Beyoncé Makes Billboard Hot 100 Chart History With “Texas Hold ‘Em”

Beyonce making history at the 63rd Grammy Awards.
Beyonce at the 63rd Grammy Awards. Photo by Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times/Shutterstock (11799945eu)

Fans lost it when Beyoncé teased her pivot to country with “Texas Hold ‘Em”, and her creative shift is already paying off. Queen B’s new country bop rose to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart, becoming the first country song by a Black female artist to do so.

“Texas Hold ‘Em” initially debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100, but climbed to No. 1 during its second week on the chart. It attracted 29 million streams, 16.1 million radio airplay audience impressions, and sold 29,000 downloads between February 16-22.

The success of “Texas Hold ‘Em” is quite historic because it transformed Beyoncé into the first Black female artist to top the Hot 100 with a country song. This country banger was released as one of two singles from her upcoming album Renaissance Act II, along with “16 Carriages”. The rest of the album will be released on March 29, and it will reportedly see Beyoncé making a shift to country music.

“Texas Hold ‘Em” marks Beyoncé’s ninth single as a solo artist to hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, joining the likes of “Break My Soul”, “Single Ladies”, and “Crazy in Love”. She also notched four chart-topping songs as a member of the girl group Destiny’s Child.