Beyonce Nabs Sixth #1 With ‘Lemonade’, Prince Has Five Albums In Top 10

Robbie Daw | May 2, 2016 9:58 am

As expected, Beyonce‘s sixth studio album has now become her sixth consecutive chart-topper on the Billboard 200 — an accomplishment the publication notes as a first. Visual album Lemonade earned 653,000 album units in its first week, of which 485,000 were pure sales. That’s the highest sales week for an album in 2016, to-date.

This wave of Beydom knocks 2001 Prince compilation The Very Best Of Prince down to #2, though its overall units (391,000) and copies sold (216,000) has jumped up significantly. Seven days ago the singles collection crashed into the #1 spot based on a half-day surge in sales when news of Prince’s death broke on the chart week’s cut-off day. This week’s chart shows the full Friday-through-Thursday impact of sales that jumped following the musician’s death, which is reported to be around 3.2 million songs and 735,000 albums altogether.

The other Prince albums impacting the Top 10: 1984’s Purple Rain soundtrack (#3), 1993 collection The Hits/The B-Sides (#4), 2006 greatest hits compilation Ultimate (#6) and 1982 studio album 1999 (#7).

The Top 10 of the Billboard 200:

1. Beyonce, Lemonade *new* *1 week*
2. PrinceThe Very Best Of Prince
3. Prince, Purple Rain
4. Prince, The Hits/The B-sides
5. Rihanna, Anti
6. Prince, Ultimate
7. Prince, 1999
8. A$AP Ferg, Always Strive And Prosper *new*
9. Chris Stapleton, Traveller
10. Justin Bieber, Purpose

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