Beyonce’s ‘Before I Let Go’ Becomes Her Milestone 60th Hit on Billboard Hot 100
The superstar is only the fourth woman to reach the mark.
Beyoncé makes her 60th appearance on the Billboard Hot 100 chart as “Before I Let Go (Homecoming Live)” debuts at No. 75 (on the list dated May 4). The single, released April 17 as a bonus track on her Homecoming: The Live Album, bows after its first full week of tracking.
The cover of the 1981 hit by Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, which reached No. 13 on the Hot Soul Singles chart (now Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs) enters with 6.9 million U.S. streams in the week ending April 25, according to Nielsen Music. It also starts at No. 28 on Digital Song Sales with 6,000 downloads purchased in the same window.
Though “Go” doesn’t yet make the all-genre Radio Songs chart, the single has claimed a fast start at R&B/hip-hop radio, bursting 45-27 on R&B/Hip-Hop Airplaywith 7.2 million in audience in the week ending April 28.
In addition to its Hot 100 start, “Go” also opens at No. 45 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (which, like the Hot 100, blends streaming, sales and airplay data). Homecoming, meanwhile, ascends 7-4 on the all-genre Billboard 200 and 4-2 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums charts following its first full tracking week.
Beyonce Launches ‘Before I Let Go’ Challenge
“Go” gives the superstar her 60th Hot 100 entry, a sum bested by only four women in the chart’s 60-year history. Beyoncé trails only the top performer among women, Nicki Minaj, who boasts 102 visits, Taylor Swift (78) and Aretha Franklin (73). Among all artists, the Glee Cast reigns supreme with 207 appearances, followed by Drake(193).
Notably, Beyoncé has appeared on the Hot 100 as a soloist at least once each year since 2002, when she charted as featured on then-boyfriend JAY-Z‘s “03 Bonnie and Clyde,” which climbed to No. 4. It was the first of 18 solo top 10s for Beyoncé to date, six of which have gone all the way to No. 1. As a member of Destiny’s Child, she also graced the Hot 100 each year from 1997 through 2002 and again upon the group’s reunion in 2004-05.