Beyonce, New Album

Beyonce New Album

Beyoncé's self-titled surprise album opens at No. 1 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums marking her fifth leader on the list. The iTunes exclusive (through Dec. 18) set sold 617,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan, her best sales week yet. All four of Beyoncé's previous studio albums also reached the summit -- "Dangerously in Love" (2003), "B'Day" (two weeks in 2006), "I Am... Sasha Fierce" (two weeks in 2008) and "4" (five weeks in 2011).

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Behind "Beyoncé," R. Kelly's "Black Panties" debuts at No. 2 with 133,000 units. This is the Chicago crooner's 16th top 10 on the list, breaking his tie with Mary J. Blige for the most by any singer in the Nielsen era (Dec. 1992 - present). Jay Z holds the record with 20 top 10s. Kelly also has 11 No. 1s under his belt, the last of which was "Untitled" which debuted at the top just over four years ago (Dec. 19, 2009).

Childish Gambino's sophomore set "Because the Internet" enters at No. 3 with 96,000 copies marking his best sales week. Though his debut "Camp" opened higher on the list (No. 2 on Dec. 3, 2011), its first-week figure was only 52,000. Gambino's current set also spawned his first appearances on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs -- "V. 3005" and "II. Worldstar" reach the new peaks of 31 and 35 this week, respectively, while "I. Crawl" falls 28-43.

Eminem's "The Marshall Mathers LP 2" (83,000, down 1%) gets pushed 1-4 by all the new debuts and Mary J. Blige's "A Mary Christmas" tumbles 2-5 with 51,000 (up less than 1%) to close out the top five.

Things are much quieter on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs were the top four songs -- Eminem's "The Monster" (No. 1), Drake's "Hold On, We're Going Home" (No. 2), Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' "White Walls" (No. 3) and Mike WiLL Made It's "23" (No. 4) -- all stay put.

YG's "My Hitta" returns to its peak position on the list with a 6-5 step in its 12th week while Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" also steps up one position 7-6. Chris Brown's "Love More" (8-8) and Sevyn Streeter's "It Won't Stop" (9-9) each retain their last week positions while Eminem's "Rap God" re-enters the top 10 with an 11-10 move.

Just outside the top 10, Justin Bieber's collaboration with newcomer Chance the Rapper opens at No. 13 thanks primarily to its 77,000 first-week downloads. It also debuts at No. 2 on R&B/Hip-Hop Digital Songs.