Beyoncé Announces Genre-Bending Country Album ‘Cowboy Carter’


Beyoncé has unveiled details about her highly-anticipated album, Cowboy Carter, set for release on March 29th. In an extensive Instagram post accompanying the official cover art, Queen Bey sheds light on the five-year journey behind the project.

“It all started with an experience years ago where I felt unwelcome,” Beyoncé writes. “This experience pushed me to delve deeper into the rich history of Country music, and the impact it’s had globally. It’s inspiring to see how music can unite people while amplifying the voices of those who dedicate their lives to preserving its legacy.”

She continues, “The initial criticism I faced entering this genre only fueled my desire to push boundaries. Act II is a testament to that challenge, a blend of genres that forms the foundation of this new work.”

The criticism Beyoncé references likely stems from the backlash she received after performing “Daddy Lessons,” a fan favorite from Lemonade, at the 2016 CMA Awards. The track, featuring prominent country elements, was also submitted for Grammy consideration but reportedly rejected by the Recording Academy’s country music committee, according to Billboard.

Intriguingly, Beyoncé confirms collaborations on the album, keeping the featured artists under wraps for now. “There are surprises in store,” she teases, “collaborations with some brilliant artists I deeply admire. I hope you can feel the heart and soul poured into every detail and sound on this record.”

Cowboy Carter will feature the chart-topping lead single “Texas Hold ‘Em,” which debuted at No. 1 on both Billboard’s Hot Country Songs and Hot 100 charts. The single arrived alongside its B-side, “16 Carriages,” which will also be included on the album.


“Being the first Black woman with a No. 1 on the Hot Country Songs chart is an immense honor,” Beyoncé reflects. “This wouldn’t have been possible without the incredible support from all of you.”

Cowboy Carter serves as the second act of Beyoncé’s three-part project, following the critically acclaimed Act I: Renaissance released in 2022. Renaissance dominated the Billboard 200 chart upon release, selling an impressive 332,000 equivalent units in its first week. The now-platinum album secured the Grammy Award for Best Dance/Electronic Music Album at the 65th ceremony, making Beyoncé the first Black woman to win in that category.

Fresh off her record-breaking Renaissance World Tour, grossing over $579 million worldwide, all eyes are on Beyoncé’s genre-bending foray into country music with Cowboy Carter. Pre-orders for the album are available here.