In case you were still wondering if it’s Beyoncé’s world, just wait until Wednesday. That’s when Nielsen SoundScan will release first-week sales data for Queen Bey’s surprise Beyoncé album, which crushed the game when it dropped at midnight on Friday.
In addition to making fellow singers freak out , gifting us with 17 new music videos , shocking even the directors who worked with her and forcing fans to scrap over which songs and clips are their favorites, the collection could make history when final sales are released.
According to Billboard, not only will Bey almost certainly grab the #1 spot on the album chart (despite just three days of official sales data), she is also expected to sell somewhere between 550,000 and 600,000 copies before all is said and done. Not only would that give her one of the biggest debuts of the year, it would give her the top bow by a female artist in 2013, easily besting those from Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Britney Spears and Miley Cyrus. In fact, Beyoncé is on track to sell more than Perry and Cyrus combined if current figures hold up.
And, keep in mind, the album is only available on iTunes for now as a full digital download, with no single tracks being offered for single purchase.
Beyoncé is also on its way to being the highest-selling opening week by a female artist since Taylor Swift moved 1.2 million with Red in November 2012, giving her that year’s best-seller by a female. And, in keeping with the album’s surprise, you-never-know-what’s-coming-next vibe, Bey has sent two very different singles to radio, with the X-rated “Drunk in Love” hitting urban outlets and the poppier “Blow” hitting mainstream over the weekend.
Now that all her cards are on the table, Bey also unwrapped a live version of the track “XO” at a Friday night stop at Chicago’s United Center on her Mrs. Carter Show tour.
“I’m gonna sing this song, which is a brand-new song,” she said of the debut concert performance of the sensuous tune. “I’m gonna sing this one to y’all because it was written for y’all. But I can’t sing it alone, I want us to do a nice call-and-response.” And despite the song coming out that day, fans knew every word.