Beyoncé Breaks iTunes Record With New Album

Beyoncé‘s self-titled new album has broken an iTunes record, after becoming the fastest-selling LP ever across the globe.

At time of press, Queen B’s fifth studio album – which she unexpectedly released last Friday (December 13) – has managed to shift a huge 828, 773 copies in just three days.

Most of Bey’s impressive sales came from her native America, where she broke the US first-week album sales record with 617, 213 copies sold.

In the UK, she entered the album chart at No.5, clocking up 68,000 copies sold in 48 hours.

Apple – who run the iTunes store – have since confirmed that the former Destiny’s Child star has broken the previous first-week sales record set by Justin Timberlake with The 20/20 Experience, which shifted 580,000 copies in March.

Beyoncé is currently at No.1 on the iTunes chart in 104 countries.

The 32-year old previously said that her album, which came complete with 14 new tracks and 17 videos was inspired by her memories of Michael Jackson.

Bey explained: “I miss that immersive experience. Now people only listen to a few seconds of a song on their iPods and they don’t really invest in the whole experience.”

The likes of her hubby Jay-Z, Frank Ocean and daughter Blue Ivy all feature on the record.

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Jamaican pens book about Michael Jackson

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IT has been just over five years since the death of pop superstar  Michael Jackson, but he continues to make news.

In August, Jamaican author/actress Dorcas M Bennett (aka Belle  Angel) released Michael Jackson Seven Even, a book based on a letter allegedly  written by the singer’s secret lover.

According to a review on Amazon.com, the book speaks about this  lover the King of Pop kept from the public in the same manner he hid his  children’s faces. It further stated that Belle was contacted via a dream by  Jackson to compile the book.

Permission was granted to Bennett by the anonymous girlfriend to  publish the letter, said to be written on January 7, 2005, five months before  Jackson’s death.

“My mission is to preserve a part of his personal legacy in the  most accurate way I know how,” Bennett told the Jamaica Observer. The  Kingston-raised Bennett says she first met Jackson in the summer of 2001.

“I was the founder and producer at the time for Mr Caribbean USA  (Apollo Theatre) and Ms Caribbean USA. I was raising funds for a teenage girl  from Trinidad who needed a bone marrow transplant,” she explained. “Her  relatives used my event as a platform for donations. After my event I contacted  the Heal the World Foundation and MJ made sure he personally met me when he  visited New York.”

Bennett says she developed a bond with Jackson who encouraged her  to be creative and bold in her writing.

Michael Jackson Seven Even was illustrated by Brazilian Queila De  Aguiar.

It is Bennett’s latest book. She is also author of Queen Dolphin  of Love and Diary of a Virgin: An Angel Cured Me. Bennett says she migrated to  Westchester County in New York when she was 15. While in Jamaica, she developed  a passion for performing, making her debut on the popular variety show, Ring  Ding, which was hosted by folk icon Louise Bennett-Coverley.