Beyoncé Is First Black Woman to Top U.S. Country Albums Chart

Beyoncé has broken records by becoming the first African American woman to debut at the top of the U.S. Top Country Albums chart with “Act II: Cowboy Carter.”

This album not only leads the Billboard 200 Albums chart but also signifies Beyoncé’s eighth triumph in securing the top position.

Additionally, in February, she broke new ground when “Texas Hold ‘Em,” a single from the album, reached the pinnacle of Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart.

This achievement arrives amidst discussions questioning Beyoncé’s association with country music.

Yet, her latest album defies easy categorization, mingling elements of pop, country, R&B, zydeco, among others, affirming Beyoncé’s right to stake a claim in country music.

Raised in Houston, Texas, a city known for its vibrant country music culture, Beyoncé’s heritage deeply intertwines with the American South.

In her acclaimed song “Formation,” she highlights her Southern lineage with the lyrics, “Daddy, Alabama/Mama, Louisiana,” revealing her father, Mathew Knowles, originates from Gadsden, Alabama, and her mother, Tina Knowles, from Galveston, Texas.

Furthermore, her broader family connections extend to Louisiana. Should doubts arise about Beyoncé’s credentials in country music, consider the industry’s luminaries.

Keith Urban, hailing from Australia, graced the 2024 CMT Music Awards stage on Sunday evening with his performance of “Straight Line.” His familiarity with this celebration of country music is evident through his nine awards over time.

Not to overlook Urban’s collection of accolades from the Country Music Association and Grammy awards in the country music realm, marking his impact since his debut in 1991.

Then there’s Shania Twain, often hailed as the “Queen of Country Pop,” whose remarkable success includes over 90 million albums sold globally. Twain’s origins trace back to Canada.

Likewise, Twain’s compatriot, k.d. lang, has also earned a respected place within country music.

Their achievements underscore that country music transcends geographical boundaries, suggesting Beyoncé too has a rightful place, especially considering her revelation that the “Cowboy Carter” album stemmed from past experiences of exclusion and unmistakable unwelcomeness.