Beyonce Tops the country chart

Beyonce Tops the country chart

Beyoncé's country single, "Texas Hold 'Em" was released Feb. 11 during the Super Bowl. It has debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart. The song had sparked conversations if the genre would be accepting of her.

Billboard said that Beyoncé was the only other solo woman alongside Taylor Swift who achieved the feat with no accompanying artists.

Until Feb. 15, there were 19.2 million official streams, 4.8 million radio plays and sold 39,000 units of the song. Additionally, it debuted at No. 2 on the Hot 100 chart according to Billboard.

Initially an Oklahoma country station didn't play Beyoncé saying in response to a request that it did not know the song. It received severe backlash from fans and thousands more requests were received. Later, the station had to play the song clarifying that they did not know the song then and that they did not have access to it. It generated lot of conversation about how much the tastemakers in country music value diversity and inclusion.

Beyoncé released another country single, "16 Carriages". It secured 9th position on the Hot Country Songs chart and 38th on the Hot 100 chart. The song had 10.3 million streams, 90,000 radio plays and 14,000 units sold.

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