Fans went wild after Beyoncé dropped her first solo album in six years in late July and its success on the charts reflects our collective obsession with this record. Renaissance easily topped the Billboard 200 chart, scoring the biggest debut by a female artist.
Renaissance hit No. 1 with 332,000 equivalent album units earned during its first week on the chart, including 190,000 in album sales, 138,000 in SEA units (equaling to 179.06 million on-demand official streams of the album’s tracks), and 4,000 in TEA units.
In addition to scoring the biggest debut by a female artist, Renaissance set one more major milestone for 2022. It’s the first album released by a woman this year to hit No. 1. It also marks Beyoncé’s seventh solo No. 1 album, meaning that all of her solo records topped the Billboard 200 chart, making her the first artist to achieve this feat.
Renaissance was released on July 29, and its release was preceded by the lead single “Break My Soul”, which peaked at no. 6 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. It features collaborations with Beam, Grace Jones, and Tems, while Nova Wav, The-Dream, BloodPop, Skrillex, and Hit-Boy joined Beyoncé as some of the album’s producers.