Billboard proudly unveils the Artist 100, the first-ever weekly ranking dedicated to measuring artist activity across our most influential charts, such as the Billboard Hot 100, Billboard 200 and Social 50.
Beyonce’s self-titled surprise release, which hit iTunes exclusively on Thursday evening, has now sold over 430,000 units in just over one day, guaranteeing it the top slot on the Billboard 200 once that chart’s top 10 is revealed mid-week. With two more days left in the sales tracking week, the title could sell over 600,000 before the buzzer sounds.
The stealth Thursday evening (9 p.m PT) release of Beyonce's self-titled fifth solo studio set is likely headed towards a No. 1 debut on the Billboard 200 when that chart's top 10 is revealed on Wednesday, Dec. 18.
It’s amazing how quickly a year goes by. It feels like just yesterday Billboard was honoring Adele and One Direction as top artist and top new artist, respectively, of 2012. But then again, that was before the world revisited the merits of “Thrift Shop” purchases, Florida Georgia Line was just a map demarcation and a “20/20 experience” was a hopeful result of an eye examination.
‘Blurred Lines,’ featuring T.I. and Pharrell, breaks the mark for highest weekly audience impressions in Nielsen BDS history with 219.8 million and becomes the first track to sell more than 400,000 downloads in four different weeks.