Beyoncé continues to make history as her sixth solo album LEMONADE earns the No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200 this week, becoming her sixth chart-topper.
The set earned 653,000 equivalent album units in the week ending April 28, according to Nielsen Music (via Billboard). Pure album sales comprised 485,000 of that sum. LEMONADE scores the biggest week of any album in 2016, both in terms of overall units and in sales.
All six of Beyoncé’s studio albums have debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart. LEMONADE follows her self-titled album in 2013, 4 (2011), I Am… Sasha Fierce (2008), B’Day (2006) and Dangerously In Love (2003). Beyoncé is the only act to reach No. 1 with their first six studio efforts (and the only act to debut atop the list with their first six).
LEMONADE debuted on April 23 following the premiere of it’s film of the same name on HBO. The 12-song visual album was released by Parkwood/Columbia Records initially exclusively through Tidal. By Monday, April 25, the album — which is bundled with the film — went on sale through other digital retailers, but Tidal remains the only service with streaming rights to the set. A physical version of the album will be released on May 6.
Elsewhere in the top 10 of the new Billboard 200 chart, Prince rules with five albums — all in the top seven of the list — following the first full week of chart activity following his death on April 21.
The Very Best of Prince greatest hits collection is pushed down one spot to No. 2 with 391,000 units and 216,000 copies sold.
The Purple Rain soundtrack moves 2-3 with 150,000 units and 133,000 copies sold. Two more of Prince’s greatest hits albums rank in the top 10: The Hits/The B-Sides, hits a new peak, as it climbs 6-4 with 106,000 units and 56,000 in sales, while Ultimate also zooms to a new peak, 61-6, with 40,000 units and 37,000 in sales.