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Beyoncé's new album 'Cowboy Carter' is the Biggest Album in the World this week and rockets straight to #1 on the United World chart after reaching #1 in 18 countries!

Posted on April 14, 2024



Beyoncé becomes the first black woman in history to top the United World chart with a country album! 'Cowboy Carter' met with universal acclaim upon its release, boosted the listenership of Black country artists and country radio in general, and increased the popularity of Western wear andculture globally! 'Cowboy Carter' landed Beyoncé her biggest streaming week ever, breaking streaming records on several platforms. It became the most-streamed album in a single day in 2024 on Spotify with over 76 million streams globally, making it the 6th highest first-day stream debut for any female album and the highest for any album by a black woman. The album also marks the most first-day streams for a country album by a female artist in the history of Amazon Music! 
'Cowboy Carter' debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200, with 407,000 album-equivalent units, with Beyoncé becoming the first woman to debut their first 8 albums at No. 1. 'Cowboy Carter' also debuted at No. 1 on the Top Country Albums chart, making Beyoncé the first Black woman to have a No. 1 country album, and also topped the Americana/Folk Albums and Top Album Sales charts. All 23 songs on Cowboy Carter debuted on the Billboard Hot 100, with "Texas Hold 'Em" making history, becoming the 1st country song by a black woman to top the Billboard Hot 100 and Hot Country Songs charts.
The album debuted at No. 1 on the Official UK Albums Chart selling 40,000 copies in its 1st week, Beyoncé's 5th chart topper as a solo act, and her 6th overall. The album also debuted at #1 on the Official UK Vinyl Albums Chart. "Texas Hold 'Em" also returned to #1 for a 5th week, marking her longest #1 Single in the UK and her 2nd time to top the UK Singles & Albums Chart simultaneously since her debut with 'Dangerously in Love', and "Crazy in Love" in 2003. Beyoncé also became the first black artist to top the UK Charts with a country album and the first to simultaneously top the Album Chart and Singles Charts with a country album and a country single ("Texas Hold 'Em).
In Australia, the album debuted atop the ARIA Albums Chart, becoming the singer's 4th consecutive album to do so since 'Beyoncé' (2013). It also became the first country album by a female artist to top the chart since Shania Twain's 'Now' in 2017. 'Cowboy Carter' has also hit #1 in Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Scotland, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland! It has reached #4 so far in Lithuania & Slovak, #5 in Czech Republic, #6 in Italy and #11 in Finland.
Korean Superstar Group NCT DREAM lands at #2 on the United World Chart with their 6th EP 'Dream()scape' after debuting at #1 on the Circle chart in Korea!
NCT DREAM's 6th EP 'Dream()scape', consisting of 6 tracks, including the lead single, "Smoothie", has landed at #2 on the United World chart after debuting at #1 on the Circle Album chart in Korea and #7 on the Oricon chart in Japan! The album scored the Top New Entry on the WorldwideiTunes Album chart, landing at #6 after going to #1 on iTunes in 12+ countries upon its release and selling 1,329,701 units on HANTEO on its first day, scoring the group's top first-day sales and 2nd highest for a SM Entertainment's album! 
The critically acclaimed album received 3 stars from NME's Tássia Assis who described the album as "creative, cohesive and enjoyable
In support of the EP, the band is set to go on the "The Dream Show 3: Dream()scape" world tour kicking off in May…
BTSj-hope lands at #4 on the United World Chart with his starstudded 'HOPE ON THE STREET VOL.1', his first soundtrack album for his documentary film 'HOPE ON THE STREET'!
The starstudded six-track soundtrack features a number of special guests, including band mate JungKook on “i wonder,” Benny Blanco and Nile Rodgers on “lock/ unlock,” Yunjin of Le Sserafim on “I Don't Know”, Jinbothe Super Freak on “what if” and Korean hip-hop vet Gaeko of Dynamic Duo and yoonmirae on the smash hit “NEURON” which reflects the album’s theme of exploring j-hope’s artistic roots, ‘street dance. The album was described in a press release as spanning a “diverse array of sounds and moods that showcase j-hope’s musical prowess and depth.”  
'HOPE ON THE STREET VOL.1' has so far reached #1 on the Billboard World Album chart, #2 on the Billboard Top Album sales chart, #2 on the Circle chart in Korea, selling 421,060 units in its 1st week and 84,532 on Weverse! The Album debuted at #2 in Japan, #5 on the US Billboard 200, #6 in France, #10 in Germany, #29 in New Zealand, #30 in Italy, #35 in Lithuania, #38 in Finland & the UK and #62 in Australia!
New Korean Superstar Group ILLIT, formed by Belift Lab through the survival show 'R U Next', scores the 4th Highest New Entry on the United World Chart, landing at #8 with their debut EP 'SUPER REAL ME'!
'SUPER REAL ME', produced by Hybe's chairman & Founder Bang Sihyuk, features 4 tracks, including the record-breaking lead single "Magnetic", and debuted at #3 on the Circle Album chart in Korea, at 3 on the Oricon Album chart in Japan and at #5 onthe Billboard World Albums chart, selling over 380,000 physical albums worldwide in its first week of release! 
ILLIT's name, a combination of "I will" and "it," reflects the team's high potential and determination to achieve its dreams according to Belift!

JungKook's 'GOLDEN' holds at #20 on the United World Chart after debuting at #1, and scores another 49,000 units globally!

'Golden', Jungkook's starstudded debut studio album ft. Jack Harlow, Major Lazer, Latto and DJ Snake, is the best-selling Album by a K-Pop Soloist in history,
and the 1st Album by a Solo Artist to sell over 2M units in its 1st day in Hanteo history and 2,4M in its first week! According to the International Federation of thePhonographic Industry (IFPI)'s Global Music Report, Golden was the 14th most-consumed album across all formats in 2023, and the 7th best-selling album worldwide, having sold over 2.7 million units in less than two months!
The album debuted at #1 on the Circle chart in Korea with almost 2 Million units including its Weverse sales and scored the Highest Debut on the US Billboard 200 for a K-Pop Soloist, landing at #2 with over 210K US sales units & 164.8K pure sales! 'Golden' sold 244,000 copies in the United States during 2023, and ranked as the 10th best-selling CD album of the year according to Billboard. In Japan, the album debuted at #1 on the Oricon chart selling 207,000 units in its 1st week! It landed at #3 on the Official UK Albums chart, scoring the top debut by a K-Pop Soloist in UK history!
'Golden' also hit #1 in Belgium, France, Lithuania, Poland & Portugal! It has reached #2 in Australia & New Zealand, #3 in Austria & Italy, #4 in Canada & Switzerland, #5 in Hungary, #6 in Germany, Ireland & Scotland, #7 in Denmark, #8 in Slovak & Spain, #10 in the Netherlands, #11 in Norway, #12 in Finland, #13 in the Czech Republic, #14 in Sweden, #17 in Greece & #24 in Iceland!

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