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Dolly Parton Congratulates Beyonce on Billboard Country Chart Record
​​February 23, 2024

Add Dolly Parton to the list of millions who’re keen to hear Beyoncé’s Renaissance Act II. The country legend and Rock Hall-inductee is, it turns out, a fully-paid-up member of the BeyHive, and thrilled with Beyonce’s recent record-setting feats.

This week, Beyonce made her debut on Billboard’s streaming-, airplay- and sales-based Hot Country Songs chart (dated Feb. 24) with her first two entries on the survey: “Texas Hold ‘Em” at No. 1 and “16 Carriages” at No. 9. With “Texas Hold ‘Em,” she becomes the first Black woman, or female known to be biracial, to have topped the Hot Country Songs tally.

The records don’t end there. Beyoncé makes history as the first woman to have topped both Hot Country Songs and Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs since the lists began as all-encompassing genre song charts in October 1958.

None of it has bypassed Dolly. “I’m a big fan of Beyonce and very excited that she’s done a country album,” writes Parton on social media. “So congratulations on your Billboard Hot Country number one single. Can’t wait to hear the full album!” That album is Renaissance Act II, due out March 29.

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Dua Lipa’s ‘Houdini’ Makes Magical Move to No. 1 on Dance/Mix Show Airplay Chart
​​February 23, 2024

Dua Lipa’s “Houdini” hits No. 1 on Billboard’s Dance/Mix Show Airplay chart, escaping the No. 2 spot to appear atop the ranking dated March 2. Lipa earns her fifth leader on Dance/Mix Show Airplay (which ranks titles by weekly plays on a panel of core 24/7 dance stations augmented with mix show hours on pop stations, as monitored by Mediabase and provided to Billboard by Luminate).

“Houdini,” whose title is an ode to legendary illusionist Harry Houdini, became Lipa’s second No. 1 on Billboard’s multimetric Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart. The single, on Warner Records, launched atop the list in November and added its 10th week at the summit on the most recently published, Feb. 24-dated tally.

Following his death in 1926, Houdini has been the subject of other chart hits. Walter Brennan spent a week at No. 100 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1962 with “Houdini”; Kon Kan hit No. 33 on Dance Singles Sales in 1989 with “Harry Houdini”; and Foster the People’s “Houdini” reached No. 37 on Alternative Airplay in 2012.

Meanwhile, researching Billboard’s archives pulls this rabbit out of a hat: Houdini’s widow, Bess, drew ink in the Dec. 29, 1934, issue, which celebrated Billboard’s 40th anniversary (dating to the Nov. 1, 1894-dated inaugural edition). “The Billboard and I started in show business the same year,” an ad on page 219 read. “My! My! How you have grown, Billyboy. Congratulations – Mrs. Harry Houdini.”

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