Everything We Know About Beyoncé’s Cowboy Carter Album

by | Mar 28, 2024 | Music

Beyoncé 'Cowboy Carter' album.

CULTURE: A new chapter of Renaissance is here. On Sunday February 11th, Beyoncé announced plans to release a follow-up Act II of her seventh studio album, subtitled Cowboy Carter, by way of a Super Bowl commercial for a wireless network provider. In it, the singer performed a handful of “internet-breaking” activities before saying “okay, they’re ready. Drop the new music.”

The follow-up project is sure to be one for the books—below everything you’d ever need to know about Cowboy Carter.

What will Cowboy Carter sound like?

Rumors of a follow-up to Renaissance have long been circulating—thankfully, Beyoncé already dropped a pair of gems hinting at what we can expect from Cowboy Carter. The singer released two singles “Texas Hold ‘Em” and “16 Carriages” which officially confirmed that she’s dipping her toe into country music.

Beyoncé "Texas Hold 'Em" artwork


The singles are a shift sonically from the disco-heavy Renaissance, but have also drawn comparisons to the song “Daddy Lessons” from the singer’s 2016 album Lemonade.

Beyoncé "16 Carriages" Artwork.

Beyoncé dropped the two singles alongside a short teaser which included songs like Chuck Berry’s “Maybelline” and a billboard with Beyoncé and the words “Texas! Hold ’Em” written across—seemingly, a reference to Wim Wenders’ 1984 film Paris, Texas. Allegedly there’s also an Act III in the works, though for now, Cowboy Carter will definitely have us looking for our cowboy hats.

Is there a tracklist for Cowboy Carter?

On March 27th, Beyoncé posted the Cowboy Carter tracklist to her Instagram. Fans quickly pointed out the inclusion of “Jolene,” Dolly Parton’s 1973 hit, as well as references to country music pioneer Linda Martell and The Beatles’ “Blackbird.”

Beyoncé 'Cowboy Carter' Album.

Who is featured on Cowboy Carter?

Raphael Saadiq, a frequent Beyoncé collaborator, helped compose, write lyrics, and produce both “Texas Hold ‘Em” and “16 Carriages.” Other names on the production-side include Dave Hamelin, Ink, and Grammy Award-winning producer and rapper Hit-Boy.

There are also rumors of high-profile collaborations with Miley Cyrus, Post Malone, rising country star Tanner Adell as well as a feature from Dolly Parton on “Jolene.”

Is there a Lady Gaga collaboration?

A short teaser, in which Beyoncé is seen driving through a desert, has fans speculating of a potential Lady Gaga collaboration. The musical icons, of course, teamed together for “Telephone” back in 2009 and fans have been calling for a follow up ever since. The video for “Telephone” also has some similarities to the Cowboy Carter teaser, which only fueled rumors of a potential collaboration.

Oh, and it could just be a coincidence—but Gaga was also seen attending the Super Bowl.

Are there Cowboy Carter visuals?

Yes! Alongside the Super Bowl commercial, Beyoncé released a handful of visuals—from the wild, wild west teaser to a pair of captivating images for her singles. Now, whether there will be long-form visuals remains to be seen—we’re still waiting on the complete visuals from Act I, after all.

When will Cowboy Carter be released?

Cowboy Carter will be released on March 29th, 2024.

by Matthew Velasco

W Magazine



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