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Beyonce Gets Third Week At #1 On Billboard 200
Posted by Joseph Lee on 01.02.2014

Beyonce's self-titled album is now #1 for a third week on the Billboard 200, the longest run on top for any album since April, when Justin Timberlake did it with The 20/20 Experience from April 6 to April 20. It sold another 310,000 copies, down 17% compared to last week. It has sold a total of 1.3 million copies in its first 17 days of release in the US. It's the first album from a woman to get three weeks at #1 since Taylor Swift's Red had seven non-consecutive weeks at the top in late 2012 and early 2013.

It's also the first album since 2009 to sell over 300,000 copies in its first three weeks (617,000 in week one, then 374,000 in week two). The last album to do that was Susan Boyle's I Dreamed A Dream, which sold over 500,000 in its first five weeks from Dec. 12, 2009, through Jan. 9, 2010. Beyonce is the fastest-selling album by a woman since Swift's Red sold 1.6 million in its first two weeks after it debuted with 1.2 million on November 10, 2012, then sold 344,000 in its second week.

Due to post-Christmas shopping with gift cards for download stores, many of the albums in the top ten have benefited. This includes One Direction's Midnight Memories, which is up to #2 142,000. This is the groups third album (out of three) to sell over one million copies, as it now has 1.1 million sold. They previously released Take Me Home (five weeks to sell a million copies) and Up All Night (19 weeks) in 2012.

Frozen's soundtrack is up 8-4 with 106,000, its best sales week yet. It's the highest-charting animated film soundtrack from Disney since Pocahontas in 1995, which hit #1. Frozen could do much better next week. Last year at this time, the soundtrack to Les Miserables shot up 33-2 with 136,000 and then hit #1 with 92,000 the next week.

1. Beyonce - Beyonce (310,000)
2. One Direction - Midnight Memories (142,000)
3. Eminem - The Marshall Mathers LP 2 (122,000)
4. Frozen soundtrack (106,000)
5. Katy Perry - Prism (99,000)
6. Garth Brooks - Blame It All On My Roots: Five Decades Of Influences (90,000)
7. Lorde - Pure Heroine (78,000)
8. Miley Cyrus - Bangerz (63,000)
9. Imagine Dragons - Night Visions (62,000)
10. Kelly Clarkson - Wrapped In Red (62,000)

Several albums in the top ten were helped by an iTunes 2013 Chart Toppers sale, including Prism ($6.99), Pure Heroine (less than $8), Bangerz (less than $8) and Night Visions ($8).

With the tracking week including two days before Christmas (December 23 and 24), holiday albums began to fall, including the Robertsons' Duck the Halls (4-11 with 60,000; down 55%) and Pentatonix's PTXmas (EP) (24-43 with 15,000; down 46%). Those two albums, along with Clarkson's, are the only Christmas albums in the top 50.

There are also no debuts this week in the top fifty.

Album sales totaled 9.4 million copies, down 11% form last week (10.6 million) and down 3% compared to last year (9.8 million). This past week was the final week of 2013, and album sales finished the year at 289.4 millionódown 8% compared with 2012 (316 million).


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