Feb 21, 2024 - Technology

Beyoncé becomes first Black woman to top Billboard's country chart

Beyonce wears a white cowboy hat and smiles

Beyoncé during the 66th Grammy Awards in February. Photo: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images

Beyoncé became the first Black woman to top Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart, multiple outlets reported, with a No. 1 spot for her single "Texas Hold 'Em."

Why it matters: Beyoncé's new music — her first to make it on the country chart — revived a debate about diversity and inclusion in the genre traditionally dominated by white artists.

  • Her other February single, "16 Carriages" holds the No. 9 spot on the chart. "Texas Hold 'Em" and "16 Carriages" are No. 2 and No. 38, respectively, on Billboard's Hot 100 list.

State of play: Beyoncé is the first woman to have topped both the Hot Country Songs and Hot R&B/Hip Hop Songs since the lists began in 1958, per Billboard.

  • Morgan Wallen, Justin Bieber, Billy Ray Cyrus and Ray Charles have also led both charts.

Flashback: Beyoncé broke the record for the most-awarded Grammy artist of all time with the award for her "Renaissance" album, and her tour boosted cities' economies. Her "Renaissance" era also featured a concert film that hit theaters.

Separately, Tracy Chapman was the first Black woman to ever win Song of the Year at the Country Music Awards last year for her 1988 song "Fast Car."

  • It had a resurgence after country singer Luke Combs covered of the song.

Zoom out: Artists across genres are expected to experiment more with country music this year, per Axios Nashville's Adam Tamburin.

  • Lana Del Rey and Post Malone are expected to release music in the genre.

Go deeper: Beyoncé's new songs went viral. So did their AI covers.

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