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Beyoncé scores UK top 5 just 48 hours after album release

TOP OF THE CHARTS: Beyoncé

BEYONCÉ SAILED to No.5 in the UK charts just 48 hours after the surprise release of her self-titled album.

Beyoncé was released exclusively on iTunes at midnight on Thursday (Dec 12), surprising fans, many of whom woke up to the news on Friday (Dec 13) morning.

The album sold a whooping 80,000 units in the first three hours causing the music site to crash. When the site was back up and running, fans discovered they were only able to buy the 14-song album and accompanying 17 music videos at the cost of £9.99, instead of having the option to purchase songs individually.

This is an impressive feat considering the Grammy award-winning singer released no official radio singles, physical copies on shelves, any promotion or pre-announcement.

Stateside, fans were also scrambling for the album. In just 24 hours the 32-year-old shifted 430,000 copies, which is more than the entire first-week sales of Beyoncé's last album, 4, released in 2011.

Industry experts have predicted sales have now grown to over 550,000 in the U.S. through Saturday night (Dec 14) and is looking likely to sell 600,000 by the end of the tracking week, which was yesterday (Dec 15).

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