Beyoncé didn’t perform at the Super Bowl, but she still managed to dominate the musical conversation surrounding the big game. The singer surprise released two songs after the championship and, in doing so, not only launched the next era of her career, but also prevented the expected leader from reaching the number one spot.
Last night, perhaps the most exciting Super Bowl commercial was created by Verizon. The cell phone company hired none other than Beyoncé to appear in their long-running spot, which saw her let the world talk about her humor more than she has in a long time. At the very end of the clip, the singer announces that the world was ready, and shortly after, two new songs from the superstar hit streaming sites and download platforms.
Now, just hours after the Super Bowl ended, she’s running iTunes, not Usher, who many might have expected to run that platform. Unlike Beyoncé, Usher headlined the halftime show, which is generally considered the biggest stage possible for a musical artist. He performed a medley of hits, bringing in collaborators like Alicia Keys, Will.I.Am of the Black Eyed Peas, Lil Jon and Ludacris.
Following his excellent performance, Usher’s catalog grew in popularity, as one would expect. But even he couldn’t keep up with Beyoncé. After the match, she released her two new singles, “Texas Hold ‘Em” and “16 Carriages”, and both became fast sellers for the superstar.
Beyoncé currently claims the top two spots on iTunes. Currently, “16 Carriages” is in the lead at number one, while “Texas Hold ‘Em” is just behind in the second tier. It is also two more places further down the ranking of the best-selling songs in the United States on iTunes. Another version of “Texas Hold ‘Em” appears at #33, while “Love in This Club” featuring Usher and Lil Wayne is at #97.
Usher may not be #1 on iTunes, but he’s still on the platform’s bestseller list. The R&B musician currently boasts four top 10 hits, as well as numerous other wins below the highest level. Right now, his highest hit is, predictably, “Yeah!” » with Lil Jon and Ludacris, which lands at No. 3.
“Texas Hold ‘Em” and “16 Carriages” would be the first singles from Beyoncé’s upcoming album. The singer took to social media to announce that the second part of her Renaissance the series is expected to arrive on March 29. The first installment was released in 2022 and was a huge commercial and critical success.