Just one week after “Beyonce” surprised the world and debuted at No. 1 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, its lead single “Drunk in Love,” featuring Jay Z, opens at No. 2 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs. The addictive cut reached 23.3 million listeners on-air and garnered 6.3 million U.S. streams in the Dec. 18-24 Nielsen BDS tracking week. It also sold 61,000 downloads in its first week of availability, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
The confluence of activity nets Beyonce her highest debut yet, passing her featured turn on Usher’s “Love in this Club Part II” which debuted at No. 14 in 2008. Her previous best opening as a lead artist was No. 20 with “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)” in 2008. (“Drunk In Love’s” high debut is also aided by the chart’s revised methodology, implemented in October of 2012.)