Saturday, April 20, 2024

Beyonce Scores Number 1 with Surprise Album, Sells 618.5K Copies Friday to Sunday


Beyonce broke a lot of rules and records this past weekend. She sold 618,500 copies of her fifth album digitally only, on iTunes, in the U.S. This was from Friday through Sunday night. She comes onto the charts at number 1. Since Sunday, she’s possibly sold another 200,000 copies as well. This doesn’t include the eventual physical CD, which is being manufactured now and will arrive in stores next week.

Target says they’re so mad they’re not going to carry the CD, but Amazon will, and so will WalMart and others. Right now the real beauty of the iTunes sale is that it’s a full price album only download at $15.99. No singles can be cherry picked off of it. There are 14 songs, and 17 videos. “Beyonce” can’t really be a stocking stuffer because it doesn’t exist. (I guess you could put an iTunes gift card in the stocking.)

The Beyonce album threw a death blow to R Kelly, who might have been number 1. It just about threw off the whole chart. Bey pushed Garth Brooks’ 6 CD set to number 2, and overwhelmed Kelly Clarkson.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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