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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

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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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Eminem's "The Monster" featuring Rihanna is No.1 for a fifth week!

"The Monster" reigns a top of the global charts for the fifth non consecutive week. It is no.1 in the US, European, Finnish, Norwegian and New Zealand charts.

Pitbull's "Timber" featuring Ke$ha remains at no.2.

Lorde's "Royals" stays at no.3 in the World Charts.

OneRepublic's "'Counting Stars" reaches a new peak at no.4 after 25 weeks on the charts!

Avicii returns to the top five with "Wake Me Up".

Katy Perry's "Roar" slips from no.4 to 6 after 17 weeks on the chart.

At no.7, One Direction's "Story Of My Life" up 2 from no.9 last week.

Miley Cyrus remains at no.8 with "Wrecking Ball"

Avicii's second single "Hey Brother" off his Album enters the top ten at no.9 abnd Ellie Goulding closes the top 10 with "Burn".

This week's highest new entry is Kanjani 8's "Kokoro Sora Moyo" at no.16.

There are five songs in the top 40 with more than 30 weeks presence. Mariah Carey's "All I Want For Christmas Is You", Robin Thicke feat. T.I. & Pharrell Williams' "Blurred Lines'" at no.21, Daft Punk feat. Pharrell Williams' "Get Lucky" at no.38 (both are 33 weeks on charts), Passenger's "Let Her Go" at no.11 after 39 weeks and finally Imagine Dragons' "Radioactive" at no.39 (43 weeks).

New entries outside the top 40 are K-Pop Band Shinee's "1-2-3" at no.41, Klingande's "Jubel" at no.48, Jason DeRulo's "Marry Me" at no.55 and Pharrell Williams' "Happy" at no.57.


 

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One Direction's new Album  "Midnight Memories" reigns for a second week after selling 465.000 copies. The Band debuted at No.1 last week with 1.2 million copies.

Eminem's "The Marshall Mathers LP 2" is at no.2 after selling 223.000 Albums this week and 2,44 million since its release. Eminem has the 3rd best-selling Album of 2013 after Bruno Mars' "Unorthodox Jukebox" which has sold a total of 3,83 million so far and Justin Timberlake's "The 20/20 Experience" at 3,73 million.

The highest debut of the week is Britney Spears' new set "Britney Jean" opening at no.3 with sales of 219.000 sales.

Robbie Williams' "Swing Both Ways" is at no.4, Garth Brooks' "Blame It All On My Roots" is at no.5, Katy Perry's "Prism" is at no.6 with sales of 147.000 and Michael Bublé's "Christmas" is at no.7 with sales of 143.000.


Robyn to Tour with Röyksopp in 2014

Posted on December 12, 2013

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The Swedish popstar has just announced that she and Norwegian production duo Röyksopp will tour together next year. No dates have been announced, but the tour will include concerts in Europe and North America.




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