Beyoncé's seventh album, "Renaissance," which was just released, has continued her unbroken streak of albums debuting at Number One by topping the Billboard 200 chart in the US.
The release of "Renaissance" is notably significant in that it has already surpassed Beyoncé's previous highest-charting album in each of the major markets, despite the fact that all seven of the artist's studio albums have peaked at the top.
It debuted at Number One in the US, the UK, France, Ireland, the Netherlands, Australia, and New Zealand, in addition to the US. Although data for that has not yet been made public, it is probably going to top the Canadian chart as well.
Additionally, Renaissance outperformed her previous album, "Lemonade," by one spot and peaked at number two in Germany. The only market where "Lemonade" and "Renaissance" saw a decrease in sales was Switzerland, where "Renaissance" debuted at Number Three, one position below where "Lemonade" peaked.
The first week of "Renaissance's" domestic release saw 332,000 equivalent album units sold.
As Billboard reports, this makes it the year’s biggest week for any record released by a solo female artist—massively usurping Lizzo, who formerly held the record with 69,000 units of "Special" shifted in its first week—as well as the second biggest sales week altogether; Harry Styles’ latest, "Harry’s House," shifted 521,000 units in its first week.
In terms of traditional album sales—whereby only full-album purchases (across both physical and digital platforms) are counted, with streaming numbers having no factor—"Renaissance" shifted a total of 190,000 copies. 121,000 of those were CDs, while 43,000 sales came from digital downloads and 26,000 from vinyl copies.
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