Despite reports that Drake’s new album, Views, has already sold more than 600,000 copies, last week really belongs to Beyoncé, whose newest offering, Lemonade, shattered the Billboard chart and helped the singer set a new personal record in the process.
According to Digital Spy, Lemonade, is sitting pretty at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, making it Queen Bey’s sixth — count it, sixth! — No. 1 album since she went solo back in 2003 with Dangerously In Love. The milestone makes Beyoncé the first artist in music history to have their first six albums go to No. 1.
So far, 653,000 units of Lemonade have been sold, with the majority of them, about 485,000, coming from album sales. That means people aren’t just downloading their favorite tracks; they’re actually purchasing the album as a whole. That’s a rare feat in the age of singles, downloads, and streams. Meanwhile, the album is doing really well across the pond, too, where Beyoncé has locked down her third No. 1 album on the U.K. charts.
Who’s sitting below Queen Bey waiting for their first (or another) chance at No.1? A lot of Prince albums, which continue to sell after the rock star’s untimely death, followed by Rihanna’s Anti, Justin Bieber’s Purpose, and Chris Stapleton’s Traveller. And, of course, keep an eye out for Drake’s new album, which is poised to break 2016 records.
Keep up the good work, Bey!