Blue Ivy Carter Is The Youngest Person Ever To Chart On ANY ‘Billboard’ Music Chart


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.


  • Meghan

    Just 4 days and I am already sick of hearing about this baby!

    • Katie

      Lol, I totally agree!

    • @Meghan — LOL!

  • Fabio

    I agree haha I think someone needs to put the baby’s sonogram on there! They dropped the ball there… Maybe baby number 2 ;)

  • blaqfury

    well i’m sure they’re happy they found a way to get BIC to be connected to the number 4 somehow (other than the 4th blue print – her name isn’t blueprint, so i’m not counting that 4 connection…lol)

  • Lorraine

    I understand Jay-Z and Beyonce’s massive success and respect that, however; it is pretty annoying that the Dad wasted no time capitalizing this infant. They could be worse and already have the infant on the cover of people but they also could have waited a while as this baby will be exposed enough by the media/general public. IMO they are overstating themselves, but I guess that’s what pop stars love to do.

    • Krissy

      He isn’t really “capitalizing” on her, because he gave the song away for free.

    • Lorraine

      Right, technically but it’s still publicity which is advertising for their own benefit.

    • @Lorraine — Yep, I totally agree.

    • nicole

      i actually kind of agree. i found it odd how fast jay had that all happen.

    • Alys

      It’s like he couldn’t wait. As soon as he figured out Bey was with baby, it was off to the races to find out the ways to drive buzz and interest. Not impressed.

  • Lorraine

    I even found this super annoying when Britney and K-Fed did some similar with Sean Preston, (People) and I LOOOOVE Britney. I can’t help but feel guilty for babies who are born into so much exposure. hopefully all their education and resources will allow them to overcome it all.

  • Dezden

    I kinda think this is awesome.

  • Juneh

    They want the entire birth to be as private as possible, they don’t want pictures to be taken of her, yet they feature her on a song for the entire world to hear? All of a sudden that’s not private? Ugh.