According to an article on Billboard Magazine's website, Beyonce's new solo album, "4", has sold 310,000 copies in its 1st week (from Nielsen SoundScan statistics). Although "4" is the singer's lowest selling debut (Dangerously in Love=317,000, B'Day=541,000, I Am...Sasha Fierce=482,000), the album will still rank as the #1 album for the week. The 1st 3 singles from the album, "Run the World (Girls)," "1+1" and "Best Thing I Never Had" have all performed sparingly, which may be the cause of "4's" weaker debut, as suggested by the article. Other possible impacting factors are the 3-week early online leak and the fact that overall albums sales have decreased at a rate of 8% per year since 1999. Here are the links to Billboard's article and research about the decline of record sales:
What's your favorite song from "4"? Mine is "1+1." :) Be sure to vote on the other polls along the side of this page, including "What's Beyonce's Best Solo Album?" :)
Please hit the comment button and let me know what Beyonce` solo album you think is the best AND WHY. I personally choose "Dangerously in Love" because it was incredibly unorthodox, having an old-school R&B sound (very 70's). It was so unorthodox that her record label didn't expect any of songs to be commercially successful as singles (ref. I Am...Yours DVD). It takes courage to take such an artistic risk, and it takes skill/talent to be able to modernize an older sound for a younger audience. Furthermore, the lyrical writing on the album was fantastic and Beyonce` displayed some soulful vocals. What album do you choose?