Beyoncé Shares Official Cover Art & A Few Words About ‘act ii. COWBOY CARTER’:

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Beyoncé is doling out details about her next album act ii. COWBOY CARTER piece by piece. After overwhelming the world on Super Bowl Sunday with her Verizon commercial, the surprise release of “TEXAS HOLD ’EM” and “16 CARRIAGES” and new album news, she’s given fans a little time to catch their breath. She’s ramping things back up, though, with the album’s release date fast approaching. Last week Bey revealed the project’s official title, act ii. COWBOY CARTER, and this week she unveils the official cover art and shares a few choice words about the album.

The cover for act ii. COWBOY CARTER features Beyoncé riding sidesaddle on a galloping white horse. Her platinum blonde wig is flowing in the breeze as she wears a red, white and blue leather outfit and matching sash with the album title on it. She symbolically holds an American flag high in one hand. In her other hand is the reins that are attached to the horse and the ornate leather and silver saddle that was previously shared with the sash and album title.

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Beyoncé may look rodeo ready, but this isn’t her first rodeo. In addition to sharing the cover image, she had a lot to get off her chest about the forthcoming album and what she encountered while making it. The iconic superstar wrote a six paragraph treatise that was shared exclusively on Instagram.

She first thanked her ride-or-dies for their unwavering support for “TEXAS HOLD ’EM” and “16 CARRIAGES” and helping her to make history. “I feel honored to be the first Black woman with the number one single on the Hot Country Songs chart,” she wrote. “My hope is that years from now, the mention of an artist’s race, as it relates to releasing genres of music, will be irrelevant.”

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After that subtle dig, Beyoncé proceeded to break things down about the album and country music industry. “This album has been over five years in the making. It was born out of an experience that I had years ago where I did not feel welcomed…and it was very clear that I wasn’t,” she bravely shared. We don’t know who the peasants are who dared to make Queen Bey feel unwelcome, but we hope that they’re shaking in their boots.

She continued, “But, because of that experience, I did a deeper dive into the history of Country music and studied our rich musical archive. It feels good to see how music can unite so many people around the world, while also amplifying the voices of some of the people who have dedicated so much of their lives educating on our musical history.”

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Undeterred, Beyoncé defiantly decided to press on. “The criticisms I faced when I first entered this genre forced me to propel past the limitations that were put on me. act ii is a result of challenging myself, and taking my time to bend and blend genres together to create this body of work,” she triumphantly stated.

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After saying what needed to be said, she began to wrap up her message on a lighter note, writing, “I have a few surprises on the album, and have collaborated with some brilliant artists who I deeply respect. I hope that you can hear my heart and soul, and all the love and passion that I poured into every detail and every sound.”

“I focused on this album as a continuation of RENAISSANCE…I hope this music is an experience, creating another journey where you can close your eyes, start from the beginning and never stop,” she went on.

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Perhaps she saved the best for last, ending her essay of a caption with the bold statement, “This ain’t a Country album. This is a ‘Beyoncé’ album.”

And that’s that on that! Bey may not have gone into great detail in her writing, but she shared just enough to put country music and the powers that be on notice while putting her Beyhive up on game.

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We love that Beyoncé basically said she is her own genre. If that’s not the most Beyoncé thing we’ve ever heard, we don’t know what is. We’re sure that she has much more to say, but Beyoncé is going to let her music do the talking. act ii. COWBOY CARTER will be released on Friday, March 29th.

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