After receiving numerous accolades since its April 2016 release, Beyonce’s “Lemonade” can now boast an even bigger honour as 2016’s best-selling album.
Beyonce is at the top the heap with her sixth solo album (and her sixth to make it to No. 1 on the Billboard 200), which sold a whopping 2.5 million copies worldwide.
Queen Bey’s victory is a narrow one, however; coming in at a close second is Adele’s “25”, which sold 2.4 million albums in 2016 — but, as Forbes points out, it was actually released in late 2015, making history by selling 3.38 million albums in its first week in the U.S. alone, more than it sold worldwide throughout the entirety of 2016.
Only two other albums were able to top the 2 million mark in sales during 2016, according to the IFPI: Drake’s “Views”, which sold 2.3 million to land at third place, and Metallica’s “Hardwired… To Self-Destruct”, which came in at fourth place with 2.1 million units sold.
While Bey had the biggest selling album of 2016, Drake had the biggest selling single. According to IFPI, “One Dance” moved 12.5 million combined sales – that includes both streams and digital sales. The anthem placed well ahead of the rest of the competition. Joining Canada’s own Drizzy was another fellow Canadian. Justin Bieber came in at No. 2 with his song “Love Yourself”, with 11.7 million total sales. Sia, The Chainsmokers and Rihanna also appeared in the top 10 singles of 2016.