Beyonce Leads for Third Week at No. 1 on Billboard 200 Chart

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Beyoncé's self-titled album racks up a third week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200—the longest run at No. 1 for any album since last April. "Beyoncé" sold another 310,000 copies during the week ending Dec. 29, according to Nielsen SoundScan, down 17% compared with the previous week. The album has now sold 1.3 million in its first 17 days of release in the United States.

"Beyoncé" is the first album to spend three weeks at No. 1 since Justin Timberlake's "The 20/20 Experience" logged three straight frames atop the list (April 6-April 20, 2013). "Beyoncé" is the first album by a woman to notch three weeks at No. 1 since Taylor Swift's "Red" claimed seven weeks at the top (non-consecutively) in late 2012 and early 2013.

One Direction's album also becomes the group's third album—out of three—to sell more than 1 million copies. This week, in its fifth week on the chart, its additional 142,000 sold puts its to-date total to 1.1 million. The act previously released "Take Me Home" and "Up All Night" in 2012. The former album also cleared the 1 million mark its fifth week, while "Up All Night" took 19 weeks to reach 1 million.

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