Beyoncé says an experience where she ‘didn’t feel welcome’ inspired her to create ‘Cowboy Carter’.

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(From left) Beyoncé and Jay-Z at the 2024 Grammy Awards in Los Angeles.


Beyoncé is raising the stakes and raising the stakes in hopes that her highly anticipated upcoming country album will make any race-related stigmas in that music genre and beyond “irrelevant.”

The “Texas Hold ‘Em” singer on Tuesday unveiled a new image for “Cowboy Carter,” which she’s dubbing as the “Act II” album for her hit 2022 record “Renaissance,” writing in the caption That her latest project “was born out of an experience I had years ago where I didn’t feel like I was welcomed…and it was very clear that I was not welcomed.”

“But, because of that experience, I delved deeper into the history of country music and studied our rich music collection,” Beyoncé continued, without giving specific details about the experience she was referring to.

In addition to the two singles from “Cowboy Carter” — “16 Carriages” and “Texas Hold ‘Em” — released during the Super Bowl last month — the Houston native has previously incorporated country sounds in his other works, including his 2016 Also includes the track. “Daddy’s lesson.” Beyoncé performed that song with the Chicks at the CMA Awards that year, and subsequently received racist backlash.

“The criticism I faced when I first entered this genre forced me to push past the limitations that were placed on me,” the Grammy-winner wrote in her post on Tuesday. “Act II is the result of challenging myself and taking my time to bend and blend styles together to create this work.”

Marking the 10-day countdown to the release of “Cowboy Carter”, Beyoncé also teased some surprise collaborations on the album she has in store, writing that she has “collaborated with some fantastic artists that I deeply respect. I do.”

“This is not a country album,” she wrote at the end of her post. “It’s a ‘Beyoncé’ album. This is the second part of Cowboy Carter, and I’m proud to share it with you all!”

‘Cowboy Carter’ will be released on March 29.

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