'Beyoncé' Sells Nearly 1M Copies

Take that Miley. The surprise fifth album from Beyoncé sold an eye-popping 828,773 copies worldwide in its first three days of release. Domestically, sales were 617,000, placing it just behind Justin Timberlake and Eminem for highest first week sales in 2013. The sales also roughly doubled Beyoncé’s last album, which sold 310,000 copies in its first seven days, back in 2011. The success of the eponymous album is being attributed to its unexpected release, which turned its rollout into a global cultural event, particularly on social media. It was also unavailable on major streaming services, which meant people had to buy it from iTunes in order