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Beyoncé Drops New Album "Cowboy Carter": Stream It Now

Fri 29 Mar 2024 | 09:23 AM
Yara Sameh

Beyoncé finally dropped on Friday her eighth solo studio album, "Act 2: Cowboy Carter".

The Grammy winner kicked up her new era in February when she surprise-dropped two singles—“Texas Hold ‘Em” and “16 Carriages”— during the 2024 Super Bowl. While both singles are undoubtedly country tracks, they were mere teases of the sonic odyssey Queen Bey embarks upon throughout her new LP. 

In the album. Beyoncé collaborated with a star-studded cast — including Miley Cyrus, Post Malone, Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson, Linda Martell, Tanner Adell, Willie Jones, Raphael Saadiq, The-Dream, Shaboozey and more.

She presented 27-track records consisting of country, funk, hip-hop, rock, and more. Formatted in the style of the radio program, several spoken word interludes introduce the album’s different sequences, making for a well-balanced mixture of introspection, humor, and fearless exploration.

“Act 2: Cowboy Carter” is the follow-up to 2022’s “Renaissance”, which the singer initially revealed would be a three-part project Beyoncé recorded during the coronavirus pandemic. 

Although Beyoncé made Cowboy Carter “a continuation of” Renaissance, she did note that the album was inspired by an unsavory event several years ago — likely her controversial performance of “Daddy Lessons” alongside The Chicks (fka The Dixie Chicks) at the 2016 CMA Awards. 

In a lengthy Instagram post, the singer explained that the incident inspired her to study the origins of country music. 

“This album has been over five years in the making. It was born out of an experience that I had years ago where I did not feel welcomed… and it was very clear that I wasn’t,” she noted. “But, because of that experience, I did a deeper dive into the history of Country music and studied our rich musical archive.”

“It feels good to see how music can unite so many people around the world, while also amplifying the voices of some of the people who have dedicated so much of their lives educating on our musical history. The criticisms I faced when I first entered this genre forced me to propel past the limitations that were put on me,” she continued. 

“[Act II] is a result of challenging myself, and taking my time to bend and blend genres together to create this body of work. I have a few surprises on the album, and have collaborated with some brilliant artists who I deeply respect. I hope that you can hear my heart and soul, and all the love and passion that I poured into every detail and every sound.”

“I feel honored to be the first Black woman with the number one single on the Hot Country Songs chart,” she gushed. “That would not have happened without the outpouring of support from each and every one of you. My hope is that years from now, the mention of an artist’s race, as it relates to releasing genres of music, will be irrelevant.”

“This ain’t a Country album. This is a ‘Beyoncé’ album,” she declared at the end of her message. “This is act ii COWBOY CARTER, and I am proud to share it with y’all!”.