Monday, March 3, 2014

Beyoncé - "XO" (2013)

"XO" was co-written by Beyoncé herself, Terius "The-Dream" Nash and OneRepublic frontman Ryan Tedder, while the production was handled by Nash, Tedder, Beyoncé, with additional production from Hit-Boy and HazeBanga. In its fifth week on the Billboard Hot 100, the song peaked at number 45.

Beyoncé was included on many year-end best-of lists. It was ranked the best album of the year by Billboard, Houston Chronicle and Los Angeles Times, while Spin ranked it the best R&B album of the year. The album ranked within the top 10 on lists by Associated Press, HitFix and MTV News, which placed it at number five.

The album debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, with three-day sales of 617,213 digital copies. This gave Beyoncé her fifth consecutive number-one album, making her the first female artist to have her first five studio albums debut atop the chart. It also became the largest debut sales week for a female artist in 2013, and the highest debut sales week of Beyoncé's solo career.

On December 16, Apple announced that Beyoncé was the fastest selling album in the history of the iTunes Store, both in the US and worldwide. It sold 828,773 digital copies worldwide in just three days, and reached number one on iTunes Store charts in 104 countries. Six days after release, the album had sold one million digital copies worldwide on the iTunes Store.

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