Beyoncé has climbed to #1 singles in the US with BREAK MY SOUL following the release of RENAISSANCE, her new album, which has also entered at #1 on the US album chart.
Beyoncé has always been a big album seller but it had been a long time since she had a number 1 single in the U.S. completely solo. It was 13 years ago, in 2009, when Single Ladies hit the top of the music charts. Her latest Billboard #1s have been subsequent collaborations. On the one hand we have Perfect with Ed Sheeran (2017) and Savage with Megan Thee Stallion (2020).
BREAK MY SOUL represents Beyoncé’s eighth number 1 in the United States, to which we should add four others obtained in Destiny’s Child, those of Bills, Bills, Bills (1999), Say My Name (2000), Independent Women Part 1 (2000-2001) and Bootylicious (2001).
We must also recognize that Beyoncé’s return to the stage has not been easy, as she has even had to modify the lyrics of one of her songs due to the controversy. This happened with her song Heated, which contained a word that is often used derogatorily against people with cerebral palsy. And although the singer clarified that the word was not used maliciously and that it has many connotations in English, due to pressure from critics she re-recorded the entire song, this time removing the word of discord.
And of course, the artist has had to face the new context of social networks, and the pressure they bring. However, this new environment, rather than slowing down her style, seems to be moving her forward, as she is experimenting with new factors and more modern formats for her promotional images and music videos. She has even done some streaming and the truth is that she looks comfortable and confident.
Beyoncé has managed to unseat Lizzo at number 1 on Billboard with her About Damn Time, and everything points to the fact that Break My Soul is repositioning its author as the pop queen we all know and missed so much.