Beyoncé's New Album "Renaissance" And Single "Break My Soul" Reached #1 On The Billboard 200

August 09, 2022

By We Love The 90s - Urban Music

Beyoncé’s Renaissance debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 with the biggest sales week of 2022 by a woman (332,000 equivalent album units including 190,000 in sales, to be exact). Yesterday, boosted by the album’s release and a Madonna-featuring remix available by purchase only (among other remixes), lead single “Break My Soul” has risen to #1 on the Hot 100. Remarkably, it’s her first solo #1 hit in 14 years.

Renaissance — featuring contributions from Grace Jones, Pharrell Williams, Big Freedia, and an epic Donna Summer sample — is making Beyoncé one of only a select few artists in history who've occupied both No. 1 slots on the Billboard albums and singles rankings in the same week.

The 40-year-old has notched other hits at No. 1 since 2008, though they were all collaborations with other artists, including 2017's "Perfect Duet" with Ed Sheeran and the 2020 Megan Thee Stallion banger "Savage Remix."

The single Break My Soul kicked off Beyoncé's Renaissance album era, marking a sonic departure from the sounds heard on her 2016 album Lemonade. She has called the project an ode to the "fallen angels" of club culture as it highlights various dance genres originated by Black artists throughout the '70s, '80s, and '90s, and dedicated the full body of work to her gay uncle, Johnny, whom she also references in the LP's lyrics.