Beyoncé took advantage of the Super Bowl on Sunday to announce details of her upcoming studio album. Act II will be released on March 29. Two new songs, “Texas Hold 'Em” and “16 Carriages,” are released below. Both songs have a strong country influence, suggesting that the upcoming album will be Beyoncé's Nashville record.
The idea of a new album has been circulating since Beyoncé's first opus. Renaissance The series was released in July 2022. She went on to state that the album was the first of a three-act project, without ever specifying what the second and third acts would sound like.
During the Super Bowl LVIII game on Sunday, Beyoncé shared a video online confirming album title, release date, etc. The video, directed by Nadia Lee Cohen, features a sample of Chuck Berry's “Maybelline” as well as an apparent reference to Wim Wenders' 1984 film. Paris, Texas.
Earlier on Sunday, Beyoncé performed in a advertisement for Internet service provider Verizon. The theme of the comedic ad was Beyoncé attempting to “break the internet” which the company provides access to. When her initial ideas (running for president, going to space) failed, she resorted to a more tried-and-true method, ending the ad by saying “give up the new music.” “Texas Hold 'Em” and “16 Carriages” came online shortly after.
Beyoncé's Renaissance World Tour kicked off in Sweden in May last year. This was later the subject of a concert film, Renaissance: a filmreleased in theaters at the end of 2023.
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