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U.K. CHARTS: LEMONADE LIGHTS UP BLIGHTY (UPDATE)

Despite Beyoncé’s Lemonade having a somewhat subdued arrival in the U.K., where it goes through Colin Barlow’s RCA, the set has hit #1 on the U.K.’s Official Albums Charts based on Tidal streams and iTunes sales alone. So how did it do numbers wise?
 
Lemonade notched up 73k combined sales, 10k of those being streaming equivalents on Tidal—the biggest streaming sales for an album since the stats were introduced into the Official Chart numbers in February last year. 
 
Bey’s new album arrived at iTunes around 11am last Monday morning, and has been a Tidal streaming exclusive since 4/23 in the U.K. Without an HBO-style debut, the album was instead welcomed by an (impromptu?) BBC Radio 1 #BeyonceListeningParty last Monday evening. 
 
It had four full days from Monday to the end of play Thursday on iTunes, where, priced at £13.99, it held onto #1 since release, despite big competition from Prince’s back catalog.
 
For comparisons sake, Beyoncé’s self-titled surprise album in 2013 secured what was deemed to be a record-breaking number of downloads in its first few days on sale, notching up 68k from Friday to Sunday (what was then the end of the chart week). During the following full week, it secured another 68k and peaked at #2 during a time when streaming wasn’t included in the Official Albums Charts.
 
Lemonade is Beyonce’s third #1 album in Blighty, following 2003 debut Dangerously In Love and 2011’s 4
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