December 16, 2013


Beyonce Shatters iTunes Records, Album Set for No. 1

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UPDATE: Bey's surprise album might reach platinum status in just 10 days. #BowDown

When the Fuse staff collectively listened, and collectively freaked out, to Beyonce's surprise album—read our track-by-track breakdown here—we knew it would be a hit. But we weren't expecting it to be this big of a hit.

According to an Apple press release, Beyonce's self-titled LP has become the fastest-selling album on the worldwide iTunes Store, boasting 828,773 albums sold in its first three days.

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Bey also breaks the record for most albums sold in a week in America—with just three days of sales, mind you—with a remarkable 617,213 copies sold on U.S. iTunes. The total will easily give Bey the No. 1 slot on this week's forthcoming Billboard 200 albums chart.

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According to Billboard, the Beyonce LP—aka her raunchiest to date—snatches the one-week iTunes record from Taylor Swift, who sold 465,000 copies of Red in October 2012. That record was also sold exclusively through iTunes for its first week.

With over 600k sold in a week, the record is the largest sales week of 2013 for a woman, outselling Katy, Miley, Gaga and Britney's first week sales this year.

In related Bey news, the singer released the video for "Drunk In Love," her first single, as a standalone visual. Check it out below: