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Bey Spins Country On It’s Head

The Music Icon Gets Mixed Reviews on New Music

Beyoncé has the world stepping to county music. She becomes the first Black female artist to top Apple’s Country Music Chart. / Getty

This week, music icon Beyonce Knowles Carter, has been at the top of conversations swirling from praise to indirect controversy. It’s not breaking news that this superstar has always shown love and homage to her Texan roots, but now she’s embracing it more than ever. As fans rumor and anticipate that Beyoncé’s new “Texan” style era is a subtle hint for her act.ii rollout, critics don’t believe that she should be considered in any country genre at all.

Honestly, fans and critics weren’t too sure of when the next release drop would be announced by Queen Bey. However, during her rumored $30 million Verizon network Super Bowl commercial, she hinted to “release the new music.” The Beyhive went into a frenzy when they realized that the next Bey era was coming after RENAISSANCE concluded; or that the moment was actually here before their eyes.

Beyoncé has now officially released two new country singles “Texas Hold’ Em” and “16 Carriages.” Not only did she give the Beyhive this surprise announcement, but she also released an official date for her act.ii, eighth studio album release, which is March 29th. Although fans were in support and excited about Beyoncé finally giving them a country album, certain country stations weren’t too pleased when fans submitted requests for the new singles to be played. According to one X user who requested “Texas Hold ‘Em” to be played on KYKC 100.1 FM in Oklahoma, the station replied by email to decline. “We do not play Beyonce’ [sic] as we are a country music station,” the email read.

According to Complex, After more requests poured in, KYKC changed its tune and added “Texas Hold ‘Em” to their rotation, even logging into its X account with an update.

Despite the initial refusal of this country radio station supporting Beyoncé’s new singles, there are numerous country artists who’ve previously and currently come to the defense of this icon entering this genre. This isn’t the first time that Queen Bey has given fans and critics a taste of this genre with her previous track “Daddy Lessons,” but country artists believe they have way more to learn from her than critics may think. According to wate.com, “Country singer Dierks Bentley said he loved the whole album, but when he heard “Daddy Lessons,” he immediately thought it was a country song … The Dixie Chicks covered the song during their current national tour and even Blake Shelton defended the song from critics who say it’s not country. Female country artists in particular have loved Beyoncé’s emphasis on the feminine perspective in pop music for years: Reba McEntire cut a version of Beyoncé’s “If I Were a Boy” in 2010. Even country superstar Garth Brooks said he can learn from Beyoncé. “I was lucky enough to get to see Beyoncé’s Vegas show … I mean, take out your notebook and take notes. No matter how long you’ve been on the stage — take notes on that one,” Brooks said.

Not only has news been buzzing around Queen Bey’s new era, but she’s also releasing a new hair-care line, Cécred. The official announcement was sent out via newsletter to the Beyhive, social media platforms, and more while she let fans in on her personal inspiration behind the new venture. Beyoncé, who graces the March cover of Essence, expressed that the beauty industry needs a safe space.

“I’ve seen how much Black women’s emotions are attached to our hair and beauty,” she told Harper’s Bazaar. “The beauty industry does not always understand these emotions and what we need. I want to build a community where women of all races can communicate and share some of those secrets, so we can continue to support and take care of each other. I want to give women a space to feel their own strength and tell their stories,” she told Harpers. “That is power.” Regardless of critics that question why her hair-care line is diverse and inclusive, Beyoncé is only confirming that she will continue to break the status quo.

 

By Kori Barnes, University of Southern California

Instagram: @korixnicole

 

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