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‘Beyonce’ Album Sells 617,000 Copies in First Week


The numbers are in and Beyonce is the undisputed queen of the charts. Her self-titled album has clocked in 617,000 copies in its first week, making it the No. 1 LP in the country on the Billboard 200.

Billboard reports that the superstar pushed 617,000 copies of ‘Beyonce,’ putting her well-ahead of last week’s chart champ, country singer Garth Brooks. The visual LP, which features 14 songs and 17 videos, debuted on Dec. 13 exclusively on iTunes — the sales figures are through the week ending Dec. 15. Even without a heavy marketing push, the visual album sets a personal sales record for the singer, whose previous record was 541,000 copies sold of ‘B’Day’ in its first week back in 2006.

This also makes Beyonce the first woman to hit No. 1 with her first five studio albums: ‘Beyonce’ (2013), ‘Dangerously in Love’ (2003), ‘B’Day’ (2006), ‘I Am… Sasha Fierce’ (2008) and ‘4’ (2011). The singer joins the company of rapper DMX and folk group the Kingston Trio, whose first five albums also debuted at No. 1.

With over 820,000 copies sold worldwide in three days, ‘Beyonce’ also broke the iTunes’ record for most albums sold in the first week — a record previously held by Taylor Swift. iTunes is the sole retailer for the album through Dec. 18.

Elsewhere on the chart, R. Kelly‘s ‘Black Panties’ breaks into the top five with 130,221 units sold while Childish Gambino‘s ‘Because the Internet’ sold a respectable 93,580 copies.

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