Beyoncé Spends Third Week at No. 1

Beyoncé

‘Yonce is all on the charts like liquor. The pop icon tops the Billboard 200 for a third consecutive week.

BEYONCÉ closed out the year at No. 1, selling 310,000 copies in the last week of December, according to Nielsen SoundScan (via Billboard). The self-titled project, which features 14 songs and 17 music videos, debuted with 617,000 and sold 374,000 in its second week.

The album has moved 1.3 million units in its first 17 days of release in the U.S. and is the longest-running No. 1 for any album since April 2013.

It is also the fastest-selling album by a woman since Taylor Swift’s Red sold 1.6 million copies in its first two weeks in late 2012.

According to Yahoo!, BEYONCÉ is the eighth best-selling album of 2013, despite only being released three weeks ago.

Beyoncé’s fellow females also got a boost from the holiday shopping season. Katy Perry’s PRISM rises two spots to No. 5 with 99,000, Lorde’s Pure Heroine jumps 11-7 with 78,000, and Miley Cyrus’ Bangerz moves 17-8 with 63,000.



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72 Comments

  1. precious

    #queenbeyy

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  2. BEDSTUYFLY

    OK GIRL, WE GET IT… AMAZING NUMBERS, BUT NOT YOUR BEST WORK. PARTITION IS LIKE THE BEST SONG, SHE SHOULD OF STUCK TO MORE SONGS LIKE THAT. HER BALLADS PUT ME TO SLEEP.

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    Kay Reply:

    @BEDSTUYFLY, she’s laughing all the way to the bank. And few agree with you ;)

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    Oh Reply:

    @BEDSTUYFLY, I agree, but this is amazing because of the flop 4 was, and it’s better than her last 2 albums shes put out. But B’Day is still her best work

    My rank
    1.B’Day
    2.Dangerously in Love
    3.Beyonce
    4.I Am…Sasha Fierce
    5.4

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    Nelson Scola Reply:

    @Oh, excuse me.. who the hell r u?

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    meme Reply:

    @BEDSTUYFLY, What amazes me is that all these album sales and none of the songs on it is hit material. Im puzzled. Im not doubting that its a quality album. I just dont understand why people arent flocking to purchase XO and Drunk. At this rate this album will be forgotten by the end of january if the singles cant keep it afloat. Most other artist who have quality albums are able to market the album for a full year because the singles help push units and keep it alive. I will be interested to see how this goes.

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    ofcourse Reply:

    @meme, hey Beyonce don’t need hit singles. The world is buying. B/c it’s that good. A Rihanna fan would mention singles b/c that’s all she can sell. Now let’s flip the switch why is it Rihanna fans mainly buy her singles and not the album? Don’t the singles make up an album. Beyonce will continue to slay b/c of quality and let’s face she has no competition.

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    meme Reply:

    @ofcourse, this is untrue. All of rihanna’s go on to platnium statys altho she dont have huge first week sales. Which proves consistency. She sells consistant albums and single. Beyonce on the other hand sells tons of album and ZERO singles

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    Nelson Scola Reply:

    @meme, I wish you could read the things you write. It’s about the ALBUM. God damn it.

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    Major Sushi Reply:

    @meme, You’re right. Beyonce had zero singles. She has… 7 from Dangerously In Love; 17 singles from B’Day; now, don’t get me started on I Am.. Sasha Fierce, because that the best album. All songs should’ve been singles! 4 all should’ve been singles!

    Then there’s.. Rihanna.. who only gets her money on features. Always the bridesmaid, but never the bride :3

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    ofcourse Reply:

    @meme, Beyonce album will be FORGOTTEN by the end of January! Are you mad! You will eat humble pie and bow all the way down! Cheap ass Rihanna Navy! Did Rih’s last album reach 3million yet ah! With all the hit singles? 99cents that’s what she worth. Now go buy the Monster!

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    BEDSTUYFLY Reply:

    @meme, I AGREE 100%. I FEEL LIKE THE GENERAL URBAN AUDIENCE (THAT DONT KEEP TRACK OF BLOGS) HAVE FORGOTTEN ABOUT THE ALBUM ALREADY. SHE NEEDS TO BE ON THE RADIO… LIKE NOW… LIKE TOP 10 ON THE HOT 100.

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    mya Reply:

    @BEDSTUYFLY, How can you forget about an album that’s number #1? LMAO! Give up. She’s winning and you’re mad.

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    Cali Kid Reply:

    @meme, drunk in love debuted at #12 on the billboard got 100! That sounds like a hit to me!

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    Cali Kid Reply:

    @meme, **hot 100

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    nancy Reply:

    @BEDSTUYFLY, CIARA IS NUMBER 1 IN JAPAN, BUT YOU DONT HEAR HER SAYING A WORD. Real winners dont need to air their personal business about sales every 5 minutes.

    If she think she can brainwash the american public into buying her garbage she is dead wrong.

    I wish I knew someone at walmart who can tell me the true story, and shutdown all these lies.

    None of her music is even on the radio.

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  3. EV

    only reason she’s #1 is because of how she’s built herself, the album is completely horrible, non listenable

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    bEEzy Reply:

    @EV, Non listenable yet 1.3 million people bought it as well as people all over the world so clearly your statement is not valid.

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    paschal Reply:

    @EV, you are right..the album is horrible, the only good song there is ‘drunk in love’. People are just rushing and buying it cos its Beyonce. Even if she Farts, many people will still buy her fart

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    Major Sushi Reply:

    @EV, How old are you? Like, really? That album is meant for a mature audience. Goes to show that people like @paschal never appreciates a good message of a song, so as long as it has a danceable beat.

    Seriously, are Rap-Up commeters like 12 year olds?

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    martha Reply:

    @Major Sushi, u mean she made it for obama LOL tom joyner said she has a huge crush on him

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  4. mya

    Amazing! Go Bey!

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  5. jay scorpio

    Beyonce is a true sellout… she dropped an album in a month where there was Zero competition so it was expected that she would dominate the charts and sales… only other things selling was Xmas Albums… Would have been a damn shame if they had showed her boring album up!!!

    This album will be long forgotten by the end of January!

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    Kyle Reply:

    @jay scorpio, This 4th quarter was boring with no big releases so I think she was smart to do it now because she really did get all the attention. You can’t be mad at that. She’s been in the business long enough so I think it was a brilliant idea on her part.

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    mya Reply:

    @jay scorpio, She outsold all the female competition in just 2 weeks. Which is why her album is the best-selling album by a female of 2013. The album 1st, 2nd and 3rd week sells outsold all females first week numbers. And she did it in 2 DAYS. LMAO! Stay Mad.

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    Major Sushi Reply:

    @jay scorpio, Let’s see.. We had Gaga who started with a not so catchy, easily forgettable, “Applause”. Katy Perry with “Roar” that lacked any emotions, where Brave is better.

    Beyonce did right. And a good album too. It has a nice theme to it.

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  6. Nina

    Lol, then queen got ya’ll in your feelings. The album is not listenable yet its selling only on word of mouth, with her singles just barely at top 40 radio. Its soo bad, but its her most critically acclaimed album yet, and has more acclaim than ANY of your faves whole career. Don’t worry about the singles, 310k just bought the album for 15.99! Once album sales stabilize and the single continue to be greatest gainers on the radio, the slayage will migrate to the hot 100, and you’ll have to really grasp for straws, lol. Remember the last three years? “Beyonce is done, she’s old, oh the downfall, oh how the mighty have fallen!”. Hahaha. BOW DOWN BITCHES!!!!

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    meme Reply:

    @Nina, She is on a downfall but your too delusional to see it. Albums are made up of singles. If the singles aint sh*t and cant perform, that tells you alot about the album. The album is selling because of smokes and tactics. Beyonce is the qeen of tactics. Duel singles at a time, videography, sasha fierce, video for every song, surprise releases…all this sh*t, thats what gives her these huge sales…..NOT THE QUALITY OF HER MUSIC. She could release 1 first single followed by her album in a few weeks like Gaga, Adele, Rihanna and Katy does cuz her singles are never shit. This is the 3rd time she tried to get Jay Z to help save her first single. lol

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    Nina Reply:

    @meme, Keep grasping for straws. Oh but it IS about the quality of her music. Given that the people talking about it is what’s selling it. The word on the street is that its worth every penny. Since when did hype alone make people rush to buy an album with out hearing a single first?! It’s because people know Beyonce is extremely talented and they want in on the experience and she made them pay 15.99 with no discount. Just stop it. She just outsold rihanna’s album (the whole 52 week run) with NO single. No need for the what if this and that,BUT let’s keep it real… HAD SHE had a first single, she STILL would have outsold all these girls. 4′s first week was 310K…. the Katy’s, Rihannas, and Gagas haven’t been able to top that week since. Just give it up. Your open sour wounds are really showing.

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    meme Reply:

    @Nina, Again I say…beyonce need tactics to sell. She can never sell just on her music…always some marketing stategy or some extra bullsh*t. Rihanna doesnt need that…her music sell on its own. Shes 25 and her album sells increase each time….we have nothing to be worried about. Beyonce on the other hand struggle to keep up with the young girls acting out of character, cussing in ery track. What a joke. Her new music have rihanna written all over it

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    ofcourse Reply:

    @meme, stay mad! Beyonce 1.3mil US sales in three weeks it took Rihanna one year. Beyonce will probably double Rihanna sales in 1 month.

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    musiq Reply:

    @meme, you sound like a real hater. That’s quite funny to read tho. It amazes me to see how pressed people can be. Keep up the hate.

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    Bitterness Reply:

    @meme, Girl, you are so bitter.

    Beyonce won and you’re upset. #FactOnly

    She didn’t use the hype of the Superbowl, Documentary, H&M, Pepesi Commerical, Tour at all to release her album…. yet she’s using tactics? Your logic makes no sense.

    Let’s see what Rihanna numbers will do. :)

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    ofcourse Reply:

    @meme, rihanna and katy lol. Please take a look at Rihanna and Katy’s album sale. They are singles artist. Bey sell albums. Come back when Rihanna can have these numbers. Rihanna and Katy on twitter all day, release single and video and still struggle to sell album. Yes meme bow down to King Bey! Hey your fave already bowing!

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    lisa Reply:

    @ofcourse, Actually what is Beyonce WW sales and year end sales compare to Rihanna and Beyonce. Beyonce only sell in the Us

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    paschal Reply:

    @meme, you are very right

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    SdotB Reply:

    @meme, u flip floppin b!#$@, a couple weeks ago u was all on Bey’s D!CK when she dropped the album…now that time has passed u wanna try to degrade her potential…u come up with the most delusional comments it’s sickening, get outta here w/ that nonsense…ANGTFD (Ain’t Nobody Got Time Fo’ Dat)

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  7. Andy

    too much hate. Even if y’all are saying the truth, Beyoncé deserves nothing but success. After all, she has worked hard for the last 20 years.

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  8. Kyle

    I am so proud of her! No new albums are coming out for awhile so I have a feeling this will be #1 next week as well. People always critique her success but I honestly think she deserves it. Her work ethic is unmatchable and I think that’s why she will always be successful. She has been in the industry long enough to know what she wants and HOW TO GET IT.

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  9. cherie

    beyonce copycat is back
    youtube.com/watch?v=iSuZDnGB71c&feature=youtu.be

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  10. Critic

    Y’all mad because you’re fav isn’t doing it? Obviously. No promo and her album is selling like crazy

    This album has already outsold “Unapologetic” in 3 weeks. Seethe.

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  11. BeatHerChris

    Rhitard stans are pressed. Beyoncé outsold Unapologetic in 3 weeks. Hahaha

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    ofcourse Reply:

    @BeatHerChris, lmao! Ain’t that the truth and Rihanna release how songs and videos oh and didn’t 1 reach top of the charts. Navy mad!

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    The Shady Truth Reply:

    @BeatHerChris, What are we pressed about, do tell? First of all RiRi has a #1 album already that is already platinum! Second, she also scored a #1 single off of Unapologetic! Thirdly, she was awarded the ICON award at this years AMAs! Fourthly, she is currently with Eminem in charge of the HOT100 just as along as Bey has reign in the HOT200! Lastly, rumour has it that she’s releasing two albums this yr on for last year and one in November. So why are we pressed again? Oh ok!

    Keep it real the only reason Beyonce’s current album is selling as much is because of the length of time she took between Beyonce and 4 and ppl want to say she did this with no promo BS! She dropped singles throughout the year which are on the album. Never denied the fact that she was/wasn’t doing an album and in her tours she began performing Grown Woman and Bow Down which makes that what? PROMO!! Shut all that no promo BS down if y’all really want to be real about it!

    Shut Up and enjoy your favs success before Rihanna turns it all on her!

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    BEDSTUYFLY Reply:

    @The Shady Truth, TRUE TEA CUZ RIHANNA IS ALREADY PREPPED FOR THIS YEARS TAKEOVER. 2 ALBUMS ARE REPORTED TO DROP THIS YEAR.

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    mya Reply:

    @The Shady Truth, Beyonce had NO Promo. Just deal. lmao.

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  12. Sheen

    Ya’ll keep jumping to this “XO and Drunk are flopping” but are ya’ll forgetting she still has YET to give a live performance of the lead singles on ANY major network? And STILL the hottest topic on ALL forms of media. I’m not a stan, but ya’ll need to stop being so bitter. Beyonce is the QUEEN of the music scene (Even shade master Madonna agreed, and that says a lot). BEYONCÈ is may not be “her best work” to ya’ll (who feel Pour It Up and Wrecking Ball will be playing at cookouts in 10 years) but it’s her most RELATABLE, which easily puts it in the discussion of being her best. BEYONCÈ’s THIRD WEEK SALES still topped “the girls” first week. What is ya’ll excuse for that? It’s okay, I’ll wait.

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    Sheen Reply:

    @Sheen, BEYONCÈ may not^^

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    ofcourse Reply:

    @Sheen, I’m waiting too.

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  13. 2bad2bme

    You guys say it’s no hits on her album and the album is trash because your still stuck on that pop EDM techno trash that she refuses to put out…this album is not for everybody. It’s for her real fans who has like her work from an early start so all of you haters can eat your words because they don’t matter.

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    ahonesty Reply:

    @2bad2bme, That’s because some people are still stuck in that “need singles mindset”, which has severely hurt the music industry over the past several years. The tide is slowly turning. Look at not only Bey, but Justin Timberlake. He sold a lot without having a huge amount of hit songs unlike his previous work. He had a couple top tens, but the focus was more on both cds as a whole.That’s the problem with artists. Too much focus on hitting #1 and once they release a cd, half of it is sheer garbage. That’s why some artists failed to match the sales of the songs that charted at #1 recently. And fans were disappointed, moving on to other artists. Beyonce was actually smart in what she did because had she just did an EDM track (which is slowly fading) or just went the regular route, it would not have worked. Too many consumers were already disillusioned and burnt out from the overhype of other artists who came out with cds that did not live up to it.

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  14. 2bad2bme

    And if the album is so much trash why is she still outselling what your faves first week sales in her third week?….kii

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  15. The Shady Truth

    Lets keep it real please! The only reason Beyonce’s current album is selling as much is because of the length of time she took between 4 and Beyonce! It’s hilarious to me that ppl want to say she did this with no promo, BS! She dropped singles throughout the year which are on the album. Never denied the fact that she was/wasn’t doing an album and in her tours she began performing Grown Woman and Bow Down which makes that what? PROMO!! Shut all that no promo BS down if y’all really want to be real about it!

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  16. lisa

    All I have to say is she not selling WW.

    Global year end chart
    Beyoncé – Two weeks
    Columbia – 1,4 million copies
    if she sold over a million in the Us, than must have sold less than 400,000 WW.

    Taylor Swift one week
    Taylor Swift – Red
    Big Machine – 1.459.000 – 1 week at No.1 – Hot Shot Debut

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  17. CurtisDonDeano

    It amazes me how people put Rihanna and Beyonce against each other. Most singers don’t even come up with the concept for their songs. I’m not sure about Rihanna but I do know Bey is heavily in tune with her recording process.

    Beyonce will never make music like Rihanna ( who usually is very on trend) because Beyonce is never on the scene, she is rarely in the club.

    Sales aren’t everything, they are just fans’ support. So the question is who has better fans….lol. Beyonce is known for greatness. Honestly, that is because how consistent and progressive she has been.

    Rihanna ( whose music I love) I feel like creates the divide because she always throws cheap shots and shade, which makes her looks envious. She is the product of good marketing. She came out as an island girl, but then was made into a “bad gal”. To me that is so insincere to see a person change so rapidly. I heard that Teirra Mari was supposed to be Rih, but didn’t want to take orders.

    Beyonce’s changes aren’t really changes they are just sides of her being brought to light. Its a lot we have seen from her before, the nasty side isn’t new…..people are just playing stupid. The hood side has been mentioned FOREVER ( kitty kat, ” since 16 been coming down riding lexus” even in Run the World, ” Remind you I’m so Hood with this” )

    Singles are just music that is super relatable. Super relatable music isn’t always the best music, “jealous” prob won’t ever get radio play but I think its a much better song than Single Ladies.

    I love Beyonce’, I hope Its a part two to this album. I think the second concert was a hint to that…..

    oh and Mel Forde, I know that you’re MEME ;)

    subscribe to me on youtube guys: CurtisDonDeano & CurtisTheCritic

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    Nelson Scola Reply:

    @CurtisDonDeano, AMÉN to that!

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    BEDSTUYFLY Reply:

    @CurtisDonDeano, YA’LL BEYHIVE SWEAR BEYONCE IS SO PERFECT. BUT SHE’S FAR FROM IT. SO QUICK TO CALL OUT RIHANNA FLAWS BUT NEVER BEY’S.

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    karamelkisses Reply:

    @BEDSTUYFLY, it’s 2014 and you and meme still have nothing better to do than live on a beyonce thread trying to shout out rihanna. girl, bye! nobody said beyonce was perfect, she herself admits that as well as having postpardom depression after having blue, etc on this cd. NO BODY on this post called rihanna’s name but your fellow, no life having army member meme. but let’s keep the conversation confined to the post … beyonce has sold 1.3 million units in 17 days, fastest selling album since taylor swift’s 2012 red, first female to have both the #1 AND #2 albums simultaneously, first female to have the #1 album in 105 countries simultaneously, first female to have ALL of her studio albums debut at #1, forbes top 10 highest paid entertainers in 2013, #3 most charitable celebs in 2013, fastest grossing tour of 2013 @ 2 million dollars for every city it was in and the 3rd reboot of the mrs. carter tour scheduled for april 2014 due to demand. fact is, people (fans, OLD and NEW) have been wanting music and she delivered it. the numbers have spoken so just deal! #flawless

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    karamelkisses Reply:

    @karamelkisses, p.s if ri releases 2 cds in 2014, so what? she’ll just be following the greats before her that have done it better (cher, madonna, justin timberlake and yes beyonce). fact is, she’ll have to release 4 or 5 singles before the army even moves to buy the album/albums. and why is it she can have so many #1 singles but only one album out of 7 debut at #1. her (and her fans’) philosophy is so backwards … it’s not about a hot single. it’s about a cohesive body work telling a story.
    p.s.s the next single from beyonce will be pretty hurts which she’ll more than likely debut at the grammy’s in february. and we ALL know, one live performance will have people checking for the album all over again. and the grammy’s is just the first music award show of 2014.

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    *sigh* Reply:

    @CurtisDonDeano, This just made so much sense and mirrors a few of my own thoughts.

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  18. mya

    Beyonce’s 1st week, 2nd week and 3rd week sells are higher than all these pop girls first week numbers. LMAO! The album has already sold over 2 million copies in 3 weeks. 200 million + tour (which is the highest tour by a black female in history) that could gross 300 million,which she could be the 2nd female artist to have one,only behind Madonna for the 300 million dollar tour gross club. NONE of these girls are on her level. The best selling female album of 2013 in 2 weeks. LMAO! Go King B

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  19. rave4

    Overrated

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  20. 909

    I think most of ya’ll are tripping, Beyonce wants people to listen to her whole record not just bloody singles. That’s how music is meant to be listened, She sold, records not because she’s Beyonce but because people actually like the album, look at Garth brooks? This guy went diamond ten fucking times, no other artist not even the Beatles has done this, but look at his last sales? You don’t sell more records because of the name you built these days but because of the music you make. On the plus side maybe she didn’t release any singles because usually people make decisions to buy an album based on the singles they’ve heard, maybe she didn’t want people judge her whole record based on a couple of songs they hear on radio.

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    karamelkisses Reply:

    @909, great points! but the only people checking for a single is Rihanna’s slow, delusional fans because that’s the way she’s programmed them. a true artist should strive to tell a story via an entire album and beyonce did that w/ this album just like jt did w/ his album the 20/20 experience.

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  21. Fools

    Dead at all the people suggesting that singles are as important as an album. Complete nonsense.

    An album does not consist of singles, it consist of music. The whole notion of something being radio friendly and thus a successful single is seated heavily on the idea that it conforms, is easy to get and generic in its appeal. Music is so much more then that, hence why albums are far more important.

    Also if the album is still selling over 300k in its 3rd week, its due to the music and positive word of mouth. Its the highest rated rated album by a female pop/rnb artist in 2013, y’all can quit tryna discredit her now.

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    karamelkisses Reply:

    @Fools, thank you! even on her last tour date in mid december, the same day the album dropped, she played at the barclays center. the only song from the album she did was xo at the end of the show. grown woman is not a song on the cd but a bonus video. at one point, some of the fans chanted flawless and she did the “i woke up like dis” and the crowd went crazy. i believe that even if you don’t like an artist or their music, why deny their success. she has proven that i leave and let these new girls eat, come back and take over the whole table and have them stanning … see katy, demi, pink, gaga, etc.

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    No Angel Reply:

    @Fools, EXACTLY! your absolutely right. at this point #1 singles aren’t needed , a single is $1.29, Beyonce has people buying her whole entire album at $15.99 , that says a lot they want everything not just one song, selling an album is wayyy bigger than selling a single.

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  22. No Angel

    Y’all haters mad AF in this post LMFAO *plays ***Flawless* #QueenBey #Beyoncé

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  23. Coco

    Don’t even know why some of you are looking for something negative to say !!! Trying to do some maths while the numbers are in front of you… She is known as QUEEN B for a reason ! Why are you even mad ?
    She is ruling the game. Period.

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  24. TRILL

    I guess with success comes haters, bc this post is full of them. A lot of ppl forget she is a human just like us. She had dreams and worked hard to achieve it.

    If ppl can stop hating for a second and look past her name, you will find a human that is very inspiring.

    Beyonce stays in her own lane and drive the hell out of her car in that mutha f**k.

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  25. cass

    I hope y’all know Pepsi bought her album. Only about 400k in the UK in 3 weeks and 1milli in the US? 500k the first week, then around 200k during CHRISTMAS SALES and now this week another 500k…that don’t sound right at all. The truth will come out. Pepsi is buying her albums.

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