Beyonce Tops The Billboard 200 Chart For Third Straight Week Thanks To Post-Holiday Surge
Beyonce rang in the new year atop the Billboard 200 chart for the third straight week, becoming the first 2013 release to top the chart for three weeks since Justin Timberlake dropped "The 20/20 Experience" in April.
Beyonce also sold over 300,000 copies for the third straight week, making her first to accomplish the feat since 2009 and pushing her new self-titled album up to the 1.3 million mark in sales in just 17 days.
Susan Boyle's "I Dreamed A Dream" was the last to do it, selling over 500,000 copies in each of its first five weeks.
One Direction's "Midnight Memories" moved up a spot to second, selling 142,000 copies, becoming the boy band's third straight album to move over a million copies.
Eminem climbs from number six to number three with "The Marshall Mathers LP 2," selling 122,000 copies.
The soundtrack to Disney's animated feature "Frozen" also surged, moving four spots to number four, while Katy Perry's "PRISM" jumps two spaces to the number five spot.
According to Billboard.com, the surge in sales that pushed the albums back into the top five has a lot to do with after-Christmas sales, when people who received gift cards cashed them in. It also didn't hurt that iTunes put many of the albums on sale last week.
Over on Billboard's Hot 100 singles chart, Pitbull's "Timber" (feat. Ke$ha), re-takes the number-one spot, while Eminem and Rihanna's collaboration "The Monster" moved up to second.
OneRepublic's "Counting Stars" is number three, A Great Big World & Christina Aguilera's "Say Something" lands at number four, and Lorde's "Royals" rounds out the top five.