Billboard made it official tonight, B's earned her fifth consecutive No. 1 album...earning her a spot in history.
"Beyoncé" is B's fifth consecutive number one album, making her the first woman to have her first five studio albums go No. 1: "Dangerously In Love" (2003), "B'Day" (2006), "I Am... Sasha Fierce" (2008) and "4" (2011).
"Beyonce" was released on the morning of Friday, Dec. 13 -- exclusively via the iTunes Store without any pre-release announcement -- and it sold 617,000 copies through the week ending Sunday, Dec. 15, according to Nielsen SoundScan. That's a record high sales week for Beyonce, as the diva's previous best week came when "B'Day" bowed with 541,000.
"Beyonce" also notches the largest sales week for a woman in 2013, and the year's fourth-biggest sales week overall.
And, iTunes announced that "Beyonce" tallied the largest sales week for an album in its U.S. iTunes Store, and was its fastest-selling title ever globally (828,773 sold worldwide through Dec. 15). (Source: Billboard)