What should raise a few eyebrows, however, is that it sold 310,000 copies—her lowest opening yet as a solo artist. Her 2003 debut Dangerously in Love opened with 317,000 albums.
Considering that 4 has yet to spawn a hit single, the numbers actually do make sense, though. Her first pitch, “Run the World (Girls),” failed to crack the top 25 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart, marking the first time that a lead single from Beyoncé didn’t jump into the top 10.
For comparison and contrast, Lady Gaga’s Born This Way debuted with a robust 1.1 million (with the caveat that her sales were significantly goosed by a 99-cent Amazon price run) and Adele’s 21 bowed with 351,000 albums.
Adele’s 21 continues to hang in some five months after its release, jumping back up one spot to No. 2, with 92,000 units sold. At No. 3 is Kanye West protege Big Sean’s debut album Finally Famous, with 87,000 sets bought.
Check out the rest out the top 10 after the jump.
July 6, 2011′s Billboard 200 albums top 10
No. 1 - Beyoncé, 4, 310,000
No. 2 - Adele, 21 - 92,000
No. 3 - Big Sean, Finally Famous - 87,000
No. 4 - Selena Gomez & the Scene, When the Sun Goes Down: 78,000
No. 5 - Jill Scott, The Light of the Sun: 55,000
No. 6 - Jason Aldean, My Kinda Party: 48,000
No. 7 - David Cook, This Loud Morning: 46,000
No. 8 - Jackie Evancho, Dream With Me: 44,000
No. 9 - Bad Meets Evil, Hell: the Sequel: 42,000
No. 10 - Scotty McCreery, American Idol Season 10 Highlights: 40,000