She’s never far from the headlines and today is no exception. Beyoncé has just made history on the Billboard Hot 100 by becoming the first woman to have 12 tracks charting simultaneously in the rundown.
All twelve songs are from her new album Lemonade. The album has already reached the No. 1 spot after its opening week’s sales of 653,000 downloads for week ending 28 April, according to Nielsen Music.
This overtakes the previous record held by Taylor Swift. Swift had 11 of her tracks in the top 100 at the same time back in 2010 following the release of Swift’s album Speak Now.
Out of the 12 Beyoncé tracks, the only song to make it to the top 10 so far is “Formation”, which was released in February and currently sits at No. 10. The track “Sorry” is notching up the chart and sits at No. 11. It is the most streamed track from Lemonade (besides “Formation”); it has a staggering 14.2m US streams. Following closely behind are the tracks “Hold Up” at No. 13 and “6 Inch” at No. 18.
The other songs from the album are scattered around the top 40, and the lowest-charting track, the James Blake collaboration “Forward” sits at No. 63. The album is also a smash on this week’s R&B/hip-hop chart, with every one of the 12 tracks sitting in the top 30.
Where as the singer’s chart success is remarkable, Beyoncé still has a way to go to beat her male counterparts. Justin Bieber currently holds the overall record with 17 songs charting concurrently following the release of his album Purpose.
Lemonade was launched on April 23rd, to huge fanfare and was accompanied by an hour-long film of the same name. Initially released exclusively via Tidal, the album was then made available to other digital retailers on April 25th with physical copies available on May 6th.