Beyonce Breaks Records

15 May 2016
With the release of her latest album, Lemonade; Beyoncé has gone on to become the first woman to have 12 songs in the rundown simultaneously, beating Taylor Swift’s previous record of 11.

Lemonade reached the number 1 position after selling 653 000 copies in the week ending 28 April, according to Nielsen Music.

Only one of Beyoncé’s songs is currently in the top 10, however: Formation – which was released in February – sits at No 10, while Sorry, the most streamed track from Lemonade with 14.2m US streams, is at No 11, with Hold Up at No 13 and 6 Inch at No 18. The other titles are scattered throughout the top 70, with the James Blake collaboration Forward the lowest-charting at No 63. Her success also dominates this week’s R&B/hip-hop chart, with all 12 tracks entering the top 30.

Beyoncé will have to go a little further to match her male rivals, however: Justin Bieber beat Drake and the Beatles for the Billboard Hot 100 record in 2015, with 17 songs charting simultaneously following the release of his album Purpose.

Beyoncé’s Lemonade arrived on 23 April, along with an hour-long film of the same name. The album was released exclusively via Tidal, the streaming service founded by her husband and rap mogul Jay Z, until 25 April, when it was made available to other digital retailers.

HBO - who screened Lemonade: The Film - confirmed that it plans to submit the project for consideration in the Variety Special category. Lemonade became available to stream exclusively on Tidal after the visual album debuted on TV. A day later, the entire collection was made available for purchase on iTunes and Amazon.

The visual album's credits list Beyoncé, Kahlil Joseph, Jonas Åkerlund, Melina Matsoukas,Dikayl Rimmasch, Mark Romanek and Todd Tourso as directors. At this point, it's unclear who will be submitted for Emmy consideration.

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