Beyonce’s ’4′ Tops Album Chart With Un-Diva-Like Sales Following Leak

Jul 6th, 2011 // 7 Comments

The good news for Beyonce: 4 has gone straight in at #1 on the Billboard Top 200, marking her fourth consecutive chart-topping solo LP. The bad news for Beyonce: with first week sales of 317,000, it’s the “Best Thing I Never Had” diva’s lowest opening number out of her four #1 albums. (Blame it on the fact that the record leaked online three weeks ahead of its actual release date.)

Despite how you look at it, 4 still managed to post better out-of-the-gate sales than such other high-profile 2011 releases as Chris Brown’s F.A.M.E. (270,000) and Britney Spears’ Femme Fatale (276,000), and the album now has the third-highest debut of the year, behind Lady Gaga’s Born This Way (1.1 million) and Adele’s 21 (352,000). Billboard also notes that Bey is only the third act ever (after Britney and DMX) to see their first four albums debut at #1.

That brings us to “Love You Like A Love Song” singer Selena Gomez and her band the Scene, who see When The Sun Goes Down, whose third album in just under two years, debuts at #4 after posting best-ever first week sales of 78,000.

American Idol Season 7 winner David Cook, however, doesn’t fare as well. Billboard points out that the #7 debut and 46,000 sold of his LP This Loud Morning is a far cry from the #3 debut and 280,000 his first post-Idol album moved in 2008. Of course, back then he also had the strength of Top 20 singles “Light On” and “The Time Of My Life” — both of which eventually went Platinum — behind his LP.

Finally there’s this year’s AI winner Scotty McCreery, whose Walmart-exclusive EP of song highlights from the previous season of the talent competition rounds out the Top 10.

Looking ahead, next week we find out if Beyonce’s album can maintain some longevity now that “Best Thing I Never Had” is finally making headway in sales following her recent TV performances of the single.

The Top 10 of Billboard’s Top 200 chart:

1. Beyonce, 4 *new* *1 week*
2. Adele, 21
3. Big Sean, Finally Famous *new*
4. Selena Gomez & The Scene, When The Sun Goes Down *new*
5. Jill Scott, The Light Of The Sun
6. Jason Aldean, My Kinda Party
7. David Cook, This Loud Morning *new*
8. Jackie Evancho, Dream With Me
9. Bad Meets Evil, Hell: The Sequel
10. Scotty McCreery, American Idol Season 10 Highlights *new*


  1. Landon "whiteboy with much love for Queen B"

    People who writes blogs are devils. Always trying to find an angle on things. Beyonce deserves more respect than this. What she did with an album that leaked is amazing. 300,000 copies sold in sales on an album that had been on the market for free is amazing. Give this lady her props idiots. Instead you are trying to insult with stats but it’s funny you do not bring these negative stats up on white music artists when they achieve things. Since you all are too busy polluting the earth with hate, I will do what should have been typed in every headline. Congratulation Beyonce for an amazing feat. You are still the Queen in this music game.

  2. LOL @ Big Sean outselling Selena NOmez. She’s such a hack and her music is pathetic.

  3. Why

    Damn. Adele. What is up with that CD?!?! Rolling in the green…but why??? Who is still buying it?

  4. 300k, no top ten single, Id say shes diva-supreme. Rather impressive when you realize the likes of Britney, Katy and Rihanna all had #1 leading singles and didn’t break past the 200k barrier. That said I’m not entirely impressed with this album, not by a long shot. It does have some good songs (Love on top) but this album as a whole feels like such a departure which wouldn’t be a problem if it didn’t feel so safe, wasn’t there a report that she was working with Kings Of Leon or something at some point? I wasn’t a fan of End Of Time until I seen her perform it live and I think more of them will grow on me.

    One thing I do admire about this album is that its true to itself and doesn’t in slightest try to ride the current sound wave all the other artists are latching on to. Still Beyonce’s best album to date has been Dangerously In Love.

  5. ant

    sorry but britney’s femme fatale first week sale is at nearly 300K

  6. obamarocks

    Everyboidy go to Youtube. Beyonce and Nicky Minaj are on a remix of her leading single Run the World girls. This guy name Fyuchur produced it. Its Hot!!! Both of their fans love it

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