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Beyoncé Earns Seventh No. 1 Album With Renaissance

Via Pitchfork.


All seven of her solo albums have reached No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart, making her the first female artist to do so

Beyoncé’s new album Renaissance has landed at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart, Billboard reports. In its first week, the album earned 332,000 equivalent album units and sold 190,000 physical copies. Renaissance is Beyoncé’s seventh solo album to reach No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart (of seven solo albums total), most recently following Lemonade, Beyoncé, and 4. She’s the first female artist to have her first seven solo albums debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200.

The Renaissance single “Break My Soul” has also reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 this week, marking Beyoncé’s eighth Hot 100 No. 1 as a soloist. Her most recent No. 1 as a solo artist was 2008’s “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It),” with more recent entries including her appearance on Megan Thee Stallion’s “Savage”remixremix in 2020 and Ed Sheeran’s “Perfect” in 2017.


“Break My Soul” isn’t the only Renaissance song to make it onto the charts. All 16 tracks from the album have made it onto the Billboard Hot 100, Billboard notes. Following “Break My Soul” at No 1, “Cuff It” made it to No. 13, “Alien Superstar” to No. 19, and “Church Girl” to No. 22, followed by the rest of the songs from the album.


So far in 2022, the only album with a bigger debut week on the Billboard 200 charts than Beyoncé’s LP was Harry Styles’ Harry’s House, which racked up 521,500 total units and set a new record for first-week vinyl sales, beating previous record-holder Taylor Swift.


Beyoncé’s chart success isn’t limited to the 200 albums chart. In 2016, the Houston native set a new record when every song from her sixth studio album Lemonade charted on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming the first female artist to ever have 12 or more songs on the chart at the same time. Over the course of her solo career, she’s had seven songs rise to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, too, and had 20 tracks land in the top 10.

Renaissance was released on July 29, 2022. The album was billed as “Act I”—the first of a “three act project” that she recorded during the pandemic. On her website ahead of the release, she wrote: “My intention was to create a safe place, a place without judgement. A place to be free of perfectionism and overthinking.” The album’s lead single, “Break My Soul,” was released in June.