The superstar surprised fans by dropping her sixth solo project last weekend (23Apr16) and now it has earned her her third number one in Britain, following previous chart-toppers Dangerously in Love in 2003 and 4 in 2011.

Lemonade debuts with 73,000 units, including 10,000 equivalent sales via streaming, making it the second-fastest selling album of the year to date, behind David Bowie's Blackstar, which was released two days before his death in January (16).

Beyonce, who dethrones PJ Harvey's The Hope Six Demolition Project for the number one spot, also held off strong competition from Prince, who had 14 albums return to the U.K. Top 100 following his sudden death on 21 April (16).

His The Very Best Of compilation climbs to number two, while Ultimate places at three, and the Purple Rain film soundtrack is at four.

Sia's This Is Acting rounds out the new top five.

Meanwhile, in the U.K. singles chart, Drake makes it a third week at the top with One Dance. Sia's Cheap Thrills is at two and Mike Posner's I Took A Pill in Ibiza at three.

However, multiple Beyonce and Prince tracks also fly high in the countdown.

Prince's Purple Rain just misses the top five at six, while When Doves Cry, Raspberry Beret, Little Red Corvette, and Kiss also proved popular with fans as they mourn his death.

Six songs from Beyonce's Lemonade entered the chart, with Hold Up leading the way at 17. Formation, Sorry, 6 Inch, Don't Hurt Yourself, and Freedom were among the Top 40, too.