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Beyoncé sets record for album's iTunes sales

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NEW YORK -- Beyoncé's new album has sold more 600,000 units in its first three days.

Beyoncé's fifth album was released early Friday morning exclusively on iTunes. Apple said Monday that the album sold 617,213 in its U.S. iTunes Store. It sold 828,773 internationally.

The singer surprised fans with the release of the album, which features 14 songs and 17 videos. It features collaborations with Jay Z, Drake and Justin Timberlake.

The album is being sold by iTunes exclusively for a week at $15.99. It will be sold in retailers and others websites this week.

Beyoncé broke the first-week digital sales record for an album in the United States. It also marks the singer's best first-week numbers.

The album will debut at No. 1 on Billboard's Top 200 albums chart this week.

 

-- The Associated Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition December 17, 2013 C2

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