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Beyoncé goes country

The pop superstar leans into a new genre

<p>&nbsp;Beyoncé's &nbsp;“TEXAS HOLD ‘EM” &nbsp;hit No. 1 on the coveted Billboard All-Genre Hot 100 chart.</p>

 Beyoncé's  “TEXAS HOLD ‘EM”  hit No. 1 on the coveted Billboard All-Genre Hot 100 chart.

Born and raised in Houston, Texas, Beyonce Knowles Carter clearly knows a thing or two about country. 

She first dipped her toes in the genre with the track “Daddy Lessons” off her 2016 album “Lemonade” and even performed a version of it with The Chicks at the Country Music Awards. 

Now, nearly eight years later, she’s released two new country singles with a whole album slated for release next month. 

“16 CARRIAGES” is a mid-tempo track that goes into detail about her childhood and the struggles of her rise to fame. “TEXAS HOLD ‘EM” is proving to be an instant classic — this week, it hit No. 1 on the coveted Billboard All-Genre Hot 100 chart and became a favorite of club-goers and TikTokers alike.

Just the other day, I heard two girls talking about it in the One World Café. 

The mood? Very confused. 

“Is she making a whole album like that though?” one of them asked.

Essentially, yes. Her follow up to 2022’s critically acclaimed album “Renaissance” drops on March 29 of this year, titled “Renaissance: Act II.”

“I have never been a fan of country music,” Laney Wieclaw, a graduate student studying math education, said in a response typical of many of her fellow long-time Beyoncé fans, “but her new song might actually get me to like the genre.”

Buffalo country radio station 106.5 WYRK has played the track a few times as well. It seems that this genre transition may work after all.

Only time will tell to see if a countrified Beyoncé sticks with listeners. 

Josh Pawlik is an assistant arts editor and can be reached at  


Josh Pawlik is an assistant arts editor for The Spectrum. His hobbies include playing guitar, working out and reading. He can be found on Instagram @joshpawlik 



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