After Going Country, Beyonce Keeps Conquering

'Texas Hold 'Em' reaches top of the Billboard Hot 100 after doing so on the country charts
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 21, 2024 8:18 AM CST
Updated Feb 27, 2024 8:57 AM CST
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Beyonce, sporting a cowboy hat, poses for a photograph in the audience during the 66th annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 4, 2024, in Los Angeles.   (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
UPDATE Feb 27, 2024 8:57 AM CST

First, Beyonce conquered the country charts in historic fashion with her single "Texas Hold 'Em." Now, she's reached No. 1 on the broader Billboard Hot 100, reports Billboard. Beyonce earlier became the first Black woman atop the Hot Country Songs chart; now she's the first Black woman to hit No. 1 overall with a country song, notes the Guardian.

Feb 21, 2024 8:18 AM CST

Beyonce has already made history with her 2-week-old venture into country music. Her new single, "Texas Hold 'Em," debuted Tuesday at the top of Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart, making Beyonce the first Black woman to top the chart, per the Guardian. She's only the second solo female artist to debut at the top of the chart after Taylor Swift. She's also the first woman to top both the Hot Country Songs and Hot R&B/Hip-Hip Songs charts. Only Justin Bieber, Billy Ray Cyrus, Ray Charles, and Morgan Wallen have done this before. Beyonce has now topped seven of Billboard's 14 multimetric song charts as a solo artist. According to Billboard, "Only Justin Bieber has led more hybrid song charts" at eight.

"Texas Hold 'Em"—streamed 19.2 million times in the US between its Feb. 11 debut and Feb. 15, per the Guardian—is also the first song from Beyonce to top the Country Digital Song Sales survey and her 11th to top the all-genre Digital Song Sales survey, per Billboard. The single also had an impressive showing Tuesday on the all-genre Billboard Hot 100 chart, debuting at No. 2. Beyonce's other single, "16 Carriages," also released Feb. 11, debuted at No. 9 on the Hot Country Songs chart and No. 38 on the Hot 100 chart. It nabbed 10.3 million streams, per Billboard. Both singles will appear on Beyonce's upcoming album, teased during the Super Bowl. "Act II" will be out March 29. (More Beyonce stories.)

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