Is it really surprising that Beyoncé’s unexpected release of her fifth solo album, the self-titled Beyoncé, has made history after debuting at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart? Mic drop. Bey out.

In all seriousness, this is a major achievement not only for Beyoncé but for the music industry at large. The success of this latest album makes Mrs. Carter the first woman in history to take the the top spot with her first five studio albums. We repeat: Beyoncé made history.

Looking over the records that got her here is like constructing our ultimate playlist. First came Dangerously In Love way back in 2003 and then B’Day in 2006. I Am...Sasha Fierce followed two years later and finally 4 in 2011. All of them premiered at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart. Take that every other diva ever.

The news puts Beyoncé in the ranks of rapper DMX and folk group the Kingston Trio, who have also seen all first five solo projects debut in first place. Sorry, Mr. Carter. Looks like your wife takes this one.

Since its release on iTunes the early morning of December 13, Beyoncé’s blown the competition out of the water. It sold 617,000 copies by the end of December 15, a new record for Bey. It also makes for the largest sales week for a woman in 2013. Classic Beyoncé. Burning down records with just a handful of days left in the year.

If you haven’t purchased the album already, a physical version is expected to appear in US stores (not counting Target) sometime between today (December 18) and December 20. Or if Christmas is your thing, you can always hurriedly add it to your Christmas list and hope Santa gets the message.

Source: Billboard


Elisabeth Kramer is an Assistant Editor at Wetpaint Entertainment and our resident Downton Abbey expert. Follow her on Twitter and Google+!