Are we at all surprised? Beyonce dropped her new album Beyonce less than 72 hours ago, and it’s first week sales projections are already through-the-roof.
Released on Friday exclusively through iTunes, the self-titled album is set to debut at number one on Billboard‘s album charts next week. The project has now sold over 430,000 copies in just one day, and with two more days remaining in the sales week, Bey’s fifth solo album could sell over 600,000 units.
According to Miss Info, the final number will become the biggest debuting album by a female artist since Taylor Swift’s Red LP sold 1.2 million copies opening week in November 2012. Passing 600,000 will make this album Beyoncé’s best debut and biggest sales week ever, surpassing 2006′s B’day album, which sold 541,000 opening week in September 2006.
And, as Beyonce also announced new Mrs. Carter Show World Tour dates, fans will definitely be blessed with performances of her new tracks. The Queen performed ‘XO’ for the first time while in Chicago, telling fans: “I’m gonna sing this song, which is a brand new song. It hasn’t even been out for 24 hours. I want to sing this to y’all because it was written for y’all.”
And, in case you missed it, Beyonce also announced the first singles off her new surprise album.
According to Billboard, the Pharrell-produced ‘Blow’ will hit Top 40 radio, while the Jay-Z-assisted ‘Drunk in Love’ will go to urban radio. ‘XO,’ penned by Ryan Tedder and The-Dream, will follow in 2014 as the second single at Top 40.
And, if you need an extra stocking stuffer, physical copies of Bey’s album will arrive in time for the holidays.
SOURCE: Billboard, Miss Info | VIDEO: YouTube | PHOTO CREDIT: Beyonce.com