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Country music; Beyoncé first Black woman to top Billboard chart 



This week Beyonce made history as she  became the first Black woman to top the US charts in the Country music genre.

Her song “Texas Hold ‘Em” dropped smack in the middle of the Super Bowl earlier this month, and has debuted on the Billboard charts on the number one slot of “Hot Country Songs.”

A second single, “16 Carriages,” is also on that chart, clocking in at number nine.

“Prior to the triumph for ‘Texas Hold ‘Em,’ no Black woman, or female known to be biracial, had previously topped that chart,”said industry tracker Billboard.

Country is a quintessentially American style of music with influences from Africa: the banjo notably grew out of instruments brought to the United States by enslaved people in the 1600s and 1700s.

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