Beyoncé’s new album Renaissance has landed at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart.
According to Billboard, its first week Renaissance earned 332,000 equivalent album units and sold 190,000 physical copies. Renaissance is Beyoncé’s seventh solo album to reach No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart; she’s the first female artist to have her first seven solo albums debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. In 2022 thus far, the only album with a bigger debut week on the Billboard 200 charts than Renaissance was Harry Styles’ Harry’s House, which racked up 521,500 total units.
Renaissance, released on July 29, 2022, is billed as “Act I”—the first of a “three act project” that Bey recorded during the pandemic.Ahead of the release, Beyoncé wrote on her website: “My intention was to create a safe place, a place without judgement. A place to be free of perfectionism and overthinking.”
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