BEYONCE: “Cowboy Carter” 2LP

BEYONCE: “Cowboy Carter” 2LP

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BEYONCE: “Cowboy Carter” 2LP. Released 12th April 2024

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BEYONCE: “Cowboy Carter” 2LP. Released 12th April 2024

Cowboy Carter (also referred to as Act II: Cowboy Carter) is the eighth studio album by American singer and songwriter Beyoncé, released on March 29, 2024, via Parkwood Entertainment and Columbia Records. The album is the second installment in a trilogy of albums, following Renaissance (2022).

Although many have labeled it a country album, Cowboy Carter blends together diverse musical genres such as pop, hip hop, trap, psychedelic funk, blues, soul, rock, rock and roll, opera, “Irish” jig and folk music. Conceptually, the album is presented as a radio broadcast by a fictitious station called “KNTRY Radio Texas”, with country singers Dolly Parton, Linda Martell and Willie Nelson acting as disc jockeys. The album’s songs feature lesser-known Black country artists such as Tanner Adell, Brittney Spencer, Tiera Kennedy, Reyna Roberts, Shaboozey and Willie Jones. The music is driven by a range of acoustic instruments played by musicians including Stevie Wonder, Paul McCartney, Nile Rodgers, Jon Batiste, Gary Clark Jr. and Rhiannon Giddens.

Cowboy Carter was met with universal acclaim upon release; critics felt that the album’s genre experimentation, expansive scope and eclectic references aided an ambitious reimagining of Americana and country through the lens of its Black roots. The album also ignited discussions on Black musicians’ place within country music, boosted the listenership of Black country artists and country radio in general, and increased the popularity of Western wear and culture.

NB: Initial vinyl pressings of the album do not include “Spaghettii”, “Flamenco”, “The Linda Martell Show”, “Ya Ya” and “Oh Louisiana”.

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