Beyoncé’s Surprise Album Sells More Than 430,000 in Just Over a Day

Will likely hit No. 1 on Billboard charts and sell more than 600,000 units this week

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Beyoncé performs at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Dec. 3, 2013

The surprise release of Beyoncé’s eponymous album on Thursday sold more than 430,000 copies in a little more than a day, underscoring its chances at becoming the biggest debuting album by a female artist this year.

Beyoncé, a 14-track “visual” album available only on iTunes, is predicted to sell more than 600,000 copies before the end of the sales-tracking period on Tuesday, Billboard projects.

At 430,000 copies as of Saturday, Beyoncé is projected to be the biggest debuting album by a female artist since Taylor Swift’s Red, which sold 1.2 million copies in 2012.

In comparison, Katy Perry’s Prism sold 286,000 copies in an entire week of its debut in October, while Lady Gaga’s much anticipated ARTPOP moved 258,000 units. Miley Cyrus’ Bangerz sold 270,000 in its debut week.

If the 600,000 mark is met, Beyoncé will notch her best debut week and best sales-week period of her career.

[Billboard]

26 comments
musings330
musings330

First here’s a positive regarding this album, “Beyonce.” Her “making of” video for the new album begins with her explanation of why she did this album, “I see music” says Beyonce. All good there, nothing wrong with seeing music and having a desire to make it come alive in another dimension for people everywhere. The idea behind a visual album is inspiring and shows her complete dedication to her craft, if only her craft was as uplifting and encouraging as the idea for a visual is. An idea with lots of potential turned into a sexual, objectifying, self-worshipping mess. “The vision in my brain is what I wanted people to experience” yet if the 17 music videos are any indication of what happens in her brain, then maybe she needs a psych evaluation. In fact it makes me feel sorry for her, countless hours of hard work and raw talent invested in a project that does nothing to lift people up, something that I wouldn’t be comfortable recommending to anyone, and something that is over all just dirty. So props to her for having the idea of making a visual album and if her motive was truly to share from the heart, I guess that’s honorable, but if what’s in her heart is portrayed in the videos accompanying the album then she is just like every other sexual, provocative, self-obsessed female that our culture is obsessed with objectifying and that saddens me.

gregalan304
gregalan304

Lisajones, Thanks for the info ---> So, Taylor Swift has won the AMA artist of the year 3 times now and Beyoncé has not won any AMA artist of the year awards and Taylor sold 1.2 million her first week and Beyoncé may do 1/2 of that ---> Taylor is truly the Queen of pop now.

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sandersdion27
sandersdion27

Only a #5 album in the UK and BEYONCE's last album was #1 in the UK ... How is #5 good? >>> NOT TO MENTION >>> Beyoncé’s first week sales will be 1/2 of what Taylor Swift sold and Taylor was #1 in the UK


http://www.officialcharts.com/

mandrews445
mandrews445

I love beyonce's music. But she still suffers from a lack of identity. Almost every female singer nowadays is calling herself a modern feminist who makes empowering music. But we all know who miley cyrus, Katy perry, lady gaga, Rihanna, Mariah Carey, and Madonna are. Who is beyonce really? She is a more popular amerie, another artist who makes great music but paints herself as a blank sheet.

Beyonce's personality changes with each song, from diva to sex toy to mothering matron to matriarch to "boss" to flawed victim with self esteem issues. She's gone through every personality there is, but she can't possibly be an "every" woman and expect that will be enough for ever. A jill of all trades but master of none.

Even after five albums, I still can't tell who she is exactly. But perhaps it is that mystique that keeps me coming back, in hopes that one day she will release an album that shows her true her through her music, and not some false pretense/practiced publicity that is sasha fierce.

dannybandit83
dannybandit83

I love Beyonce but this has to be her worst album. Pure  garbage

mizzrheya09
mizzrheya09

i love this album! i was very pleasantly surprised, its not generic at all but its so good!

EvePauls
EvePauls

This soldout woman, I hate Beyoncé and Jay z both do anything for MONEY.  If it was up to them Black people would be sitting at the back of the bus.

SarafiaSams
SarafiaSams

Thank you for giving the world something new and a great surprise. It is not just the music or the videos it is about the secret and creating something so new that the world can not help but to tune in. You continue to redefine music, life, love, and art. I am proud of you....you strong woman, mother, wife, daughter, sister, and friend.

baconsmith17
baconsmith17

Beyoncé is #5 in the UK when her last album was #1


Beyoncé loaded all her first week album sales for ITunes to get higher first week album sales numbers, but her single sales will pay the price for it next week, Beyoncé (( avoided )) all the other albums and came out last just so she may go #1 for a couple of weeks since there will be no new album coming out now. She gives away Video's since the RIAA just changed there rules to count 100 to 1 views as 1 song sold so Beyoncé can now fake song sales with views = gold -- > even if she made little money from people actually buying the songs. THE MUSIC BUSINESS IS NOTHING BUT TRICKS NOW ----> Beyoncé #5 in the UK is a price she pays for tricks!!!

ashleyhuang
ashleyhuang

@gregalan304 lol please learn how to read, they're predicting she sells 600k copies in 3 days, not a week, and Itunes just announced she's sold more than 800k copies in 3 days..if you can't comprehend what i just said, it means shes going to surpass Taylor Mediocre Swift's record. I swear you basic swift fans love pointing out awards and never mention the fact that she's one of the weakest voices in the industry and Beyonce can sing and perform circles around her weird hand gestures, stiff body, pitchy performing ass.

m.lolarjohnson
m.lolarjohnson

Thats cute, but lets not forget who won the Billboards millenium award and holds 17 Grammys to her name, Taylor Swift? Nope Beyonce Knowles.

jasica_simpson
jasica_simpson

@gregalan304 Taylor won the Grammy album of the year for her album Fearless


who did she beat out? = (( Beyoncé ))

7Syon
7Syon

@sandersdion27  She's only #5 because their sales week ends sooner than ours. #5 with only two days of sales is not bad. I'd imagine she'll be number one on their next sales chart.

willisben32
willisben32

@sandersdion27 Granted Beyoncé is not the Queen of pop Taylor Swift and the other singers Miley, Katy, Gaga all do not sell there albums either ( so 1/2 of Taylor Swift is not bad ) That is why Taylor has won every award the last few years ( 3 time winner of the AMA EOTY = The most wins by anyone in music history at the AMA's ) as there is only 1 Taylor Swift :)

PhoenixMeadows
PhoenixMeadows

@mandrews445 I think the problem that  your having is the fact that you do not understand that human beings are complex creatures. We laugh, we cry, we feel sexxy, we feel down these are all  human emotions. On this albulm she talks about her insecurites on songs like Pretty Hurts, Talks about how she gets jealous sometimes in Jealous, the list goes on and on. People expect too much from an artist these days but from her albulms I have gotten a true picture of who she is. Yes she is sexxy and Sultry and a diva as she channels with Sasha Fierce, but she is also a mother and a wife, a entrepreneur, a feminist. She is multi-dimensional just as all humans are, if you can't see that now, you mind as well give up on trying to ever be able to. 


mizzrheya09
mizzrheya09

@baconsmith17 ok yeah but thats because it isnt even a full week, garunteed she will be #1 the next week when her album has been out for a full week.. chill out, it was just released crazy

rcamerous
rcamerous

@baconsmith17 She is number 5 because they only counted 1 or 2 days of a 7-day week you idiot...She didn't release it until Friday...The album is still #1 in 102 countries on iTunes.

LisaJones1
LisaJones1

@willisben32  Let me check? how many time Beyoncé has won?

mandrews445
mandrews445

I agree with your points and thank you for your opinion.