Beyoncé has, once again made, history with Renaissance. The megastar’s seventh album debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart and also makes this year’s biggest week by a woman with 332,000 equivalent album units earned in the U.S. in the week ending Aug. 4, per Billboard.
Renaissance is Beyonce’s seventh No. 1 album, making her the first woman to have her first seven solo albums debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. The last woman at No. 1 was Adele with 30 which stayed on the charts in the top spot for six weeks (charts dated Dec. 4, 2021-Jan. 8, 2022) according to the outlet.
The icon’s lead single “Break My Soul” off of Renaissance also landed her in good company with Michael Jackson and Paul McCartney becoming the first woman ever to rack up at least 20 top 10 hits as a solo act and 10 or more top 10s as a group member on the Billboard Hot 100. Just last week, Beyoncé released a surprise EP containing four remixes of “Break My Soul” with Black Eyed Peas’ will.i.am, Chicago house icon Terry Hunter, global electronic DJ/ producer Honey Dijon, and New York-bred DJ and producer Nita Aviance. Over the weekend, she released a fifth remix featuring Madonna.
Renaissance is billed as act one of three acts that she recorded over the pandemic. On the 28-time Grammy winner’s website ahead of the release, she wrote: “My intention was to create a safe place, a place without judgment. A place to be free of perfectionism and overthinking.”