Chart Watch: Beyoncé Takes Female Record
"Beyoncé" sold 374K copies in its second week, which was its first full week of release. It sold 617K copies last week, even though it was available for only three days in that tracking week.
Beyoncé's album ranks #1 on The Billboard 200 for the second week. Beyoncé's previous album, "4," also spent its first two weeks at #1, but its sales tally after two weeks was a much more modest 426K.
"Beyoncé" sold 235K digital copies this week, which puts it at #1 on the Top Digital Albums chart for the second week.
If "Beyoncé" sells about 100K copies in the coming week, it will wind up as one of the top 10 albums of 2013. (Next week's chart, for the tracking week ending Sunday Dec. 29, will be the final one of the year. FYI, the album that is currently #10 for the year-to-date, Mumford & Sons' "Babel," has sold 1,083,000 copies in 2013.)
Moreover, if "Beyoncé" winds up in the year-end top 10, this will be the sixth year that Beyoncé has achieved that feat (counting her work with Destiny's Child). This would put her in a tie with Garth Brooks, Mariah Carey and Eminem as the only artists to have made the year-end top 10 in six different years since 1991, when Nielsen SoundScan began tracking music sales.