Beyonce Battles Online Piracy As Illegal Download Figure Hit $3.8 Million

Published: Friday 27th Dec 2013 by David


$3.8 million.

According to a report published by Bill Werde‘s Billboard today, the above is the amount Beyonce would have earned had illegal downloaders of her self-titled new album paid for the chart-topping release.

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Since its release on December 13th, the project has been downloaded illegally 240,000 times, seeing her lose out on $3.8 million with the project retailing at $15.99, according to Musicmetric.

Indeed, with 991,000 units sold in its first ten days of release, the projects success on the charts stand undisturbed by the piracy, but no doubt shines a fresh light on the problem that is illegal downloading.

For, between December 18th and today, the star’s entire discography was shared 2 million times over file sharing sites, but does not indicate how many music lovers would have purchased her material if it hadn’t been made available for free by the aforementioned ‘pirates.’


Well, while Musicmetric‘s data confirms the intense interest there is in the star’s music online, it is impossible to measure how many people who opted to pull the album illegally would have picked it up legally even if handed the $15.99 to purchase it.


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  1. YOOSONDALOOSE December 27, 2013

    It is a really good album! Save your pennies and buy a copy!

    And there is NO way to know how many times it has been illegally downloaded. NO WAY!

  2. RitasLipstick December 27, 2013

    Rihanna downloaded it ten times but didn’t pay for any of them.

  3. BeyBeyKing December 27, 2013

    Rihanna girl, has it come to this?

  4. Jeff December 27, 2013

    those who download for free their carrier will slow down their computer. So if you see your computer working very slow then u know y.

  5. Peedi December 27, 2013

    Just because someone downloaded an album doesn’t mean they would’ve purchased the real copy. What a stupid, pointless story. Everyone is a victim of piracy….everyone. 🙄

  6. SlayshantiDouglas December 27, 2013

    Rihanna’s internet bill must have skyrocketed 2bh.

  7. the real xoxo December 27, 2013

    this is just greedy label exec over-exaggeration
    Not everyone who sharebeast’s an album would pay for it if it wasn’t available illegally.
    Anyway, i bought the hard-copy of the album yesterday and LOVE the album.

  8. *ℙᏫℙ ℝᏫᎩAℒᎿᎩ* December 27, 2013

    Everyone’s Album Get Illegally-Downloaded Now and your point is?


  9. Stephy Tha Lambily December 27, 2013

    I hate people that steal! Discusting…

  10. *ℙᏫℙ ℝᏫᎩAℒᎿᎩ* December 27, 2013


    B**** plz. 😕

  11. Vee December 27, 2013

    Its not really affecting her sales too badly but if you’re a fan then shame on you.

  12. iconic cici December 27, 2013

    Who cares

  13. S****** Blonde December 27, 2013

    Madonna looks great in that picture.

  14. Oh Yeah!!! December 27, 2013

    LOL Yea we know RIh downloaded this Album!!! LOL! Closet Bey Fan!

  15. iconic cici December 27, 2013

    Everyones album gets illegally downloaded stop acting like its only happening to Beyonce.

  16. ABC (the ORIGINAL) December 27, 2013

    Ummmmmm okay? Y’all are just making Beyoncé posts for the hell of it/stan wars. Wat makes HER illegal downloads so f****** special?

  17. Draggin4MrsCarter December 27, 2013

    How dare they steal from the Queen? Btw, 991,000 units in ten days. That’s so funny, hasn’t UPL sold 1.3 million and didn’t it take it a year to do it. At this rate, Beyonce is going to SNATCH its stupid wig in a few weeks time.


  18. ABC (the ORIGINAL) December 27, 2013

    How is Rihanna a closet Bey fan, trolls? Mariah, Beyonce and Brandy are her favorite singers. That’s no secret dumb f****.

  19. Truth B Told December 27, 2013

    I got it for free…why because I don’t support dishonest fake artists! I support true artists who write and perform their own music.. Not singers who strip and only write their names on the copyright. Im so tired of people gassing up a singer who just produces stripper music no ART in any form… she sold 800,000+ copies talent NO! art NO! how was she able to pull off something that’s never been done before.. Well for starters Jay Z. Had a rule changed at billboard allowing BIG businesses to buy bulk in albums so Beyoncé can get contracts for endorsements such as Pepsi Lorreal H&M and half them purchase large quantities of her album on top of that record labels are known to also buy large portions of albums to gurantee a #1 spot! and crazy looking sales… Cuz if you noticed her previous albums never sold close to what #ghostsales they’ve produced with this album.. and another clue Beyoncé’s album is fully stocked in stores and no one is buying leaving the shelf full… another artist who has done same Justin Timberlake and Jay Z hmmm…

  20. Dark horse December 27, 2013

    The purpose of this post was just for another tired Beyonce and Rihanna stan war. smh Yall act like shes the only person who gets her s*** illegally downloaded.

  21. ABC (the ORIGINAL) December 27, 2013

    @TROLLING4MRSCARTER but TTT& UNA outsold 4 in less time. Rihanna did not release this year. Why do you keep bringing her name up anyway?

  22. BeyWhouWanna December 27, 2013

    Unless your faves music was shared illegally 2 million times in four/five days you can have a seat on the nearest spiked seat you can find.
    The point of this story was to show how popular the Queen is. I don’t think Ciara has ever been downloaded illegally this many times and the only Mariah song people care about is AIWFC.

  23. Loyalty December 27, 2013

    Actually TGJ are only reporting what’s already been reported by Rolling Stones, Billboard and various other sources. This isn’t something they’re just randomly reporting for the sake of it.

  24. Loyalty December 27, 2013

    And I like how Beyoncé bought back her Sweet Dreams hair for Haunted.

  25. ABC (the ORIGINAL) December 27, 2013

    ^^^and it’s still a dumb ass story nonetheless. She still sold 617k in 3 days who gives a f*** about how many times it was illegally downloaded?

  26. Molly December 27, 2013

    Death this story is pathetic because it happens to all musicians yet you only decide to bring light to the situation because of Beyonce smh biased much?

  27. 212Thuggin December 27, 2013

    991,000 in ten days. Just let that sink in.

  28. *ℙᏫℙ ℝᏫᎩAℒᎿᎩ* December 27, 2013


    @Truth b Told:

    So You DO know about It too.

  29. Molly December 27, 2013

    Girl but what is Azealia selling b**** to scared to release an album cause she know it won’t even sell 8k

  30. MadameBeyBey December 27, 2013

    Molly, has Future paid his child support this month?

  31. Molly December 27, 2013

    @BeyWho keep Ciara name out your f****** h***** infested mouth.

  32. Loyalty December 27, 2013

    Yeah its pointless but stop acting like its this site just making it up for stan wars when its currently circulating in the news. That’s all I am saying. Chill.

  33. Molly December 27, 2013

    Yall stay bothered by Future.

  34. ABC (the ORIGINAL) December 27, 2013

    I don’t hate Beyonce and I enjoy a lot of the album, but it’s all hype right now. I’m honestly getting bored because she fed us an entire era in one day….

  35. ABC (the ORIGINAL) December 27, 2013

    I’m not acting like it’s just this site, but you know they are very strategic. They knew what type of comments this post would produce. I ain’t mad at the hustle.

  36. *ℙᏫℙ ℝᏫᎩAℒᎿᎩ* December 27, 2013

    “CIARA” was Leaking Left, Right and Center but i’m yet to see a Story about it.

    Also “”ARTPOP”, That s*** was Leaking Everywhere, torrents and all.

    and Many 2013 Albums…

    But When it is Beyonce, a Story should be Posted and instantly start the “Woe is me/Pity party” Process.

    I’m waiting for the “RETAILERS SALES” story. 😉

  37. Fran December 27, 2013

    If Beyonce was buying her album it would have passed 1 mill by now. You people always want to question her when she is doing well. Such a damn shame.

  38. Lana Del Slay December 27, 2013

    Future’s new baby mama still has stans?

  39. Molly December 27, 2013

    @PopRoyal don’t like you but you better preach sis!

  40. QueenCeline December 27, 2013

    People obviously didn’t read the full story if they have to ask why it’s significant.

  41. Fran December 27, 2013

    @Pop thats because everyone has been talking about this album. Many people see it as a game changer whether you agree or not.

  42. Jeff December 27, 2013


    This s*** is not a lie. This was on the news about this illegal downloads. The cable company will be notified and then your carrier will slow down your computer. STFU if u don’t know about this.

  43. S****** Blonde December 27, 2013

    If we are lucky, Riri could give us 2 albums next year.

  44. RoyalKev December 27, 2013

    Not surprised! Even Bey’s hater’s have an unhealthy obsession with her!

  45. F*ckYoFav December 27, 2013

    I didn’t buy that sh*t either. The bish is already rich as hell f*ck outta her with that sh*t.

  46. *ℙᏫℙ ℝᏫᎩAℒᎿᎩ* December 27, 2013


    Everything BEYONCE is doing is always gonna be Questioned, She created This cloud of Doubts Years ago and it keeps Going Strong.

  47. Kisses Down Low December 27, 2013

    2 albums? If Rihanna releases 2 albums she is thirsty as hell. Because she knows if Beyonce sells over 3 million with this album she will have officially surpassed her album sales with less albums.

  48. *ℙᏫℙ ℝᏫᎩAℒᎿᎩ* December 27, 2013


    Wait for R8. 😉

  49. *ℙᏫℙ ℝᏫᎩAℒᎿᎩ* December 27, 2013


    game Changer?

    haha, We will Wait and See. 😀

  50. Fran December 27, 2013

    @Pop the industry is full of questions, if you can question Beyonce, than you can question your own fav but always remember its never factual.

  51. Fran December 27, 2013

    @Pop Yes according to many professionals. Not me.

  52. fraudyonce December 27, 2013

    I got the full album and i didnt pay a penny.. same is applicable to everyone artist because they worth millions for doing nothing so why should i give them my hard earned money.

  53. *ℙᏫℙ ℝᏫᎩAℒᎿᎩ* December 27, 2013

    @Kisses Down low:

    The Icon outsold Beyonce ages Ago.

  54. AzaleanArmy December 27, 2013

    Oh no! Pop thinks Rihanna can slay? Nothing she will do can help her beat Beyonce at this point.

  55. Molly December 27, 2013

    Thirsty would be excepting a marriage proposal over Skype.

  56. S****** Blonde December 27, 2013

    @Kisses Down Low
    Do you really think Rihanna is thinking in Beyonce’s success?, the woman is on another level now, and she’s only 25.

  57. Brandys Starr December 27, 2013

    Well she is still doing well. I purchased the album, it was worth every penny.

  58. *ℙᏫℙ ℝᏫᎩAℒᎿᎩ* December 27, 2013



    Rihanna Inked her name up there with legends and she’s only 25 broke so many legendary records.
    If that is not slaying then What you are going to call it?

    judging by your name, you don’t even know what”slayge” means, unless if it has to do with slaying your own career for having Twitter beefs. 😕

  59. MDNA2013 December 27, 2013

    Poor Molly, her fave has been demoted to Baby Momma status and she can’t handle.

  60. Kisses Down Low December 27, 2013

    @Pop And Beyonce the legend is coming with less albums. Just like Katy is coming for all the #1s with quater the singles. Rihannas all about bulk and mass. @ S******. 25 but the real tester will be to see what she is doing at 32.

  61. cheerymm December 27, 2013

    That beyonce album trash anyway she just talking about cheating on jay z with drake . All mine we made blue

  62. Kisses Down Low December 27, 2013

    @Molly girl you don’t want me to go there with Babymamaara this time.

  63. *ℙᏫℙ ℝᏫᎩAℒᎿᎩ* December 27, 2013


    Those “professionals” were paid or?


  64. JoJo December 27, 2013

    I always illegally download albums but if it is a great album i’ll always buy a physical copy.

  65. cheerymm December 27, 2013

    That’s what she get for buying her own albums

  66. Fran December 27, 2013

    @Pop Simon Cowell paid by Beyonce? No I don’t think so. And UK newspapers. No. Keep hoping though. I know its hard.

  67. *ℙᏫℙ ℝᏫᎩAℒᎿᎩ* December 27, 2013

    @Kisses Down Low:

    Stopped Reading after The lie that is “legend”.

    also Ass-kissing won’t be a new thing for you.


  68. Kisses Down Low December 27, 2013

    @Pop but you can use Rihannas icon award. I can use Beys legend award. No double standards now.

  69. fraudyonce December 27, 2013

    @kisses down low Riri dont care about an old woman who is defrauding people, the same way she steals and copies other people work with out paying or even acknowledging it.

  70. Kisses Down Low December 27, 2013

    I love Beyonce. So I will defend her. Its got nothing to do with Kelly or ass kissing. I like the children of Destiny for their own reasons. But Kelly is my main girl.

  71. *ℙᏫℙ ℝᏫᎩAℒᎿᎩ* December 27, 2013


    Simon Did shade beyonce back in the day, now he’s praising her?

    Sound Like he got paid to me.

    And I won’t trust a Person Like that who Cheated on his Friend with His Wife in Their bedroom and impregnated her.
    A cheater!

    Good Day Buddy! ➡


  72. JER December 27, 2013

    I DLed it knowing someone would get it for me for Christmas and OF COURSE no one did. SMH. Lemme wait for that used copy

  73. SLAYRIAH CAREY (TOUR DE FORCE) December 27, 2013

    I agree with everything Pop Royalty said.

    240k?!! That’s it, I would expect that te album was illegally downloaded at least 500k times.

  74. Rosie December 27, 2013

    Why are the Riherpes stans so mad though? Their fave has the #1 song in the US and 12 other #1s, and the Navy is still worried about Beyoncé’s album sales. They should just accept the fact that they are both winning in their separate ways and sit.

  75. Fran December 27, 2013

    @Pop You have no idea lol. So basic. A powerhouse like Simon Cowell says what he wants he does not need to be bribed. You heard of seeing the light? And I guess Beyonce paid the endlessss list of big names who tweeted about it to huh? She really should be broke the amount she pays for.

    Its so funny to me, you are just a typical Ri fan using the ‘she paid for it’ to make you feel better. Haha.

  76. Stephy Tha Lambily December 27, 2013

    Rihanna >>>> Beyonce IN MUSIC

    Beyonce >>>> Rihanna IN PERFORMING

    They are equal!

  77. Fran December 27, 2013

    @Rosie they are just as bad as the Hive. Yet always complain about the Hive not accepting Rihannas success when they do exactly the same.

  78. SLAYRIAH CAREY (TOUR DE FORCE) December 27, 2013

    The hive’s recycled excuse is that music isn’t selling as well as the did back in the 80s/90s/early00s but even if u factor in the actual sales and it’s illegal downloads, it doesn’t match up to the numbers Britney and Mariah did in their prime.

    Anyway, I’m just happy I don’t have the album at all.

  79. Itsjustl December 27, 2013

    This article proves absolutely nothing. People that download music illegally know where they can purchase music legally. It’s a conscious choice to purchase the music illegally but what This article does prove is that even the people that don’t want to pay for beyonces music are very much interested in her music and must have it. 3.8milli is a lot of illegal downloading but also a lot of interest.

    P.s. The album is still selling though IJS

  80. Naomi December 27, 2013

    Well Beyonce still did better than all the other pop girls this year. And she is not even in the new generation. There is no denying her impact now. She can literally sell off her name alone.

  81. *ℙᏫℙ ℝᏫᎩAℒᎿᎩ* December 27, 2013


    You are not Qualified Enough to Talk about The Navy.

    Keep kissing asses please and Sit.

    and Funny thing YOU are the one who want Peace between the two. Funny and Ironic! 😆

  82. Loyalty December 27, 2013

    Lol @ the comments. You better cling to those myths since there’s not much else you can say. Beyoncé is still winning. And she proved everyone wrong. Her album could not sell a copy from now she already depleted the washed up, scared, has been drags people were riding the waves with which became so stale.

  83. *ℙᏫℙ ℝᏫᎩAℒᎿᎩ* December 27, 2013


    You just Don’t get it and too gullible to see it.

    God bless your kind heart. 😀

    Seeing The Light? I don’t think you can say that since you are up Too many asses for you to be able to see any Light!

  84. Rosie December 27, 2013

    I never said I wanted peace, I’m just pointing out the irony that the Navy stays dragging Beyoncé for dumb, obviously made-up s*** while the Navy runs back crying everytime every other fanbase does the same thing. It just shows how bitter they are, I don’t know why they’re so mad when Rihanna is basically the singles/fashion queen.

  85. Fran December 27, 2013

    @Pop Im gullible? Lol no honey the industry is not just cheque cutting place. Gullible is being sheep to rumors that Beyonce and her team can just waltz around and cut anyone a cheque and she gets what she wants lol. If you believe Beyonces doing all that with so much ease then best believe Def Jam and Jay Z are doing it for your fav and just about all the other artists.

  86. Stephy Tha Lambily December 27, 2013

    Madonna: 1982 (10,000,000+)

    Like A Virgin: 1984 (21,000,000+)

    True Blue: 1986 (25,000,000+)

    Like A Prayer: 1988 (15,000,000+)

    The Blonde Ambition: 1990 (30,000,000+)

    Erotic: 1992 (6,000,000+)

    Bedtime Stories: 1994 (7,000,000+)

    Ray Of Light: 1998 (16,000,000+)

    Music: 2000 (10,000,000+)

    American Life: 2003 (5,000,000+)

    Confessions: 2005 (10,000,000+)

    Hard Candy: 2008 (3,000,000+)

    MDNA: 2012 (2,000,000+)

    Theres more but im done

  87. Bey Fan December 27, 2013

    so people are mad that TGJ is reporting a story thats circulating the internet.


  88. *ℙᏫℙ ℝᏫᎩAℒᎿᎩ* December 27, 2013


    I’m personally BORED with the whole BS, Rihanna Name was mentioned in the first comments, this s*** always happens, nothing new.

    I have every right to question anything/Everything that Sound FAKE or fabricated.

    and Now back to you, i don’t really want it with you, i like you and give you a pass Clearly, but Don’t get too comfortable. if you gonna kiss Up asses, keep it like that and I will be Ignoring to be honest, But you can’t say how the navy are bitter and demand them to tone it down when you call rihanna “riherpes” and doing the same s*** they do and accusing us of doing.
    you can’t sound any more hypocritical.

  89. VEE December 27, 2013

    What’s so hard to grasp about Beyonce sales when there was so much hype? She even had legends like Anita Baker stanning for her. Its pretty obvious loads of people bought the album. Its one of the biggest moments of 2013. Sorry to burst naysayers bubble.

  90. Kris December 27, 2013

    Lol that’s funny!

  91. HoneychildPlease December 27, 2013

    LOL here we go with the excuses. WHat about piracy with the other of thousands of artist who struggle with this? Or does it only apply to beyfraudcy?? ZZZZzzzzz what i tell you b******..

  92. Revolution December 27, 2013

    It will still go platinum by the end of the week so it hasn’t done her that bad.

  93. HoneychildPlease December 27, 2013

    I heard people returned the piracy and demanded a refund on that! That album it’s whack with the exception of three songs. it will be lucky if it goes two times platinum in the long run. No wonder her music label didn’t want to support this b*******! Only the stans bought it 990,000 of them lol child bye! and her physical copys aren’t even really being bought! I smell fish, beehive needs to close their legs # bye h***

  94. Revolution December 27, 2013

    The only fish smell there is, is coming from that ghetto mouth of yours.

  95. TC!!! December 27, 2013

    sooo everyone illegally downloads YouTube already has the album and if limewire was still here beyonce album would’ve double those 280k copies and a lot of people bought the album and selling it on Amazon and eBay that piracy and they also do that to her concert tickets!! were living in a digital age where everything is just a click away. unless something happens and there’s no more internet get use to illegal downloads! people today rather go spend hundreds on video games tv and cell phones than buy 16 dollar albums. #truth

  96. Revolution December 27, 2013

    @TC they do that with everyones albums and concert tickets.

  97. Revolution December 27, 2013

    Beyonce’s album coming out this year literally broke the internet. The media are going to eat up every little fact on it.

  98. rih rox((U Mad Bro?)) December 27, 2013

    Oh no! Old man Yawnce is putting and paying for stories in order to save face when her album tanks. The excuse will be she “lost” 3.8 million. By the way that figure is so exaggerated.

  99. Save the needy—-> Beehive December 27, 2013

    I got my copy,and wish i never bought it! Wait i didn’t.

  100. Vee December 27, 2013

    @Rih Rox but her album was supposed to ‘tank’ after the second week remember?

  101. overdose December 27, 2013

    Ok and? Beyonce is nothing special her album got downloaded just like Cicis RiRis Katys etc

  102. Vee December 27, 2013

    Or rather after the fist week according to you

  103. overdose December 27, 2013

    death at this Kelly stan licking every inch of Beyonce and the hives ass crack when the hive could careless to defend Kelly Nowhereland

  104. rih rox((U Mad Bro?)) December 27, 2013

    beyawnce is not only jacking other people’s style but now even the way they sing.

    Yonce is a rip-off of rih mixed with minaj.

  105. Krista December 27, 2013

    The next milstone this era will be its platinum certification. And they will continue to seethe.

  106. Save the needy—-> Beehive December 27, 2013

    LOL and 3.8 million of what? No not could been album sales! Delusional much?

  107. Save the needy—-> Beehive December 27, 2013

    She totally jacks CICI style in FLAWLESS! WOW sad!

  108. Krista December 27, 2013

    Damn obviously they mean revenue as in dollars you dumbass. These people thought they meant 3.8 million albums. DEATH.

  109. Ciara is everything December 27, 2013

    I bought the album and actually regret it, i got bored with it after the first week sorry hive.

  110. Ciara is everything December 27, 2013

    @SaveTheNeedy i agree the hive will never admit tho.

  111. Yeah I Said It December 27, 2013

    I really just can’t wait for her to perform these songs. Omg.

  112. Ciara is everything December 27, 2013

    @Lans Ciara not pregnant tho f*** off and go get lana some vocal lessons.

  113. Save the needy—-> Beehive December 27, 2013

    3.8 million in album sales yes! Where the f*** is the revenue coming from? album sales right? Reading comprehension doll, oh yeah i keep forgetting about the low IQ of the hive lol

  114. Vee December 27, 2013

    LMAOOOO @Rih Rox @I am Needy not knowing about revenue. The self shade.

  115. Vee December 27, 2013

    @I am needy no boo. She lost 2400000 album sales honey which equates to $3.8 million in revenue. Back to school you go…

  116. rih rox((U Mad Bro?)) December 27, 2013

    So sales from countries which her album was number 1 and even having the album as number 1&2 cannot be tracked but illegal downloads can? Hmmm and the “exact” figure as well?


  117. Vee December 27, 2013

    @Rih Rox they can’t be tracked for all albums not just Beyoncé.

  118. Save the needy—-> Beehive December 27, 2013

    Basic Comprehension skills are lacking on this post. Anyways now that the album has sold to it’s core base, it will definitely struggle in the long road. As reported sales are slowing down dramatically there goes the Adele sales!

  119. Vee December 27, 2013

    Of course illegal downloads can be tracked in the US Rih Rox just use your common sense they can’t track some countries in Africa and s*** where there is no reliable chart.

  120. Vee December 27, 2013

    @I am Needy care to complain what is basic about my comprehension in this situation? You are the one who did not see the dollar sign in front of 3.8 million and thought they meant album sales. DEATH.

  121. Vee December 27, 2013


  122. nery December 27, 2013

    It’s so ridiculous to think what Beyonce did is a game changer. It’s not, no artist is going to produce 17 videos to sell an album without promotion. The only artist that could possibly sell an album without any promotion is Michael Jackson and he’s dead. Possibly Adele now because she sold a gazillion albums so people have faith that her next album will be just as good. What artist do you know of would just release an album without any promotion or release date. Do you think Lorde would’ve sold 1 mil albums WW without Royals blowing up first?
    Katy Perry had a monster hit and still only managed 290k albums sold the first week in the US.
    Btw, chart news just released WWsales ,1.3 mil 10 days.

  123. Emeral December 27, 2013

    She is still doing amazing in an age that people don’t buy albums like that anymore, unless you have an occasional phenomenon like Adele she is selling an album for $16. No one is forced to buy, you could illegally download, she gives you the snippets and if you like it you buy it. And loads of people are buying it. So well done her.

  124. Shaytan December 27, 2013

    Like how your stole your avatar from the internet?

  125. Emeral December 27, 2013

    And she lost out on 240k album sales since some are finding it difficult. When you say how much someone sold, you don’t quote the revenue they made, you quote the number of copies. 3.8 million people didn’t download the album illegally. That’s the money she lost.

  126. S****** Blonde December 27, 2013

    Some of your # are wrong + you missed others major releases.

    Total albums sales, including, compilations, studio albums, remixes, soundtracks, live, ect.

    from 225 to 230.

    Singles sales: from 120, 158 to 182.

    Total records sales: from 330, 350 to 375.

    And u point was, baby, she’s the 4 best selling artist of all times.

    1- The Beatles – 600+
    2- Elvis Presley – 600+
    3- Michael Jackson – 400+
    4- Madonna – 300+

    Queen Rihanna and King Eminem would be there very soon too.

  127. Kyle December 27, 2013

    Everyone’s album gets illegally downloaded but not everyone releases an album the way Beyoncé did. She deffo raised the bar.

  128. Chile Please!! December 27, 2013

    Ugggggghhhhhh… what who gives a fawk! So tired of hearing about this corny a** dry biotch & her wack ass album! I swear I’m so not a fan & don’t see the hype behind this chick!

  129. VH1 BIGGEST FLOPS OF 2013 December 27, 2013

    6. Britney Spears, Britney Jean
    It’s too early to tell if the album is truly a flop but given the mediocre response, it’s certainly a disappointment. Presented as the deepest Britney record, it’s mainly just a shell of what the singer once was. Clearly fans took notice. Britney Jean was the lowest debut for the artist landing at number 4 with 107,000 copies in the first week. “Work B****,” her first single failed to connect with fans. Although the singer has a loyal fan base with gays, she still has to produce good music in order to get people to buy what she’s offering.

    5. Azealia Banks
    After blowing up on YouTube and building a rabid Internet fan base, Banks quickly became the one to watch. For nearly two years, fans and critics have been waiting for an album that never materialized. Then there was that homophobic Twitter feud with Perez Hilton and her last-minute cancellation of a headlining performance at Lollapalooza. Sorry Azealia, time’s up. In 2014, we’re banking on Angel Haze.

    4. Kanye West, Bound 2 Music Video
    While no one can take away from the critical success of Yeezus, there have been a few questionable moments in the promotion of the album. The worst (and biggest disappointing) moment of them all was the music video for the standout track, “Bound 2.” The Lisa Frank-inspired video featuring a half-naked Kim straddling Kanye’s literal motorcycle was not the visual anyone expected. When compared to the other outstanding videos the rapper has produced, it was hard to understand how or why anyone involved thought this was a good idea.

    3. Justin Timberlake, The 20/20 Experience Pt. II
    Even though VH1 listed Justin Timberlake as the year’s biggest comeback, it doesn’t takeaway from the disappointment of his second album this year. Given the strength and success of The 20/20 Experience, it felt greedy (and unnecessary) to release a second album of original music that didn’t hold up to the first.

    2. Lana Del Rey, Tropico Short Film
    First question: Why? Second question: No, seriously, why? Given the success Lana Del Rey had this year (earning Original Song Oscar buzz for “Young & Beautiful” and scoring her first Top 10 hit with a remix of “Summertime Sadness”), it really makes no sense why she released a 30-minute short film featuring three old songs other than to hold onto people’s attention as she makes fans wait for her next album. If the video had been good, then no one would be bothered but it wasn’t. The film was a bloated, awkwardly literal version of three less-than-stellar tracks. Gaga she’s not and considering Gaga’s year, LDR might want to channel someone else in 2014.

    1. Lady Gaga, Artpop
    Perhaps in a decade from now, fans and critics alike will look back on this album as something special for the music it delivered. Until then, Artpop will just be regarded as a massive commercial failure focused squarely too much on stunts and not on the music. Given how much Gaga outdoes herself with each new album, it is no surprise that Artpop buckled under the pressure. However no one is feeling the pain more than her record label, which sank $25 million into making this spectacle profitable while Lorde, Katy Perry and Miley Cyrus easily ran away with all the success and the attention.

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  130. Hivy December 27, 2013

    I love how Beyoncé is the only one that cheats. Anyways, that’s a low number for piracy and this is what she been trying to prevent with they way her album was released.

  131. Alex69 December 27, 2013

    Coloumbia records purchased her units securing number # 1 spot, overshadowed ” Black Panties” which legally nets the number # 1 spot for complying to the RAIA rules of date release.Beyonce and her marketing team knew already to drop the Album in a state of panic because Britney Spears; Lady Gaga; Taylor Swift; Kelly Clarkson; RKelly RCA’s team had releases pre-planned. Panic mode this woman is in. Downloading it wrongfully hurts everybody not just you Bey!..

    RKelly is making a huge comeback and team Bey ego takes over class which netted no class breaking RAIA rules. Samsung did it also with Magna Carter…

  132. Ashley December 27, 2013

    DEAD aint black panties the R Kelly album? You people are too funny the delusion is thick.^^^ anyway congrats Bey on all the album success she went the right way about it. Those piracy numbers are not that bad considering.

  133. Slayonce December 27, 2013

    Beyoncé’s “Beyoncé” sold 991K copies in its first 10 days of release. In so doing, it has become the best-selling album by a female artist in 2013.The old record was held by P!nk’s “The Truth About Love,” which has sold 920K copies in 2013 (on top of 945K copies it sold in 2012).

    “Beyoncé” sold 374K copies in its second week, which was its first full week of release. It sold 617K copies last week, even though it was available for only three days in that tracking week.

    Beyoncé’s album ranks #1 on The Billboard 200 for the second week. Beyoncé’s previous album, “4,” also spent its first two weeks at #1, but its sales tally after two weeks was a much more modest 426K.

    “Beyoncé” sold 235K digital copies this week, which puts it at #1 on the Top Digital Albums chart for the second week.

    “Beyoncé” is a cinch to top the 1 million mark in U.S. sales next week. It will become Beyoncé’s first album to sell 1 million copies in just three weeks. Her previous fastest album to reach 1M was “I Am…Sasha Fierce,” which took four weeks. Here’s the number of weeks her other previous solo albums took to reach the 1 million mark: “Dangerously In Love” (seven), “B’Day” (eight) and “4” (an uncharacteristically slow 26).

    If “Beyoncé” sells about 100K copies in the coming week, it will wind up as one of the top 10 albums of 2013. (Next week’s chart, for the tracking week ending Sunday Dec. 29, will be the final one of the year. FYI, the album that is currently #10 for the year-to-date, Mumford & Sons’ “Babel,” has sold 1,083,000 copies in 2013.)

    “Beyoncé” is vying to become the first album to wind up in the year-end top 10 based on just three weeks of sales availability since Nielsen SoundScan began tracking music sales in 1991. The current record-holder as the album that wound up in the year-end top 10 based on the fewest number of weeks in the marketplace is Garth Brooks’ “Sevens,” which ranked among the top 10 albums of 1997 even though it was available for just the last five weeks of that year.

    Moreover, if “Beyoncé” winds up in the year-end top 10, this will be the sixth year that Beyoncé has achieved that feat (counting her work with Destiny’s Child). This would put her in a tie with Garth Brooks, Mariah Carey and Eminem as the only artists to have made the year-end top 10 in six different years since 1991, when Nielsen SoundScan began tracking music sales.

    “Beyoncé” is the singer’s fifth studio album. It’s rather unusual for an artist to release an eponymous album this deep into a career. There are only five other cases where an artist has reached #1 with an eponymous album this far along. Fleetwood Mac’s “Fleetwood Mac” (1976) was that band’s 10th studio album (but its first with the line-up that brought it to superstardom). The Beatles’ “The Beatles” (1968, often called The White Album) was the Fab Four’s ninth studio album in the U.S. (excluding soundtracks and compilations). Heart’s hit-studded “Heart” (1985) was that group’s eighth studio album. Metallica’s “Metallica” (1991) was that band’s fifth studio album. Janet Jackson’s “janet.” (1993) was her fifth studio album.

  134. I am above U December 27, 2013

    LOL that’s not great for an artist of her caliber. Stop trying to spin this in a positive light. If you claiming you a queen than wee need to see royal numbers! Go somewhere with that IT”S GOOD FOR THIS DAY AND AGE bull! She no real queen she a fraud!

  135. TRUTH December 27, 2013

    I could never UNDERSTAND how ANYONE could Stan for an artist like Rihanna..”Can’t sing if her life depended on it, can’t dance, is basically an industry puppet” just all around TALENTLESS. I always find it HILARIOUS when stan’s of her’s, would have the audacity to bad mouth artists with ACTUAL TALENT…Smh the embarrassment of it all.

  136. Rosie December 28, 2013

    Tropico isn’t a flop by no means.Death at them accusing Lana of trying to get a hit, the sole reason the film was really made was to close out the BTD era for the fans. She isn’t that type of artist. It got no promo outside of VEVO, Twitter, and YouTube and the three songs featured were never promoted as singles, not to mention Interscope knew they weren’t going to profit from it, really.
    US media hating on Lana again with no reason. No wonder the international press sees them as a joke.

  137. Stephy Tha Lambily December 28, 2013

    Mariah Carey: 1990 (15,000,000+)
    Emotions: 1991 (12,000,000+)
    Mtv Unplugged: 1992 (10,000,000+)
    Music Box: 1993 (32,000,000+)
    Merry Christmas: 1994 (16,000,000+)
    Daydream: 1995 (25,000,000+)
    Butterfly: 1997 (10,000,000+)
    The #1’s: 1998 (17,000,000+)
    Rainbow: 1999 (10,000,000+)
    Glitter: 2001 (4,000,000+)
    The Remixes: 2002 (1,000,000+)
    Charmbracelet: 2002 (4,000,000+)
    Greatest Hits: 2003 (4,000,000+)
    The Emancipation Of Mimi: 2005 (12,000,000+)
    E=MC2: 2008 (3,000,000+)
    Imperfect Angel: 2009 (2,000,000+)
    Merry Christmas Too You: 2010 (1,000,000+)

    Mariah Carey: Sold 180,000,000+ Albums – Total

    Mariah Carey has sold an CERTIFIED 200+ Million Records

    Mariah Carey has sold an ESTIMATED 250+ Million Records

  138. Stephy Tha Lambily December 28, 2013

    Off The Wall: 1979 (20,000,000+)

    Thriller: 1982 (70,000,000+)

    Bad: 1987 (30,000,000+)

    Dangerous: 1991 (32,000,000+)

    History: 1995 (20,000,000+)

    Invincible: 2001 (13,000,000+)

    He has more but I forgot the rest

  139. U some hating ass n***** December 28, 2013

    Fraudyonce will be nothing after this, the hype is dying rapidly! Watch as the album free falls from the the top drunk in love has already started 😉

  140. fatusankoh December 28, 2013

    Hate monger you wish all the hate you have for beyyouall support one of the worst singer no talente Riri just because you hatters want bey to fail but thank god you hatters are not godbeyonce is here to stay their I snorting hate mongers can do about itshe made a amazing classic album you hatters are shitting all over your hatefull self bey is loved by god good people and we her fans for lifelong live queen bey

  141. h2o December 28, 2013

    The meltdowns on this threads are such a Kii

    Beyonce remains unbothered as the biggest Black female artist of the 21sr century

  142. ratedx(love is beautiful) December 28, 2013

    when I say delusional is a hell of a drug..damn…

    what I find funny is the beehive bragging about beyonce selling almost a million in 10 days, when lady gaga born this way sold over 2 million in 7 days,…

    please I wouldn’t even waste my time downloading an album that was made out of desperation….beyonce who’s suppose to be above everybody else has to resort to selling naked ass, and become a rihanna knock off…

  143. ratedx(love is beautiful) December 28, 2013

    didn’t taylor swift do a cool million just in the states alone in 7 days..

    and I can;t stop laughing at the people that think beyonce is world wide, when the majority of her album sales comes from the states..

    yes beyonce remains un-bothered hence why she went to walmart, because target wouldn’t sell her crappy album..hence why she dedicated a whole song to her haters…hence why she’s selling naked ass, swaggajacking rihanna moves, and likes…

    you stans kills me, with the beyonce doesnt right she doesnt care about you dumbs stans opinions..she she sure all hell cares about her haters opinions

  144. a December 28, 2013

    I’m still questioning how rkelly drums up support with his questionable activities!

  145. Stephy Tha Lambily December 28, 2013

    Get the FUCKKK over that R Kelly s***. The girl was 15 years old & new exactly what she was doing. BEING FAST. People act like R Kelly was fuckinggg 6 year olds every night. That girl LIED about her age! And when R Kelly stop paying her money she took it to court with that s** tape. R Kelly did not know he was having s** with an under age girl.

  146. Stephy Tha Lambily December 28, 2013

    Also, Beyonce is a WORLDWIDE ARTIST.

    She is selling out a WORLD tour in many countries OUTSIDE of AMERICA!

  147. Stephy Tha Lambily December 28, 2013

    Janet Jackson has some of the most UNDERRATED sales of any of the divas

    Control should’ve sold 25,000,000+

    Rhythm Nation should’ve sold 30,000,000+

    Janet shouldve sold 23,000,000+

    Velvet Rope shouldve sold 20,000,000+

    All For You should’ve sold 15,000,000+

    Compared to Madonnas albums Janets sales are horrible considering the fact that Madonnas albums are just as good as Janet & vise versa..

    If Janet was white maybe her sales would’ve been bigger.

  148. alex December 28, 2013

    agree with it, on december 16th all the videos were availble on facebook.

  149. Aishaaguilerakeystesfaye December 28, 2013

    But Sam, she’s always claiming not to care about album sales, so normally she shouldn’t care about the list money either.

  150. Nery December 28, 2013

    Girl you obviously haven’t researched Taylor Swift numbers…She’s the only female to sell over 1mil copies in a week, twice. She’s sold 26 mil albums to date at 24 years old almost a decade younger than Beyonce,. BEYONCE didn’t set no new records, digital? Her album was only available digitally. She sold 1,34 mil in 10 days. Taylor sold 1.9 mil in the same amount of time. If she sells 3.8 mil Ww after 7 weeks like Taylor did then call her Queen.
    And you call Taylor local when 80% of Beyonce sales are from the US.

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  153. Truth B Told December 28, 2013

    Yes I do!! Its ashame.. People who follow music with no art behind it live a very s**** mentality kind of life. they believe whatever they do is the greatest when its not. Put every Beyoncé album on the table and you can link all of the songs together its the same s*** different record…I wish people would open their eyes..and see TRUTH and STOP believing lies..

  154. Truth B Told December 28, 2013

    @PopRoyalty Yes I do!! Its ashame.. People who follow music with no art behind it live a very s**** mentality kind of life. they believe whatever they do is the greatest when its not. Put every Beyoncé album on the table and you can link all of the songs together its the same s*** different record…I wish people would open their eyes..and see TRUTH and STOP believing lies..

  155. Mya December 28, 2013

    LOL all people can do is hold on to stupid rumors now. The power of Beyoncé eh. Just give her credit and move on.

  156. Mya December 28, 2013

    The s**** mentality is people who always question their own. Never once do people question the white artists. The main culprits who drag Beyoncé are black people. When she is one of the full repping black females in pop now. And is respected outside of petty blogs.

  157. Aloys234 December 28, 2013

    When it comes to Artists like Beyonce u dont make a copy even if u pennyless, its just wrong and a sucker punch to the art industry, ppl need to value the artists that make music worth listening n show some respect. it dont matter if they rich, they aint no different from any other organisation which employs thousands of people to help make what she does possible! I bought the album purely for them reasons

  158. Mya December 28, 2013

    Beyoncé is on track to spend her THIRD week at the top of the charts

    Chart News ‏@chartnews 20m
    US chart preview: #1(=) @Beyonce 250,000+

    I can see why people are mad.

  159. SLAY_HIVE December 28, 2013

    The Queen and her power!

    Third week @ 250,000??? kiii STILL higher than a lot of first week sales! smh

    When will it end? Sam we need a post kii

  160. King b December 28, 2013

    U bitchtes still hatin’ meanwhile quennyonce remains unbothered at the top of the BB 200 for a third week with 200k I see u prediction r still wrong first she was suppose to flop 1st week then 2nd week then 3 rd week now what u all gonna say ? Let’s wait for the 4 the week? hahahahahahhahah and yes she is already the best selling female us u people should focus on buying ur faves album instead of trying to stop the unstoppable it Beyonce season people and u b****** better hide cuz she’s out for blood

  161. BEYHIVE_MINAJ December 28, 2013

    Remember when you all said that she would sell 50k in the second week?

  162. realtalk December 28, 2013

    Beyoncé has always in some form sold s***, but on a lower key. Now being in the game for over 15/17 years and became married/mature/mother her s*** now is consider more in tact by being a grown woman that’s married and now with a child. In todays industry, music is not selling as well and what she did was good for the art of music and get to listen to a whole body of work and not just singles. Beyoncé always have put in the work and that’s what set her apart from other artists. She work on this album for over a year and a half while being a new mom and touring world wide. This is a good album and people really should support.

  163. Curt December 28, 2013

    So if you have such a strong reason to be against Beyonce’s music, why are you even listening to it? Your reasoning for stealing her work is hypocritical. If you don’t like the “artist”, then don’t steal her work. That’s like saying, if you sell shoes, I’m gonna justify stealing them from you because they were made in a sweatshop overseas. It amazes me how many people hate entertainers, yet blast their music constantly. Stop being so cheap. HYPOCRITE.

  164. kkkkkkk December 28, 2013

    i downloaded the album illegally but i bought it twice on itunes and waiting for the hard copy to be available in a store where i live so i can buy 2 ! so my illegal download equals 4 legal ones! 😀 LOVE YOU BEYONCE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  165. anti-hater December 28, 2013

    you must be white, typical!!!!

  166. TinaMinaj December 28, 2013

    The Rihanna fans are just hilarious! Keep bragging about Rihanna having sold more records but SHE HAS PUT OUT 7 ALBUMS!!! Every big artist would have outsold her by the time they get to 7 albums. Please come back when she actually has accomplishments that are respected outside of the navy.

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  168. truth December 28, 2013

    Samantha girl bye. Albums leak all the damn time from Whitney to Mariah to Rihanna to ciara, etc and its not news. The only reason you reported this is because you think Beyonce’s the queen of your existence. Every time she farts you make a post. Girl…

  169. FutureCIARA December 29, 2013

    Now its no shade…

    I didn’t purchase her album at all! Especially after I saw how successful it was doing in a matter of hours… what difference would my $16 have really made??

    Don’t get me wrong, I support artist that I like, but with Beyonce I was basically going to be hearing it all around the got damn place for free anyway. So I felt, why even bother…

    Im not obligated to purchase anyones album! Especially if shared with me first. That just wouldn’t make too much sense

    And Thank God for Dropbox and friends that love to share…

    The internet is SHARING! The two go hand in hand… No matter how hard any artist tries, The plan to discontinue pirated and shared music simply will not ever happen as long as there is digital music and the internet!

    The only way is if b****** stop going digital and start releasing….. Like paper or plastic or some s***! I dont f****** know! But dont hold your breath Bey!

  170. FutureCIARA December 29, 2013

    Her sales will only RISE with a few televised performances…. Especially if she decides to do it Grammy style in 2014

  171. YAMANN December 29, 2013

    Im happy I downloaded it because its garbage!!!!

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