Following its surprise release last Sunday, Beyonce’s Lemonade enters straight in at Number 1 on this week’s Official Albums Chart.
The superstar’s sixth studio collection racked up 73,000 chart sales, making Lemonade the second-fastest selling artist record of 2016, behind David Bowie’s Blackstar.
The record also enjoyed a strong week on streaming, accounting for 10,000 equivalent sales (14%) of its overall sales figure – the biggest streaming sales for a Number 1 album since streaming was introduced into the chart last year.
Lemonade is Queen Bey’s third Number 1 album in the UK, following her debut Dangerously In Love and her fourth studio collection 4.
New Entries and High Climbers
Occupying the next 3 places behind the Formation singer is Prince, following his untimely death last week. The Very Best Of is at 2, Ultimate sits at 3 and Purple Rain – OST from Prince & The Revolution climbs 51 places to Number 4. A further three Prince albums enter this week’s chart: The Hits/The B-Sides (13), Sign O’ The Times (15) and 1999 (28). Click here for a full rundown of Prince’s impact on this week’s Official Singles and Albums Charts.
Adele’s 25 is at 6 this week, marking the first time the record has dropped from the Top 5 since its release last November. Just behind Adele is Katherine Jenkins; Celebration, her album commemorating Queen Elizabeth II’s 90th birthday debuts at 7. Katherine also enjoys a record 12th UK Number 1 over on the Official Combined Classical Albums Chart today, overtaking Andre Rieu’s eleven classical Number 1s.
In addition to Katherine, there are another three new entries in this week’s Top 40. Katy B’s third studio album Honey is at 22, Sandy Denny’s I’ve Always Kept A Unicorn – Acoustic begins at 31, and Julian Ovenden’s Be My Love starts out at 37.