Beyoncé Is the First Black Woman With a No. 1 Record on the Top Country Albums Chart

Beyoncé has achieved a historic milestone with her latest album, “Cowboy Carter,” as it debuts at No. 1 on both the Billboard 200 and the Top Country Albums chart. The album’s act ii installment earned an impressive 407,000 units in its first week, setting a record for the biggest week of 2024. This total includes 232,000 streaming equivalent album units, 168,000 in album sales, and 7,000 in track equivalent album units. “Cowboy Carter” not only gives Beyoncé her biggest streaming week ever but also officially makes her the first Black woman to hold the top spot on the Top Country Albums chart since its establishment in 1964.

In addition to its chart-topping success, “Cowboy Carter” has also given Beyoncé her eighth No. 1 effort on the Billboard 200, following her previous albums such as “RENAISSANCE,” “Lemonade,” “Beyoncé,” “I Am… Sasha Fierce,” “B’Day,” and “Dangerously In Love.” This achievement ties her with Janet Jackson for the fourth-most No. 1s among female artists.

The album’s remarkable debut week has solidified Beyoncé’s position as a powerhouse in the music industry. “Cowboy Carter” has not only made chart history but has also garnered widespread acclaim and attention, further cementing Beyoncé’s status as a trailblazing artist.

In addition to Beyoncé’s success, J-Hope’s “Hope On the Street, Vol. 1” has also made an impact, debuting at No. 5 on the chart with 50,000 equivalent album units.

The Billboard 200 chart for the same week also features notable placements from artists such as Future and Metro Boomin at No. 2, Morgan Wallen at No. 3, and Ariana Grande at No. 4. Rounding out the top 10 are Olivia Rodrigo, Noah Kahan, Taylor Swift at No. 8, SZA at No. 9, and Zach Bryan at No. 10.

Beyoncé’s groundbreaking achievement with “Cowboy Carter” underscores her enduring influence and impact on the music industry, further solidifying her position as a pioneering artist.


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