Bounce Back! Beyonce’s ‘4’ Rockets Up iTunes Chart

Published: Saturday 30th Jan 2016 by Sam

Beyonce is on the cusp of releasing her sixth solo album, but in the run-up to its imminent roll-out, the singer’s fourth effort ‘4’ is enjoying a commercial resurgence.

Details below…

As at writing, the 2011 LP sits at #22 (and rising) on the iTunes US tally following a discount deal, which saw the set’s priced slashed $5.99.

Despite launching amidst relative chaos (see: management change, a leak, and pregnancy), the project has gone on to sell 3.1 million copies worldwide (1.5 million of which were sold in the United States).

And though slammed after ‘4’ failed to yield the level of hits that defined previous and follow-up projects, the star has skilfully cemented the legacy of many of its tracks by way of performance – case in point ‘Run The World (Girls)’ and ‘Love On Top’ – the latter of which earned a Grammy.


For yours truly, ‘4’ serves as Bey’s best album and struck an amazing balance between the commercial and the ambitious. Hence, it’s awesome to see it have another moment in the sun (albeit a small one).

More broadly, the entire era was a masterclass in how make “moments” matter and immortalize songs beyond their chart placement.

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  1. HailBeysus January 30, 2016


    • HailBeysus January 30, 2016


  2. King_Lonnie_19 on twitter January 30, 2016

    That’s how a b**** do it. don’t need fake sales to sell.

  3. Cough Cough January 30, 2016

    Stfu they’re just thirsty for another idiotic stan war. And the idiots will take the bait. Side note: I looooooove this album.

    • Ilovemusic January 30, 2016

      Thank you!

  4. HELLO FROM THE OUTSIDE January 30, 2016

    It’s charting above Anti and the Anti Deluxe clean version lol

    • HailBeysus January 30, 2016


    • SLAYhanna January 30, 2016


      ANTI has been #1 on iTunes usa for the past day and is #1 in 50 other countries. I don’t know about the deluxe version though so maybe you’re right about that.

    • Rihboy January 30, 2016

      Where is it charting above?

  5. T January 30, 2016

    Yassss!! I love 4! Can’t wait for bey new album!

  6. credits January 30, 2016

    ‘I care’ and ‘I miss you’ are two of the best songs in her entire solo discography.

  7. SLAYhanna January 30, 2016

    CONGRATS BEY. I’m a Rih. fan and this album, for me, is Beyoncé’s SECOND BEST ALB FOR ME after B’Day.

    B’Day was just the perfect Urban R&B/Soul album and the Funk influence it carried was AMAZING. I still blast it in my car, at home… everywhere!

    Anyway, I hope this post wasn’t created just for the sake of another dumbass stan war… FFS! ANTI is selling, has metacritic score of 70 now and will continue to sell – let’s just leave it there. It’s a great album!

    • King B January 30, 2016

      It’s hard for me to choose between 4 and self-titled. 4 was the first Bey’s album that I bought, while self-titled is the album that I played while doing Maths. Anyways, congrats to Rih.But Imma shade her and give negative comments if Mark and the other navy are shading BEY.

      • SLAYhanna January 30, 2016

        Yes, I understand that. I adore Beyonce as much as I adore Rihanna so I don’t like to disrespect either of them although I do see why the stan wars take place and they are usually triggered by BOTH groups. Some Navy and Bey members are just desperate to fight and want to constantly start inane arguments over nothing.

        Well, “I Am Sash Fierce” and “Self-Titled” are my LEAST favourite Beyoncé albums although I own both – I find “Dangerously In Love”, “B’Day” and “4” to be her most creative and ambitious albums to date, musically speaking. Sonically speaking, “Self-Titled” is fantastic; very eclectic in sound and production and the majority of the videos were good but it just didn’t resonate with me to be honest and I haven’t played it in full in two years.

        My favourite Rihanna albums are “Good Girl Gone Bad”, “Rated R”, “LOUD”, “Unapologetic” and “ANTI” – Theyre AMAZING. I class “Music Of The Sun” and “A Girl Like Me” as being the same albums and “Talk That Talk” was a Mess.

    • King B January 30, 2016

      Well, i only have 2 Rih’s album, Unapoplogetic and Rated R. I bought RR cuz it was very cheap at that time, tho peolle say it’s her best work, i actually find it okay. As for UNA, i bought it bcuz of Love Without Tragedy. As for other albums, I didnt buy it bcuz they dont have any songs that convince me to buy them, even though they were hits. But I do like some of her songs,Firebomb, LWT/MM, LTWYL 2 etc.

  8. Unbiased January 30, 2016

    4 is so underated. Love On Top, End of Time, Dance 4 You etc. I wish she didn’t pick a bad first single. I don’t know why Schoolin Life was bonus track.

  9. HailBeysus January 30, 2016

    SCREAMING AT THE TOP OF MY LUNGS!!! I just checked Itunes. Kiii not the Queens 5 Year old album charting at #15 and AntiSuccess charting at #20 currently DEATH!!!!
    Hoeannas album is falling off faster than when The Queen leaked it 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂

  10. RihYonce January 30, 2016

    I love “4” so much it’s the the most underrated R&B album , I’m glad people are really buying into it , I’m ready for the new album , & that new video when she’s jumping off a building lol that’s going to slay so hard

  11. Nicki+Ciara-Alicicia =…….. January 30, 2016

    Her third best album after I am…. S and BEYONCE

  12. Duffster Lovato January 30, 2016

    She’s gonna slay this era, i can feel it… B6 is coming.

  13. Nicki+Ciara-Alicicia =…….. January 30, 2016

    Cheers to the freaking weekend. The black girls won this weekend Rihanna graced us with Anti and then that Hymn video.

  14. Nicki+Ciara-Alicia =…….. January 30, 2016

    That moment you realise you spelled your faves name for two freakin comments WRONG 🙁

    • HailBeysus January 30, 2016

      Lmao it happens we ain’t perfect.

  15. IG: @mixedboy January 30, 2016

    4 is my most fav album from her.

  16. Charlieyoncé January 30, 2016

    Queen! ‘4’ is ridiculously underrated. It deserves way more exposure than it got

  17. RICHIE_RICH January 30, 2016

    4 is my Fav album . She showed so much growth on that album.

  18. THE ONE January 30, 2016

    @ BeyHive 16h
    Beyoncé ‘s ‘ 4’ is certified DIAMOND with 10 million ilegal downloads. View details
    Kiiiiiiiiiiii to the power 8…….. since Anti with free downloads sold a million in a day why the hell not
    Yes I am TAYLOR TORI AZALEA I saw a certain gæy-straight goblin trying to clock

  19. RihYonce January 30, 2016

    B6 has to be coming soon ! Ido if y’all know but ticketmaster &!TIDAL were doing test runs so I’m thinking she can possibly announce both an album or single / & a tour! I’m just ready for new bey music something is coming very soon I feel it ! ANTI is definitely holding me over right now it’s a great album

  20. blue January 30, 2016

    nice of tgj to mention that britney’s greatest hits which has the same discount is now at #37

    • Surprise..(DEC 2013) January 30, 2016

      Honestly speaking, do you think ANTI is an excellent album??? I’m asking you because i like ur views, u seem sane. I give it a 6/10 ratings…it sounded like UNAPOLOGETIC 2.0

  21. Get on your Knees (Arianator Barb) January 30, 2016

    BEYONCÉ is Beyonce’s best album

  22. Slay_Hive January 30, 2016

    WWaaittt… NOT “4Closure”… it can’t be. Beyonce is coming for wigs this era and im ready for the meltdowns. She bout to knock these hoess into reality!!! YAAAASSSSSSSS Bish!!

    • Surprise..(DEC 2013) January 30, 2016

      I gave the ANTI album a 6/10, what do u give it??

      • SLAYhanna January 30, 2016

        I give it…


        If I had to compare it to any of her previous albums they would be “Rated R” and “Unapologetic” albeit much more downtempo, sonically speaking.

        What would you say is Beyonce’s best or worst albums?

      • blue January 30, 2016

        its like a combination of rated r and unapologetic. She took the mood of rated r and the attitude of unapologetic and made this thing, that is sooo puzzling but kinda makes sense if you look at her progression through the years.

      • Slay_Hive January 30, 2016

        i give it a 6/10 too.


        I Give ANTI 6/10 Too, My Fave Songs On ANTI: Love On The Brain, Same Ol’Mistake, Sexe With Me, Woo, Desperado, Consideration And Pose.

        Best Beyoncé’Album To Me: 4, BEYONCÉ, DIL, BDAY And IMSF!

  23. blue January 30, 2016

    honestly i wanted a pop album as i really loved gggb and loud and during those era’s rihanna gave 100%. But ANTI is the type of album i have always wanted rihanna to make, have no time for james joint, woo or pose(4.5/10) and not crazy about work and needed me(6/10), but songs like desperado, close to you, never ending, consideration…my god could they be more perfect (7.5/10)and then you have same ol’ mistake, higher, love on the brain, kiss it better, yeah i said it(9/10). But im bias. I just cant get over her voice on this album is like she decided to just see how far she could push herself, and its soo raw not just sonically and vocally but also lyrically. I get the same feeling listening to this album as i did listening to diamonds, stay and what now…her vocal performance just takes it to another level.

  24. HailBeysus January 30, 2016

    To the Navy in disbelief of Rihanna falling off these charts faster than Adeles 3m first week sales sold.
    PS Not the Queen having “4”, “I Am Sasha Fierce” and “Dangerously In Love” all charr within the top 100 on Itunes. Meanwhile Rihanna just released new music and only AntiSuccess DeluxeFailure is charting at number #20 KIIII

  25. B2B January 30, 2016

    4 is perfection 😍. Schoolin Life would’ve been a HIT!! I hate she didn’t promote that song!

    • blue January 30, 2016

      schoolin life is a beast. 4 to me is the worst beyonce album, but SL and EOT and countdown deserved so much better.

    • HailBeysus January 30, 2016

      @SLAYhanna don’t ask me. My receipt came directly from the ITunes website not some 3rd party website.

  26. DIABETES UNBOTHERED January 30, 2016

    I havent heard Antibiotics Yet in full but from what i did hear it sounds like a passing out drunk (in a good way) up to date version of the smoother R&B groves of the 90s from Aliyah Dc Janet & even Mya Jlo & Amer and Ashanti. That i am impressed with. Esp coming from Strainanna whom used to generic pop. Its probably better than rr & gggbr & just as good if not better than the overarated 25 since there are atleast 5 solid tracks (Una only had 1Stay).

    • HailBeysus January 30, 2016

      @Diabetes Unbothered DEATH it only went #1 IN 50 countries. But i thought the K** Swallowers said Rifunded was more international than Bey. Shouldn’t she be going #1 in 100+ countries like Adele and Bey?. Indeed these first week sales are going to be interesting. Also kiii did you see that Tidal blamed a computer malfunction for AntiSuccess accidental album release. They better show the receipts of Hoeannas 400k in 2days and not blame the computer for miscalculation of her numbers 😂😂😂😂😂

      • DIABETES UNBOTHERED January 30, 2016


  27. DIABETES UNBOTHERED January 30, 2016

    Lol them 1st week sells are gonna be TRICKY to say the least lmao. Only #1 in 50 countries & already falling in the US after just 1 day. Theres no excuse for such failure from a 3 yr wait & new very radio friendly single. I do think it deserves its critic score of 70 even tho im basing off only 4 songs i heard. Still not as good as the first 4 tracks on SELF TITLED which all held their own wait independent of eachother & songs that followed. PRETTY HURTS HAUNTED DRUNK IN LOVE & BLOW puts 25 & Anti to shame. Very strong way to kickstart a FULL LEGTH ALBUM.

  28. Meteorite January 30, 2016

    I love ‘4’ it’s my favorite album by Beyoncé, glad people are catching on.

    Man oh man! If the music gods are Just, then this year will be the year of the comebacks and a good one! Hopefully the veterans will have their shine, Britney, Christina, Mariah, Beyoncé. Just please let it be a good year for music. Adele started us off strong, I need everyone to bring it hard!

    • HailBeysus January 30, 2016

      Agree the Vets are coming to play. The industry is feeling the effects of Adele. I hope we see a spike in album sales for all.

      • DIABETES UNBOTHERED January 30, 2016

        For bey yes the numerically titled album was perfect to be released with her label mate and in the same year. Unfor Rih wont see any benefit from storm Adele. This album Anti is Rihs 4 ( it is Mostly R&B) yet prolly wont sell half what 4 sold with much higher charting singles. Serves the navy right for calling Bey GRANDMA BEY & a 4lop during the 4 era.

  29. Kyle January 30, 2016

    It’s so hard for me to pick my favorite Beyoncé era but I always find myself narrowing it down to “4.” I just loved the sounds on this album, her vocals were top notch and her live performances during this era were nothing short of amazing! I kind of enjoyed the fact that this album didn’t house any major radio hits because it stood on its own as a cohesive body of work.

  30. DIABETES UNBOTHERED January 30, 2016

    Whats worse is DRUNK IN LOVE was NOT RADIO FRIENDLY at all yet still slayed. WORK ft drake is a very SAFE radio friendly single and even THAT from the SINGLES QUEEN is falling off itunes chart.

    • blue January 30, 2016

      you keep saying its falling off the chart when its clearly climbing back to the #1 position.

  31. How Many Drinks January 30, 2016

    SCREAMMMING! NOT ‘4closure’ charting above Anti. I cannot anymore. No wonder the Navy is hiding.

    • blue January 30, 2016

      you should really check your facts, anti is #1 is 4 at #0?

  32. XXX January 30, 2016

    All of Beyonces albums are on the Itunes chart. You better slay motha Bey!

  33. DIABETES UNBOTHERED January 30, 2016

    1. DIL (CLASSIC)
    3. BDAY/4 ( TIE)
    4. IASF

  34. briano 1 January 30, 2016

    Poor stains. Rih rules!

  35. Antisatanicthealbum January 30, 2016

    She’s the only artist that’s still alive that can randomly have one of her albums or singles chart years after release. Case in point Get Me Bodied being on the billboard charts 3 years ago which was 6 years after its release.

    • King B January 30, 2016

      OMG this is so true!

  36. King B January 30, 2016

    With this sale boost, Superbowl and new album, I am… sasha fierce will eventually reach 100 weeks on chart. That will mark her third album to do so. As for “4”, it’s edging closer to 70 weeks, and 1.5 million sold thus far. I believe 4 is able to sell 2 million in US.

  37. .:: Centurion ::. January 30, 2016

    ANTI is #1 on iTunes. 4closure is nowhere near ANTI. http//
    SCREAMING @ the fruity bottom no-life-having-āss-høe-hive lying that 4closure is above ANTI. How much do you hate Rihanna that you need to start telling people that a 5 year old album is charting higher than a newly (just 2 days) released album? Its HILARIOUS! 😂 😂 😂 💀

      • HailBeysus January 30, 2016

        KIIII THE FUXKING LIESSSS!!! (Hissssss)s
        Here is an ACTUAL RECEIPT!!! From the applestore themselves.
        AntiSuccess Deluxe Failer is behind Queens Beys 4! Sia is currently #1 hahahaha

      • .:: Centurion ::. January 30, 2016

        LMFAO. That chart represents the albums with the highest sales garner. It also includes total Apple music streams you fūcking retārd. ANTi is currently not available on Apple music streaming service. What a fūckng moron. 😂😂😂 ANTI is #1.
        •ANTI’s Release Date: 29 January 2016
        •Today’s date: 30 January 2016 😂😂😂😂

  38. MsYonce January 30, 2016

    DIL and IASF is in the Top 100 too. Yasss at 4 tho Beys best album come onnn. Lmao at y’all calling DIL her best album😒😒😒 Bish where?

  39. MsYonce January 30, 2016

    iTunes USA Pop Albums

    #7. 4
    #22 IASF
    #24 #1’s: Destiny’s Child
    #27 Dangerously In Love

    YAS bring on the next eraaaa ho

  40. Yandi January 30, 2016

    Its funny how Sam calls rihanna’s marketing of Anti, a cry to sell records but when Beyonce does it its Marketing Brillance!!! Sam Must be a lonely Homosexual who is lacking Social and sexual affection!!! LMAO!!!! Rihanna still Gonna Go Platinum, Work is Still gonna hit Number 1, and Anti will Still Debut at one with her HIGHEST first weeks sales Ever (and it will be off merely downloads and Physical album sales) !!!!

    And YoU (SAM and any Other Hating Ass B****) will STILL suffer from that OLD Sickly Diesase Of a case of “CAN’t TAKE”!!!!

    Love the District of Columbia’s Representative of the NAVY!!!!

  41. Navyland January 30, 2016

    These Stan wars are so redundant. Get a life outside celebrities who are living fab.

  42. metzo January 30, 2016

    Longevity Queen!!

  43. briano 1 January 30, 2016

    We need to stage an intervention for the hive

    This is beyond sad

  44. Fatusankoh January 30, 2016

    Yes queen bey their is no one like our bey my fellow fans let’s continue to love and support our bey for life may God continue to bless protect her and her family for life long happy life ever lasting long happy married good luck with supper bowl half time more success in all she do God bless the wounderful behives for life

  45. love January 30, 2016

    This site hates RIRI and kisses B’s b***. The truth……….Rihanna’s music is 100% better than everything Beyonce released after her first album!!!!!!!!!!!! Beyonce 1st album was her best, the rest of that mess is garbage. Please don’t try and copy all the cuddos that Adele got LIKE her older album climbing up the chart, now Beyonce’s old album is climbing up the charts. PLEASE the ICON cant outsell Taylor, Adele or Carrie Underwood. All of these ladies music sounds good and OH YEAH they don’t copy other’s music or videos. GET A LIFE!!!!

  46. T January 30, 2016

    ^^bish stfu.!Queen bey stays winning and has y’all mad. Your fave could never.

  47. Danny Bey January 31, 2016

    It still hurts me that End Of Time never got the single/video treatment it deserved. It surely would’ve been #1 had it been. I will never get over that. Never.

  48. Tyler Makiavelli January 31, 2016

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