Official: ‘Beyonce’ Bows At #1, Breaks New Chart And Sales Records In Process

Published: Tuesday 17th Dec 2013 by Rashad

You’ve read the speculations, assumptions, and projections, but tonight Billboard yields the official report of where Beyonce’s fifth album stands regarding its chart placement and first week numbers.

Indeed, competitors were already distraught by the digital records demolished by the ‘Bow Down’ beauty, but now Billboard’s ruling now brings with it new records the pop queen has broken.

Let your curiosity lead you below:

Via Billboard:

“…Beyonce’s new self-titled album debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, making her the first woman to hit No. 1 with her first five studio albums. “Beyonce” [the album] was released on the morning of Friday, Dec. 13 — exclusively via the iTunes Store without any pre-release announcement — and it sold 617,000 copies through the week ending Sunday, Dec. 15, according to Nielsen SoundScan. 

It follows the chart-topping “Dangerously In Love” (2003), “B’Day” (2006), “I Am… Sasha Fierce” (2008) and “4” (2011). All five of her albums also debuted at No. 1.”


Chart stats:  ‘Beyonce’

  • “Beyonce” also notches the largest sales week for a woman in 2013
  • “Beyonce” tallied the largest sales week for an album in its U.S. iTunes Store
  • Fastest-selling title ever globally (828,773 sold worldwide through Dec. 15).
  • “Beyonce’s” launch is also the second-largest digital sales week overall — counting all digital retailers. It’s second behind the debut frame of Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way,” which sold 662,000 downloads in its first week. (That number was enhanced by Amazon MP3’s decision to sell the set for 99-cents for two days during its first week. Billboard has estimated that Amazon MP3’s 99-cent version resulted in 440,000 copies sold.)
  • “Beyonce” is only the second digital-only album to hit No. 1 on the Billboard 200.
  • “Beyonce” is Beyonce’s best ever first sales week

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  1. Felix December 17, 2013


  2. Mazzz December 17, 2013

    Congratulations. She slayed. Credit where it is due, no biased hate from me.

  3. Molly December 17, 2013

    (Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way,” which sold 662,000 downloads in its first week. (That number was enhanced by Amazon MP3′s decision to sell the set for 99-cents for two days during its first week. Billboard has estimated that Amazon MP3′s 99-cent version resulted in 440,000 copies sold.)

    Kiiiiii , Congratulations Bey.

  4. Lovebird (LOUDER – 04.03.14) December 17, 2013

    It was a boss move and it paid off, plus the album is fantastic so congratulations.

  5. nomi December 17, 2013


  6. NT December 17, 2013

    She did great QUEEN/KING Bey

  7. Krista December 17, 2013

    Lol the SHADE at the Gaga point. Well done to her.

  8. Talent stan December 17, 2013

    WELL F****** DESERVED!!!

  9. Yonce’s Son December 17, 2013

    queen slayed… and will continue to slay through 2014

  10. Jx December 17, 2013

    I bought the album and I am not even a big fan of hers. But I was hearing good things. Its like a domino affect, the same happened with 21. So no shocker here. Oh and it was worth my coins as well.

  11. tyler December 17, 2013

    YEEEEEESSSSS!!!!! That album its definitely worth the hype. Beyoncé put together a good body of work. Love the songs, concept, videos, overall theme, just EVERYTHING. I will definitely be purchasing a physical copy to add to those amazing sales. 828,000 in three days #NOW THATS GANGSTA

  12. Josh December 17, 2013

    Queen. No one was forced to spend $15 on an album either so please don’t come with the lame excuses.

  13. Greg December 17, 2013

    I wonder if she bought copies of her own CD to push the sells up like her husband did…kee kee…hmm but it is a great project though, love all the videos.

  14. Josh December 17, 2013

    Beyoncé was definitely worth the wait this era.

  15. RICHIE_RICH December 17, 2013


    Billboards threw so much shade

  16. Josh December 17, 2013

    @Greg what Jay Z did with Samsung was no secret. He was open about it and still sold 500k without them. What makes you think Beyoncé could not have done this with all the hype she had? The proof was in pudding. She had almost everyone and mother tweeting about and it writing articles.
    I’m so over people trying discredit her and be shady.

  17. Yeah I Said It December 17, 2013


  18. tyler December 18, 2013

    Messy b****** shall not be acknowledged on this joyous occasion. Congrats again Mother Bey #GAME CHANGER

  19. Jewell December 18, 2013

    Brilliant! She needs to perform these songs on Tour now. That will slay. I wonder if she will perform at the Grammys? Hope so.

  20. tyler December 18, 2013


    Oooohh! I really hope she performs at the Grammy’s this year *fingers crossed*.

  21. Jewell December 18, 2013

    @Tyler so do I. I know she has got the whole of January and most of February off from Tour so hopefully she will use that time wisely.

  22. Jay B December 18, 2013

    yes she has grown and doing it and I am so proud of her even though I am a Rihanna fan

  23. Mphsmade December 18, 2013


  24. Stephy Tha Lambily December 18, 2013

    Damn, another Beyonce post. LOL Sam is having a field day. Anyways, congrats to Beyonce… AGAIN!

  25. itsmebitchies December 18, 2013

    You can’t purchase multiple copies of an album on itunes. You need to have an itunes account. I doubt Beyonce made 100,000 itunes accounts to boost sales. However, I’m sure the label will purchase physical copies for promotional purposes ie to give away to audiences like 106npark etc.


  26. Mad House December 18, 2013

    Congratulations to THE QUEEN
    Now Samantha get your messy ass self together and fix this ghetto site the comments are a mess I’m tired of it

  27. Lana Del Bey December 18, 2013

    I won’t lie as a member of the hive I was worried bey would ‘flop’ commercially this go around even though I shut down the haters I had a tiny doubt shed flop……. WELL THE QUEEN PROVED ME WRONG OH NO

  28. Leon December 18, 2013

    Well done Beyoncé.

  29. Douglas December 18, 2013

    It’s not the fastest selling title ever … N’sync had an album in 2000 that sold 2.4 million copies its first week.

  30. LOL December 18, 2013


  31. suga&spice December 18, 2013

    Congrats Queen Bey!! U may not like her,but u can’t knock the woman’s hustle.That was a bold move she pulled and this is coming from a non stan.#respect

  32. itsjustL December 18, 2013

    All I’m going to say that the WEEK ISN’T OVER YET…ITS BEEN 5 DAYS.

  33. NICKI IS QUEEN OTHER B****** TAKE A SEAT> December 18, 2013

    I’m just gonna wait for 3rd and 4th week sales enuf.

  34. Mad House December 18, 2013

    Glad to see no hate…so far this will get messy eventually just give the woman her props no one could of pulled it off and I don’t even stan for Bey full on navy

  35. BEY-HIVE December 18, 2013


  36. My Forehead Tho December 18, 2013

    Just as Billboard shaded tf out of Gaga with those parentheses [ () ], I’m sure they’ll credit Beyonce for for surpassing Gaga’s digital sales in her first full week (7 days) in the same way, making sure to note that she sold 1 million+ albums at full prices, something gaga has yet to do.

  37. ENOUGH ONIKA (NEW & IMPROVED) December 18, 2013

    Oh @Sybil aka @RihKeeps!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Where are you??????!!!!!!!!! #SEETHE!!!

  38. FutureCIARA December 18, 2013

    Yes @Molly sis,

    I like your new avi….

    Congrats Bey!!

  39. Molly December 18, 2013

    @FutureCiara thanks boo, its one of my favorite pics of OUR QUEEN>

  40. ENOUGH ONIKA (NEW & IMPROVED) December 18, 2013

    Congrats Beyonce! The wait and suspense was definitely worth it! You did NOT disappoint!!

  41. ENOUGH ONIKA (NEW & IMPROVED) December 18, 2013

    DEAD at the Gaga shade!!!!! LOL! $0.99 trash album

  42. ENOUGH ONIKA (NEW & IMPROVED) December 18, 2013

    @LOL 15.99>>>>>>>>>>>$0.99

  43. The Truth Will Set You Free December 18, 2013

    digital sales…
    read more carefully.

  44. OH BABY I December 18, 2013

    Oh Beyonce, you and your sister…Tamar need to sit _/.

    First she jacks Tina Turner’s style and music/dance signature and now Rihanna. We all know the Partition music video screams “I want to be Rihanna now.” We all know Rihanna is the queen of acting like a wh*re in her music videos and now you want to try it now, since it works? You and Miley Cyrus are jokes.

    And I’m pretty sure Beyonce doesn’t write her lyrics herself. She has someone to write it for her because she is illiterate.

    And also stealing UNKNOWN artists music video ideas is not original. Beyonce “SuperPower” music video and Unknown pop artist named Anjulie (2010)”Stand Behind The Music.” And oh I guess she was talking about Beyonce and other artists in this song.

  45. Molly December 18, 2013

    @EnoughOnika exactly i lived for the gaga shade billboard will not let that b**** live it down. kiiiiiiii!!!!!

  46. Molly December 18, 2013

    @Ohbaby no one wants to be Whorehanna next.

  47. Lana Del Bey December 18, 2013

    I actually really like your fav, I was a stan all through Nicki’s debut so I won’t drag but can your deluded ass sit and hush because I do believe PF RR is struggling to reach platinum in the us, am I right? pls hush

  48. Lana Del Bey December 18, 2013

    Lovebird you are truly delusional, even though you have the elusive cover of being behind a screen don’t you feel embarrassed for spewing ignorant borderline bipolar insults?

  49. ENOUGH ONIKA (NEW & IMPROVED) December 18, 2013

    @Molly Yes!!!! LOL!!! They will NOT let that b*tch think she actually won lol!!

  50. Cedric December 18, 2013

    Congrats to the Queen, MY SHERO.

  51. ENOUGH ONIKA (NEW & IMPROVED) December 18, 2013

    @OhBaby dead at you thinking the video were Bey’s imitating a stripper means she’s trying to be Rihanna!!! LOL!!! The self shade!!

  52. NICKI IS QUEEN OTHER B****** TAKE A SEAT> December 18, 2013

    @LANA DEL BEY where is lizzie grants platinum plaque? can we not?

  53. ENOUGH ONIKA (NEW & IMPROVED) December 18, 2013

    Let me not summon that demon that is @Sybil aka @RihKeeps…

  54. Bow down December 18, 2013

    Thanks. Something your favorite can only dream of in this day and age.

  55. Bey Fan December 18, 2013

    First…congrats to my fav, although yall have been posting this for the past few days so its no shock…

    Lets not forget that she didn’t have a full week….and there were no physical copies..

    And DEAD at people talkin bout 3rd and 4th week sales…. NO ONE expects her to sell 600,000 copies every week… TF?

    And according to the haters she bought 400,000 of her own LP. Lemme see, at $16 a pop, thats about 6.5 million…. still less than 25 million promo. (I love Gaga but a fan of hers rubs me the wrong way)… tell ya favs to step their pussi up.

    No magazine cover, no interviews, no live performances, no radio interviews, no ads…. and she still saturates your timeline and tv screens…..

  56. NICKI IS QUEEN OTHER B****** TAKE A SEAT> December 18, 2013

    its about the big drop in sales

  57. cake like lady gaga December 18, 2013

    Mess at trollyonce failing to sell 1.2m……

    GaGa and Taylor are unbothered!!!

  58. cake like lady gaga December 18, 2013


  59. NICKI IS QUEEN OTHER B****** TAKE A SEAT> December 18, 2013

    @cake PREACH!

  60. PRINCE MACHIAVEL December 18, 2013

    Flawless♡ Yonce deserves Every Mother F****** Success She is getting And MORE!!!!!! This Album Is Just Amazing, FANTASTIC And So HOT! #APPLAUSES# For BB!!!

  61. cake like lady gaga December 18, 2013

    @NickiIsQueen the real kiiii is how after 5 tries and with her best selling mixtape, she STILL couldn’t do GaGa and Taylor numbers…

    I can see why the HlV+ is mad tbh

  62. suga&spice December 18, 2013

    But they did it in a full week(7days) she did her 800,000+ in 3days and didn’t have them sold for 0.99¢. I’m hoping ur old enough to know how to do math. And I’m a fan of Gaga and Taylor Please stop making them look bad.

  63. cocobutta December 18, 2013

    MWAH Bey…

  64. rih rox((U Mad Bro?)) December 18, 2013

    YES, she bought majority of it. Let’s assume “others” bought this album on iTunes… OK and all because they were sucked into buying it because most wanted to know what the hype and fuss was all about. These same people will not be buying the store copy .so expect a major drop when its released to the public.

    A little like how her videos are struggling to get vevo views….hmmm the album will also struggle and the HIVs will be saying “well she released it on iTunes and; “everyone” has already seen it.

    4lop in the making.

    Ladies and gentleman…. RETURN OF THE FLOP.

  65. Nicki Is Queen other b****** take a seat> December 18, 2013

    @cake it’s the ultimate kii!

  66. MuzikLuv December 18, 2013

    Deserves this and only happened in a super short amount of days.

  67. cocobutta December 18, 2013

    Rih Rox guess what?

    She already is winning and won with her epic move so sip some wine, as you are not good with he tea

  68. Rach December 18, 2013

    Death at the haters clinging to she bought them excuses to make them feel better.

  69. Rach December 18, 2013

    Congrats Beyonce #Winning. Irrelevant? Not going to do 200k? Hahaha. *Sips tea*

  70. idgi December 18, 2013

    Yesss B! She deserves all the success she’s getting right now, after seeing other artists sales I am floored by Beyonce’s effortless slayage. I love the album, the visuals and I hope its incorporated into her tour as she’s added a few extra dates

  71. h2o December 18, 2013

    Grats King B for having the biggest female opening week of 2013 – selling 600.000 in 3 days, without any 6.99 / 0.99 discounts, with singles and physical copies yet to be released, without heavy promotion, weird antiques or having your fans give blowjobs, rimjobs and take it up the ass for sales

  72. BEYHIVE_MINAJ December 18, 2013

    KIINNGGGG!!!! Congrats Legendonce! I see you have the pressed trolls seething! Listen up you dumb ass b******,if she had really bought her albums,she would have sold a million copies by now. The hive has more logic and reasoning than you stupid h***. Back to school you go

  73. jfkasy (fendì navy) December 18, 2013

    Hating on beyonce @ this point is pure psychosis,no excuse.This is really epic and its not even in a week.I give credit where its due coz i would want people to do the same when my fave shall slay.

  74. jfkasy (fendì navy) December 18, 2013

    Hating on beyonce @ this point is pure clinical psychosis,no excuse.This is really epic and its not even in a week.I give credit where its due coz i would want people to do the same when my fave shall slay.

  75. GREEKGOD-NICKI MINAJ December 18, 2013

    I want to see a performance of Pretty Hurts.

  76. Question December 18, 2013

    No shade, but an honest question: How is Beyoncé the fastest selling title globally if some artists, like Taylor Swift, have sold a million in a week in the US alone, which brings Swift’s worldwide total to over a million already?

  77. Hadley December 18, 2013

    @Question because it hasn’t even been a week yet. This is only counted three days.




  79. Marcel December 18, 2013

    this is just so good… just when I thought Beyonce’s reign maybe over she pulls this out the bag

    Check out “Dare” by new artist Marcel

  80. Mrs. Moe December 18, 2013

    How many copies did she sell in the US alone? Just curious since they said she sold 828,000 worldwide. And since when do that grape juice factor in worldwide sales for first week sales?

  81. JOHNVIDAL December 18, 2013

    These typical trolls keep on not being able to read.
    Why are you acting as if Gaga didn´t sell almost 700,000 at full price in the USA alone? Funny thing is some of them stan for lssors who will never see these two ladies success.
    Congrats to Beyonce!

  82. ANTI-GARBAGE SINGING VOICES December 18, 2013

    Beyonce’s Album Sales Cross 1 Million In iTunes
    The good news keeps coming for Mrs. Carter: Apple and Columbia Records tell The Huffington Post that Beyonce’s self-titled album has sold over 1 million copies in the worldwide iTunes Store.

    The millionth sale came around 11:15 am PST on Wednesday, a source with knowledge of the matter told HuffPost.

    “Beyoncé,” released as a surprise shot as Thursday ticked over into Friday of last week, became the fastest-selling album to ever hit iTunes. The singer’s fifth solo album moved 828,773 copies over the course of its first weekend. The LP remains an iTunes exclusive, though physical copies are expected to be in stores by Christmas.

    The 14-track “visual album” came with videos for every single song, a stunning expanse of material that was recorded in large part while Beyonce was touring the globe as part of her Mrs. Carter World Tour. The mammoth effort was kept under wraps, and news of its release spread across social media like wildfire, providing extremely efficient and organic marketing for the label.

    “Beyoncé” (which comes with 17 videos) is currently only available as a $15.99 package. Songs are not available for individual purchase until Dec. 20. In the time since its release, the album has spawned vigorous debates about feminism, consumerism, parenthood and sexual representation, as bloggers and Twitter users write and pick apart a myriad of thought-pieces on Beyonce’s music and messaging.

    The RIAA has yet to certify the album platinum, though that’s expected to happen soon.


  83. ANTI-GARBAGE SINGING VOICES December 18, 2013


    “Beyonce’s Album Sales Cross 1 Million In iTunes”

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