She wowed thousands at Glastonbury a week ago and Beyonce has now seen her new album shoot straight to number one, according to the Official Charts Company.
The album, called 4, was released in the UK on June 27 - a day after her headline performance at the festival.
Its meteoric entry means that Beyonce now has two albums in the top 40, with her 2008 effort I Am... Sasha Fierce still at
It's the second time the pop diva has scored a number one in the UK album chart after her solo debut Dangerously In Love reached the summit in 2003.
Beyonce also made it straight into the singles chart this week at number three with Best Thing I Never Had, and Irreplaceable at 38.
But a relatively unchanged singles chart was topped for a second week running by R&B singer/songwriter Jason Derulo's Don't Wanna Go Home.
Coldplay crept into the singles chart with a number 40 entry for In My Place, a track they originally released in 2002.
The previous week's number one album, Lady Gaga's Born This Way, was knocked back down to number three.
Adele continues to have two albums in the top five with 21 at number two and 19 at number five.
There are a lot of things that celebrity mom Mariah Carey and mom-to-be Beyonce share in common. They’re both incredible performers, they’ve got impeccable fashion taste and they’re also at the top of their game.
But what is the one thing that these two women share in common the most?
They are complete divas.
Mariah Carey recently confirmed during her interview with Barbara Walters on 20/20 that her children were born to a recording of her song “Fantasy.” What’s more, they were forced to listen to the live version so they could hear the audience’s roaring applause at the end.
Ok, if you’re still with us here after that bit of information there, keep in mind that Mariah is special. Really special.
We wouldn’t be surprised too if divalicous Beyonce Knowles tried to pull a Mariah and have her baby Jayonce listen to one of her live records, too. Isn’t that what all the divas are doing in the maternity ward these days?
Eric Berglund, formerly one half of the Tough Alliance and the only member of ceo, claims that he knows of "very few" contemporary pop bands, and only really likes jj and Fleet Foxes. While this may still be true, perhaps label mate jj's enthusiasm for covering mainstream R&B and rap has rubbed off on him since his latest single from White Magic, "Illuminata," sports a cover of Beyonce's "Halo" as its b-side.
As with jj's covers, Berglund takes plenty of liberties with the track, stretching it out to over 5 minutes and culminating in a swirling refrain of the chorus that segues into a pitch-altered rap. It's a real testament to Berglund's pop savvy that a top 10 single written by a team of professional hit-makers sounds remarkably similar to the kind of melodies he's been penning for years. [Gorilla Vs. Bear]
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