As if Beyoncé's self-titled visual album didn't make history after falling out of the sky Friday (Dec. 13), she is now the first female artist to achieve five no. 1 albums. Besides Beyoncé, the 32-year-old singer also sat on top of the charts with her previous releases: Dangerously In Love (2003), B'Day (2006), I Am…Sasha Fierce (2008) and 4 (2011), which all debuted in the top spot.
The two other acts that have taken their first five studio sets to No. 1: rapper DMX and folk group the Kingston Trio. (DMX also happens to be the only other act, aside from Beyonce, to debut at No. 1 with his first five studio efforts.)
Beyoncé was released on the morning of Dec. 13 -- exclusively via the iTunes Store without any pre-release announcement -- and it sold 617,000 copies through the week ending Dec. 15, according to Nielsen SoundScan. That's a record high sales week for Beyonce, as the diva's previous best week came when B'Day bowed with 541,000.
iTunes is the exclusive seller of the album, released on Columbia Records, through Dec. 18. The physical version of the album should start to reach U.S. retailers sometime between Dec. 18 and 20. (The arrival day varies, depending on how far -- and fast -- the CDs travel from Sony's distribution center to retailers.)
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