Why Beyoncé’s ‘Texas Maintain ’Em’ Has Taken Over TikTok

In her delightfully cheeky Verizon Tremendous Bowl business, Beyoncé swore to do one factor: Break the web. Because the business demonstrated, she couldn’t—at the least not within the literal sense. As an alternative, after the business ended, she did one thing else: She hacked the web, dropping two new songs, “Texas Maintain ’Em” and “16 Carriages,” the previous of which is already on its approach to turning into TikTok’s viral dance music of the 12 months.

This was all the time going to occur. Just about every little thing Beyoncé does—each album drop, each outfit—goes viral. That’s why her Verizon business didn’t appear like a shallow try and astroturf hype. Furthermore, “Texas Maintain ’Em” is a giant pop-country crossover observe, and its speedy banjo riffs (from maestro Rhiannon Giddens) and lyrics about whiskey and taking it to the ground are excellent for line dancing. Line dances, which lend themselves to enjoyable mimicry and interpretation, naturally do nicely on social platforms. It will have been weirder if TikTok hadn’t been flooded with new dances within the week after the music dropped. (Should you’re in search of the video that greatest exemplifies this pattern, try this chart-topper from performers Matt McCall and Dexter Mayfield after which simply observe the sound on down, down, down.)

Inevitability, although, isn’t the entire cause “Texas Maintain ’Em” is at the moment the backing observe to just about 134,000 movies with tens of millions of collective views. The music is boot-scootin’ its method onto TikTok at a time when numerous music has been muted on the platform following a dustup between TikTok and Common Music Group.

Again in January, after the 2 corporations failed to return to phrases on a licensing settlement for UMG music, the large file firm pulled songs that it owns the rights to from TikTok, together with cuts from artists like Taylor Swift and Billie Eilish. Meaning any video utilizing music from these artists now performs with out sound. Beyoncé’s music is distributed by Columbia/Sony, a UMG rival, so “Texas Maintain ’Em” now sits at Quantity 5 on TikTok’s Viral 50 record.

Now, like a shiny holographic disco horse, Beyoncé is atop the social net. When she introduced her new album, Act II, and dropped “Texas Maintain ’Em” and “16 Carriages,” the web was in a tizzy about the truth that Beyoncé was making what seemed to be a complete nation album, a continuation of the country-infused “Daddy Classes” from 2016’s Lemonade. (“She coming to place the cunt in nation!!” went the replies on the @BeyLegion X account. “‘Daddy Classes’ reloaded!” went one other.)

On Tuesday, “Texas Maintain ’Em” made Beyoncé the first Black lady to debut at primary on Billboard’s Scorching Nation Songs chart. The music has at the moment been streamed almost 20 million instances.

TikTok sounds don’t rely towards Billboard chart rankings, however there is no such thing as a doubt that viral dances create the sort of hype that results in music streams, album gross sales, and radio play. Beyoncé has no management over the TikTok/UMG state of affairs (in all probability), and he or she had no method of figuring out whether or not their licensing dispute would nonetheless be ongoing when her new music dropped (once more, in all probability), however its existence has paved the way in which for her new music to be one of many largest issues taking place with music on the platform proper now. Little question it could’ve hit these heights regardless, however with much less competitors, there’s nothing holding it again.

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