After just 48 hours on sale, Beyonce’s new self-titled album debuts in the Official Albums Chart Top 5 during one of the busiest sales weeks of the year.
Beyoncé makes a surprise appearance on this week’s Official Albums Chart with her self-titled fifth studio album.
The US star debuts at Number 5 today following what is traditionally one of the busiest sales weeks of the year.
The follow-up to 2011’s 4 was widely expected to be released early next year, however the former Destiny's Child singer decided to take a leaf out of David Bowie’s book, and issued her fifth full-length without any prior notice on Friday morning (December 13).
The 14 track album, which is currently only available digitally, features collaborations with Drake, Frank Ocean, as well as her husband, Jay Z, and her one-year-old daughter, Blue Ivy.
Comments Martin Talbot, the Official Charts Company’s Chief Executive:
"It is a great achievement by Beyoncé to make such an impact so quickly, after just two days sales - and especially with only the digital edition available. Few (if any) albums have sold as many digital copies in such a short space of time."
Nearly 68,000 copies of Beyoncé the album were purchased in the UK during its first 48 hours on sale.
Full UK Album Chart
The Official UK Top 40 Albums Chart - 15th December 2013
1 Robbie Williams Swings Both Ways
2 One Direction Midnight Memories
3 Gary Barlow Since I Saw You Last
4 Olly Murs Right Place Right Time
5 Beyoncé Beyonce
6 Michael Bublé To Be Loved
7 Michael Bublé Christmas
8 Céline Dion Loved Me Back To Life
9 Eminem The Marshall Mathers LP
10 Elvis Presley The Nation's Favourite Elvis Songs