Beyoncé Becomes the First Black Woman to Ever Reach No. 1 on the Country Chart with ‘Texas Hold ‘Em’

“Texas Hold ‘Em” dethroned Zach Bryan and Kacey Musgraves’ “I Remember Everything” on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart

On Tuesday, Billboard revealed that the “Alien Superstar” musician, 42, became the first-ever Black female artist to top the Hot Country Songs chart thanks to her single “Texas Hold ‘Em,” which also debuted at No. 2 on the Hot 100 chart.

“Texas Hold ‘Em,” which was officially serviced to country radio on Feb. 13, took the top spot from Zach Bryan and Kacey Musgraves whose duet “I Remember Everything” has sat at No. 1 for 20 weeks.

The track amassed 19.2 million official streams and 4.8 million in all-format airplay audience, with 39,000 sales in the U.S. through Feb. 15, per Luminate.

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Beyoncé and Taylor Swift are the only solo female artists who have debuted at No. 1 on the chart, with the latter claiming the top spot with “Love Story (Taylor’s Version)” and “All Too Well (Taylor’s Version)” in 2021.

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Beyoncé surprised fans by releasing “Texas Hold ‘Em” and “16 Carriages” during the Super Bowl, shortly after her ad with Verizon aired and sharing a teaser for her next album, act ii, which is due in March.

She shared a teaser on Instagram that appeared to be inspired by the classic 1984 western Paris, Texas, featuring a group of bystanders in the desert staring at her billboard while a clip of “Texas Hold ‘Em” played in the background.

The full project, which is currently untitled but being referred to as act ii of Renaissance, is set for release March 29. It comes a little over a year and a half after the release of the music icon’s house-inspired record dropped in summer 2022.

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