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Beyonce's brand new album smashes iTunes sales records

Beyonce attends The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute benefit in New York on May 6, 2013. 
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Beyonce's new album was just released last week – and by surprise -- but it's already the second best-selling album on iTunes this year, and in uncharted territory. 

Apple announced Tuesday that the diva's self-titled album is behind only Justin Timberlake's "The 20/20 Experience" in 2013 sales.


Beyonce's fifth album sold more than 617,000 units in its first three days in the U.S. and 828,773 worldwide – both iTunes records, iTunes says, adding that it leaped to No. 1 in 104 countries. It was released Dec. 13. 

Albums from Imagine Dragons, Jay Z and Drake round out the iTunes top 5 for the year. 

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis have the top-selling song with "Thrift Shop." Their hit, "Can't Hold Us," placed fifth. Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines," ''Radioactive" by Imagine Dragons and Pink's "Just Give Me a Reason" ranked second, third and fourth, respectively. 

"Skyfall" is the year's top-selling movie and "Breaking Bad" is the leading TV show.