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Beyoncé Makes History as First African Woman to Top Billboard Country Chart

Renowned singer Beyoncé has once again etched her name in history, this time by becoming the first African woman to claim the top spot on the Billboard country music chart.

Achieving this milestone, her latest single “Texas Hold ‘Em” soared to No. 1 on the country airplay chart this week, while another release, “16 Carriages,” secured the ninth position on the same chart. Both tracks, introduced on February 11 during the Super Bowl, are slated to feature on Beyoncé’s upcoming country-themed album titled “Act II,” set for release on March 29. This album serves as a sequel to her 2022 release “Renaissance,” often referred to as “Act I: Renaissance.”

The announcement of the forthcoming album came hot on the heels of a Verizon commercial starring Beyoncé, which aired during this month’s Super Bowl. Notably, Beyoncé’s accomplishment extends beyond the country genre, as she becomes the first woman to clinch the No. 1 position on both the Hot Country Songs and Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs charts since their inception in 1958, according to Billboard.

In this regard, she joins a select group of artists including Justin Bieber, Billy Ray Cyrus, and Ray Charles who have attained chart-topping success across both genres.

IMAGE: Elle, getty

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