Will Beyonce’s Top-Shelf ‘Lemonade’ Sales Earn a Billboard No. 1?
Make no mistake: Beyonce's lemonade stand is earning much more than quarters and dimes.
Lemonade, which was first released on April 23 as an HBO film and subsequent Tidal-exclusive visual album, could sell 450,000 units in its first week and move 550,000, Billboard reports. And, in the event those figures do land Beyonce's latest — which became available through additional digital retailers on April 25 — at the top of the Hot 100 chart, Lemonade will be the singer's sixth LP to reign supreme. How do you like them...apples?
So where does Lemonade stand against Bey's 2013 LP, which was released in similar film-and-album fashion? Beyonce sold 617,000 in three days — all the more impressive considering it was exclusive to iTunes. It went on to sell just shy of one-million copies in its first 10 days.
Billboard will release Lemonade's official numbers as part of its May 1 Top 10 chart. Physical copies of Lemonade will go on sale on May 6, but so far, streaming remains exclusive to Tidal.
And Beyonce's in good company at the top of the charts: Prince, who died on April 21 at 57, is Billboard's current No. 1 artist. The Very Best of Prince and the Purple Rain soundtrack, which have collectively sold more than 160,000 copies in the past seven days, are the two best-performing albums of the past week. Further, Prince has seen a 13,480 percent uptick in overall Billboard activity, which includes movement across album sales, song sales and radio play.
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