Beyoncé Announces the Title of Her Next Album “Cowboy Carter”

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Beyonce at "The Lion King" film premiere in July 2019. Photo by John Salangsang/BEI/Shutterstock (10330533df)

Beyoncé’s next album is hitting the shelves in two weeks, and she finally shared its title with the world. Her highly-anticipated country record will be titled Act II: Cowboy Carter, and it marks the second installment of her three-act project, which started with Renaissance.

When Beyoncé initially announced her upcoming eighth solo album, it was known simply as Act II, but that’s no longer the case. She shared an image that features a saddle photographed against a black background, which confirms her next album will be called Cowboy Carter.

This piece of information confirms something we’ve known all along – Beyoncé’s next album will see her going full country. Her set designer Es Devlin previously told British Vogue that she “wanted to reappropriate Americana and country music from a Black perspective” by incorporating cowboy-inspired imagery during the Renaissance Tour.

She’s taking things to a whole new level with Cowboy Carter, which already produced one major country hit. “Texas Hold ‘Em” was released as the album’s lead single, and it hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, in addition to transforming Beyoncé into the first Black woman with a No. 1 song on the Hot Country Songs chart.

Act II: Cowboy Carter will be released on March 29, and it will also feature the previously released single “16 Carriages”.