Beyoncé has announcement a new album; Act II arrives March 29. She also gave us two new songs: “Texas Hold 'Em” and “16 Carriages”. Listen to those below and scroll down for Bey's teaser clip.
During the Super Bowl LVIII game, Beyoncé revealed the news with a video on her Instagram. Looks like she's going country for the second act of her Renaissance trilogy, based on the sound of the two songs and the images of the teaser. The announcement video features old-school tunes like Chuck Berry's “Maybelline,” as well as a dusty scene of men looking at a huge billboard featuring a scantily clad Beyoncé and the words “Texas!” Hold them. The moment seems to be reference to the 1984 Wim Wenders film Paris, Texas.
“Texas Hold 'Em” was co-written by Canadian artist Lowell, with production and instrumental contributions from Rhiannon Giddens, Raphael Saadiq, Hit-Boy, Nathan Ferraro, Killah B and more. “16 Carriages” features Dave Hamelin, Gavin Williams, Justus West, Saadiq and more.
Although the album news came as a surprise, Verizon hinted that a Related to Beyoncé announcement would take place this week. Indeed, she played in a Verizon Advertising during the Super Bowl during which she teased the release of new music to break the internet. A few minutes later, she did just that. Beyoncé also wore a white cowboy hat to the 2024 Grammys last weekend, perhaps in a nod to her country pivot.
Renaissance was Beyoncé's seventh studio album and was originally billed as Act I: Renaissance– implying that future releases would follow – before its July 2022 release. Although the album never received traditional music videos, there was a “clickbait» music video for “Break My Soul”, a “branded campaign anthem film” for Tiffany & Co. that used “Summer Renaissance” and a concert film playing in cinemas around the world. Renaissance: a Beyoncé film was the No. 1 film in the United States in its opening weekend, and as of January 11, it had grossed more than $44.4 million worldwide.
“Break My Soul” was nominated for Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Best Dance/Electronic Recording at the 2023 Grammy Awards, but Beyoncé only won the latter. That didn't stop her from taking home four trophies that night, bringing her career total to 32 wins, breaking the record for most Grammys won by an artist in the awards ceremony's history. of price.