Beyoncé’s first solo album in six years is anticipated to follow in the footsteps of its predecessors and hold the top spot on the charts.
HitsDailyDouble predicts that Renaissance, the renowned singer’s seventh studio album, will sell between 275,000 and 315,000 total album-equivalent units. With that amount, Beyoncé would not only replace Bad Bunny’s ‘Un Verano Sin Ti’ at the top of the Billboard 200 chart, but it would also be her eighth straight solo album to do so.
Since its debut on Friday (July 29), Renaissance has established itself as a major force on streaming platforms. The album has already surpassed all expectations with 170 million listens in the United States alone, becoming Spotify’s most played album by a female artist in one day.
Even with its unconventional Saturday release, Lemonade, Beyoncé’s previous album, debuted at No. 1 with nearly 485,000 total album-equivalent units sold.
Compared to Bey’s two back-to-back surprise albums released in 2013 and 2016, Renaissance’s buildup was more conventional. “Break My Soul,” the album’s debut track, was first teased on Instagram before being made public in June.
Beyoncé On ‘Renaissance’ Leak Before Release
Beyoncé acknowledged the leak and thanked the fans for having the patience to listen to the album as it was expected in a message she made after it prematurely leaked overseas and was later posted on the internet.
“So, the album leaked, and you all actually waited until the proper release time so you all can enjoy it together,” she wrote. “I’ve never seen anything like it. I can’t thank y’all enough for your love and protection. I appreciate you for calling out anyone that was trying to sneak into the club early. It means the world to me. Thank you for your unwavering support. Thank you for being patient.”
She continued: “We are going to take our time and enjoy the music. I will continue to give my all and do my best to bring you joy. I love you deep.”
Beyoncé’s previous No. 1’s are: 2003’s Dangerously In Love, 2006’s B’Day, 2008’s I Am…Sasha Fierce, 2011’s 4, 2013’s Beyoncé and 2016’s Lemonade.