That didn't stop Ebro and the rest of the Hot 97 team from grilling him over his involvement though.And when we say grilling, we mean burned to a cinder over maximum heat on a gas-fuelled BBQ.Beyoncé was released digitally to the i Tunes Store without prior announcement or promotion.It debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200, earning Beyoncé her fifth consecutive number-one album in the country.This week’s sales report is the first to accommodate Billboard’s new measurement system in which the charts account for not only the number of albums sold, but also the number of singles sold as well as the number of times an album is streamed.The new “total activity” measurement counts 1,500 streams as the sale of a single album and also adopts a “track-equivalent album” consideration which counts the sale of 10 singles as an album sale.The new format and a couple new Hip Hop releases shook up the Billboard Top 200 with Eminem’s , the rapper’s second album in less than a year, debuted at #6 with just under 75,000 total albums sold. I., Chris Brown, and Pharrell Williams all jumped up the list thanks to the new ranking system while both Beyonce and Iggy Azalea have albums and their respective rereleases in the Top 10 Hip Hop/R&B albums of the week.
For the finale of the show, they showed the trailer of Michael Jackson's This Is It.Their collaboration led to more sonically experimental material, which combined contemporary R&B with electronic and soul music.Throughout this period, the album's songs and videos were composed in strict secrecy as Beyoncé devised an unexpected release.(The album had a separate song sales number of 88,686, which also contributes to the latest total activity report.) The sales numbers place the compilation album firmly within the projected first sales of 140,000 to 150,000 and come just after news that quickly became the #1 i Tunes album, a fact Crooked I recently celebrated with a new freestyle.Rick Ross’ latest album came in at #6 after its first week on the shelves, selling a total of 74,444 albums for a total activity count of 79,264 when its more than two million streams and nearly 34,000 song sales are accounted for.