'Beyonce' Hits No. 1, Makes History For Beyonce

12/18/2013 08:45 am ET
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Beyonce has made history with the release of her self-titled album. The 32-year-old singer surprised fans last week with the unexpected release of her fifth studio album, "Beyonce."

The album quickly broke iTunes records, selling 828,773 copies over the weekend (617,213 copies domestically) to become the fastest-selling album on iTunes. Now, "Beyonce" has officially hit No. 1 on the Billboard 200.

According to Billboard, Beyonce's 617,000 sales week is her best ever, topping the debut of her 2006 album, "B'Day," which sold 541,000 copies in its first week. The success of "Beyonce" also gave the Grammy-winning singer another honor: Beyonce is now the first female artist to hit No. 1 with her first five albums.

Beyonce went all-out for her fifth studio album, releasing full music videos with each track and enlisting big names for collaborations. "Beyonce" includes the singer's husband, Jay Z, and her daughter, Blue Ivy, as well as appearances by Frank Ocean, Michelle Williams, and Kelly Rowland.

"Beyonce" follows the success of Bey's four previous albums, 2003's "Dangerously in Love," 2006's "B'Day," 2008's "I Am ... Sasha Fierce," and 2011's "4."

For more on "Beyonce," head over to Billboard.

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