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#BBFPodcast: Country Music Is BLACK!

Beyoncè Makes History

On Tuesday February 20th Beyoncè woke up not only to dropping a brand new hair care line called Cécred but also historical news that she was the FIRST Black Women in American history to take the #1 spot on the US Billboard Country Music charts.

During the Super Bowl 58 show February 12th, a Verizon Wireless commercial airs featuring Beyoncè joking about how everything she does breaks the internet but not Verizon’s amazing services. Next thing we know TWO country music songs by Beyoncè name “Texas Hold Em” and “16 Carriages”  were released and caused a frenzy and tons of questions about ‘What exactly defines country music?”.

In an article by Business Insider

An Oklahoma radio station refused to play Beyoncé’s new country single until fans fought back. Here’s why the country music industry keeps excluding the singer.

Did people forgot Ray Charles was a country singer?  Most people think of Ray Charles as an R&B and soul legend, but he did more for country music than most may give him credit for.

The beauty of Beyoncè’s “16 Carriages”  is that the song is written by Raphael Saadiq, an African American songwriter famously known for being in groups like Tony! Toni! Toné!

Luminate reports that Black women in country, including rising sensation Tanner AdellReyna RobertsK. Michelle, and instrumentalist Rhiannon Giddens all saw substantial gains in plays. Tanner Adell seized the moment on her own, taking to her TikTok on Wednesday (Feb. 14) with a call to arms. “If you’re waiting on Bey’s country album, you might like me,” she typed. Then on Tuesday (Feb. 20), Adell posted another TikTok celebrating her song shooting up the Shazam charts. Tanner’s “Buckle Bunny” and “Love You a Little Bit” went on to receive a 188% increase in “streaming activity.”
BBF Podcast gather to answer the age old question about the true origins of country music and how this Black History Month we need to show more Black Country artist love.

Written by TrueStar Staff

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