Beyoncé Achieves Eighth No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 With ‘Cowboy Carter’

Beyoncé has once again proven her status as a music industry powerhouse with the release of her latest album, Cowboy Carter. Debuting at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart with 407,000 equivalent album units earned in the U.S, this marks Beyoncé’s eighth album to achieve the top spot on the all-genre chart. The album’s impressive debut not only represents the biggest week of 2024 but also marks Beyoncé’s largest week in terms of units since her Lemonade album debuted in 2016.

What is particularly noteworthy about Cowboy Carter’s success is its impact on the country music genre. Beyoncé’s album has not only topped the Billboard 200 chart but also claimed the No. 1 spot on the Top Country Albums, Americana/Folk Albums, and Top Album Sales charts. In doing so, Beyoncé has made history as the first Black woman to lead the Top Country Albums list, a significant achievement in a genre that has been historically dominated by white artists.

The success of Cowboy Carter can be attributed to the album’s lead singles, “Texas Hold ‘Em” and “16 Carriages,” which were released during the Super Bowl festivities. These singles not only debuted and peaked on the Hot Country Songs chart but also made their way onto the all-genre Billboard Hot 100 chart. With their success, Beyoncé has proven her ability to transcend genres and appeal to a wide range of music listeners.

In terms of album sales, Cowboy Carter’s first-week unit sum of 407,000 comprises 232,000 SEA units (streaming equivalent albums), 168,000 traditional album sales, and 7,000 TEA units (track equivalent albums). With 300.41 million on-demand official streams, Cowboy Carter has earned Beyoncé her biggest streaming week ever and marks one of the largest streaming weeks for a country album in history.

Overall, Beyoncé’s success with Cowboy Carter underscores her immense talent and versatility as an artist. From her groundbreaking achievements on the Billboard charts to her ability to cross genre boundaries, Beyoncé continues to push the boundaries of what is possible in the music industry. Cowboy Carter is not just another album for Beyoncé – it is a testament to her enduring impact and influence in the world of music.

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