Beyonce taps into ingenious mystery with her newly released self-titled fifth studio set. Arriving in the late-evening hours on Thursday (Dec. 12), the collection moved a whopping 80,000 copies in its first three hours -- ultimately leading to nearly 430,000 the following day.
As an iTunes-exclusive, the "visual" album features 14 originals, featuring collaborations with Jay Z ("Drunk On Love"), daughter Blue Ivy ("Blue") and Frank Ocean ("Superpower"), among others, and 14 accompanying music videos. Projections indicate that the album could rack up more than 600,000 copies by the end of the tracking week on Sunday (Dec. 15).
If the current trend continues, this will be the largest sales week for a solo female since Taylor Swift's "Red" shifted 1.2 million copies in October 2012, Billboard reports. Also, this will be Beyonce's biggest debut sales week since 2006's "B'day," which moved 541,000 first week.