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Beyonce’s New CD is Number 1

HollywoodNews.com: Beyonce‘s “4″ album debuts at Number 1 this week with around 300,000 copies sold. It’s a good but not great debut for “4″ considering its predecessor sold 480,000 copies a year and a half ago.

The lower number is surely an indication of how the record biz has dwindled over the same period of time. It’s also about Beyonce not having a great single from this album. On the last one, “I Am…Sasha Fierce,” she had a breakout hit with “Single Ladies.” Even the video was parodied. “4″ doesn’t have that single so far, although does have a few misses.

I have to think that Beyonce’s forceful appearance on “Good Morning America” last Friday helped her a lot. She sang live, looked like a million bucks, and really went for it. All current performers should take notes. When Beyonce is on, she is worth her weight in gold bullion. It’s instructive to note that at same time Beyonce was roaring across the “GMA” set in Central Park, rapper Pitbull was featured on the “Today” show. He wasn’t very good, and his sales actuall went down. He’s dropped from number 7 to 15.

This was a rare “Today” misstep. This Friday, country singer Blake Shelton comes to “Today,” which should be a hit. The following Friday is Chris Brown–yikes, what are they thinking? Meanwhile, Adele gets kicked to Number 2 this week; she’s still rolling deep in green. Lady Gaga drifts out of the top 10 and into oblivion.

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  • July 5, 2011 | Permalink |

    chris brown? what r they thinking.\? he pulled in 19 million viewers on dwts thats what they’re thinking…yikes he’s a great performer. i’ll be there. #teambreezy

  • July 5, 2011 | Permalink |

    You all should learn how to congratulate instead trying to find something to insult. There are no conjuctionss needed. She got #1 ith4 period. Beyonce is so positive,beautiful and talented. PLus she knows what she is cabable of doing.Also in case you are really as mystified as you proclaim to be as to why her sales are different than I AM Sasha sales. First the time of the year for to produce those numbers are nearer to Christmas. HOwever, te biggest thing that affected her sales is an idiot who tried to sabotage her with a leaked CD in it’s entirety. Beyonce is back with a purpose.. Last night NBC’s annual Fourth of July fireworks special — featuring a performance by Beyoncé — scored its biggest overall audience in more than a decade and its best adults 18-49 numbers in four years, leading the network to a victory Monday night. NBC drew 6.3 million viewers. Congratulations to Beyonce for showing she still matters. Haters you may take a bow,now! Ha Ha Ha.. Love her so much. Her new album is great. Love the direction she took 4.

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