Despite its lack of advanced promotion, physical copies and a full sales week, Beyonce‘s self-titled fifth album is set to have one of the biggest opening weeks of any album this year. Beyonce was released at midnight on the morning of Friday, December 13, and by Sunday night, when the charts closed, it had moved over 550,000 digital copies. This gives Bey the biggest debut by a female this year (imagine the numbers if she’d dropped the album on a Tuesday and had a full sales week!).
Billboard reports the album sold 430,000 on Friday and an additional 120,000 the following day, and it’s projected to easily take the top spot on the charts this week. This will be Bey’s fifth consecutive No. 1 debut, with each of her prior solo albums opening at the top, and the largest debut of her career.
In other words, bow down.
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