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Beyonce sells 617,000 albums in 3 days on iTunes

She broke the first-week digital sales record for an album in the U.S.

By MSN Music Partners Dec 16, 2013 12:36PM

NEW YORK (AP) -- Beyonce's new album has sold more 600,000 units in its first three days.

Beyonce's fifth album was released early Friday morning exclusively on iTunes.


Apple said Monday that the album sold 617,213 in its U.S. iTunes Store. It sold 828,773 internationally.


The singer surprised fans with the release of the album, which features 14 songs and 17 videos. It features collaborations with Jay Z, Drake and Justin Timberlake. The album is being sold by iTunes exclusively for a week at $15.99. It will be sold in retailers and others websites this week.


"Beyonce" broke the first-week digital sales record for an album in the United States. It also marks the singer's best first-week numbers.


The album will debut at No. 1 on Billboard's Top 200 albums chart this week.

Dec 17, 2013 5:03PM
Some people!  Good lord, it's not a competition!!!
Dec 16, 2013 9:42PM
I love Parition (hawt dawg thats too sexy for little kids), Angel, Flawless (AN AMAZING song), and XO and Drunk in Love (Part 2 to Crazy in Love). 

Get the album people even you ultimate conservatives, it will spice up your life!  Especially your love life.
Dec 16, 2013 7:21PM
Of course it's number 1 the album was on the dl  then after she she something everybody wanted to see what it was about that's why it's #1
Dec 16, 2013 6:29PM

Smart tactic when other artists are now starting to lose steam like Lady Gaga and Lorde. Her royal song is now losing steam and then she said, ok it is time. I am very sure that she knows that Adele is planning an album and that she can't compete with Adele.

LADY GAGA take cues from her. RELEASE YOUR ALBUM when you know there is small competition.

Dec 16, 2013 5:03PM
Beyoncé is one smart business woman with mega talent!!! For what it's worth I am impressed and I am a big fan!! I wish her continued success!! 
Dec 16, 2013 4:50PM
Way to go, Queen B!!!  You really know how to ring in the holidays!!!
Dec 16, 2013 4:47PM
I really love this album.  From sultry like Rocket and Mine to anthems like XO and Superpower to club bangers like Partition, Drunk in Love, and Flawless to just plain dirty like Blow and Haunted, this album has it all. I NEVER buy albums, but I am glad I did.  This one is worth every penny.  Beyonce is truly a legend in our time. 
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