Beyoncé Announces New Album, Releases Singles

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Beyoncé | Act II Unveiled

Beyoncé just dropped some big news on us – her upcoming album, Act II, is set to release on March 29. Not stopping there, she blessed fans with two fresh tracks: “Texas Hold ’Em” and “16 Carriages.” Eager ears can dive into these tunes right away, and there’s also a teaser clip for the album floating around for those who want a sneak peek. Listen to the tracks below.

A Country Twist in the Tale

The reveal came in a grand fashion during the Super Bowl LVIII, with Beyoncé choosing Instagram to share a captivating video. It seems she’s steering her musical journey towards a country vibe this time, especially if the new songs and the teaser’s visuals are anything to go by. The announcement clip is a nod to nostalgia, featuring a backdrop of Chuck Berry’s “Maybelline” and a cinematic homage to Wim Wenders’ 1984 masterpiece, Paris, Texas.

“Texas Hold ’Em” is a collaborative effort boasting contributions from Lowell, Rhiannon Giddens, Raphael Saadiq, and Hit-Boy, among others. “16 Carriages” also features an impressive lineup with Dave Hamelin and Justus West, to name a few.


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Beyoncé: Hints and Surprises

While the album news surprised most, Verizon had teased a Beyoncé-centric ad earlier, sparking rumors. Beyoncé confirmed the speculations by starring in a Verizon commercial during the Super Bowl, teasing new music that would “break the internet.” And she delivered just minutes later. At the 2024 Grammys, Beyoncé hinted at her country music pivot, donning a white cowboy hat.

Renaissance, her seventh solo studio album, marked the beginning of what now appears to be a series, with Act II following Act I: Renaissance. Although Renaissance lacked traditional music videos, it wasn’t short of visual treats. It included a “clickbait” clip for “Break My Soul” and a globally screened concert film that topped the U.S. box office and grossed over $44.4 million worldwide.

Despite stiff competition at the 2023 Grammy Awards, “Break My Soul” fetched Beyoncé the Best Dance/Electronic Recording award. That night, she didn’t just win an award; she made history by pushing her Grammy tally to 32, the highest ever by any artist.

Beyoncé continues redefining her musical boundaries, and Act II is shaping into another exciting chapter in her illustrious career. With a mix of country flair and her undeniable talent, this album promises to be a listening experience we won’t soon forget.

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