Beyoncé tops US chart for first time in ten years

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After releasing her much-anticipated album Renaissance, Beyoncé scored the number one spot on the top US songs chart for the first time in well over a decade.

Her lead single Break My Soul is the 40-year-old’s first solo song to hit the top of Billboard’s Hot 100 since 2008’s Single Ladies.

Her seventh solo studio album also opened at number one on Billboard’s top albums chart, the entertainment outlet said.

It’s the second-highest debut of the year in the US, following Harry Styles’s Harry’s House.

Beyoncé also hit the top spot on the Irish Album Chart with Renaissance and also on the Irish Singles Chart with Break My Soul.

Eminently danceable and rife with nods to disco and EDM history, Beyoncé’s latest album burst onto the summer scene primed for its needle drop at the club.

Beyoncé’s soaring vocals have their place on Renaissance, but it’s the rhythmic, urgent call to the dance floor that stands out, with a tapestry of influences paying homage to pioneers of funk, soul, rap, house and disco.

In the weeks preceding the album’s release, Beyoncé teased it with a steady stream of the glossy, curated portraits of herself that over the past decade have become her signature.

But though she’s received wide praise for keeping the world of music videos on the cutting edge, Beyoncé put out her latest record sans visuals (they’re promised at a later date.)

For all her cultural clout and an indisputable throne in music’s pantheon, Beyoncé’s songs historically have not seen the same commercial dominance as other contemporary global stars.

That was poised to change with Renaissance — and Queen Bey made good on her chances.

On Monday, the megastar released a series of portraits on Instagram including a clip of her in a disco ball of an outfit, smiling for the camera as she waved her finger to signal her number-one status.

Source: AFP