“Cowboy Carter” Becomes Beyoncé’s Eighth Solo Album to Hit No. 1

Beyonce performs during her and Jay Z's On The Run II Tour in 2018
Beyonce performs during her and Jay Z's On The Run II Tour in 2018. Photo by Photo by Raven Varona/Parkwood/PictureGroup/Shutterstock (9881923b))

Beyoncé created quite a splash with her new album Cowboy Carter, and its chart domination is finally upon us. Queen B hit No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart for the eighth time as a solo artist, scoring the largest week of 2024 and setting several records in the process.

Cowboy Carter easily topped the Billboard 200 chart after earning 407,000 equivalent album units upon its debut, including 232,000 SEA units (equaling 300.41 million official streams), 7,000 TEA units, and 168,000 traditional album sales. Vinyl copies amounted to 62,000 of the pure album sales, helping Beyoncé score the largest vinyl week of her career.

Cowboy Carter also set a new record for the largest streaming week of Beyoncé’s career. This doesn’t come as a shocker since it previously became the most-streamed album in a single day this year on Spotify, with 76 million global streams, the highest number achieved by a Black woman in the platform’s history.

Beyoncé also made history on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart with Cowboy Carter, becoming the first Black woman to top this chart. This is the latest country-related record she broke with this album, after becoming the first Black female artist to top the Hot Country Songs chart with its lead single “Texas Hold ‘Em”.