Super Bowl LVIII once again captured the collective gaze of the world, melding the realms of National Football League and music. Amidst the fierce gridiron battle waged by the Kansas City Chiefs, another luminary stole a slice of the spotlight—none other than the incomparable Beyoncé. Her presence loomed large, not only gracing Verizon Super Bowl advertisement but also heralding a momentous announcement that sent shockwaves through the music industry.
Beyoncé excited fans with a series of teaser videos during Super Bowl Sunday, hinting at the imminent arrival of the much-anticipated sequel to her 2022 opus, RENAISSANCE. Now, in a twist that caught many off guard, RENAISSANCE: Act II is set to make its debut far sooner than anticipated. This forthcoming album marks the eighth studio offering from the multi-talented artist. Taking to her social media stronghold on Instagram, Beyoncé unveiled the news alongside snippets of two new tracks from the country-infused album. “Ok, they ready — drop the new music. I told y’all the Renaissance is not over,” she coyly remarks in the ad, setting the stage for the impending musical revelation. The final teaser video not only divulges the album’s title, Act II, but also unveils its official release date, sending waves of excitement rippling through her devoted fan base. Furthermore, the teaser treats listeners to a tantalizing taste of one of the album’s tracks, “Texas Hold ‘Em,” an homage to the singer’s Texan roots intertwined with the imagery of the iconic poker game.
In a swift follow-up, the two songs made their debut on streaming platforms, initially premiering on Tidal before gracing the virtual stage of YouTube with their official visuals. The country-imbued anthem “Texas Hold ‘Em” kicks off with a melodic cascade of acoustic guitars, soon accompanied by the pulsating rhythm of bass drums, as Beyoncé’s vocals soar, inviting listeners to partake in a spirited hoedown. Meanwhile, the second offering, “16 Carriages,” embarks on a genre-defying journey.
Watch the visuals for “Texas Hold ‘Em” and “16 Carriages” below.