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Lily Allen Throws Shade At Cowboy Carter Calling Beyoncé’s Country Project ‘Calculated, Weird’ 

Beyoncé Announces 'Act II' Album, Releases Two New Singles

First off, Lily Allen, who?? Secondly, can you say Bey Hive swarm? The latter is what is about to happen after ‘artist’ turned podcaster Lily Allen called out 32-time Grammy-winning diva Beyoncé’s latest project ‘Act 2: Cowboy Carter.’ TMZ reports that Queen Bey is trying too hard. Hmm, isn’t that what you are supposed to do? TRY HARD to be successful? Anyways, the British singer broke down CC during her ‘Miss Me’ podcast – any of y’all heard of that one? – with her cohost Miquita Oliver. 

She went in on Beyoncé’s cover of the classic recording ‘Jolene’ by the amazing Dolly Parton. She called Beyoncé’s entry into country “weird,” to redo a song of that caliber. Allen went on to say, “I just feel like it’s quite an interesting thing to do when you’re like trying to tackle a new genre, and you just choose the biggest song in that genre to cover. I mean, you do you, Beyoncé, and she literally is doing her. Or is she doing Dolly?” 

Then Allen had a problem with the rollout of CC, saying it was premeditated and “quite calculated.” She called out Jay’Z’s Grammy speech. She brought up how Bey was booed at the 2016 CMA Awards, but that didn’t stop Allen from firing off plenty of shots. 

Get this: she also went in on Bey’s style, throwing shade at her look, saying, “I’m just saying that like, you know, she’s got a great team of stylists, hair people, you know, she works out a lot. I’m sure she’s got the access to the best trainers in the world.” Now, what’s her real problem? This quite frankly sounds like hate. Plain and simple. Talking about how Beyoncé LOOKS when she is PROMOTING an album? Whelp, the Bey Hive knows where to find Lily Allen, and this one won’t be pretty. 

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Beyoncé’s ‘Cowboy Carter’ Scores Single Day Record on Spotify

Beyoncé Reveals 'Cowboy Carter' as 'Act II' Album Title

Beyoncé’s new country album Cowboy Carter is a bonafide hit on Spotify.

Here’s the rundown: Cowboy Carter is Spotify’s most-streamed album of 2024. But get this: that’s in just a single day since the highly anticipated release this past Friday. The streaming numbers are pretty nuts. Cowboy Carter has already been streamed 76.13 million times.

Here’s the comparison for context. Beyoncé’s last album, Renaissance, garnered 43 million streams, so Cowboy Carter almost doubled that total. 

TMZ also reported that this is the first time a country album has earned that accolade this year on Spotify. Cowboy Carter is also the biggest debut on Spotify from a Black female artist, well, ever.

Before the album broke records on Spotify, “Texas Hold ‘Em” had already been streamed over 200 million times. Insane. 

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Beyoncé’s ‘COWBOY CARTER’ Projected to Take No. 1 on Billboard with 350K First Week

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The first-week projections for Beyoncé‘s COWBOY CARTER are in, and she will easily claim the top spot on the Billboard 200.

According to HITS Daily Double, Queen Bey’s Act ii will sell over 350,000 equivalent album units in the first week and have a streaming total of 250 to 300 million.

The album also set a first-day streaming record for Spotify, bringing in 76 million streams.

Beyoncé is saluting the Black Country singers who have come before her. On the heels of the release of her COWBOY CARTER album, Beyoncé sent flowers to Mickey Guyton and K. Michelle, who created country music as Black women.

“Thank you for opening doors for me, queen. Keep shining. Love and respect, Beyoncé,” the message to Guyton read.

Michelle’s reads, “You’re killing it! I love what you’ve been doing and I know it’s not easy to enter a new space. Sending you positivity and respect. I hope to meet you one day. Love, Beyoncé.”

You can read the reaction from both Guyton and Michelle below.

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AMBUSH® Releases Limited Edition ‘Cowboy Carter’ Tee for Beyoncé’s Album Launch

AMBUSH® Releases Limited Edition 'Cowboy Carter' Tee for Beyoncé's Album Launch

Today, AMBUSH® unveiled a limited edition “Cowboy Carter” tee in celebration of the launch of Beyoncé’s new album, Cowboy Carter, in Japan. The exclusive tee pays homage to the iconic artist’s latest release and reflects AMBUSH®’s commitment to innovative fashion collaborations. Available for a limited time, the “Cowboy Carter” tee is set to become a coveted collector’s item among fans of both Beyoncé and AMBUSH®, uniquely merging music and style.

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Post Malone and Miley Cyrus Rumored as Features on Beyoncé’s ‘Act II’

Beyoncé Announces 'Act II' Album, Releases Two New Singles

Beyoncé’s Act II just got even bigger. Pop Crave reports that Miley Cyrus and Post Malone will be on the Act II: Cowboy Carter album.

Beyoncé’s debut country album, Act II: Cowboy Carter, will be released tomorrow at midnight on all platforms. The 32-time Grammy winner just released the tracklist before its highly anticipated March 29 release date.

Beyoncé dropped the news on Instagram as she has in the past to preview the tracklist. Notable songs include “Jolene,” a record Dolly Parton previously teased, which may appear in Beyoncé’s second Renaissance installment. Another title that stood out was “The Linda Martell Show,” a notable reference to one of the first commercially successful Black artists in country music, not to mention the first to play the Opry.

Now, get this: It’s not clear if “Dolly P” and “Smoke Hour Willie Nelson” are telltales that two of the biggest names in country music are featured on those records, so we’ll have to wait and see. Reports have shown that Travis Scott may appear in a cameo, but that has not been confirmed. 

ICYMI, Beyoncé jump-started her move into the genre back in February when, out of nowhere, she released two singles, “Texas Hold ‘Em” and “16 Carriages,” both during the Super Bowl. 

In a previous post on Instagram, Beyoncé explained why she began studying the origins of country music. “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 said. “But, because of that experience, I did a deeper dive into the history of Country music and studied our rich musical archive.”

Whether you’re a country music fan or not, the queen is about to drop, and we’re here for it. 

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Beyoncé’s ‘Act II: Cowboy Carter’ Tracklist Released With Songs “Jolene” and “The Linda Martell Show”

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Beyoncé’s debut country album, Act II: Cowboy Carter, will be released tomorrow at midnight on all platforms. The 32-time Grammy winner just released the tracklist before its highly anticipated March 29 release date.

Beyoncé dropped the news on Instagram as she has in the past to preview the tracklist. Notable songs include “Jolene,” a record Dolly Parton previously teased, which may appear in Beyoncé’s second Renaissance installment. Another title that stood out was “The Linda Martell Show,” a notable reference to one of the first commercially successful Black artists in country music, not to mention the first to play the Opry.

Now, get this: It’s not clear if “Dolly P” and “Smoke Hour Willie Nelson” are telltales that two of the biggest names in country music are featured on those records, so we’ll have to wait and see. Reports have shown that Travis Scott may appear in a cameo, but that has not been confirmed. 

ICYMI, Beyoncé jump-started her move into the genre back in February when, out of nowhere, she released two singles, “Texas Hold ‘Em” and “16 Carriages,” both during the Super Bowl. 

In a previous post on Instagram, Beyoncé explained why she began studying the origins of country music. “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 said. “But, because of that experience, I did a deeper dive into the history of Country music and studied our rich musical archive.”

Whether you’re a country music fan or not, the queen is about to drop, and we’re here for it. 

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Beyoncé Reveals ‘Cowboy Carter’ as ‘Act II’ Album Title

Beyoncé Reveals 'Cowboy Carter' as 'Act II' Album Title

We have the latest update on the album title for Beyoncé’s Act II.

A release from Parkwood states that Act II will be called Cowboy Carter. An official cover for the album has not been released, but the image below has been shared.

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Alongside the announcement comes a pre-order link for Act II merch and vinyl. You can view the collection here.

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Beyoncé’s “Texas Hold ‘Em” Hits Second Week at No. 1 on Billboard

Beyoncé Announces 'Act II' Album, Releases Two New Singles

Beyoncé has gone back to back on top of the Billboard Hot 100. Queen Bey’s country single “Texas Hold’ Em” will keep the No. 1 slot.

The single is the ninth chart-topper for Beyoncé, her most recent being “Break My Soul” in 2022.

According to Luminate’s tracking data for the week of February 23-29, “Texas Hold ‘Em,” released on Parkwood/Columbia Records/Columbia Nashville, experienced a surge in radio airplay, with 27.6 million audience impressions, marking a 72% increase. Despite this, streams decreased by 12% to 25.5 million, and downloads saw a decline of 24% to 22,000.

After holding the top spot for two weeks, the single slipped to No. 2 on the Digital Song Sales chart and dropped to No. 3 on the Streaming Songs chart. However, it climbed from 43 to 23 on the Radio Songs chart, earning the title of top Airplay Gainer on the Hot 100 for the second consecutive week.

Simultaneously, “Texas Hold ‘Em” secured its third week at No. 1 on the Hot Country Songs chart, using a methodology similar to that of the Hot 100. This achievement is historic, as the banjo-infused single marks the first time a Black woman or a female recognized as biracial has topped this list.

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Candace Owens and Joe Budden Link Up, Tease Podcast Crossover

Candace Owens and Joe Budden Link Up, Tease Podcast Crossover

Political commentator Candace Owens and podcast host Joe Budden met in Nashville in a surprising turn of events.

Just days after Budden expressed admiration for Owens’ work but questioned her willingness to engage with his show, the pair’s unexpected encounter has sparked widespread speculation online. While details of their meeting remain undisclosed, anticipation is mounting as fans eagerly await further updates on the collaboration between Owens and Budden, which is expected to make waves across social media platforms.

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Earlier this week, Candance Owens showed support for Beyoncé’s Country music. In the latest episode of The Candace Owens Podcast, Ownes details Queen Bey’s country history.

“Some people are saying that this is not very country,” Candace says. “I’m going to defend Beyoncé on that point because Beyoncé’s kind of always been country. She’s more country than Taylor Swift ever was for sure. Beyoncé is from Houston, Texas. She’s always had a twang… [Taylor Swift] put on a fake twang. Everyone was okay with it. You can’t say that Taylor Swift can do it, and Beyonce can’t.”

All hail Queen Bey as she once again presides over the Billboard Hot 100. Beyoncé has taken over the top spot on the single’s chart with “Texas Hold ‘Em.”

The single is the ninth chart-topper for Beyoncé, her most recent being “Break My Soul” in 2022.

According to Luminate, “Texas Hold ‘Em” saw significant growth in various metrics during the tracking week of Feb. 16-22. The song garnered 29 million streams, marking a 51% increase, and received 16.1 million radio airplay audience impressions, experiencing a remarkable surge of 233%. Additionally, the track sold 29,000 downloads, albeit experiencing a decrease of 25%. With these impressive statistics, “Texas Hold ‘Em” earned the distinction of being the top Streaming and Airplay Gainer on the Hot 100 chart.

Over the weekend, Dolly Parton saluted Beyoncé’s musical foray into country. “I’m a big fan of Beyoncé and very excited that she’s done a country album,” Parton wrote on Instagram. “So congratulations on your Billboard Hot Country number one single.”

She added, “Can’t wait to hear the full album!”

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Beyoncé Makes History as She Tops Billboard’s Hot Country Songs Chart

Beyoncé Announces 'Act II' Album, Releases Two New Singles

Beyoncé made a No. 1 debut on the Hot Country Songs chart. Queen Bey took the top spot with “Texas Hold ‘Em” and No. 9 with “16 Carriages.”

Those songs also debuted at No. 2 and No. 38 on the Billboard Hot 100, capturing all genres.

According to Luminate, “Texas Hold ‘Em” amassed 19.2 million official streams, reached 4.8 million listeners across all formats on radio, and sold 39,000 units in the U.S. through February 15th. Meanwhile, “16 Carriages” clocked in with 10.3 million streams, a radio reach 90,000, and 14,000 units sold.

Beyoncé is now the first woman to have led the Hot Country Songs and Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs since they were created in 1958. Morgan Wallen, Justin Bieber, Billy Ray Cyrus, and Ray Charles are the other artists to hold the top spot on both charts. Beyoncé also becomes the first Black woman to top the Hot Country Songs chart.

According to Billboard, Columbia Nashville emailed the single to country stations.

While some radio stations balked at including Beyoncé’s new single in their rotations, Bo Matthews, program director of KBAY in San Jose, immediately added the single.

“We immediately added it [in] a sub-power rotation, which is where we put top-trending new music,” Matthews said. “I want people to hear it. One of the biggest artists in the world delivered a great country record for us to have fun with, and the song is really good. We are in the business of creating excitement for our listeners and I’m embracing the moment. Plus, there is plenty of room for great artists, even from other genres. It’s a big country tent.”

“Texas Hold ‘Em” also hit No. 38 on the Pop airplay channel.

Beyoncé made the reveal during a Verizon Wireless Super Bowl commercial where she teased various ways to break the Internet or crowd Verizon’s powerful signal. After numerous attempts, Beyoncé demands, “Drop the new music” at the end.

Shortly after, Beyoncé’s social media updated with news of Act II, followed by two new singles, “Texas Hold ‘Em” and “16 Carriages,” ushering in her country music era.

You can hear “16 Carriages” below.

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