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“Glory,” the Jay-Z track released two days after the birth of daughter Blue Ivy Carter, has debuted at number 74 on Billboard’s chart of the top 100 R&B/Hip-Hop Songs in the country. Making Blue Ivy, the youngest person ever on the Billboard chart.
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.
Lastly, it just so happens “Glory” marks Jay-Z’s 107th career entry on the Billboard charts, mirroring the Jan. 7 birth date — in other words (or, um, numbers), 1/07 — of Blue Ivy.