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NASA Astronauts Upset With Beyoncé For Sampling Challenger Disaster On New Album http://www.businessinsider.com/nasa-astronauts-upset-with-beyonce-for-sampling-challenger-disaster-on-new-album-2013-12

Beyoncé is apologizing after including audio from the space shuttle Challenger disaster that killed seven people in her new song "XO," about a troubled relationship.

The audio clip of now-retired NASA public affairs officer Steve Nesbitt commentating as the shuttle was seen breaking apart on live television runs for six seconds in the beginning of the song. Listen below:


But families of Challenger victims are not happy with the song.

June Scobee Rodgers, the widow of Challenger Space Shuttle Commander Dick Scobee and a founder of the Challenger Center for Space Science Education, told ABC News she is "disappointed" in the singer's decision to include the clip, adding "The moment included in this song is an emotionally difficult one for the Challenger families, colleagues and friends."

Retired NASA astronaut Clayton Anderson also told ABC, “For the words to be used in the video is simply insensitive, at the very least.”

Keith Cowing, a former NASA employee who now runs the NASAWatch.com website, said, “This choice of historic and solemn audio is inappropriate in the extreme."

Beyoncé has responded by issuing the below apology (via ABC News):

“My heart goes out to the families of those lost in the Challenger disaster. The song ‘XO’ was recorded with the sincerest intention to help heal those who have lost loved ones and to remind us that unexpected things happen, so love and appreciate every minute that you have with those who mean the most to you. The songwriters included the audio in tribute to the unselfish work of the Challenger crew with hope that they will never be forgotten.”

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Beyoncé named the Music Industry Winner of 2013 by Forbes http://onforb.es/1chbaWN

Beyonce: A late entry to the winners’ circle for 2013.

Earlier today I offered up a few big names in the music industry who’ve seen better years than 2013. Now it’s time to outline three of the biggest winners.

There were certainly other success stories in the music business over the past year, but these three struck me as being particularly notable:


As discussed in my previous post, 2013 was supposed to be the Year of Gaga. It wasn’t. Instead, three other pop divas stole the spotlight—first Miley Cyrus, then Lorde, and, most boldly of all, Beyoncé.

That’s not to discredit the cleverness of Cyrus and her team in hijacking the VMAs, not to mention the national discourse on popular music. And it’s no knock on Lorde, who came from nowhere (rather, New Zealand) to deliver music that seems to have made people truly excited about, well, music.

But the surprise launch of Beyoncé’s self-titled album is perhaps most revolutionary not for what it did, but for what it didn’t do. Mrs. Carter is one of the biggest pop stars on the planet, signed to one of its more storied labels. Yet she didn’t make use of any of the perks of such an arrangement—the “machine” we’re told is so necessary. There was no radio promotion, no single, no advance press of any kind.

“The fact that nearly 900,000 customers were willing to pay full price to buy this album is testament to the passionate dedication of Beyoncé’s legions of fans,” one veteran entertainment attorney told me. “Most artists have to pre-sell or hype albums by giving away singles on various websites, or streaming the album.”

The result: an opening week total that was more than Gaga’s and Katy Perry’s, combined. Is her success replicable? Probably not. Would it have worked for someone else? Perhaps five or ten other stars. And it’s worth noting that the album, only available as an iTunes download for its first week, was pirated extensively. But having the gumption to take such a risk? That’s what it takes to run the world.

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Beyonce and Kanye West lead Times top albums of 2013 list http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/music/posts/la-et-ms-year-end-best-20131230,0,699023.story#axzz2oyZGHx2P

Beyoncé's stealth midnight release — a self-titled collection of new music and videos — may have arrived in near silence earlier this month, but it now rules the charts and The Times' Consensus Top Albums of 2013.

The list, which stretches to a dozen albums this year because of voting ties, pools the Top 10 lists from pop music critic Randall Roberts and seven other pop music staff writers, assigning 10 points for a No. 1 album, 9 points for a No. 2, 8 points for No. 3 and so on.

Beyoncé's "visual album" was named album of the year by two Times writers — August Brown and Gerrick Kennedy — and picked up additional points with its fifth place finish on Times pop music editor Lorraine Ali's list.

The results point to the continuing diaspora in the pop music world, with a relatively modest degree of commonality among the eight lists.

With 80 spots available, only 17 albums appeared on more than one list. Just three received more than two votes: "Beyoncé" and Kanye West's "Yeezus," with three votes apiece, and Savages' "Silence Yourself," named by four Times writers as one of the year's 10 best albums.

Choices run across a broad stylistic range, from the mainstream pop and R&B of Beyoncé and edgy hip-hop of Chance the Rapper to the indie folk-pop of Haim, the British jazz-pop-soul of Laura Mvula and the classic country twang of Brandy Clark.

Indie releases fared equally with from major labels, with indies constituting half of the 12 albums, and Chance the Rapper's self-released "Acid Rap" album finishing impressively at No. 3 behind pop world heavyweights Beyoncé and Kanye West.

Here are the No. 1 albums from each writer's list: Goldspot's "Aerogramme" (Lorraine Ali), Neko Case, "The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You" (Chris Barton), Beyoncé's "Beyoncé" (Brown, Kennedy), The Mavericks' "In Time" (Randy Lewis), "Chance the Rapper's "Acid Rap" (Roberts, Todd Martens) and Vampire Weekend's "Modern Vampires of the City" (Mikael Wood).

Los Angeles Times 2013 Consensus Top Albums:

1.Beyoncé, "Beyoncé " (Parkwood/Columbia) (26 points, three ballots)

2.Kanye West, "Yeezus" (Def Jam) (23, three ballots)

3.Chance the Rapper, "Acid Rap" (self-released) (20 points, two ballots)

4.Haim, "Days Are Gone" (Columbia) (17 points, two ballots)

5.Disclosure, "Settle" (PMR/Cherrytree/Interscope) (15 points, two ballots)

6.(tie) Parquet Courts, "Light Up Gold" (What's Your Rupture) (14 points, two ballots)

Savages, "Silence Yourself" (Matador) (14 points, four ballots)

8. (tie) Kelela, "Cut 4 Me" (Fade To Mind) (13 points, two ballots)

Laura Mvula, "Sing To the Moon" (Columbia) (13 points, two ballots)

10. (tie) Neko Case, "The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You" (Anti-) (12 points, two ballots)

Brandy Clark, "12 Stories" (Slate Creek) (12 points, two ballots)

Laura Marling, "Once I Was An Eagle" (Ribbon) (12 points, two ballots)

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"Self-Titled" Part 4

"Self-Titled" is a mini art feature comprised of several parts that give a glimpse into BEYONCÉ. It details Beyoncé's mind-set and artistic vision throughout the making of the entire project.
Watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1b1loWJfxaA

Director: Zachary Heinzerling
Producers: Ed Burke, Bill Kirsten, Carly Hugo
Editor: Yoonha Park
VFX: Mike Anderson

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Beyonce & Jay Z’s Merry XXX-Mas! Inside Their $6,000 Sex Toy Shopping Spree http://radaronline.com/exclusives/2013/12/beyonce-jay-z-drunk-love-nightclub-sex-toy-spree/

As temperatures drop in NYC, Beyonce and Jay Z are hotter than ever! Only RadarOnline.com has the exclusive details of the couple’s merry XXX-mas, which included a steamy date night on the dance floor and a $6,000 sex toy shopping spree!

While other parents were busy wrapping gifts on Christmas Eve, Blue Ivy‘s mom and dad made an appearance at hot Manhattan nightspot Greenhouse. Appropriately enough, the DJ blared Beyonce’s new song “Drunk In Love” as she and her husband walked through the crowded dance floor.Beyonce later shed her hoodie and rocked out in a sexy white tank top that bared plenty of skin.

The couple spent Christmas Day at home, but on December 26 it was time for the grown-ups to get gifts at an NYC sex shop!

Beyonce and Jay Z stopped in at the notorious Babeland on Thursday afternoon, where they splurged roughly $6,000 on X-rated gifts, according to a source.

“They didn’t buy anything tacky or too extreme,” the insider tells Radar exclusively. “It was all top-of-the-line stuff. Some of it was even gold-plated!”

(It’s not B’s first time having fun at such a spot: In 2011, she was photographed helping her Destiny’s Child bandmate Kelly Rowland celebrate her 30th birthday at a sex shop in L.A.)

Beyonce and Jay have a lot to celebrate this season, as Beyonce’s surprise album continues to dominate the charts and she just wrapped up her successful Mrs. Carter Show world tour. Jay is back on the road already, however, with his own tour stopping in Atlanta on Friday night and Birmingham, AL on Saturday.

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Beyonce On Course for Third Week at No. 1 on Billboard 200 Chart http://www.billboard.com/biz/articles/news/chart-alert/5855048/beyonce-on-course-for-third-week-at-no-1-on-billboard-200

Beyonce is on course to score her longest-running No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart. Based on sales forecasts from industry sources, her new self-titled set should stay put atop next week's Billboard 200 for a third consecutive week.

Sources suggest the album could sell upwards of 250,000 copies by the end of the tracking week on Sunday, Dec. 29. This past week, it spent its second frame at No. 1, moving 617,000 according to Nielsen SoundScan. In the album's first 10 days of release, it sold 991,000 copies.

If "Beyonce" is No. 1 for a third week, it will mark the diva's longest-reigning chart-topper. While all five of her studio albums have reached No. 1, her longest rule atop the list is two weeks (for both "Beyonce" and "4").

The new Billboard 200's top 10 will be revealed on Thursday, Jan. 2.

As for the rest of the top 10, expect to see familiar faces like One Direction's "Midnight Memories," Eminem's "The Marshall Mathers LP 2" and Katy Perry's "PRISM." The three albums are among the many that are experiencing a surge in sales after Christmas. It's traditional to see lots of albums earn increases in the week after Christmas, as consumers redeem newly-acquired gift cards (for digital download stores, especially).

Another release that's selling well is Justin Bieber's new collection, "Journals," which bowed on Monday, Dec. 23. The 15-song set contains 10 previously released tunes (made available as part of his weekly Music Mondays series) and five new cuts. The project -- exclusively sold through the iTunes Store -- could sell over 100,000. However, Billboard has been informed that iTunes will not be reporting sales for the set to Nielsen SoundScan, therefore it will not appear on Billboard’s charts.

On SoundScan's Building chart (below), Beyonce sits atop the list, while One Direction is at No. 2. The Building tally is a precursor to the final Billboard 200 ranking -- reflecting the first four days (Monday through Thursday) of SoundScan's tracking week as reported by six major merchants.

As for the rest of the top 10: Eminem and Katy Perry are Nos. 3 and 5, while Garth Brooks' "Blame It All On My Roots" is No. 4. The soundtrack to "Frozen" is No. 6, while two Christmas albums are up next: Kelly Clarkson's "Wrapped In Red" (No. 7) and the Robertsons' "Duck the Halls" (No. 8). It would be surprising to see "Wrapped In Red" or "Duck the Halls" album among the top 10 next week, since this tracking week only has two days of sales pre-Christmas (Dec. 23 and 24).

Lorde's "Pure Heroine" (No. 9) and Miley Cyrus' "Bangerz" (No. 10) round out the top 10.

Nielsen SoundScan Building Chart
Rank Last Week, BB 200 Artist Title
1 1 Beyonce "Beyonce"
2 3 One Direction "Midnight Memories"
3 6 Eminem "The Marshall Mathers LP 2"
4 2 Garth Brooks "Blame It All On My Roots"
5 7 Katy Perry "PRISM"
6 8 Soundtrack "Frozen"
7 5 Kelly Clarkson "Wrapped In Red"
8 4 The Robertsons "Duck the Halls"
9 11 Lorde "Pure Heroine"
10 17 Miley Cyrus "Bangerz"

The Building Chart reflects the first four days (Monday through Thursday) of SoundScan's tracking week (which ends Sunday) as reported by six major merchants: iTunes, Trans World Entertainment, Best Buy, Starbucks, Target and Anderson Merchandisers. Billboard estimates that they make up about 85% of all U.S. album sales.

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VH1 Staff Picks: 14 Amazing Bands You Need To See Perform Live In 2014 http://www.vh1.com/music/tuner/2013-12-19/best-bands-to-see-live-2014/6/

14. Guster
13. Yeah Yeahs Yeahs
12. Robyn
11. Wilco
10. The Roots
9. Radiohead
8. Alabama Shakes
7. Drake
6. Phish
5. Iggy Pop (with or without The Stooges)
4. Beyonce <3 <3 <3
There’s a reason she’s called the Queen. Now with five solo albums to choose from, as well as ample Destiny’s Child tracks and the occasional Alanis Morissette, Prince or Lauryn Hill (if you’re lucky) cover, Beyonce’s musical selections never disappoint. Pair that with legitimately jaw-dropping choreography (as in, “How did she do that ever, let alone five months after giving birth) and you have a fast-moving show that’s supremely entertaining from start to finish. -Emily Exton

3. Justin Timberlake
2. Prince
1. Bruce Springsteen

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#BEYONCÉ' is The Best-Selling Female Album of 2013 in The U.S. http://music.yahoo.com/blogs/music-news/chart-watch-beyonce-takes-female-record-195040188.html?soc_src=mediacontentstory

Chart Watch: Beyoncé Takes Female Record

Beyoncé's "Beyoncé" sold 991K copies in its first 10 days of release. In so doing, it has become the best-selling album by a female artist in 2013.The old record was held by P!nk's "The Truth About Love," which has sold 920K copies in 2013 (on top of 945K copies it sold in 2012).

"Beyoncé" sold 374K copies in its second week, which was its first full week of release. It sold 617K copies last week, even though it was available for only three days in that tracking week.

Beyoncé's album ranks #1 on The Billboard 200 for the second week. Beyoncé's previous album, "4," also spent its first two weeks at #1, but its sales tally after two weeks was a much more modest 426K.

"Beyoncé" sold 235K digital copies this week, which puts it at #1 on the Top Digital Albums chart for the second week.

"Beyoncé" is a cinch to top the 1 million mark in U.S. sales next week. It will become Beyoncé's first album to sell 1 million copies in just three weeks. Her previous fastest album to reach 1M was "I Am…Sasha Fierce," which took four weeks. Here's the number of weeks her other previous solo albums took to reach the 1 million mark: "Dangerously In Love" (seven), "B'Day" (eight) and "4" (an uncharacteristically slow 26).

If "Beyoncé" sells about 100K copies in the coming week, it will wind up as one of the top 10 albums of 2013. (Next week's chart, for the tracking week ending Sunday Dec. 29, will be the final one of the year. FYI, the album that is currently #10 for the year-to-date, Mumford & Sons' "Babel," has sold 1,083,000 copies in 2013.)

"Beyoncé" is vying to become the first album to wind up in the year-end top 10 based on just three weeks of sales availability since Nielsen SoundScan began tracking music sales in 1991. The current record-holder as the album that wound up in the year-end top 10 based on the fewest number of weeks in the marketplace is Garth Brooks' "Sevens," which ranked among the top 10 albums of 1997 even though it was available for just the last five weeks of that year.

Moreover, if "Beyoncé" winds up in the year-end top 10, this will be the sixth year that Beyoncé has achieved that feat (counting her work with Destiny's Child). This would put her in a tie with Garth Brooks, Mariah Carey and Eminem as the only artists to have made the year-end top 10 in six different years since 1991, when Nielsen SoundScan began tracking music sales.

"Beyoncé" is the singer's fifth studio album. It's rather unusual for an artist to release an eponymous album this deep into a career. There are only five other cases where an artist has reached #1 with an eponymous album this far along. Fleetwood Mac's "Fleetwood Mac" (1976) was that band's 10th studio album (but its first with the line-up that brought it to superstardom). The Beatles' "The Beatles" (1968, often called The White Album) was the Fab Four's ninth studio album in the U.S. (excluding soundtracks and compilations). Heart's hit-studded "Heart" (1985) was that group's eighth studio album. Metallica's "Metallica" (1991) was that band's fifth studio album. Janet Jackson's "janet." (1993) was her fifth studio album.

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The Best & Worst Dressed Artists of the Week: Beyonce & Miley Cyrus http://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/the-hook/5855028/the-best-worst-dressed-artists-of-the-week-beyonce-miley-cyrus

Check out who is rocking killer threads and who needs to put their stylist on (permanent?) timeout this week.

Best: Beyonce

Beyonce’s not afraid to smartly push boundaries with fashion. The “Love On Top” singer did just that at the release party and screening for her new self-titled album “Beyonce” held at the School of Visual Arts Theatre on December 21 in New York City. Styled by our Behind The Seams home boy, Ty Hunter, Queen Bey’ rocked a scintillating sexy frock from the Tom Ford Spring 2014 collection. The high-neck, long-sleeved sheer black dress was complete with a broken-glass pattern and hugged every curve of the singer’s body. Matching open-toe thigh-high boots that only Bey’ could pull off, a nude lip, and free flowing-tresses finished her fierce look.

Worst: Miley Cyrus

What do you get when you mix Cher from “Clueless” with Tony Montana from “Scarface?” Miley Cyrus at the Y 100 Jingle Ball Show at BB&T Center on December 20, 2013 in Florida. Pop’s provocative princess landed on our worst dressed list for this furry frock she performed in at the show. The “Wrecking Ball” songstress’ look was complete with a white unitard, a plaid shirt tied around her waist, white cowboy boots and an enormous fur jacket. We’re sure PETA and Miley became besties after this performance.

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BILLBOARD : Beyonce`s Chart this week... !!!


Hot 100 :
12. Drunk in love (debut)
66. XO (debut)
99. Mine (debut)

R&B Songs :
1. Drunk In Love (debut)
8. XO (debut)
13. Mine (debut)

R&B Streaming Songs :
1. Drunk In Love (debut)
6. XO (debut)

R&B/Hip-Hop Streaming Songs :
2. Drunk In Love (debut)

R&B/Hip-Hop Digital Songs :
4. Drunk In Love (debut)
13. Mine (debut)
18. Pretty Hurts (debut)
25. Partition (debut)

R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay :
9. Drunk In love (+39)

Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs :
2. Drunk in love (Debut)
19. XO (debut)


Billboard 200 :
1. BEYONCE (2 weeks)

Digital Albums :
1. BEYONCE (2 weeks)

Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums :
1. BEYONCE (2 weeks)

Social 50 :
3. Beyonce

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Top Selling Albums Worldwide of 2013:#BEYONCÉ - #24 (1.4M WW) [2 weeks] http://www.mediatraffic.de/albums-2013.htm

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Beyonce #2 on BILLBOARD : Top 20 Music Moments of 2013 http://www.billboard.com/articles/list/5847822/top-20-music-moments-of-2013?list_page=3

Full List :

20. 1D's Memorable Moves
19. Kendrick Takes 'Control'
18. Tragic End to a Fallen Country Star
17. YouTube Made the Hot 100 Star
16. BBMAs Light Up Las Vegas
15. Justin Bieber Hits Highs & Lows
14. David Bowie and More Triumphant Rock Revivals
13. Death at Electric Zoo
12. Jay Z's New Rules
11. Swedish House Mafia Bids Fans Farewell
10. The Night We (Thought We) Lost Lil Wayne
9. Robin Thicke Winks His Way to the Summer's Top Song
8. Daft Punk's Random Acts Pay Off
7. Rock and Country Reel From Huge Losses
6. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Lorde Lead Class Of New Superstars
5. Kanye West Careens Through 2013
4. Justin Timberlake Suits Up for a Busy Comeback
3. 'Glee' Fans Mourn for Monteith
2. Boom Goes Beyonce <3 <3 <3

Remember back in February when Beyonce played the Super Bowl and many fans expected her to drop a new single? Even though that didn't arrive until more than 10 months later, it was still Beyonce's year. After causing a minor lip-syncing scandal at President Obama's second inauguration, she delivered the second most-watched Super Bowl Halftime performance ever (104 million viewers), debuted new music with Pepsi and H&M, stomped her way (in stilettos!) through the Mrs. Carter World Tour -- all before delivering the ultimate mic drop just before midnight on Dec. 13. "We went through everything to keep it sacred and a surprise," the singer also known as Sasha Fierce, Mrs. Carter and now "Yonce" said at a screening for the "Beyonce" visual album held in New York Dec. 21. "Because there's joy in that and it's missing, and that's something I was able to experience as a kid." Based on all the breathless, Christmas-morning-like video reactions -- which were followed by stunning chart and sales debuts -- Beyonce made us all feel like kids again, too.

1. Miley Can't Stop: The Year's Most Talked-About Pop Star

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Beyonce Album Pirated 240,000 Times (Report) http://www.billboard.com/biz/articles/news/legal-and-management/5847925/beyonce-album-pirated-240000-times-report#w3q8q6BtT9kmvy4r.01

Beyoncé's new album, which has zoomed to the top of the Billboard sales charts, appears to also be popular on the file sharing charts as well -- with nearly a quarter million copies pirated within the first week of its Dec. 13 debut, according to Musicmetric.

Had those copies been purchased, the album would have grossed an additional $3 million in sales. While it's certain that piracy eats into music revenue, it's difficult, if not impossible, to know what percentage of those illegal downloads would have displaced purchases, since not everyone who pirated a free copy would have bought the album if it weren't available via file sharing sites.

Nevertheless, the singer's self-titled album has been a red hot performer, having sold 991,000 copies in its first 10 days, placing it on top of the Billboard 200 chart for two straight weeks.

As of Dec. 18, Beyoncé’s entire music catalog was shared more than 2 million times over file sharing sites that leverage the BitTorrent download protocol during 2013 -- 239,131 of those were shares of her new self-titled album, according to music data analyst Musicmetric.

In addition, the December album release on iTunes spurred file sharers' interest in Beyoncé’s earlier repertoire, resulting in a spike in downloads of her other albums as well. Downloads of previous releases peaked on Dec. 15 at 11,588 downloads that day -- more than five times the number of downloads the day before the new album's release.

While these figures could be viewed as lost sales, they can also be seen as an opportunity to gather insight, said Musicmetric's Chief Executive Gregory Mead.

"The usefulness of BitTorrent data is that it allows record labels to have an incredibly detailed insight into where their artists are popular – right down to the town," Mead said. "Although the file-sharing numbers may be high, it will be possible to translate many of these into buyers."

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Beyonce Spends Second Week at No. 1 on Billboard 200 Chart http://www.billboard.com/articles/news/5847921/beyonce-spends-second-week-at-no-1-on-billboard-200-chart?mobile_redirection=false

US Digital Albums chart:
#1(=) BEYONCÉ, Beyonce 235,000 (852,000 total)

Billboard 200: #1(=) BEYONCÉ, Beyonce 374,000
(991,000 sold in 10 days)

"Beyonce" sold 991,000 in its first 10 days and is (so far) the 12th biggest-selling album of 2013

Beyonce's new self-titled album remains unstoppable on the Billboard 200 chart, as it spends a second week atop the list.

"Beyonce" sold 374,000 copies in the week ending Dec. 22 (down 39%), according to Nielsen SoundScan. It bowed at No. 1 on the previous week's chart, after only three days on sale, with 617,000 sold.

The album was released on an off-cycle Friday, Dec. 13. Its debut on the chart a week ago came from sales in the week ending Dec. 15.

Thus, in its first 10 days of release, "Beyonce" sold 991,000 and is (so far) the 12th biggest-selling album of 2013. There is one more tracking week left in the year -- the week ending Dec. 29. It's likely that "Beyonce" will finish 2013 among the top 10 sellers (all of which have sold at least 1 million this year).

"Beyonce's" debut was fueled by sales only from the iTunes Store, as the album was exclusively available through the retailer until the end of last week. After that, the set went on sale through all traditional sellers of music, including brick-and-mortar establishments. (Notably, both Target and Amazon.com declined to sell the CD version of the album.)

Impressively, "Beyonce" sold more copies in its second chart week than the diva's last album, "4," did in its debut on the chart. The latter album was released in 2011 and debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with 310,000. (And, the album was released on a traditional Tuesday, giving the set six days of sales in its debut frame.)

In its second week, "4" sold 115,000 (securing a second, and final, week at No. 1).

Although "Beyonce" became widely available in its second week, its digital sales remain strong (most of those coming from the iTunes Store). Of its 374,000 second week, downloads made up 63% (235,000). It was the top selling digital album of the week, and remains at No. 1 on the Digital Albums chart. (Among the top selling physical albums of the week, "Beyonce" was the No. 3 seller, behind Garth Brooks "Blame It All On My Roots" and One Direction's "Midnight Memories.")

Speaking of Brooks, his Walmart-exclusive box set spends another week at No. 2 on the Billboard 200, selling 199,000 copies (up 16%). The cumulative sales of the six-CD/two-DVD box -- which sells for $24.96 -- now stand at 681,000. The album, like the rest of Brooks' titles, is unavailable as a download.

One Direction's "Midnight Memories" is No. 3 on the Billboard 200 -- up two spots -- with 166,000 (up 35%). The set has sold 954,000 in its four weeks on sale.

The Robertson's "Duck the Halls: A Robertson Family Christmas" album rises two rungs to No. 4 with 132,000 (up 22%), while Kelly Clarkson's "Wrapped In Red" slips two positions to No. 5 with 124,000 (down 9%).

Eminem's "The Marshall Mathers LP 2" climbs two positions to No. 6 (115,000; up 39%), Katy Perry's "PRISM" jumps 9-7 (99,000; up 67%) and the soundtrack to "Frozen" rises 10-8 with 81,000 (up 45%). Michael Buble's "Christmas" returns to the top 10, as it steps 13-9 with 68,000 (up 43%) and Luke Bryan's "Crash My Party" closes out the top 10, rising 14-10 with just over 68,000 (up 44%).

This week's chart represents the final full week of shopping before the Dec. 25 Christmas holiday, so it's natural to see an overall lift in album sales. (Album sales volume is up by 22% this week.) Next week's tracking frame ends on Dec. 29, so there will be two more days of pre-Christmas shopping (Dec. 23 and Dec. 24) in next week's chart. So, we should see the top of the Billboard 200 chart post some sizable numbers again.

Few significant albums were released on Dec. 17 -- the release date that impacts this week's chart -- so relatively few titles debut on the tally. The top debut this week is B.o.B's new "Underground Luxury," which bows at No. 22 with 35,000. His last album, 2012's "Strange Clouds," debuted and peaked at No. 5 off a 76,000 start.

Over on the Digital Songs chart, A Great Big World & Christina Aguilera's "Say Something" remains at No. 1, selling 238,000 downloads (up 2%). That number could grow even larger next week, once the traditional rush of purchases made with newly-received gift cards kicks in. (The chart's sales volume increases dramatically in the weeks after Christmas, as consumers redeem digital download gift cards at retailers like iTunes.)

The top five titles on the Digital Songs chart this week are all non-movers. Pitbull's "Timber," featuring Ke$ha, is No. 2 (213,000; up 14%), Eminem's "The Monster," featuring Rihanna, is No. 3 (193,000; up 10%), OneRepublic's "Counting Stars" is No. 4 (168,000; up 16%) and Passenger's "Let Her Go" is No. 5 (135,000; up 14%).

Lorde's "Royals" rises 7-6 (111,000; up 14%).

Katy Perry's "Dark Horse," which is now officially the third single from her "PRISM" album, gallops 17-7 with just under 111,000 (up 87%). The song concurrently jets 32-25 on the Pop Songs airplay chart (known as Mainstream Top 40 on Billboard.biz).

One Direction's "Story of My Life" slides 6-8 on the Digital Songs chart with 110,000 (up 2%). Like Perry's tune, "Story" is also making gains at top 40 radio. This week, "Story" jumps 15-13 on the Pop Songs chart, making it One Direction's second-highest charting song ever on the tally. Only "What Makes You Beautiful" went higher, reaching No. 3 in June of 2012.

Imagine Dragons' "Demons" descends 8-9 on Digital Songs with 103,000 (up 14%) and Ellie Goulding's "Burn" drops 9-10 with 84,000 (down less than 1%).

Overall album sales in this past chart week (ending Dec. 22) totaled 10.6 million units, up 22% compared with the sum last week (8.7 million) and down 17% compared with the comparable sales week of 2012 (12.7 million). Year to date album sales stand at 280 million, down 9% compared to the same total at this point last year (306.2 million).

Digital track sales this past week totaled 21.83 million downloads, up 12% compared with last week (19.57 million) and down 14% stacked next to the comparable week of 2012 (25.5 million). Year to date track sales are at 1.22 billion, down 5% compared to the same total at this point last year (1.28 billion).

Next week's Billboard 200 competes with the same week in 2012 when: Taylor Swift's "Red" held at No. 1 with 241,000 (down 12%), while the soundtrack to "Les Miserables" jumped 33-2 with 136,000 (up 218%).

Billboard holiday chart schedule: Please note that all Billboard.com and .Biz charts will update on Friday (Dec. 27) at 9am ET. The top 10 of the Billboard 200 and Hot 100 charts will be revealed on Thursday (Jan. 2) and update in full on Friday (Jan. 3).

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BILLBOARD Beyonce's chart this week :

HOT 100 :
12. Drunk In Love ft. Jay Z (debut)
66. XO (debut)
99. Mine ft. Drake (debut)

Hot Digital Songs :
21. Drunk In Love ft. Jay Z 61.000 (debut)

R&B Songs :
1. Drunk In Love ft. Jay Z

R&B/Hip-Hop Songs :
2. Drunk In Love ft. Jay Z

Billboard 200 :
1. BEYONCÉ (2 weeks)

Hot Digital Album :
1. BEYONCÉ (2 weeks)

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Entertainmen Weekly: named Beyoncé's Super Bowl Halftime Show 'Best Music Performance of 2013' http://www.ew.com/ew/gallery/0,,20760444_20769136_30006198,00.html#21275991

1. Beyoncé Runs the World
There are pop stars, and then there are the supernovas: performers so powerful they create their own force fields, leaving a trail of crackling kilowatts in their wake. Exhibit A: Sure, the blackout that plunged New Orleans' Superdome into darkness after her Super Bowl XLVII halftime show may have been a coincidence, but we know better; her utter command of one of TV's biggest audiences ever — some 110 million — was the takeaway story of the night. (The Ravens won, you say?) Exhibit B: Her Mrs. Carter Show World Tour, which raked in more than $100 million despite the absence of a promised fifth studio album because... Exhibit C: Oh yeah, she was just going to drop that (excellent) self-titled album on Dec. 13 with zero warning and own the pop culture conversation all over again. —Leah Greenblatt

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Diddy Compares Beyoncé to Diana Ross and The Rolling Stones http://www.hiphopdx.com/m/index.php?s=news&id=26758

As part of REVOLT TV’s “State Of Revolt: The Chairman Talks” special, the cable television network’s owner, Diddy, addressed a handful of major music events that have happened this year. Among the most recent happenings Diddy discussed was Beyonce’s newly-released album, Beyonce.

The Houston songstress released the surprise album on iTunes on December 13. Despite the unexpectedness of the project, Beyonce currently serves as one of the year’s biggest releases and one of Beyonce’s “best albums” according to Diddy.

During the “State Of Revolt: The Chairman Talks” special, Diddy gave credit to Beyonce for creating a body of work with her new album and revealed that the singer will one day be up there with the likes of Diana Ross and The Rolling Stones.

“I would just motivate more artists and more producers to create a body of work, man,” said Diddy. “You know what I’m saying? You don’t have to do 20 joints. Create a body of work that stands for something and that you want to see stand for yourself 10 years from now. And I think that she didn’t go after making radio records. Like we got, I think, one of the best albums from Beyonce. And also just from an innovation level she’s a different type of artist. She’s up there with the great ones. And everybody should aspire to be up there. Her name will be said with Diana Ross. It will be said with The Rolling Stones.”

Diddy also spoke briefly on his goals for REVOLT TV and what can be expected from the network in the future. The Hip Hop entrepreneur emphasized that REVOLT TV is a network created to uplift artists and not “tear them down.”

“We’re focused on playing the videos and having original programming,” Diddy said. “We’re not really big on just the reality shows and things like that. We want to be known for our journalistic credibility. I want to be there to motivate and inspire artists. I want to be there to believe in them when no one else believed in them…I want to make sure that we don’t try to—with our news we cover the news and we get the opinions from the fans, but it’s not a personal REVOLT thing…I want us to have the power to be a platform to make people’s dreams come true. Not in no way tear them down.”

Released less than two weeks ago, Beyonce’s self-titled album is quickly reaching the one-million mark for the number of copies sold in the United States. News of Beyonce’s latest sales feat, comes days after Target spokesperson Erica Julkowsk informed Billboard.com that the retailer would not sell physical copies of Beyonce.

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Thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Taylon gets to dance with Beyoncé at the Mrs.Carter Show World Tour in Las Vegas.
Watch the video here: http://youtu.be/VWnMiO62F18


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Director's Screening + Instagram Q&A

Speaking to fans last night at The Director's Screening in NYC, Beyoncé answered some questions via Instagram video about #BEYONCÉ. Watch it here: http://on.fb.me/J83exm


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Carly Hugo on Producing ‘Rocket’ Video and ‘Self-Titled’ Documentary http://framingham.patch.com/groups/arts-and-entertainment/p/framingham-high-alumni-produced-beyonce-documentary-surprise-video

When Beyoncé surprised the world by releasing, on the Internet, 14 songs and 17 videos in the middle of the night last week, the result was accomplished in part with the help of a Framingham High School graduate.Carly Hugo is one of the producers of Self-Titled: The Visual Album, a multi-part documentary that gives fans a glimpse into the surprise BEYONCÉ project.

“I had so much fun working on this,” the 2002 Framingham High graduate tweeted.

The multi-part documentary, of which only two parts have been released to the public, details Beyoncé’s “mind-set and artistic vision throughout the making of BEYONCÉ.” Hugo, the daughter of Framingham School Committee Chair Beverly Hugo and Board of Health Chair Michael Hugo, is a New York-based independent film producer.

“Carly told us she produced a music video for Beyoncé. I think this is a little more than a video,” said Michael Hugo, who added he is so proud of his daughter. ”We were thrilled to produce the music video for Rocket, a track on Beyoncé’s ground-breaking visual album, BEYONCÉ,” states Loveless Creative on its website.

Hugo said his daughter banned him from saying a word about her top secret Beyoncé project.

“Carly has shown that when she steps outside her comfort zone, amazing things can happen,” said Hugo. ”Carly produced an 11-minute documentary about the Video Album… We are all proud of our resident producer,” wrote Hugo on his Facebook page.

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