Beyonce sprung a massive "visual" album on her unsuspecting fans late Thursday (Dec. 12). With sales projected to exceed 600,000 copies for only four days of release, the pop diva has revealed the album's two lead singles, both set to hit airwaves on Monday (Dec. 16).
The pop-tossed "XO," co-written by Ryan Tedder (of OneRepublic) and Terius Nash (aka The Dream), is set to hit Top 40 radio. Meanwhile, "Drunk In Love," featuring husband and fellow headline-maker Jay Z, will set the Urban stations ablaze. Each song's music video will debut on VEVO later today.
Within the first three hours of release, the self-titled project moved an impressive 80,000 copies. By Friday (Dec. 13) afternoon, Beyonce's fifth studio album had moved somewhere in the 430,000 ballpark. As an iTunes-exclusive, the "visual" album features 14 originals and 14 accompanying music videos -- a project that began nearly 18 months prior. Collaborators include Justin Timberlake, Drake, Pharrell Williams, Frank Ocean, Sia, Miguel, Timbaland and Destiny’s Child bandmates Michelle Williams and Kelly Rowland.
If the projections are accurate, 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.