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Beyoncé-curated album ‘The Gift’ debuts at number one on ‘Billboard”s Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart



The Beyoncé-curated album The Gift continues to keep on giving. 

This week, The Lion King-inspired effort debuts at #1 on Billboard’s Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, after selling 54,000 equivalent album units in its opening week, Billboard reports. This feat marks Bey’s seventh number one album on the tally. 

Released in tandem with Disney’s new CGI-adaptation of The Lion King, the compilation project dials in at 27 tracks and explores the diverse sonic offerings of Africa. 

Bey, who also voices Nala in the film, took on the reigns of executive-producing the album, tapping a wide-range of artists including husband JAY-ZKendrick Lamar, Childish Gambino and Pharrell, as well as popular African acts such as Burna BoyWizkid and Tiwa Savage

The effort is led by the previously released single, “Spirit,” as well as “Bigger” and “Mood 4 Eva.”

With the new chart-topper under her belt, Bey ties with Alicia Keys and Janet Jackson: Each have had seven number ones on this chart. Aretha Franklin and Mary J. Blige have had the most — 10 each — while Mariah Carey has had eight.

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