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Beyoncé Just Became the First Black Woman Artist With a Number One Country Song


Beyoncé has become the first Black woman artist ever to top Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart in the modern history of country music, thanks to her country debut “Texas Hold ‘Em,” which also opened at Number Two on the Hot 100, the publication announced on Tuesday.

“Texas Hold ‘Em” dethroned Zach Bryan and Kacey Musgraves’ “I Remember Everything,” which has spent 20 weeks at Number One on the country chart and topped the Hot 100 last year.

Beyoncé was buoyed mainly by strong streams and sales, with “Texas Hold ‘Em” getting 19.2 million streams last week along with 39,000 traditional sales (per Luminate), as the Beyhive looked to push the song up the charts. The song also got 4.8 million audience impressions from radio.

“16 Carriages,” Beyoncé’s other country song, hit Number Nine on Hot Country Songs. It has 10.3 million streams, 14,000 sales and 90,000 radio impressions.

Beyoncé is first black woman to top country music chart

After Beyoncé surprise released “Texas Hold ‘Em” and “16 Carriages” last week during the Super Bowl, fans and industry insiders speculated if the music would be embraced by the traditional country industry. Beyoncé’s record label Columbia announced last week that it officially promoted “Texas Hold ‘Em” to country radio, and the song became the singer’s first-ever entry on the Country Airplay chart, debuting at 54.

Beyoncé isn’t the first woman of colour in country music, as other artists like Mickey Guyton and Brittney Spencer have found success in recent years, while Linda Martell blazed the trail as the first Black female solo artist to find success in the genre 50 years ago. But as chart history shows, country remains overwhelmingly white and prominently male.

Despite a handful of songwriters like Alice Randall and Tayla Parx with Number One co-writes, no Black woman songwriter had ever solely written a Number One country song until last year, when Luke Combs had a hit with Tracy Chapman’s “Fast Car.”


Beyoncé’s country pivot comes at a time where pop is embracing country more than ever, as the likes of Morgan Wallen, Bryan, Combs, and Jelly Roll are topping the charts with major streaming numbers.


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