Beyoncé Officially Shares Country 'Act II' Album Title: 'Cowboy Carter'

13 March 2024 | 9:13 am | Mary Varvaris

'Cowboy Carter' will be released on Friday, 29 March, with limited-edition physical copies and digital streaming versions on the way.

Beyoncé's '16 Carriages' artwork

Beyoncé's '16 Carriages' artwork (Source: Supplied)

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A month after Beyoncé revealed that she’d be releasing a country album by dropping two country singles, Texas Hold ‘Em and 16 Carriages, she officially announced what the album will be called.

Cowboy Carter is the second part of Beyoncé’s Renaissance series, the follow-up to her 2022 dance-inspired album.

While the Single Ladies singer’s Parkwood Entertainment company shared what looks to be album art on social media – a picture of an empty saddle with a red, white and blue sash with the album title on it – a look at Beyoncé’s store showcases different sets of album artwork, including the same black background with white writing on Renaissance.

Cowboy Carter will be released on Friday, 29 March—a date that was already on her website. You can pre-order limited edition copies of the album here or pre-save/pre-add it to your streaming library here.

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Beyoncé revealed that she’s embarking on a country era during a Super Bowl advertising slot last month. She previously explored country music on her Lemonade track, Daddy Lessons, which she later performed with The Chicks at the CMA Awards in December 2016.

Beyoncé fans believe Cowboy Carter is the second in a three-part series following last year’s Renaissance. The third part, they speculate, might be a rock album. According to listeners, Bey is paying tribute to genres black artists helped to pioneer with a trio of albums, including house music, country, and rock and roll.

In the US, Texas Hold ‘Em has spent two weeks at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and topped the Hot Country Songs and Global 200 charts. Beyoncé is the first black woman to top the Hot Country Songs and Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs since the charts began tracking songs across genres in October 1958.

By topping the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, Beyoncé dethroned Zach Bryan and Kacey Musgraves’ duet, I Remember Everything, from #1 after 20 weeks.

In a recent interview, Dolly Parton indicated that Beyoncé might have covered her beloved hit, Jolene, for her forthcoming country album.

Responding to whether Beyoncé has covered a Dolly Parton song on Cowboy Carter, Parton replied (via Knox News), “Well, I think she has! I think she's recorded Jolene, and I think it's probably gonna be on her country album, which I'm very excited about.”

“I love her!” Parton continued. “She's a beautiful girl and a great singer.”