By Maxim Mower
It looks like Lainey Wilson's declaration that ‘Country's Cool Again‘ was right on the money - after Post Malone and Lana Del Rey announced their debut country albums, the Queen B herself has now thrown her cowboy hat into the ring.
During the 2024 Super Bowl, Beyoncé appeared in a hilarious Verizon advert, which found the global megastar carrying out a plethora of stunts in an attempt to break the internet, such as performing in space, creating an AI version of herself (wittily titled Beyonc-AI) and running a Presidential campaign for ‘Beyoncé of the United States’.
At the end of the advert, Beyoncé teases, “Okay, they ready. Drop the new music”. Following this, Beyoncé released two brand new country songs, the joyously twangy ‘TEXAS HOLD ‘EM’ and the sparser, more stripped-back ‘16 CARRIAGES’.
Fans had speculated that the global megastar might have a country project on the way, after she wore a white cowboy hat to the 2024 Grammys the weekend prior to the Super Bowl.
The two new tracks will appear on Renaissance Act II, the second instalment of Beyoncé's three-part album series, which was launched with the house-inspired Renaissance in 2022.
At the end of a clip of ‘TEXAS HOLD ‘EM’, which Beyoncé shared on Instagram, ‘Act ii’ and ‘3.29’ are shown against a black screen, signifying the project will arrive on March 29th.
This isn't the first time Beyoncé has dabbled in country music, with the ‘Hold Up’ singer-songwriter briefly venturing into the genre for her 2016 Lemonade stand-out, ‘Daddy Lessons’.
Judging by the two lead singles, it seems Renaissance Act II will be Beyoncé's first full-length country project. Given how infectious the new tracks are - especially the traditional-leaning ‘TEXAS HOLD ‘EM’ - it looks like, this time next year, Beyoncé will be vying for the Best Album Grammy that JAY-Z said she deserves.