Beyonce Becomes First Female Artist to Achieve No.1 with First Five Albums
According to Billboard.com, Beyonce's new self-titled album debuted at number one making her the first woman to hit No. 1 with her first five studio albums. Released on December 13 on iTunes, it follows the chart-topping "Dangerously In Love" (2003), "B'Day" (2006), "I Am... Sasha Fierce" (2008) and "4" (2011). The two other acts that have taken their first five studio sets to No. 1: rapper DMX and folk group the Kingston Trio.
Without any pre-announcement, "Beyonce" was released and it sold 617,000 copies through the week ending Sunday, Dec. 15, according to Nielsen SoundScan. That's a record high sales week for Beyonce, as the diva's previous best week came when "B'Day" bowed with 541,000. Knowles served as executive producer, co-writer and co-director of the album's seventeen music videos, while significant musical contributions came from Boots, Timbaland and Pharrell Williams. Recording began in 2012 in New York City, and continued under strict secrecy internationally during Knowles' world tour in 2013.
"Beyonce" also notches the largest sales week for a woman in 2013, and the year's fourth-biggest sales week overall. It follows the No. 1 debuts of Justin Timberlake's "The 20/20 Experience" (968,000), Eminem's "The Marshall Mathers LP 2" (792,000) and Drake's "Nothing Was the Same" (658,000).
"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.
Beyoncé received critical acclaim for her latest album with critics praising the album as steamy and sleek, full of erotic exploits and sultry vocals. Throughout a career spanning 15 years, she has won 17 Grammy Awards and sold over 118 million records as a solo artist and 60 million with Destiny's Child, making her one of the best-selling music artists of all time.
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