Beyonce landed her fourth #4 album on the Billboard 200, taking the #1 spot with her latest album, 4, beating out newcomer Big Sean and other previously released albums.
B's album sold 310,000 copies to start things off, making it the third largest sales week for an album this year, behind Lady Gaga's Born This Way (1.1 million) and Adele's 21 (351,000).
She's also just the third act -- and second woman -- to see their first four studio albums debut atop the Billboard 200, reports Billboard.com. Britney Spears did it with her first four between 1999 and 2003, while DMX's first five all started at #1 between 1998 and 2003
However, 4's sales is lowest of her four releases, her last being 2008's I Am ... Sasha Fierce.
In at #3 is G.O.O.D. Music recording artist Big Sean's debut album, Finally Famous, opening with 87,000 sold. It boasts the hit single, "My Last" featuring Chris Brown.
Last week's #1 album, Jill Scott's The Light of the Sun, fell to #5 this week with 55,000; and Eminem and Royce Da 5'9's Bad Meets Evil album, Hell: the Sequel fell from #6 to #9 with 42,000, taking its total to 276,000.
Pitbull closes out the top 20 with Planet Pit, which ranks at #14 with 28,000.
Outside the top tier are new releases from Curren$y, Smif-N-Wessun & Pete Rock, Kendrick Lamar, and Shabazz Palaces.
Curren$y's Weekend At Burnies lands at #22 with 23,000 copies sold; Smif-N-Wessun & Pete Rock's collaborative project, Monumental, starts at #102 with 5,600; Kendrick Lamar's Section.80 debuts at #104 with 5,400; and Shabazz Palaces' (the band headed by Butterfly of Digable Planets fame) Black Up starts at #175 with 2,900 units scanned.
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According to Billboard.com, overall album sales in this past chart week (ending July 3) totaled 6.34 million units, up 7% compared to the sum last week (5.92 million) and up 14% compared to the comparable sales week of 2010 (5.54 million).