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Beyoncé Tops Billboard’s Hot Country Songs Chart

Beyoncé has become the first Black woman to top Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart, just one year after becoming the artist with the most Grammy wins in history.

The Grammy Award-winning superstar surprised fans when she released two new country music songs - "Texas Hold 'Em" and "16 Carriages" - and she has now made history with the former hit after it debuted at No. 1 on the US chart.

A week after they dropped, "Texas Hold 'Em" garnered 19.2 million streams and the latter earned 10.3 million.

The 42-year-old Houston-born star confirmed plans to release a country-themed album in an advert for Verizon which aired during the Super Bowl VIII on February 11, in which she attempted to break the internet with stunts including a hologram called Beyonc-AI and a film called Barbey before she declared: "OK, they ready. Drop the new music. I told y'all the 'Renaissance' is not over."

'Renaissance Act II' - the second part of her planned 'Renaissance' trilogy - is slated to arrive on March 29.

Beyoncé also made history this week as the first woman to have topped both Hot Country Songs and Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs lists. Morgan Wallen, Justin Bieber, Billy Ray Cyrus and Ray Charles are the only other acts to have led both charts.

However, not everyone is pleased with the R'n'B superstar's interpretation of country music, including "212" hitmaker Azealia Banks, who went as far as accusing Beyoncé's husband, Jay-Z, of "bullying" her into doing it.

The 32-year-old rapper began her Instagram Stories post: "I love you down, but them R'n'B runs over the Leslie feist back beats is giving Pickmesha.

"Nothing country about it. You're setting yourself up to be ridiculed again. There's a theatrical element to country music. Them [country] critics are not just going to accept an ugly blond wig and bullying from Jay-Z. It's giving big-time musical grift. (sic)"

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