The album bows this week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, as previously reported. The 14-track collection -- complete with an accompanying 14 original music videos -- has moved a soaring 828,000 copies worldwide, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Of that total, 617,000 copies were sold in the U.S. alone.
This makes the diva the first woman in the history of the chart to take her first five studio sets to the top of the chart. Previously, "Dangerously In Love" (2003), "B'Day" (2006), "I Am... Sasha Fierce" (2008) and "4" (2011) all debuted at the summit.
Without any pre-release announcement, the new project appeared in the iTunes music store late Thursday (Dec. 12) evening, sending cataclysmic excitement across the internet. Within the first three hours of release, the album moved 80,000 units, and during the afternoon the following day, the album had moved roughly 430,000 copies. It is the fast-selling album to ever be distributed through the digital retailer.
A physical version of the album is expected to make its way to brick and mortar stores between Dec. 18 and 20. The arrival dates vary depending on the retailer and how far the copies must travel for sale.
With this self-titled album, it is the fourth largest sales week by any artist this year. It follows chart-topping bows by Justin Timberlake's "The 20/20 Experience" (968,000), Eminem's "The Marshall Mathers LP 2" (792,000) and Drake's "Nothing Was the Same" (658,000). Also noteworthy: it is the biggest sales week for a female since Taylor Swift's "Red" moved a whopping 1.2 million copies upon its release in October 2012.
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