Beyoncé Shoots Down U.K. Top 10 Debut With ‘Texas Hold ‘Em’

Beyoncé holds all the cards as “Texas Hold ‘Em” blasts into the U.K. top 10.

The new single, the first from Bey’s forthcoming Renaissance Act II (Columbia/Parkwood Ent) project, bows at No. 9 on the Official U.K. Singles Chart, published Friday, Feb. 16.

With that fast start, the pop superstar bags a 22nd U.K. top 10 single. Act II will mark Bey’s eighth studio record, four of which have gone to No. 1 in the U.K. 

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Three cuts from Kanye West and Ty Dolla $ign’s Vultures 1 (YZY) fly into the Official Chart – the maximum allowed from any one album. All crack the top 20, led by “Carnival” (at No. 12), “Burn” (No. 17) and “Back To Me” (No. 18).

At the top of the tally is Noah Kahan’s “Stick Season” (Republic Records), which logs a seventh straight week at No. 1. With its parent album climbing to the summit of the Official U.K. Albums Chart, Kahan has his first career U.K. chart double. A new edition of the Stick Season album yields the track “Forever,” which arrives at No. 31 for his fifth U.K. top 40 single.

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Sophie Ellis-Bextor’s Saltburn-powered “Murder On The Dancefloor” (Polydor) holds at No. 2 on the Official Singles Chart, less than 600 combined units ahead of Benson Boone’s “Beautiful Things” (Warner Records), the OCC reports. “Beautiful Things” lifts 5-3, a new peak position for the 21-year-old Washington-born singer-songwriter.

Also on the rise is YG Marley’s “Praise Jah in the Moonlight” (YG Marley Music), up 9-5. That’s a career high for Marley, the grandson of the late, great Bob Marley and son of Ms. Lauryn Hill.

English singer and TV presenter Wes Nelson enjoys a top 40 debut with “Abracadabra” (Moor), his collaboration with homegrown R&B favorite Craig David. It’s new at No. 37, following the pair’s live performance on ITV’s Love Island All Stars, for Nelson’s fourth U.K. top 40 single and David’s 26th. 

Finally, Tracy Chapman’s “Fast Car” (Rhino) returns to the top 40 following her rare performance of the ‘80s hit at the 2024 Grammy Awards. “Fast Car” reenters at No. 38, after Chapman and country star Luke Combs performed the song on the Grammys on Feb. 4, marking Chapman’s first live television appearance since 2015. Originally released in 1988, “Fast Car” reached its peak of No. 4 in 2011, and has been introduced to country audiences by Combs’ faithful rendition which appeared on 2023’s Gettin’ Old and became a U.S. hit.

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