Beyoncé is headed for the #1 spot on the Billboard 200 next week with ‘Lemonade’ expected to sell over 500,000 units and move more than 700,000 equivalent album units total (including streaming).
The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week based on multi-metric consumption, which includes traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA). The top 10 of the new May 14-dated Billboard 200 chart — and Lemonade’s official sales figure and unit total compiled by Nielsen Music — is scheduled to be revealed on Billboard’s websites on Sunday, May 1. (The May 14 Billboard 200 chart reflects data tracked in the week ending April 28.)
Lemonade was introduced on April 23 through its same-named film, which was soundtracked by the album’s songs and premiered on HBO. The visual album was released following the film’s debut, initially exclusively through Tidal. By Monday, April 25, the album — which is bundled with the film — went on sale through other digital retailers, but Tidal remains the only service with on-demand streaming rights to the set. A physical version of the album will be released May 6.
Well, we knew she came to slay!