Beyoncé announced her new album, and dropped two new songs.
The second act of her recent album "Renaissance" will arrive on March 29.
The announcement was teased during a Super Bowl commercial and confirmed on her website.
Beyoncé has officially launched a new era of music.
She made the announcement shortly after starring in a Verizon commercial that aired during the Super Bowl on Sunday. At the end of the clip, she declares, "They ready, drop the new music."
Back when "Renaissance" dropped in 2022, it was enigmatically described as "Act I" on her website, though no other details were revealed at the time.
Beyoncé also released a trailer on social media that teases a country-inspired direction for her new album. The video shows Beyoncé driving past a sign that reads, "Radio Texas: 100000 Watts of Healing Power" and a billboard with the tagline "Texas! Hold 'Em." (Beyoncé famously hails from Houston, Texas.)
The short clip includes snippets of "Maybellene" by Chuck Berry and a brand new song by the superstar herself, "Texas Hold 'Em."
"Fifteen innocents was gone astray / Had to leave my home at an early age / I saw mama praying, I saw daddy grind / All my tender problems, had to leave behind," Beyoncé sings in the chorus of "16 Carriages."
Both songs recall "Daddy Lessons," the sixth track on Beyoncé's album "Lemonade."
Fans had already speculated that Beyoncé was teasing more country music when she wore a cowboy hat and a leather bolo tie to the 2024 Grammy Awards.
Country, folk, bluegrass, and Americana artists have recently experienced a surge in popularity, with artists like Morgan Wallen, Noah Kahan, Zach Bryan, and Kacey Musgraves leading the charge. At the Grammys last week, Luke Combs was nominated for a countrified cover of Tracy Chapman's 1988 song "Fast Car." They performed the song as a duet; it was widely considered a highlight of the ceremony.
Last April, Variety reported that country music was seeing a "historic streaming spike," largely fueled by Wallen's blockbuster album "One Thing at a Time."
Wallen also represents the genre's thorny relationship with racism. Back in 2021, he was harshly rebuked when he was caught on video using the N-word. However, once the initial backlash died down, Wallen was welcomed back by radio stations and industry executives.
Beyoncé herself inspired backlash from country fans, an audience that tends to lean white and conservative, when she performed "Daddy Lessons" at the 2016 Country Music Association Awards with The Chicks.
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