Chart Listings: BB200: Beyonce makes history; Lemonade 653K.

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Beyonce Earns Sixth No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 Chart With ‘Lemonade’

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Beyonce’s Lemonade album charges in at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, giving the superstar her sixth chart-topper. The set earned 653,000 equivalent album units in the week ending April 28, according to Nielsen Music. Pure album sales comprised 485,000 of that sum.

All six of Beyonce’s studio albums have debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart. Lemonade follows her self-titled album in 2013, 4 (2011), I Am… Sasha Fierce (2008), B’Day (2006) and Dangerously In Love (2003). Beyonce is the only act to reach No. 1 with their first six studio efforts (and the only act to debut atop the list with their first six).


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Elsewhere in the top 10 of the new Billboard 200 chart, Prince rules with five titles — all in the top seven of the list — following the first full week of chart activity following his death on April 21.

His The Very Best of Prince greatest hits collection is pushed down one spot to No. 2 with 391,000 units (though it gains by 118 percent) and 216,000 copies sold (up 116 percent).

The Purple Rain soundtrack is also forced backwards, despite a gain, as it moves 2-3 with 150,000 units (up 117 percent) and 133,000 copies sold (up 113 percent). Two more of Prince’s greatest hits albums rank in the top 10: The Hits/The B-Sides, hits a new peak, as it climbs 6-4 with 106,000 units (up 159 percent) and 56,000 in sales (up 134 percent), while Ultimate also zooms to a new peak, 61-6, with 40,000 units (up 319 percent) and 37,000 in sales (up 317 percent).

One more Prince album features in the latest top 10: his fifth studio effort, 1999. It climbs 31-7 — a new chart high — with 36,000 units (up 154 percent) and 33,000 in sales (up 149 percent). 1999 previously peaked at No. 9 in 1983.


POSITION ARTIST ALBUM UNITS (Pure) CHANGE
#1 Beyonce LEMONADE 653,000 (485,000) DEBUT
#2 Prince The Very Best of Prince 391,000 (216,000) +118%
#3 Prince Purple Rain 150,000 (133,000) +117%
#4 Prince The Hits/B-Sides 106,000 (56,000) +159%
#5 Rihanna Anti 50,000 +4%
#6 Prince Ultimate 40,000 (37,000) +319%
#7 Prince 1999 36,000 (33,000) +154%
#8 A$ AP Ferg Always Strive and Prosper 35,000 (22,000) DEBUT
#9 Chris Stapleton Traveller 33,000 -13%
#10 Justin Bieber Purpose 31,000 -14%

Top Female Album Openings

POSITION ARTIST ALBUM SALES YEAR
#1 Adele 25 3,377,885 2015
#2 Britney Spears Oops!…I Did It Again 1,319,193 2000
#3 Taylor Swift 1989 1,286,761 2014
#4 Taylor Swift Red 1,208,291 2012
#5 Lady Gaga Born This Way 1,108,000 2011
#6 Taylor Swift Speak Now 1,047,000 2010
#7 Norah Jones Feels Like Home 1,022,149 2004
#8 Shania Twain Up! 874,000 2002
#9 Dixie Chicks Home 779,828 2002
#10 Britney Spears Britney 745,744 2001
#11 Alicia Keys As I Am 742,426 2007
#12 Mary J. Blige The Breakthrough 727,000 2005
#13 Susan Boyle I Dreamed a Dream 700,779 2009
#14 Destiny’s Child Survivor 663,280 2001
#15 Celine Dion All the Way – A Decade of Song 640,000 2000
#16 Mary J. Blige Growing Pain 629,000 2007
#17 Alicia Keys The Diary of Alicia Keys 618,325 2003
#18 Beyonce BEYONCE 617,319 2013
#19 Britney Spears In the Zone 609,364 2003
#20 Janet Jackson All for You 605,128 2001
#21 Taylor Swift Fearless 592,304 2008
#22 Beyoncé B’Day 541,196 2006
#23 Shania Twain Greatest Hits 529,567 2004
#24 Carrie Underwood Carnival Ride 527,101 2007
#25 Celine Dion A New Day Has Come 527,018 2002
#26 Dixie Chicks Taking the Long Way 525,829 2006
#27 Britney Spears Circus 505,073 2008
#28 Ashanti Ashanti 502,524 2002
#29 Sade Solider of Love 501,665 2010
#30 Beyoncé Lemonade 485,000 2016
#31 Beyoncé I Am…Sasha Fierce 482,428 2008

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