Beyonce Gets Fifth #1 Album On Billboard 200
Posted by Joseph Lee on 12.17.2013
Full list coming tomorrow...
While the full list is coming tomorrow, there's no question about who got #1 on this week's Billboard 200, as Beyonce's self-titled album took the honor with 617,000 copies sold.
She is the first woman in history to get #1 with her first five studio albums after Dangerously In Love (2003), B'Day (2006), I Am... Sasha Fierce (2008) and 4 (2011). All five also debuted at #1. The only two acts to have their first five albums hit #1 are DMX and The Kingston Trio. DMX is also the only other act to debut at #1 with his first five albums.
Beyonce was released on Friday, December 13 exclusive on iTunes without any prior announcement. The sales week of 617,000 is a record for Beyonce, topping her previous best of 541,000 for B'Day. iTunes is the exclusive seller of the Columbia Records album through December 18. The physical version will hit US retailers between December 18 and 20, depending on how far and fast it travels to stores.
This is also the largest sales week for a woman in 2013 and the year's fourth-largest sales week overall. It follows the #1 debuts of 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). The last largest week for a woman was Taylor Swift's Red, which debuted at #1 with 1.2 million in October 2012. iTunes announced that Beyonce had the largest sales week for an album in the US store and was the fastest-selling album ever worldwide (828,773 sold as of December 15). The music industry tracks weekly sales on a Monday through Sunday basis, which is why only the first three days are counted.
The album also has the second-largest digital sales week overall, including all digital retailers. It falls behind Lady Gaga's Born This Way, which sold 662,000 downloads in its first week (which was helped by a sale on Amazon MP3 for 99 cents on the first two days, resulting in 440,000 copies sold). It's the second digital-only album to get #1 on the Billboard 200 after the 2010 live charity album Hope for Haiti Now, which debuted with 171,000 downloads after only two days on sale (Saturday, January 23 and Sunday, January 24). It spent a second week at #1 with 143,000 downloads after a full week.
The rest of the chart will be revealed tomorrow, and will likely include top ten debuts for R. Kelly's Black Panties and Childish Gambino's Because the Internet.