In an elaborate series of teaser videos, Beyonce has announced the long-awaited Part II of its 2022 Album “Renaissance” – and as long rumored, it appears to be a country-leaning album, due out on March 29.
In the elaborate self-referencing ad, we see Beyonce scrolling through songs on an iPhone, then at a lemonade stand (referencing her classic 2016 album of the same name), and then with a series of works by theater about his name: “Barbey”. referencing Barbie, “BOTUS”, saying that she will be the first woman president, then the first woman to launch the first rocket for the first woman in space.
Finally, he says, “Okay, you’re ready: release the new music. I told everyone that the ‘Renaissance’ is not over,” she concludes.
A look at Beyonce’s Instagram page reveals the final teaser video, which includes the album title and release date. There is also a sign and a license plate that reads “Texas Hold ‘Em,” a reference to the poker game named after the singer’s home state, and possibly a song title.
Shortly after, two songs appeared on streaming services: first on Tidal, interestingly, since Beyonce and Jay-Z are sitting with principal owner Jack Dorsey on the Super Bowl – and in fact they have a country theme. “Texas Hold ‘Em” is made up almost entirely of acoustic guitars, kick drum and vocals, with a chorus that concludes: “It’s real live boogie and real live dancing, don’t be a bitch, take it to the floor now. “
The second song is called “16 Carriages” and has a country style in the verses, but transforms into an epic orchestral arrangement in the choruses. Both songs feature contributions from veteran producer Raphael Saadiq, best known for his hits with D’Angelo (“How Does It Feel?”) and Beyonce’s sister, Solange.
Fans were eagerly awaiting a new project from Beyoncé, who initially released “Renaissance” in 2022. At the time, she revealed on her website that the album would be the first of a “three-act project.” Rumors circulated that she had recorded dance and country songs for the set, and it was unclear whether the latter would be included on “Renaissance” or as a separate album. The first installment ended up drawing heavily on dance and house music, paying homage to the black queer community and club culture.
Unlike previous projects in which she released feature films and music videos, “Renaissance” arrived without visuals, a notable turn for Beyoncé. But she captured the magic of his record-breaking world tour, which grossed $579 million, with the theatrical release of “Renaissance: A Film by Beyoncé” in November, which serves as a part-documentary, part-concert film that takes viewers behind the scenes of the global tour. Shortly after the film premiered in London, Beyoncé released the single “My House” a callback to his Houston roots.