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Beyoncé Becomes First Black Female Artist To Top US Country Charts

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The singer, born in Texas, is releasing her first country album in March, as her new single “Texas Hold ‘Em” has reached the number one spot on the Billboard Hot Country Songs Chart. 

The 42-year-old released her new song on 11 February and after only four days it had 19.2 million streams in the United States and it had been downloaded 32,000 times as it hit the top spot.

She released the track alongside another country music single titled “16 Carriages” which has come in at number nine on the Hot Country Songs Chart.

It took the top spot from Zach Bryan and Kacey Musgraves, whose song “I Remember Everything” has held the number one spot for 20 weeks.

The number one single has been controversial as its credibility and authenticity has been called into question with regards to the song being labelled as a country song and has resparked decades-long debates over the representation of black artists in the country music industry.

KYKC, an Oklahoma radio station, initially refused to play Beyoncé’s new music at the request of a fan as they claimed they were a country music station. The station has since been accused of racism and discrimination on X. 

KYKC then took their comment back, saying they were unaware that Beyoncé had released country music and, since listening to the tracks, they now love them.

Beyoncé’s 2016 country-inspired single “Daddy Lessons” which featured on the album “Lemonade” was deemed not suitable for the country Grammys by the country music committee for Recording Academy.

“Texas Hold ‘Em” has also made Beyoncé the second solo female artist to have their single shoot straight to number one, only behind Taylor Swift.

Renaissance Act II will be the artists ninth studio album and will be released on 29 March.

Beyoncé’s family had bought a house in Texas in 1982 and lived there until the singer was five years old.

The artists childhood home was saved from burning down after emergency services were called to the house on Christmas Day.

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