Beyoncé's 'Texas Hold 'Em' Debuts at No. 1 on Billboard's Hot Country Songs Chart

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Riley Johnson

Updated

February 21, 2024

Updated

February 21, 2024

Updated

February 21, 2024

Beyoncé made an epic debut on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart with her country single “Texas Hold ‘Em” landing at No. 1. According to Billboard, the song amassed 19.2 million streams on official platforms and garnered an audience of 4.8 million through airplay across all formats. 

With such a feat, Beyoncé made history by becoming the first Black female artist to reach the top of the chart, marking a significant milestone in the contemporary era of country music.

On Billboard’s Country Airplay chart, on the other hand, “Texas Hold ‘Em” ranked No. 54. Within the eight decades, there were only seven Black female acts who have achieved placement on the said chart, with Linda Martell’s “Color Him Father” holding the highest placement since 1969 at No. 22.

Certainly, Beyoncé’s success on the country chart could lend increased recognition to other Black country artists who have long contributed to the genre.

Well, Beyoncé’s success doesn’t end there as “Texas Hold ‘Em” also debuted at No. 2 on Billboard Hot 100.

The Meaning Behind The Song 

“Texas Hold ‘Em” was released in a surprise drop during the Super Bowl LVIII on February 11, 2024, and is part of Beyoncé’s eighth studio album, Act II.

Named after the most popular variants of the card game poker, the song playfully compares a budding romance to the poker game mentioned in its title – and, of course, with some nods to the superstar’s Southern roots. 

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Beyoncé wrote the song with Raphael Saadiq, Nathan Ferraro, Megan Bülow, and Elizabeth Boland. It also features award-winning musician Rhiannon Giddens on banjo and viola. Giddens is known for her eclectic folk music and as a consistent supporter of Black musicians reclaiming country music instruments for a significant period.

Well, it looks like Beyoncé is reclaiming country music and bringing it back to its black roots. Tune in below and listen to “Texas Hold ‘Em” by playing the video.


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