Renaissance, Beyoncé’s most recently released album, tops the Billboard 200 album charts, according to Billboard.
The album, in its first week, already hit 332,000 equivalent units and sold 190,000 physical copies.
Renaissance is the seventh album released by Beyoncé to secure the number 1 spot on the Billboard 200 album charts (NB: seven of seven solo albums), the latest after Lemonade, Beyoncé and 4.
She is the first-ever female artist to have her first seven solo albums at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 on its debut.
In 2022, Harry’s House by Harry Styles was the only album to have a longer debut week on the Billboard 200 chart than the LP by Beyoncé, which made 521,200 units and broke the record for vinyl sales in the first week to the previous record holder: Taylor Swift.
Beyoncé’s chart success is not tied to only the 200 album chart. Instead, the Houston native set a new record when all songs on Lemonade, her sixth studio album, hit the Billboard Hot 100, scoring the title for the first female artist to have more than 12 on the chart at one time.
Easy for Queen B to Secure No. 1 Album Charts Spot
Years of her solo career have not been a flop as she has had seven songs to reach No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 as well and had 20 singles snag top 10 spots.
Renaissance dropped on July 29, 2022. The album was dubbed “Act I” – the first of the “three-act project” she recorded during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Before the release, Queen B wrote on her website: “My intention was to create a safe place, a place without judgment. A place to be free of perfectionism and overthinking.”
“Break My Soul,” the album’s lead single, was dropped in June.
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