Do you think Beyonce has done enough to win album of the year at the 2015 Grammy awards on Feb 8th, 2015 in Los Angeles, CA? YES! Beyonce released a SURPRISE album on Friday, Dec 13th, 2013 without any promotion or prior announcement. The unexpected album release came to the world as a total shock as the Beyhive, other fans, celebrities, bloggers, new reporters, and every other walking citizen of the world took a moment to STOP and process what exactly just happened. Whether you were a fan of Beyonce or a complete hater, you stopped what you were doing to tune in to the album to see what the hype was all about. With 3 days left until soundscan stop their sale counting clock, the fans of Beyonce utilized that 72 hours to purchase the album.
3 hours after the released on the iTunes exclusive release, Beyonce sold 80,000 albums. That’s more album than a R&B artist does in a week. She also sold 430,000 albums in a 24 hours period. She sold 510,000 albums in 2 days and finally resting at 617,000 albums sold exclusively to iTunes in the US and over 820,000 albums world wide. These sales debut Beyonce at #1 on Billboard 200, #1 in over 100 countries on iTunes album chart which no artist in history has held the #1 spot on iTunes in over 100 countries. She also debut one of the BIGGEST first week sales for a black female artist only behind Alicia Keys and Mary J. Blige, which Beyonce did it in 3 days versus 7 days.
Now we know the Grammy’s SUPPOSEDLY care nothing about sales. Ok! Let’s start album reviews. Her album BEYONCE was deemed one of the best selling albums of 2013 & 2014, Billboard deemed the album the 2nd best album of this decade (since 2010), and scored the album 9/10. Metacritic scored the album 85/100 and deemed it UNIVERSAL ACCLAIMED in which no current Grammy nominee artist achieved this status on their current nominated album review. Entertainment Weekly gave the album an A-, Spin scored it 9/10, Rolling stone scored it 3.5/5, and LA Times scored it 3/4. Spin ’s Anupa Mistry felt it was Beyoncé’s best album and “more textured than its predecessors in both sound and content”. Mistry also believed the album signified her evolvement from “diva-pop R&B […] into a different lane, albeit subtly and gracefully”. Andy Kellman of AllMusic called the album “a career highlight” and “her most entertaining and sexually explicit work, yet substantive in every respect.”.Nick Catucci, writer for Entertainment Weekly, found the singer indulging in “clashing impulses—between strength and escape, megapop and fresh sounds, big messages and resonant lyrics”. Evan Rytlewski of The A.V. Club wrote that “without playing into cheap ‘tortured by fame’ tropes, she’s made an emotional album that’s dense and substantial but never difficult or self-important”.
Compared to the other Grammy Album OTY nominees, Beyonce sold the most albums in the US, received great reviews from the critics, gave the world much more than album but a VISUAL album, broke world wide records making this album the fastest selling digital album of all time.She also change the way artist release music and the way the fans buy music. All hail to the QUEEN. Good Luck on Feb 8th.