After making Billboard history last week by earning her fifth consecutive #1 album with Beyoncé, Mrs. Carter will still hold the top spot in week two on the charts. And she came thisclose to joining an exclusive sales club in the process.
A Milli? Almost
Only two other albums have gone platinum in the span of two weeks in 2013: Eminem's The Marshall Mathers LP 2 and Justin Timberlake's The 20/20 Experience. Did Bey join that high flyers crew? So close.
Her self-titled surprise album moved another 374,000 copies in week two, according to figures provided by Nielsen SoundScan. Add that to the 617,000 from week one and you have a total of 991,000, good enough to keep the #1 spot as sales moved down by 39 percent, but just a bit short of the milli mark.
Holiday Boosts For 1D, Katy Perry
There was clearly a lot of last-minute shopping going on, because with the exception of a few titles, every album in the top 20 was up by double digits in the weekend leading up to Christmas. One Direction's Midnight Memories was up two spots and 35 percent to #3 (166,000), putting them within spitting distance of platinum as well.
Despite the controversy around patriarch Phil Robertson's homophobic comments, the "Duck Dynasty" crew's Duck the Halls holiday album was up 22 percent to #4 (132,000), while Kelly Clarkson's Wrapped in Red slipped nearly 10 percent and two spots to #5 (124,000).
Eminem got a nearly 40 percent bump for Mathers, tacking on another 115,000 copies to bring his sales to north of 1.6 million to date. The top 10's biggest gainer was Katy Perry's Prism, which moved 99,000 as sales bumped by 67 percent.
R. Kelly And Britney Get Lumps Of Chart Coal
It wasn't all good news, though. In its second week, R. Kelly's Black Panties plummeted 11 spots to #15 as sales were off by 55 percent to 60,000. Also falling hard was Britney Spears' Britney Jean, which shed another five chart spots to fall to #27 as sales were off 8 percent to 27,000, for a three-week total of just over 163,000.
Over on the iTunes album charts Bey was #1, followed by the surging debut from Lorde, Pure Heroine, the Pentatonix holiday album PTXmas, the "Frozen" soundtrack and Em's Mathers album.