Beyoncé Sets Several Billboard Charts Milestones With “Cowboy Carter”

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 has given us one of the most talked-about country albums in recent memory with Cowboy Carter, and its success helped her top several charts this week. Cowboy Carter easily hit No. 1 during its debut week, and here are some of the most significant chart milestones it managed to set.

Billboard 200

With 407,000 equivalent album units earned during its debut week, Cowboy Carter climbed atop the Billboard 200 chart, with the largest week for an album this year. It’s Beyoncé’s eighth album to achieve this feat, which is the fourth-most among female soloists, behind Taylor Swift, Barbra Streisand, and Madonna.

Streaming & Sales

Cowboy Carter scored the largest streaming week of Beyoncé’s career, with 300.41 million official streams. It also topped Billboard’s Album Sales charts with 168,000 in pure sales, including 62,000 vinyl copies, which marks Beyoncé’s largest week on vinyl.

Country-Related Records

Beyoncé’s decision to go full country on this album worked wonders for her and helped her climb atop Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart. She’s the first Black female artist to achieve this feat, in addition to breaking the same record on the Hot Country Songs chart with “Texas Hold ‘Em”, released as one of the two promo singles when she first announced Cowboy Carter.