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Beyonce makes U.S. chart history

Beyonce makes U.S. chart history

BANNER YEAR FOR BEYONCE: The singer has her fifth No. 1 album and a slew of digital downloads, in addition to her successful Mrs. Carter tour. Photo: Associated Press

Beyonce has made history in America by becoming the first woman to hit the No. 1 spot with her first five studio albums.

The “Crazy In Love” hitmaker’s new self-titled album is officially No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart after she stunned fans with the surprise release last Friday, selling 617,000 copies during its first week of release.

The superstar’s previous solo work – “Dangerously in Love,” “B’Day,” “I Am… Sasha Fierce,” and “4” – all leaped to the top spot upon release.

Only two other artists have achieved the same feat – rapper DMX and folk group the Kingston Trio.

In addition, Beyonce also sets the record for the highest sales by a female artist in 2013, as well as the year’s fourth-biggest sales week overall, just behind Drake, Eminem, and Justin Timberlake, whose comeback album, “The 20/20 Experience,” has sold 968,000 copies to date.

It was previously announced that Beyonce shattered global sales records on iTunes, with downloads hitting 828,773 units worldwide in just three days.

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