Beyoncé Knowles’ fourth solo studio album, 4, is No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart. She now becomes the third act – and second woman – to see their first four studio albums debut at the top of the Billboard list. (Britney Spears first four albums were all chart toppers, while DMX’s first five all started at No. 1 between 1998 and 2003.
There was never any doubt Beyoncé’s 4 would make it to top, the question on everyone’s mind was what the actual sales would look like. Her latest album 4 doesn’t have any singles at the top of any charts. “Run the World (Girls),” only peaked at No. 29 on the Billboard Hot 100 – while her other singles have made it to the top 10. Although 4 made it to the top of the charts, it’s the singer’s softest opening sales albums to date.
Still, 4 marks the third-largest sales week this year, after Lady Gaga’s Born This Way (1.1 million) and Adele’s 21 (351,000).
Earlier this year Beyoncé was honored with The Billboard Millennium Award that honors artist for their contribution to the recording industry. Watch Beyoncé’s parents, First Lady Michelle Obama, Lady Gaga and U2’s frontman Bono honor the 29-year-old singer in the video below. …Or just skip to the 3:00 mark to watch a pretty impressive performance.