Beyonce's New Album Is Still Killing It on the Charts Despite Retailers' Refusal to Sell It
Here's some news to surprise absolutely no one in the world: According to Billboard, Beyoncé's surprise album is still number one on the Billboard 200, for a second week in a row since its surprise release earlier this month — and it's reportedly nearing it's one millionth sale already.
After being released on Dec. 13 in the iTunes store with absolutely no promotion, Beyoncé managed to sell a total of 991,000 copies in the first 10 days, and last week alone, it sold 374,000 copies. These numbers easily make it the 12th biggest-selling album of 2013 so far, but with one more week left to track sales before the end of the year, it's almost a sure thing that the album will end up being one of the top 10 biggest-selling albums of 2013.
What's significant, however, is that the other biggest-selling albums of the year all were able to sell over a million with ample promotion from record companies, not to mention they're available at big-name retail chains like Target and Amazon.com. Beyoncé, on the other hand, had none of that — it was released quietly on a Thursday night with only one Instagram post from Beyoncé herself for promotion, and it wasn't available anywhere other than iTunes until just recently. Even now, it's not available at Target or Amazon.com.
In other words: Once again, Bey has proved that she is better than the rest of us.