With genre debut “Texas Hold ‘Em,” Beyoncé leads Billboard country.

 Billboard said Tuesday that Beyoncé has had another No. 1 country song. 

 After a week, “Texas Hold ‘Em” topped Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart at No. 

 1 while “16 Carriages” reached No. 9. The native Texan R&B and hip-hop icon is recovering a genre that historians believe has Black instruments and music traditions but has historically excluded Black musicians, especially Black women. 

 The two songs, published Feb. 11, were introduced during a Super Bowl promo for Beyoncé's March album, a sequel to her 2022 album “Renaissance” 

 She is the first woman to top Billboard's Hot Country Songs and Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs since 1958, Billboard said Wednesday. 

 Beyoncé is not the first Black female country singer, but her success in these charts highlights a white and male-dominated genre 

 Recently, women of color have paved the way for musicians like them in country, a genre with deep Black musical origins. 

 Amanda Marie Martinez, a postdoctoral fellow at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, told NBC News in 2020 that black and brown people had always performed and liked country music. 

 Martinez, who has written extensively on country and race, says that enslaved Africans played the fiddle and banjo before white Southern artists adopted them 

Country radio stations in the early 20th century mostly played white artists who now dominate the genre. 

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