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Beyonce fifth album was released early Friday morning exclusively on iTunes. Apple said Monday that it sold 617,213 in its U.S. iTunes Store. It sold 828,773 internationally.  No promotion. No Marketing

The album is being sold by iTunes exclusively for a week at $15.99. It will be sold in retailers and others websites this week.

“Beyonce” broke the first-week digital sales record for an album in the United States. It also marks the singer’s best first-week numbers.

The album will debut at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top 200 albums chart this week.


Justin Timberlakes almost moves 1 million copies in first week sales.

#1. Justin Timberlake – 20/20 Experience – 968,000 (969,000)

#14. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – The Heist – 24,000 (496,000)

#25. Kendrick Lamar – good kid, m.A.A.d city – 14,000 (808,000)

#48. A$AP Rocky – Long.Live.A$AP – 8,600 (303,000)

#66. T.I. – Trouble Man: Heavy Is The Head – 6,600 (435,000)

#70. 2 Chainz – Based On A T.R.U. Story – 5,800 (576,000)

#85. Wiz Khalifa – O.N.I.F.C. – 4,500 (352,000)

#102. Chief Keef – Finally Rich – 3,800 (152,000)

#137. Swollen Members – Beautiful Death Machine – 2,900 (3,000)

#195. MGK – Lace Up – 2,300 (161,000)

* data comes from Nielsen Soundscan, rounded to nearest thousandth for units above 10,000, nearest hundredth for units below 10,000.

  1. Madonna $34.5 million
  2. Bruce Springsteen  $33.4 million
  3. Roger Waters $21.1 million
  4. Van Halen $20.1 million
  5. Kenny Chesney $19.1 million
  6. Dave Matthews Band $18.9 million
  7. Tim McGraw $18.3 million
  8. Jason Aldean  $17.5 million
  9. Coldplay  $17.3 million
  10. Justin Beiber  $15.9 million

Top 40 list available at

2013 Money Makers Methodology via Billboard

The data used to compile Moneymakers was supplied by Nielsen SoundScan, Nielsen BDS, YouTube and Billboard Boxscore. Artists are ranked by U.S. earnings, and Billboard calculated a variety of income streams, including touring, recorded-music sales, publishing royalties and revenue from an array of digital music and video services for downloads, as well as on-demand and noninteractive streaming. Due to a lack of sufficient data, our figures don’t include revenue from sponsorships, merchandise sales or synchronization data. For album and track sales, we assumed a royalty rate of 20% of retail, minus producers’ fees. We treated all streaming revenue as derived from a licensing deal and thus split that revenue in half to calculate the artist’s take. We also applied corresponding statutory mechanical rates for album and track sales and the Copyright Royalty Board-approved formulas or rates used for the various streaming channels, and further estimated the share of songs written by the artists. For all artist revenue, we subtracted a manager’s fee of 10%. For box office, we credited each artist with 34% of gross receipts, typically what’s left after the promoter’s fee, the artist manager’s cut and other costs are subtracted.

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