Beyonce self-titled album was released on December 13th, 2013. Within the first 3 days, Beyonce sold over 617,000 albums and 828,000 albums worldwide. In the first 7 days, Beyonce broke the biggest first 7 day sales by a black female artist with album sales totaling more than 745,000 albums and became the first black female artist in history to sell 1 million albums worldwide in the FIRST 7 days. To date, this album has sold over 2.3 million albums in the US and has shipped over 5 million albums worldwide. This is the first album by a black female artist to receive a double platinum certification this decade by the RIAA (Sales Only).
Nicki Minaj released her 3rd studio ‘The Pink print’ on December 12th, 2014. The album opened up with a first week units totaling to 250,000 albums (202,000 in pure sales). To date, this album has sold almost 700,000 in the United States. Because of the new RIAA rule– album stream certification, Nicki Minaj join her fellow Queen Bey and becomes the 2nd and last album [so far] to earn a RIAA Album double platinum certification.
*Rihanna’s latest album ‘Anti’ is set to be the third album to earn a double platinum RIAA certification.