Beyonce's '4' enters Billboard chart at No. 1
July 6th, 2011
05:36 PM ET

Beyonce's '4' enters Billboard chart at No. 1

Now Beyonce has another reason to love the number four. The 29-year-old is back on top of the Billboard 200 again with her latest solo offering, "4."

The album, which was leaked three weeks early and noted as thus far lacking a standout hit single, takes the No. 1 spot with 310,000 units sold, Billboard reports.

But while it’s another No. 1 album, it’s also her lowest first week of sales: “I Am…Sasha Fierce” sold 482,000 when it arrived in 2008, “B’Day” moved 541,000 in 2006, and even her 2003 solo debut “Dangerously in Love” notched a touch higher with 317,000 in the first week.

Nonetheless, it’s still the third highest sales week so far, trailing behind Lady Gaga’s 1.1 million bow with "Born This Way" and Adele’s 351,000 sold in "21's" first week.

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  1. btown

    1st ov all bey is one ov if not the best artist thr is & 4 all u h8rs who r clearly DEAF need 2 go on youtube cus thrs plenty ov videos 2 watch whr beyonce KILLS it vocally. i think her new album is one ov her best simply because its different to anything shes done b4 shes matured as an artist, a woman, & a song writer & if u have the album u wud now tht she helped produce it & wrote all but 1 song on it. i ove her because she makes real music unlike sum artists who jus make music 2 get a hit she took a chance with this album & its clearly paid off because its been no1 4 2 weeks here in the uk so shes silenced all u critics/h8rs. beyonce is queen b END OF.

    July 10, 2011 at 8:11 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Colinares

    oh man i just noticed this is CNN-?!?!? CNN you should edit name calling and curse words-is there a way to do that...this is cheap gossip for such a so called prestigous name.

    July 9, 2011 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Colinares

    wow, people-she is a human being. Doing what SHE loves. if you don't like what she puts out, don't follow her. don't you think she might read these nasty comments and feel hurt about it? wow people take it easy with the name calling.
    the name calling simply devalues YOU as a person. I love the way her voice sounds. i'm down for the voice. the way she belts out "let's start over" me goosie bumps lol...i like the person, the passion, the commitment, the voice and the music is extra at this point....thanks B-your voice is get at em' therapy for me. have a great day people-Phoenix is 115 right now-im'a head to the pool and bump 4!

    July 9, 2011 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Chucklehead

    This album is more like No.2. She also smells like the stuff.

    July 7, 2011 at 6:19 pm | Report abuse |
  5. forest

    is she gona return the money to the libyan people ,in case you forgot let me remind you she did a private party for qadafi's son hanibal.any thing for money those are your idiols and heroes and another fu**n loser pill popping miss carey did a party for him too

    July 7, 2011 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
  6. adraine

    beyonce is ok but she getting old she need to get a new hair stlye leave the hair to the younger ones like RHIANNA who is very beautifel. THE END

    July 7, 2011 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Tichina

    i dont care wat no one says beyonce is one of tthe truue artistt n kelly is juss a back up n motivation is a annoying song

    July 7, 2011 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
  8. selenaking

    U expire me I encourage u to go on

    July 7, 2011 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • anywho

      hahahahh too funny... I have one for you
      I like SHOE.
      LOL- famous quotes from Bey.. d

      July 7, 2011 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
  9. anywho

    Her album stinks... of course its out at 1. They probably only released 100 copies.

    July 7, 2011 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Itsamemario

    kelly rowland bit the dust in Freddy Vs. Jason..i have proof..

    July 7, 2011 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
  11. Emile carter

    Wow I cant believe all these negative comments. I personally think its hard to get up on stage and sale a song or make an album with real music and not radio music. But the funnythingis it's easy to sit behind a computer and bash a person. Where are all of your Grammys at and how many albums have u sold. I think Beyonce did this album on purpose if she wanted another radio friendly album she would have did it.

    July 7, 2011 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
  12. Kesha

    First, of all beyonce can not I repeat can not sing. singing is not screaming, and straining to try to hit high notes, but singing just comes naturally. Now, Monica, Christiana A, Jasamine Sullivan, Mary J. Blige, Mrs. Pattie labell, Mrs. Anita Baker, Mrs. Areatha Franklin, Mrs. Gladys Knight, Whitney Houston, Celian Deion, Keysha Cole, Pink, Mariah Carey are just to name a few are females who can without a dout females who can run a person up out the building on just vocals alone. Beyonce is just a performer who does nothing, but the same old thing, but shake her you know what the sameway just to a different tune. I was so happy when Kelly Rowland cameout with "Motavation", because that is something new, something different, something Fresh, on her own, and .that wright now is what america is looking for.That Kelly Rowland can really sing.

    July 7, 2011 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
  13. Bigwavedave

    That's a nice wig. 😀

    July 7, 2011 at 10:04 am | Report abuse |
  14. he-man

    she is so hot! i would love 2 eat her cherrie pie!! MMMMMM so gooood!!!

    July 7, 2011 at 9:51 am | Report abuse |
  15. Candace Kane

    Beyonce have you ever heard a REAL voice. Listen to ADELE she's the best in a long long time.

    July 7, 2011 at 9:21 am | Report abuse |
  16. J

    Beyonce is overrated, just like Gaga. Two of the most annoying artist out there.

    July 7, 2011 at 8:54 am | Report abuse |
  17. Selena

    I purchased the album and I absolutely LOVE it!!! Don't quite understand the harsh criticism. Its a different side of Beyonce the album does not contain rump shaking music that many may be used to hearing from her. She's evolving and maturing and again the album is FAB!!!

    July 7, 2011 at 8:53 am | Report abuse |
  18. Mos Def

    More Beyonce, less Brittany

    July 7, 2011 at 8:40 am | Report abuse |
  19. Hmmm

    LIKE I SAID AGAIN: She is just like all the other NO SINGERS: Lady Garbage, Brittany Trailer Trash, Janet Joke and now Beyonce B*llcrap...never could sing..nothing new...A pawn in Jay-Z, the masons and satan's hand...that's all..wake up..

    July 7, 2011 at 7:54 am | Report abuse |
  20. christina

    i lost interest in most of her songs a long time ago i like a few of them the one song that gets on my nerves is put a ring on it

    July 7, 2011 at 7:49 am | Report abuse |
  21. Who Cares

    she is too eager for money.. for riches and luxury.. i hate her..
    she releases new songs every week or month, she is boring

    July 7, 2011 at 6:46 am | Report abuse |
  22. royce

    I blame her new PR people for not promoting or pushing for a single. And for those who are oblivious to the music industry, a number one single and a number one album are synonymous so I'd say its important.

    July 7, 2011 at 6:44 am | Report abuse |
  23. Jay-z

    She is a really hot tranny. I love goin down on her!

    July 7, 2011 at 5:28 am | Report abuse |
  24. Genius

    Do you really think the multi million dollar dream team behind her (which now includes jay-z) would ever ever allow her to flop (like she probably would have)??? Money is no object for them... prestige is everything and in the music industry... that can be bought...all they gotta do is make the numbers realistic.

    July 7, 2011 at 4:50 am | Report abuse |
  25. reggie

    Oh yes people lets talk first of all im not a hatter but people look at all the people she has screwed over lets start with the first group remember the two girls she kicked out because they said why does she always sing the lead remember the other girl that was one of their replacements then she dumps d. Child where are those girls now ill tell you somthing this is the diana ross story all over all the way to the marriage watch out jz most of all watch your papper this chick is like plastic I can see right though her.

    July 7, 2011 at 3:45 am | Report abuse |
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  26. ryryross23

    EVERYONE NEEDS TO SHUT UP ABOUT CASEY ANTHONEY!! so what....she was not convicted. i didnt realize the WHOLE WORLD was there when she died.

    July 7, 2011 at 3:39 am | Report abuse |
  27. Rhonda

    I agree with Blah. Right now Beyonce thinks she's all that. Destiny's Child kept her grounded. I think Destiny's Child broke up because Beyonce wanted all of the attention.

    July 7, 2011 at 2:55 am | Report abuse |
  28. devinicci 314

    No matter what anyone says Beyonce will see another Platinum Plaque. Her next Album will be the Return of Sasha or she would get pregnant and make her wifey position complete. I love her to the end. Every Big Artist have an Album that is less stellar than others. This is nothing new.

    July 7, 2011 at 2:12 am | Report abuse |
  29. Name*Nate

    She Great....

    July 7, 2011 at 2:07 am | Report abuse |
  30. creole

    All these haters...hatin on Beyonce...most of the ppl commenting on her album probably dont have a lick of talent themselves...lets see you mf get out there on stage and do wat she do...keep up the good work B...we love you

    July 7, 2011 at 1:43 am | Report abuse |
  31. nerp

    ....And I shat bricks, and that suuuuuuuuuuucked. I should stop looking into scary stuff *in fetal position thinking about pancakes*

    July 7, 2011 at 1:43 am | Report abuse |
  32. dst05nati

    Yes, I said it. Janet, you owe me some money sweetie, so does Maxwell, Mariah and Kelly Price. Ummm hmmm, that says Kelly Price. I want my money back. Thank you Itunes for letting me preview '4' before I made the fatal error of buying it. OK! Got that out in the open, now I can go back to sleep. Ooooh, I've been holding on to that Kelly Price. Released and therapy sessions can be discontinued. Goodnight people!

    July 7, 2011 at 1:41 am | Report abuse |
  33. Name*yungtash

    Amen! what omg said. I feel beyonce has grown more and she has discovered new elements of intrest to relate to in showing so through her music. She is still finding her true divine self as anyone else. As we grow and the good lord allows us to, using an open mind and eye to the smallest things we take for granted that are more meaningful. Love thy neighbor,cherish your life(living everyday as ya last),embracing your talent to a higher level able through god that touches ones heart and soul.beyonce is blessed !!

    July 7, 2011 at 1:38 am | Report abuse |
  34. dst05nati

    I am not a fan at all, however, I must give credit where credit is due. She is an amazing performer. Now, IF I would have purchased this recent foolishness, Beyonce would owe me money just like Janet does for the last 3 albums I purchased of hers. I'm just sayin'.

    July 7, 2011 at 1:25 am | Report abuse |
  35. ladygigi

    Team Jennifer Hudson all day everyday!!!

    July 7, 2011 at 12:59 am | Report abuse |
  36. ladygigi

    Hate to say it everyone but beyonce do have a pretty voice BUT Jennifer Hudson can whoop that ass in a singing contest anytime!**

    July 7, 2011 at 12:58 am | Report abuse |
  37. Stephen

    Be"Yawn'ce needs to go sit down somewhere and give us time to miss her >Like 10years.

    July 6, 2011 at 11:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • amazing

      I agree with Stephen, Beyonce is an awesome entertainer, I would never take that away from her, but there are also so many other talented artists that aren't given the exposure like her that's deserve, please take some time off B and give others a chance...still luv you B!

      July 7, 2011 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
  38. Nancy Disgrace

    I tainted the case.

    July 6, 2011 at 11:19 pm | Report abuse |
  39. toosweet4yhuhun

    beyonce is awesome . she has a wonderful voice . and her album 4 is amazin !!

    July 6, 2011 at 10:29 pm | Report abuse |
  40. cathy t.

    I love Beyounce, but what goes up must come down.

    July 6, 2011 at 10:08 pm | Report abuse |
  41. Jules

    this album is amazing....all you haters stick to listening to Britney and Ke$ha because you clearly can't appreciate good music that's on a higher level....

    July 6, 2011 at 9:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • JAMAL


      I assume you are a female who enjoys this music because it empowers you as a woman. I'm sure it empowers many women... but let me tell you something... it is NOT GOOD MUSIC. It's almost like saying Justin Bieber is a great artist. He has a lot of female fans that love his music and love him... but let's face it... his music is not very good. Both have talents (Beyonce's voice and Justin plays instruments) but have wasted it on selling out for the sheep such as yourself.

      July 7, 2011 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
  42. bella

    benyonce is the best in the game right now...i always love B her music and her movies,everytime she come out with a new album she going to be num# 1 love u girl.

    July 6, 2011 at 8:34 pm | Report abuse |
  43. Ron Jeremy

    Music is as bad as her fake Target commercial. Pitiful attempt at trying to be real. Should be ashamed to post something supposedly for kids when it was so obviously not a surprise and set-up. Crack head puta.

    July 6, 2011 at 7:54 pm | Report abuse |
  44. yo

    i love this ladys

    July 6, 2011 at 7:51 pm | Report abuse |
  45. Eric Schon

    Pure garbage, try writing a song or playing an instrument. I guess if I was 5 it would be good. This girl is just as bad as Brittany, just a different color.

    July 6, 2011 at 7:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hmmm

      She is just like all the other NO SINGERS: Lady Garbage, Brittany Trailer Trash, Janet Joke and now Beyonce B*llcrap...never could sing..nothing new...A pawn in Jay-Z, the masons and satan's hand...that's all..wake up..

      July 7, 2011 at 7:51 am | Report abuse |
    • @ Eric Schon

      You are a half-idiot. Half only because she DOES write some of her own songs... half-smart because you're right... instrument-playing does equal more talent. You would've had a solid comment if not for the fact that you ASSUMED she didn't write her own songs...

      July 7, 2011 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |

    She ok but i know she can do better.....

    July 6, 2011 at 7:50 pm | Report abuse |

    First I will say that I do like Beyonce. I liked her ever since DC and I knew it was only a matter of time before she went solo like JT from N'SYNC. She is a great singer and performer. However, I don't truly care for her latest CD; yes it has a few great songs with awesome beats, but to me it just sounds like being off for a year made her alittle lazy. I say this b/c a few of the songs sound like one big refrain; she throws in a couple of lines; but for the most part she's just repeating herself. All in all, Beyonce is a great entertainer but I feel she could have done just alittle better this time around.

    July 6, 2011 at 7:33 pm | Report abuse |
  48. omg

    everyone is bashing the album as awful, not up to previous stuff. this album possesses a genius clarity and creativeness not seen by her. not every song is jaw dropping awesome but there are some wonderful songs with beautiful lyrics and interesting highs and lows. the album should be number 1. being a music lover that has everything from country to little known people I can say its good. anyone insane person that thinks gaga has anything on B needs to see the video of her singing 1+1 in her dressing room before her appearance on IDol. there is no doubt that girl is touched with the hand of GOD.

    July 6, 2011 at 7:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • omg (you're an idiot)

      You need to lay off whatever drugs you're smoking.

      You act as if it was the greatest album of all-time... what are you, Kanye West? You like fish sticks, also?

      July 7, 2011 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
    • Kelly Rowland

      omg u be tehched n duh head.

      B – she a ho.

      July 7, 2011 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
  49. x

    Why do they always announce these things as if it's a shocker or a feat that the most popular artist's album makes it to #1? Beyonce's music caters to the masses, of course it's going to be #1 regardless of how terrible the album is.

    July 6, 2011 at 6:57 pm | Report abuse |
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  50. doesn't matter

    It doesn't really matter if there's a single that stands out or not... idiots buy her garbage just as easily. As much as I hate to say it, Manboy Gag's music is a lot better than whatever this crap is...

    July 6, 2011 at 6:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • JAMAL

      Beyonce might be off her game these days (in my honest opinion), but she's still got one of the best voices in the game. Truly a wasted talent, but excellent voice almost second to none.

      Man, this speaking straight deal hurts my brain... ahhhhhhhhh... Damn yo, dat's much better ya hear?

      July 6, 2011 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • blah

      Jamal is right, Beyonce does have a great voice, the best that's out there amongst her peers, it's just a shame that her talent is wasted on being an image, a gimmick, and a "diva." Her voice is wasted on lackluster pop fluff. In Destiny's Child, she came off as more relatable, likeable, and down to earth, and more humble, now she's just so overhyped and conceited and doesn't really, in my honest opinion, live up to her lofty expectations that she's trying to make herself out to be. Just my opinion.

      July 6, 2011 at 7:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • MichaelAngelo

      Beyonce's music is far from garbage. I guess if she would have sold her album for $1.00 the first week, like Gaga,(who thinks Beyonce is the best in the game) she would have surpassed those numbers. Nevertheless, congratulations are in order to Beyonce!

      July 7, 2011 at 4:04 am | Report abuse |

    I bet she doesnt think that white devil casey anthony should get off. Beyonce is GREAT !

    July 6, 2011 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |

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