Those sales would place her in the middle of the pack of fellow divas with albums out this year. Britney Spears’ Femme Fatale sold 276,000 records her first week; Lady Gaga’s Born This Way sold an impressive 1.1 million records, and Adele’s 21 sold 352,000 records right out the gate (though it’s had much more staying power than the others).
The aptly titled fourth release from B would also be her fourth #1 album debut, though the numbers will likely be below her previous first-week sales. I Am … Sasha Fierce sold 482,000 in its first week, in 2008, and her sophomore effort, 2006’s B’Day, sold 541,000 albums. Her debut solo effort, Dangerously in Love, debuted with 317,000 units sold.
Fans will go behind the scenes of the making of 4 in an MTV special, “Beyoncé: Year of 4,” airing Thursday night (June 30). In the half-hour doc, Beyoncé talks about taking some time off before making the record, which features studio work from The-Dream, Kanye West and Andre 3000.
“My life was award shows and tour buses and hotels, and it kind of goes by so fast … I couldn’t even hear it anymore,” she says of her whirlwind schedule. “I’m just thinking about the next shoot … the next video … the next tour … I never even realized I needed a year off. And I never realized I don’t know how to take a year off.”
Tune in to “Beyoncé: Year of 4,” airing Thursday, June 30, at 7 p.m. ET/PT on MTV and BET, and at 7:30 p.m. on VH1 and Palladia. Encore presentations follow on MTV.com, MTV Hits and MTV Jams.