 15, according to Nielsen SoundScan. She also earns the highest sales week of her career following B’Day (541,000).

Additionally, Beyoncé scores the largest sales week for a woman in 2013, and the fourth-biggest sales week of 2013 following Justin Timberlake’s The 20/20 Experience (968,000), Eminem’s The Marshall Mathers LP 2 (792,000), and Drake’s Nothing Was the Same (658,000).

Apple previously announced that BEYONCÉ sold 828,773 copies worldwide and set a record for the largest sales week for an album in its U.S. iTunes Store.

Physical copies of the album are now available online and will hit U.S. retailers between December 18 and 20.

Elsewhere on the charts, R. Kelly lands his 15th top 10 album with Black Panties, which debuts at No. 4 with 133,000. It marks the R&B legend’s highest-charting album since 2009’s Untitled.

Childish Gambino’s sophomore set because the internet enters at No. 7 with 96,000, earning him his best sales week and highest-charting album yet.

Eminem’s The Marshall Mathers LP 2 slides 6-8 with 83,000, while his Rihanna-assisted single “The Monster” drops 2-3 on the Digital Songs chart.



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44 Comments

  1. FierceRobert

    If only Janet’s first two albums didn’t flop. Lol.

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  2. T Money

    …And that’s how it’s done.

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  3. H

    Look at King, just smashing records. She gave us a flawless album too.

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    JD Reply:

    @H, I love what you did there.

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  4. SagKing718

    Queen of the game!!

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  5. truth

    this cd is everything AND life honey!!! #yonce on yo lips bitches…

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  6. B

    Thas wtf I’m talking bout Bey. Sting these bishes. Women and Men. Haa

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  7. BEYHIVE2014

    Making history and bitches still be hatin…it is funny! What she has done NO OTHER woman has done #BowDown

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    meme Reply:

    @BEYHIVE2014, Yea but none of the other females like Janet, Mariah, Gaga etc started off their solo career coming from the best selling female group in history. Im not trying to take away from becuz becuz I am whole heartedly happy for, she deserve this. But its hard for a unknown to debut with their album going #1. If Beyonce was an unknown when when DIL hit stores the story would have been different.

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    jay scorpio Reply:

    @meme, Co-Signs…. I see nothing but the #truth in this statement

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    meme Reply:

    @jay scorpio, thanks i was prepared to the hives to eat my head off

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    10078 Reply:

    @meme,
    So Solange should be #1 and billionaire? Beyonce is raw talent and did her thing… Does it also apply to MJ?

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    mya Reply:

    @jay scorpio, @meme

    It didn’t stop Whitney Houston, she was unknown. Did it stop Alicia Keys? Did stop Ashanti? They ALL were unknown. So, bye with that foolish statement.

    Didn’t Kelly and Michelle come from the same group? I believe so.

    You can’t go off “IF” because you don’t know. What we DO know is, she did.

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    mya Reply:

    @mya,

    Britney was unknown, her first album went to #1. Child bye.

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    Nick Reply:

    @meme, Beyonce didn’t come from the best selling female group in history though? #CheckYourFacts

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    Jo Reply:

    @meme, And the fact that Janet was WELL known before she started releasing music still didn’t help her sales. Sooo.. Yeah..

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    Jo Reply:

    @meme, IDC about the others, but you can’t say the same about Janet. She was very well known before she began releasing music and that did not help her sales. If being relation to the infamous MJ doesn’t help. Nothing will. Sorry! Don’t hate on Bey because she is killing the game!

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    meme Reply:

    @Jo, My comment clearly wasnt hate. but of course the small minded hives take everything as hate. Janet was somewhat knew becuz of being in the jackson family but no one knew her as an artist or her music before her solo career. And she wasnt apart of the jackson 5 like beyonce was to destinys childs.

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    Tisha Reply:

    @Jo, i like Beyonce but wait a minute Janet has Diamond albums so i don’t understand what you mean by help her sales all of Janet’s albums to date have went Gold or platinum with 2 or 3 diamond albums which means 10 plus million sales are we talking about the same Janet Jackson whose tours have grossed almost millions uponillions of dollars its obvious you dont know who Janet Jackson is..

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    Khay Reply:

    @meme, What about the first Gaga album (that weirdly is not considered as an album !!) what about that first katy perry that is yet again not considered as her first album !
    what about the fact that Rihanna was signed and produced by Jay Z !
    i see your point but it’s silly ! Michael Jackson was in a band before that doesn’t make him less successful they worked their way up and if people don’t want to buy they don’t buy
    What about Justin Timberlake! you can make plenty of excuses the fact is SHE A BAD BITCH !

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    meme Reply:

    @Khay, what the fuk are u talkin about? all of katy and Justin albums have gone #1, they just dont have 5 albums. What im sayin is that the other females who didnt have their first 4 albums go #1 like Janet and Mariah didnt come from a top selling #1 group like desintys child like beyonce had. Thats all im saying, FACTS. So what the f are you running on with?

    No one even knew Jay Z was affliated with rihanna when she came. Rihanna was a unknown when Pon Di Replay came out. I dont even get why rihanna name was even mentioned. that have ZERO relivence to my comment. u ppl make me fukin sick i swear

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  8. JD

    Incredible. No one deserves this more than the Queen. Get it Bey. ‘Yonce all in your ears like wax.

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  9. Got Damn

    These wack ass bitches just wasn’t ready… Now look at ‘em…all balder than Tommy Pickles. #BeyHive4Eva #***Flawless

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  10. MMG-SUEDE

    rihanna is that you???? nah hoe sit down #queen

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    jay scorpio Reply:

    @MMG-SUEDE, Rihanna remains unbothered by this #BasicBitch… Rihanna’s tour out grossed Bee… Rihanna is on all da MAJAH magazine covers… Rihanna secures campaigns for all the MAJAH high fashion designers…. Rihanna is a UNICEF ambassador…

    COngrats to Bee but she hasn’t taken no bread out little Ms. Sunshine mout! #RealThing

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    d Reply:

    @jay scorpio, excuse u really need to rethink that tour statement honey. do some googling. bey’s tour has grossed MILLIONSSSSSSS more than Rihanna. MILLIONS. you look absolutely foolish. you think bey isnt offered campaigns? really? LOL. not all artists have to put their face EVERYWHERE to overshadow the fact they cant sing honey. and lets count the magazine covers…. trust me u dont want me too. everything u said was obviously false.

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    meme Reply:

    @jay scorpio, you better tell um. the hives irritating the eff out of me. they fail to realize beyonces totally jacked rihannas song Drunk on Love for her first single. I totally jack rihanna entire style this time around. All of the sudden beyonce making thrill music cussing on every track and sporting rihanna hair.

    I was doing really well supporting beyonce but yall showing yall ass off too much now. When those singles hit top 10 come revisit this conversation. thanks

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    Got Damn Reply:

    @meme, can you just do a comedy show already or something? Cuz your blunt and obvious sarcasm has me dying all the time!! #***Flawless

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    meme Reply:

    @Got Damn, lmao…im glad I can entertain you. I love this site.

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    karamelkisses Reply:

    @meme, you are bipolar as f*ck basic bitch #2, one hour you love her and the album is great. hour two, she doesn’t have any hit singles, the album is ok, nothing memorable. sit your double minded ass down & shut the f*ck up already. i swear, can you not just say congrats and move on? of course, not because you have no life. bitch, she sold with or without your support and she will keep selling. shattering 5 records w/ 1 album, NO promo, NO advertising, NO lead single … you and the entire navy wish ri could. didn’t that bitch hit 7 countries to push unapologetic & still only sold 100,000 week 1? you project chicks, i swear. p.s bey didn’t steal ri’s nothing … bey rocked a bob back in 2006 w/ me, myself & i. bey talked sh*t on upgrade you, you are my roc, etc. the difference is bey makes it look a hellava lot classier than ri ever could. #lightsout #flawless #youjealous

    BEDSTUYFLY Reply:

    @meme, BOOM! LETS COUNT THE SINGLES THAT GO TO #1 OFF THIS ALBUM…
    YES WE LUV BEYONCE, BUT THE FACT IS THAT THERE ARE NO MEMORABLE TRACKS. IT’LL BE EASILY FORGOTTEN. AT LEAST “4″ HAD END OF TIME & COUNTDOWN.

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    karamelkisses Reply:

    @BEDSTUYFLY, ah, i knew basic bitch #1 would show up sooner or later. you navy members are a JOKE. all rihanna can boast about are singles … read the statement boo. beyonce, the first female ever, to have 5 #1 albums. ri can have the singles, when she releases an albums that shatters 5 (yes 5) records then you may comment. until then just shut the f*ck up! ri ain’t outsinging bey, she ain’t outdancing bey, she ain’t outperforming bey, she ain’t out touring bey, she ain’t outselling bey w/ albums. shit, she just aint period! #butyoutried

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  11. Kyle

    I am so excited to see her in Boston tomorrow night! This is the first time I will see her live and I don’t think this could’ve happened at a better time! What an accomplishment!

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  12. H

    And I thought she sold 830k only in the US but it was Worldwide. Still great!

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  13. The Shady Truth

    This back n forth BS between the BeyHive and The RihannaNavy is ridiculous and unnecessary! If only the BeyHive noticed that many of the RihannaNavy followers are giving her respect but at the same time not phased by it! The reason for that is because Rihanna too is going to release an album probably next year! She usually drop an LP every year but now i just realised why because she knew about Beyonce and Jay Z probably told her not to! This industry is a mind controlling game! However, there’s an LP expected which could cause a lower impact, same impact or greater impact! With that said, don’t count your eggs too quickly or act as if there’s no competition! Hate is motivation for other fan bases and like Rihanna said in an interview, “She loves a challenge and doesn’t like when she’s not #1″ – I’ll leave that with you…!

    Furthermore, Beyonce deserves this without a doubt and i wish her the utmost success! Her LP is amazing and refreshing! I’m just saying the feud needs to end because for one they don’t know us and most importantly, music is supposed to a universal movement not a divide!

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    meme Reply:

    @The Shady Truth, thank u…its so immature. Ive been supporting Beyonce since she release her album. but every comment I post on here the hives feel the need to mention rihanna. Rihanna aint worried, not even the least.

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    The Shady Truth Reply:

    @meme, IKR!

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    karamelkisses Reply:

    @The Shady Truth, so ri didn’t drop because she knew bey was dropping? i hate to disappoint you boo but the only people that knew about this surprise was bey & 7 people from columbia. don’t try it, please don’t. trust me, like you claim rihanna ain’t worried bey don’t give a f*ck. NONE of these twerking, roaring, applause hearing, pour it up chicks are touching bey vocally or performance wise. there’s a reason why she has extended her tour twice & is considering a reboot next march/april 2014… DEMAND darling DEMAND! i don’t understand the navy, you want people to give ri some respect for what she has done but you want to sh*t on everyone else’s accomplishments … gtfoh!
    p.s. the only reason the hive is clapping back is because there are bitter, dried up ass navy members on a bey post talking wreckless!

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    The Shady Truth Reply:

    @karamelkisses, Ok Beyonce’s Camp! I’m sure you’re one of those 7 ppl since you know that! lol! Besides that, the point of my post which clearly went over your head was to end the war and come together as fan bases, respect other artists and appreciate good music regardless whomever it comes from!

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    karamelkisses Reply:

    @The Shady Truth, sweetie w/ 2 degrees, very little is over my head. and your thesis was not one of unity but shade, “ri didn’t drop because jay told her not to”. girl bye! ri could drop her album several times and not sell what beyonce did #facts. as far as musicality & respecting it, I was there several years ago listening to everything from sigur ros to kanye west and everything in between. like I said, if the navy wants people to respect ri’s accomplishments then they need to be respectful of other’s accomplishments period. #butthankyoudrphil

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  14. FormerlyFromTokyo

    Congrats to her, and I’ve already been singing her praises all week, but when people argue over 100,000s being sold, it makes me think of how Ayumi Hamasaki has been active about the same time (actually less in a sense), but has had 8 consecutive #1 albums with 12 out of 14 be #1, with the other two at #2, with 52 million sold in ONE country alone. And 38 #1 singles. And this is with putting out an album just about every year. The fans are that intense.

    Frankly, until these numbers are made in the U.S. alone I’ll never be impressed, BUT I will be glad. Western singers (America/Europe) are more internationally famous, but their fans could step up their game a bit more, if they spent more time supporting and less time arguing. Frankly, if we want to talk about flopping, it’s the fans.

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  15. e.t.

    I’m Beyonce Fan since the first Days of D.C. but I hate it that the only thing what counts for her now is how to make more Money. That’s all Jigga’s fault she was not like this.

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    karamelkisses Reply:

    @e.t., and how did you come to the conclusion that everything is all about money for her? she’s touring now off of the music from 4 because she couldn’t tour then due to the pregnancy. she’s drops an album every 2 to 2 1/2 years. she gets endorsements deals from major brands (pepsi, l’oreal, h&m, etc) like any other star w/ a large fanbase so please explain. just another person looking for anything to discredit but opinions are like as*holes … everyone has one.

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  16. BluntSkeptic

    Anyone can lie about numbers online and say “digital” sales are X amount! Until I see physical proof of sales(e.g.physical distribution of cd’s, receipts,etc.), Bey didn’t sell anything in my book.LOL.How can any of you be that fucking stupid to believe this garbage???It’s all PROPAGANDA.

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