Posted on December 21, 2013


Beyonce's "surprise" fifth album has broken iTunes sales records, with 828,773 copies sold in just three days.

The majority of those sales came in the US, where it has racked up 617,213 sales since its release on Friday.

The tally broke Beyonce's own first-week sales record, set by her second album B'day in 2006, which sold 541,000 copies across a full seven days.

In the UK, the self-titled album cracked the top five in just 48 hours, after shifting 68,000 copies.

Beyonce stealth-released the record exclusively on iTunes last Friday, surprising fans by unveiling 14 new songs and 17 videos without the usual build-up of radio play, marketing and magazine interviews.

Its success has been fuelled by a number of factors: By keeping the project secret, the star avoided leaks; while the inability to purchase individual tracks online meant fans had no choice but to pay for the whole album.
Beyonce Each of the album tracks is accompanied by a video

The 31-year-old said the "visual album" was inspired by her memories of watching Michael Jackson's Thriller video premiere in 1983.

"I miss that immersive experience," she said. "Now people only listen to a few seconds of a song on their iPods and they don't really invest in the whole experience.

"It's all about the single, and the hype. I felt like, I don't want anybody to get the message when my record is coming out.

"I just want this to come out when it's ready and from me to my fans."

The album was codenamed "Lily" by staff at her record label, Columbia, to avoid rumours spreading, and even key creative staff were kept in the dark about the release plans.

Video director Ricky Saiz, who shot the clip for a slow, sleazy track called Yonce, told Buzzfeed he had "no idea" of the scale of the project until it was released.

"It was a complete surprise even to the people involved," he said. "To be honest, I was actually in bed when I got an email just kind of saying [the album] was live."
Justin Timberlake Justin Timberlake previously held the first-week sales record on the iTunes store

Reviews for the album were largely positive, with Billboard magazine praising the star's "creative audacity".

"Beyonce signifies where the future of R&B is heading," said the magazine, "with less focus on beats and more emphasis on emotive falsetto, stream-of-consciousness ideas and the occasional burst of braggadocio."

In The Telegraph, Neil McCormick wrote: "The album has a focus and intensity unusual in multi-writer ensemble productions, a sense of purposefulness that holds the attention even when the songs sometimes drift off in search of a chorus."

Apple, which runs the iTunes store, said the album had broken its previous first-week sales record, set by Justin Timberlake's 20/20 Experience when it sold 580,000 in March.

Beyonce also went to number one in 104 countries, it reported.

The company has exclusive access to the album for a short period - thought to be a week. Physical copies of the record are expected in shops before Christmas.


The year's top selling album in America remains Justin Timberlake's "The 20/20 Experience," with 2.4 million sold. It's the only album to sell over 2 million copies in America this year! 

Bruno Mars' "Unorthodox Jukebox" is the 2nd best-selling Album in America with 1.8 million copies sold. 

It's unlikely "20/20" will lose the No. 1 throne between now and the end of the year, just two weeks away, but Eminem's "The Marshall Mathers LP 2," is just out and has already sold 1.5 million and is on the up!


Adele's "21" is not only the best-selling Album of the New Millennium but it's also Amazon's highest-selling album of all time!

Featuring hits like "Rolling in the Deep" and "Someone Like You," the Grammy-winning "21" has sold more than 28 million copies worldwide, an unprecedented figure in today's music landscape. The album was the World's best-seller in 2011 and 2012.

Top-selling Albums of all Time on Amazon
1. Adele -- "21"
2. Susan Boyle -- "I Dreamed A Dream"
3. Stephan Schwartz and Original Broadway Cast -- "Wicked"
4. Robert Plant & Alison Krauss -- "Raising Sand"
5. Mumford & Sons -- "Sigh No More"
6. Taylor Swift -- "Fearless"
7. Amy Winehouse -- "Back To Black"
8. Adele -- "19"
9. Dixie Chicks -- "Taking The Long Way"
10. Coldplay -- "Viva La Vida or Death And All His Friends"


Beyoncé's new self-titled album has become the fastest-selling album ever worldwide in the iTunes Store, according to iTunes and Columbia Records, the singer's record label.

The label released the surprise album at 12 AM EST on the morning of Friday, Dec. 13, exclusively via iTunes.

Columbia reports that the set sold 828,773 copies in its first three days, through the close of business on Sunday night, Dec. 15. Of that sum, 617,000 were sold through the U.S. iTunes Store, which -- as previously reported -- also set a record for the largest week ever for an album. 

iTunes is the sole retailer for "Beyoncé" through Dec. 20. According to industry sources, a physical version of the album will start arriving to some U.S.-based brick-and-mortar retailers by Wednesday, Dec. 18. Most physical retailers will receive it by Friday, Dec. 20.

Beyoncé Delivers New Album Overnight!

Posted on December 14, 2013


Béyoncé drew praise from all her fellow pop stars when she delivered her new Album unexpectedly yesterday morning, Friday 13. 

The singer released her latest, self-titled album featuring 14 Songs and 17 accompanying music videos around midnight after keeping it a secret all year. 

In a year filled with elaborate, corporate-sponsored music-marketing campaigns, Beyoncé took an entirely different approach to marketing her latest album.

The singer's self-titled fifth album appeared on the iTunes Store late Thursday night with no advance word that it was in the works.

"I didn't want to release my music the way I've done it," said the singer, whose full name is Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, in a news release issued after the album went on sale. "I am bored with that."

Early signs suggest her secretive strategy is working: "Beyoncé" is likely to debut at No. 1 next week in the World's best selling Albums chart, after selling more than 80,000 copies in the first three hours. The album is available only on iTunes at $15.99 which includes a video for each of the 14 tracks.
The singer did use one minor promotional tool. Around the same time the album appeared on the iTunes Store, she gave her eight million Instagram followers a taste of the album via a 15-second video trailer that ended with the words "available now."

Beyoncé's un-hyped release, which very few Artists could pull off with any success, is more unusual than her choice to sell the entire album before releasing the singles separately. The songs from "Beyoncé" will become available separately starting Dec. 20. 

According to the news release, the videos were shot primarily during her successful "Mrs. Carter Show" world tour, and were "veiled in secrecy," even though they were filmed in open places, including a beach in Brazil, the streets of New York City and on the famed Cyclone Rollercoaster in Coney Island, New York. The new album features collaborations with Drake, Frank Ocean and Jay Z. Beyoncé and Jay Z's toddler daughter, Blue Ivy Carter, even makes an appearance.

As the overnight release of her new self-titled album became the buzz all over America, among the social media stir were several of the "Grown Woman" singer's fellow celebrities.

Katy Perry, whose album "Prism" broke records when it debuted in October, immediately pledged her allegiance to Queen Bey. "Don't talk to me today unless it's about @Beyonce THANX," Perry tweeted early Friday.

Demi Lovato, who also released her chart-topping album, "Demi" earlier this year, couldn't contain her excitement over the 32-year-old pop star's new album."HOW IS ANYONE NOT TWEETING ABOUT #BEYONCE RIGHT NOW?!!?!?" she wrote, before declaring Friday to be "Beyoncday." Lovato, 21,also tweeted that Beyoncé holds the title of "sexiest woman on the planet."

Even Lady Gaga, who has been busy promoting her own new music all over Twitter, took the time to acknowledge her friend's achievement. "Welcome back Honey B we missed you," Gaga, 27, wrote.

But perhaps no one was more proud than Beyoncé's younger sister, R&B singer Solange Knowles."I'm sitting here watching THE most artful and perfect project ever," Knowles, 27, wrote. She also shared an Instagram video compilation stringing together her sister's 17 new music videos, which were released along with her album early Friday morning.

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