It’s a Queen Bey’s magic! Beyonce sells 550,000 copies of new album in 2 days
Onyeka Ibeanusi | Monday, 16 December 2013 | 540 Total Views
Beyonce's surprise self-titled album is making so much headlines right now and is all but guaranteed a No. 1 debut on the Billboard 200 chart this week.
Industry sources suggest its sales has grown to over 550,000 in the U.S. through Saturday (14) night. The album which was released without any prior notice or promotion is already No.1 in more than 100 countries.
"Beyonce's" expected debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, along with its official Nielsen SoundScan sales figure (through the end of the tracking week on Dec. 15), will be revealed mid-week.
The 14-song set comes with 18 music videos. 14 of those are for each of the album's songs.
"Beyonce," which is exclusively available through the iTunes Store until Dec. 20, sold 430,000 through Friday night, and then another 120,000 or so on Saturday.
"Beyonce" could sell over 600,000 by the end of the tracking week on Sunday, Dec. 15. That's a remarkable figure for an album with less than four days of availability. All of her previous albums were released on a Tuesday, the traditional day when albums are released each week. Thus, a Tuesday release would receive six days of sales in their debut week. But, since "Beyonce" dropped at midnight on a Friday, its sales are more staggering, since they are just from a little more than three days.
"Beyonce" will also give the entertainer her fifth consecutive No. 1 debut on the Billboard 200 -- her entirety of solo album releases.
And, "Beyonce" could notch the diva's largest debut ever. Her current largest week was set in 2006, when her second album, "B'Day," bowed at No. 1 with 541,000 according to SoundScan.
Beyonce's last album, 2011's "4," opened with 310,000. Her third set, 2008's "I Am . . . Sasha Fierce," started with 482,000, while her "Dangerously In Love" debut in 2003 launched with 317,000.