Beyoncé brought much delight to everyone (even those of us who already published our best albums lists) when she released her stunning 17-song visual album Beyoncé by surprise around midnight EST last Thursday. As Billboard reports, the album racked up more than 430,000 in sales (and a whopping 80,000 in its first three hours online, when most of the East Coast was asleep!) in just one day en route to a presumptive #1 debut. When all is said and done, the thing could top out at over 600,000 for its first week, which would be Beyoncé’s best sales debut ever. (UPDATE: Yep, Billboard confirms the final tally was 617,000 copies.) Let’s not let the objective facts crowd out the subjective triumphs entirely; the album’s artistic accomplishments are just as impressive, about which we’ll have more shortly. In the meantime, check out one of the 17 videos included with the album, Hype Williams’ black-and-white nighttime beach scene for the Jay Z duet “Drunk In Love.” Other than Jay’s clunker-heavy bars (Tom’s Twitter insights somehow made “Your breasteses are my breakfast” even more horrendous), this one’s a winner. Check it out below.
Beyoncé is out now via Columbia.