Beyonce had a busy week and it looks like it paid off for her. The R&B superstar notched her sixth No. 1 album with her latest effort, Lemonade.
According to Billboard, the set moved 653,000 copies equivalent units last week. Of that total, 485,000 were pure album sales. Lemonade was released on April 23 as a Tidal exclusive until the following Monday (April 25) when it was available on other digital platforms. But Tidal remains the only service where you can stream the entire project. Physical copies of the album will arrive in stores on Friday (May 6).
As of now, Beyonce’s Lemonade is the biggest-selling album of 2016. Although Drake might dethrone Queen Bey next week with his album, Views.
Beyonce is the only artist to earn six No. 1 albums with their first six studio efforts. The 34-year-old singer’s stretch of No. 1s started with Dangerously In Love in 2003, B’Day in 2006, I Am… Sasha Fierce in 2008, 4 in 2011 and her self-titled visual album in 2013.
Following behind Beyonce is the late music icon Prince. His greatest-hits collection, The Very Best of Prince, is at No. 2 with 391,000 copies sold (though it gains by 118 percent) and 391,000 units moved, while Purple Rain is at No. 3 with 150,000 copies sold. Overall, the late musician has five albums charting on the Billboard 200 tally.
Congratulations to Beyonce on ruling the Billboard 200 chart for the sixth time.