Beyoncé Makes History with Fifth No. 1 Album
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 2003s Dangerously in Love, 2006s B’Day, 2008s I Am… Sasha Fierce, and 2011s 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 BEYONCÃ‰ 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 2009s 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.