All the speculation, sales projections and rumors can cease as the final numbers for Beyonce’s fifth studio album Beyonce‘s 1st week sales are tabulated. According to Billboard, Beyonce sold 617,000 downloads over the weekend.
After surprisingly releasing the album before midnight EST on Thursday night (December 12th), the album quickly sold over 80,000 downloads in the first three hours. This is the second highest digital debut of an album sales-wise behind Lady Gaga’s 2011 album Born This Way selling 662,000 digital downloads its first week. However, Beyonce‘s first week sales are only accounting for three full days of release as opposed to Gaga’s Born This Way which amassed its first week sales after a full sales week.
The album is set to top the Billboard album charts and marks Beyonce’s biggest first week sales ever, topping the 541,000 copies sold in the first week of the release of her 2006 album B’ Day.
Beyonce recently announced that the first two singles released from Beyonce will be the Jay Z-assisted “Drunk In Love” and “Blow”.