After the 66th annual Grammy Awards on February 4, the internet has been buzzing with suspicions of Beyoncé’s next album, one that has yet to even be announced. So, how did this hot topic become a part of the conversation? Fans are now convinced that her next record will be a country album, and they have receipts.
Since Beyoncé still hasn’t sounded the alarm for new music (like she has for her hair care line), there aren’t too many details just yet, but ahead is everything we know so far.
It could be part of a trilogy.
When Beyoncé announced her 2022 album Renaissance, she began referring to it as “Act I” on her website and social media.
“This three act project was recorded over three years during the pandemic,” she shared in a letter on her website. “A time to be still, but also a time I found to be the most creative. Creating this album allowed me a place to dream and to find escape during a scary time for the world. It allowed me to feel free and adventurous in a time when little else was moving.”
Would the next album be the second act in the trilogy? Or was she referring to something else altogether? Only time will tell.
Fans have a theory that her new album will be country.
Rumors that Act II of Beyonce’s trilogy project is going to be a country album really sparked after she attended the 2024 Grammys, but the possibility of a western work has been in fans’ peripheral for a multitude of reasons.
Just a few hours after she announced Renaissance, “a source familiar with the project” told Variety that the album would “feature both dance and country-leaning tracks,” or that the Western-style music would get its own album. Then, in a since-deleted tweet, a pop culture reporter for the New York Times wrote, “I’ll just tell you what I’ve heard about the other 2 acts of Beyonce’s 3-part Renaissance project (2nd act is an acoustic album, 3rd act is a collaboration with Jay-Z).” Nobody on Beyoncé’s team confirmed or denied the claims.
On top of that, Beyoncé isn’t exactly a stranger to country music. The track “Daddy Lessons” off of her 2016 Lemonade has some major Southern twang (despite the Grammys rejecting it for consideration for an award in the country category). She even performed the song at the Country Music Association Awards with The Chicks.
The internet also took Beyoncé’s 2021 Adidas collection as evidence. Her fourth collaboration, called “Ivy Park Rodeo” is inspired by “the Black Cowboy experience.” The promotional video is about as country as it gets.
Beyoncé has been known to give us a good Easter egg, like in 2014 when she teased her song “7/11” with some paparazzi photos of her sipping on a Slurpee. Or in 2021, when she told Harper’s Bazaar “I feel a renaissance emerging” when asked if fans could expect new music. When it comes to Beyoncé, sometimes you have to read between the lines, so the internet took her Grammys outfit as a hint that she’s about to release country music.
The singer wore a white cowboy hat with her custom studded leather jacket and skirt set from Louis Vuitton by Pharrell Williams.
While the Houston-born singer has been dressing in Western-wear since her Destiny’s Child days, and she sported different styles of cowboy hats during her Renaissance era, fans took her attire as a sign.
Beyoncé has always paid tribute to her Southern roots, so a country album somewhere down the line only makes sense.