Beyonce’s self-entitled surprise album, BEYONCÉ made its debut on iTunes on Thursday evening, and sold a whopping 430,000 copies in just over 24 hours. Industry sources suggest that its sales have now grown to over 550,000 in the U.S. through Saturday night. Billboard reports that the visual LP has moved enough units to secure the top slot on the next week’s Billboard 200 once that chart’s top 10 is revealed on Wednesday, December 18.
BEYONCÉ sold over 80,000 downloads in the three hours from 9 p.m. PT to midnight on Thursday evening and on Friday sold 350,000, and then made another 120,000 or so on Saturday, putting the total at 550,000. With two more days left in the sales tracking week, Bey’s fifth album could top 600,000.
At 550,000, BEYONCÉ is on track to become the biggest sales week by a female artist since Taylor Swift sold an astounding 1.2 million copies of “Red” in the week corresponding to Billboard 200 chart dated Nov 10, 2012. And if the title could sell over 600,000 before the buzzer sounds, it would also give Bey the best debut week and best sales week of her career. Her 2006 album B’day debuted with 541,000 in September 2006.
The above numbers are strictly digital sales. Physical copies are currently in production and are set for Christmas release.
The iTunes exclusive Bey’s surprise album, retailing for $15.99, contains 14 songs and 17 videos, with contributions from Jay Z, Drake, Frank Ocean, Blue Ivy, Justin Timberlake, Miguel, and more.