This Ain’t Just Any Milestone: Beyoncé Makes Spotify History with ‘Cowboy Carter’

Queen Bey has done it again

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Can we get a yeeehaw? Beyoncé’s eighth studio album, Cowboy Carter, has only been out for a few days and it’s already making history on Spotify.

This past Friday, Spotify announced that the chart-topping country album has become the music platform’s most-streamed album in a single day so far this year—not to mention that Cowboy Carter is the first country album in history to hold such a title (!!!). 

Back in February, the 42-year-old singer released not one, but two songs from the highly anticipated album, “Texas Hold ‘Em” and “16 Carriages.” 

Spotify previously reported that “Texas Hold ‘Em” was streamed over 200 million times, which allowed the single to skyrocket to the top spot on the U.S. Top 50 chart. Shortly after that, Beyoncé became the first Black woman ever to claim the number one spot on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs with “Texas Hold ‘Em.” She’s called Queen Bey for a reason, after all.

Days before the album release, Beyoncé opened up about her inspiration for the project in a candid Instagram post. In the caption, the mother of three wrote, “This album has been over five years in the making. It was born out of an experience that I had years ago where I did not feel welcomed…and it was very clear that I wasn’t. But, because of that experience, I did a deeper dive into the history of Country music and studied our rich musical archive.”

The Grammy Award winner continued, “It feels good to see how music can unite so many people around the world, while also amplifying the voices of some of the people who have dedicated so much of their lives educating on our musical history.”

“The criticisms I faced when I first entered this genre forced me to propel past the limitations that were put on me,” the singer added. “Act II is a result of challenging myself, and taking my time to bend and blend genres together to create this body of work.”

Congratulations, Beyoncé.

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Karelle McKay is the Assistant Editor of News and Entertainment at PureWow. Before she started writing about all things pop culture, she was a literal couch potato who loved...