Beyoncé’s self-titled new album is heading back to No. 1 on Billboard 200 album chart, after a week off to give mere mortals a chance.
According to analysts, the superstar’s latest set is circling sales of between 85,000-90,000 copies by the end of the week ending Sunday, January 12, and is widely expected to reclaim her place atop music industry’s definitive chart for her fourth non-consecutive week.
During her seven days step away from the zenith, the soundtrack for Disney’s “Frozen” snatched the No.1 last week effectively ending “Beyoncé’s“ three-week reign.
The top 10 of next week’s Billboard 200 chart won’t be unveiled until Wednesday, but the line-up should see the mother-of-one back at the apex, then “Frozen” at No. 2 after picking up 75,000 sales over the past week. The No. 3 slot will likely be Kid Ink’s debut “My Own Lane,” with sales projected at around 40,000.
Familiar faces will doubtless fill out the rest: Eminem’s “The Marshall Mathers LP 2,” Lorde’s “Pure Heroine,” One Direction’s “Midnight Memories,” Katy Perry’s “PRISM,” Miley Cyrus’ “Bangerz,” Imagine Dragons’ “Night Visions,” and Toronto MC Drake’s “Nothing Was the Same” bringing up the rear of the at No. 10.
Since the surprise iTunes-exclusive release of “Beyoncé” at midnight on December 13, the Houston native’s visual album — 14 tracks, 17 state of the art videos — it has gone on to break iTunes first week sales records. The opus sold 617,000 copies in just three days and since become only the ninth album to sell one million digital copies in the US.
Even the furor following news of the 32-year-old’s use of audio from the 1986 Challenger space shuttle on her “XO” song hasn’t stopped Beyoncé’s formidable ride.
In other Yonce news, “Beyonce” will be released on limited edition vinyl on February 28 but you will have to be quick to snap one up as only 1000 copies have been produced.
On Saturday, Mrs. Carter teamed up with sister Solange to throw their mother, Tina Knowles, a masquerade-themed birthday party in New Orleans, Louisiana for her 60th milestone.
The famously-close siblings hired out the upmarket Muriel’s Jackson Square restaurant for the bash, and it’s estimated the affair cost more than $100,000.
Other famous quests were Kris Jenner, matriarch of the Kardashian clan, ex-Destiny’s Child alum Kelly Rowland and many more.
Wonder what they danced to, surely “Beyoncé“ was on the turntable?