Beyoncé's "Cowboy Carter" reaches top of Billboard country albums chart

After her current album "Act II: Cowboy Carter" debuted at number one, the Houston-born singer became the first Black woman to top the Billboard Country Albums chart.   

Since its debut, "Cowboy Carter" has broken streaming records. Spotify reported on social media last week that the album's release day, March 29, became the platform's most-streamed album in a single day in 2024 thus far.  

The singer launched her 27-track country album last month, and fans can't get enough of it.The album also received the most first-day streams of any country album by a female artist on Amazon Music.  

Beyoncé released two songs before the album's release on Super Bowl Sunday: "Texas Hold 'Em" and "16 Carriages." The former debuted at number one on the Billboard Country charts, making Beyoncé the first Black woman to do so.  

According to Luminate, an industry data and analytics organization, "Cowboy Carter" generated 407,000 equivalent album units (a combination of pure album sales and on-demand streams) in the United States in its first week.  

Beyoncé, a Black woman embracing country music, defies stereotypes about the genre and its link with White musicians.   

The talk about Beyoncé's country music adventures began when she appeared at the 2024 Grammy Awards in full cowboy garb, making a message without saying anything.   

Beyoncé, the album's executive producer, described it as "the best music I've ever made."  

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