While Taylor Swift used the Grammy's to announce her upcoming album, Beyoncé took to social media to reveal the release date for the follow-up to Renaissance.
Beyoncé revealed the news with a video on her Instagram account during the Super Bowl LVIII game. She looks to be going country for the second act of her Renaissance trilogy, based on the footage in the teaser clip.
While the album news came as a surprise, Verizon did hint that a Beyoncé-related ad would run this week, and she wore a white cowboy hat to the 2024 Grammys last weekend.
Renaissance was Beyoncé’s seventh studio album overall, and was originally billed as Act I: Renaissance—implying future releases would follow suit—before its release in July 2022. While the album never got traditional music videos, there was a “cliquebait” clip for “Break My Soul,” a “brand campaign anthem film” for Tiffany & Co. that used “Summer Renaissance,” and a concert film that played in theaters worldwide. Renaissance: A Film by Beyoncé was the No. 1 movie in the U.S. during its debut weekend and, as of January 11, raised over $44.4 million worldwide.
“Break My Soul” was nominated for Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best Dance/Electronic Recording at the 2023 Grammy Awards, but Beyoncé only won the latter. That didn’t stop her from taking home four trophies that night anyway, though, raising her overall career tally to 32 wins – breaking the record for the most Grammys won by an artist in the award show’s history.
Since the true origins of Country music were created by black people, since the sound takes from folk and blues, are y'all here for what Beyoncé's take on Country music will sound like?
If you're curious, take a listen to two Act II tracks: Texas Hold'em and 16 Carriages below...