There is an old adage that says, The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree … which means, many children (either for good OR bad) usually emulate or follow in their parent’s footsteps later in life. At just 4 days old, Blue Ivy Carter — the firstborn child of Beyoncé and Jay-Z — is ALREADY following in her parents’ hit-making footsteps. Billboard magazine reports that newborn Blue Ivy is the youngest person ever to appear on any Billboard magazine music chart. As you may recall, Jay-Z released a song titled Glory just 2 days after baby Blue was born and that song features the baby girl “performing” on the track. Just 2 days after the song was released, it hit #74 on Billboard’s R&B/Hip-Hop Songs Chart.
IIf you guessed that Baby Carter would grow up to be a star because of her ubiquitous, famous parents, you were probably right. If you anticipated her first song being released in her tweens, a la Willow Smith, you were dead wrong. Try within hours of her birth. Blue Ivy Carter, the bundle of joy brought into the world by megastar Beyoncé (with a little help from fellow famous dad Jay-Z) Saturday (Jan. 7), becomes the youngest person ever credited with gracing a Billboard chart, as Jay-Z’s newly-recorded studio cut “Glory” — officially billed as “featuring B.I.C.,” an abbreviation of Blue Ivy Carter — begins on R&B/Hip-Hop Songs at No. 74. (For historical purposes, this week’s Billboard charts are dated Jan. 21). Taking a page out of Stevie Wonder’s proverbial book on how to be a sentimental musical dad, Jay-Z recorded his precious girl’s first seconds of life — her breathing, cries and coos — just as Wonder did on his iconic song “Isn’t She Lovely,” written for his then-newborn daughter Aisha.
Why does B.I.C. claim the mark for youngest charted artist and not Wonder’s girl? Two reasons: young Aisha was never officially credited on “Lovely” and the song did not reach a Billboard chart until Jan. 29, 1977 (when it entered Adult Contemporary at its No. 23 peak), almost two years after she was born. Blue Ivy Carter/B.I.C. also benefits from the era in which she born. Technology today allows an advantage in that Jay-Z was able to record and release “Glory” less than 48 after her birth. After almost 72 years of numbers, positions, peaks, lows, gains and debuts — the first national Billboard chart was published the week of July 27, 1940 — the little princess born to the reigning king and queen of R&B/hip-hop breaks the mold almost concurrently with her arrival into Beyonce’s anticipating, loving arms. “Glory” arrives as the week’s highest new entry on R&B/Hip-Hop Songs with 1.7 million audience impressions on 54 radio stations, according to Nielsen BDS. In a stroke of chart kismet, the song marks Jay-Z’s 107th career entry on the survey, mirroring the Jan. 7 birth date – in other words (or, um, numbers), 1/07 – of Blue Ivy.
OMG … as surprising as this feat SHOULD be, I am not AT ALL surprised at all. Of COURSE the firstborn child of Beyoncé and Jay-Z would find musical success mere hours after she was born. To be honest, the real achievement here belongs to Jay-Z … he can drop a song online, give it away for free and it will make an impact on the music charts. Because he decided to feature and CREDIT his 2 day old baby girl, she now has the distinction of being the youngest Billboard charter ever. That’s pretty damn cool, if you ask me. Blue Ivy is going to be a force to be reckoned with … I mean, at only a few days old right now, she already is.