Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s ‘Everything Is Love’ is arguably one of the most-hyped releases of 2018.
The final first-week numbers for the project are in and The Carters are set to take the no. 2 spot on the Billboard 200 this week.
Despite being a Tidal exclusive for about a day before reaching other streaming platforms, ‘Everything Is Love’ managed to move 124,470 album units with 69,996 of those being traditional album sales.
5 Seconds Of Summer who outsold them by around 15k copies, will take the no. 1 spot.
We know Bey and Jay say they don’t care about numbers, but we’d be lying if we didn’t expect a joint album from some of the two biggest names in music to move a bit more.
Update via Billboard:
As for Everything Is Love, it arrives in the runner-up slot with 123,000 units — of which 70,000 were in traditional album sales, 4,000 in TEA units, and 49,000 in SEA units.The album was surprise-released mid-day on June 16, and was initially only available to stream and purchase (as a digital album) through Tidal. By the morning of June 18, the set was widely available through subscription tiers on audio streaming services and to purchase through other digital retailers, like iTunes. It has not been announced if the album will be issued on CD or any other physical configuration.
Beyoncé and JAY-Z’s previous solo albums — 2016’s Lemonade and 2017’s 4:44, respectively — both opened at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. And, like Everything Is Love, those albums had a unique release rollout, making it difficult to compare their debuts to that of Everything Is Love.