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Beyoncé Makes Country Music History with ‘Texas Hold ‘Em’ Debut at No. 1 on Billboard Charts

Beyoncé’s latest country single, “Texas Hold ‘Em,” has made a remarkable debut, securing the top spot on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart. This achievement, announced by Billboard on Tuesday, marks a significant moment for Beyoncé in a genre where her presence has sparked discussions about acceptance.

Earning the number one position without any accompanying artists, Beyoncé joins the ranks of solo female artists like Taylor Swift who have accomplished this feat, according to Billboard. Released on February 11, coinciding with the Super Bowl, “Texas Hold ‘Em” quickly gained momentum, amassing 19.2 million streams, 4.8 million radio plays, and 39,000 units sold between February 11 and February 15. Its success extended beyond the country charts, debuting at number two on the Hot 100 chart.

However, controversy arose when an Oklahoma country station initially refused to play Beyoncé’s song in response to requests. Following public backlash and numerous requests, the station clarified that they were unaware of the song’s release and subsequently played it. This incident sparked conversations about diversity and inclusion within the country music industry.

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In addition to “Texas Hold ‘Em,” Beyoncé’s other country single, “16 Carriages,” also made waves, debuting at number nine on the Hot Country Songs chart and number 38 on the Hot 100 chart. Garnering 10.3 million streams, 90,000 radio plays, and 14,000 units sold, Beyoncé’s impact on the country music scene is undeniable.

With these achievements, Beyoncé solidifies her place in history as the first Black female artist to claim the top spot on the country music charts. Her success challenges the historically white and male-dominated landscape of the genre, shedding light on its roots in Black musical traditions.

These groundbreaking accomplishments come ahead of Beyoncé’s highly anticipated album release, a sequel to her 2022 album “Renaissance,” scheduled for March. Additionally, she becomes the first woman to lead both Billboard’s Hot Country Songs and Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs charts since their inception in 1958, as reported by Billboard.

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Beyoncé’s ascent in the country music scene not only celebrates her individual achievements but also underscores the ongoing efforts of women of color to carve out space for themselves in a genre deeply rooted in Black musical heritage.

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