Beyoncé Shares “Cowboy Carter” Cover & Addresses Her Switch to Country

Beyonce wins her 28th Grammy award at the 63rd Grammy Awards ceremony.
Beyonce wins her 28th Grammy award at the 63rd Grammy Awards ceremony. Photo by Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times/Shutterstock (11799945eu)

The release date of Beyoncé’s next album Cowboy Carter is less than a week away, and she finally shared its cover with the world. She also explained her decision to toy with country on her next LP, while also adding this is “a Beyoncé album” and not a country album.

The cover of Cowboy Carter mimics the imagery Queen B embraced with its predecessor Renaissance and also shows her riding a horse. She’s wearing a cowboy hat and boots this time around, along with a red, white, and blue leather outfit and “Country Carter” sash, while holding the American flag.

The album cover reveal was accompanied by a lengthy statement, where Beyoncé revealed this album was five years in the making, adding it was born out of an experience where she didn’t feel welcomed in the country community.

“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,” wrote Beyoncé.

Cowboy Carter will hit the shelves on March 29, and it will feature previously released singles “Texas Hold ‘Em” and “16 Carriages”. Beyoncé promised this album has a few surprises in store, adding she collaborated with some brilliant artists that she deeply respects.