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Hear Beyoncé’s New Country Songs ‘Texas Hold ‘Em’ and ’16 Carriages’

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Get ready to go country, Bey Hive! Beyoncé gave her fans a special treat on Sunday, dropping two new country songs, subsequent “visualizer” videos, and announcing an upcoming album during the Super Bowl LVIIl.

It all started when Queen Bey starred in a Verizon commercial during the big game, jokingly doing her best to break the network. But when her attempts — including going into space, opening her own lemonade stand, announcing her presidential candidacy, and more — failed, she confidently declared, “Drop the new music!” 

This led to a two-song release of the singles, “Texas Hold ‘Em” and “16 Carriages.” The country tracks showcase Beyoncé’s smooth vocals and Houston, Texas-bred twang. 

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“Texas Hold ‘Em” is the livelier of the two songs, sure to produce some choreographed line dancing. 

“This ain’t Texas, ain’t no hold ’em,” Beyoncé sings as an up-tempo beat thumps in the background. “So lay your cards down, down, down, down/ So park your Lexus and throw your keys up/ Stick around, ’round, ’round, ’round, ’round/ And I’ll be damned if I can’t slow dance with you/ Come pour some sugar on me, honey too/ It’s a real life boogie and a real life hoedown/ Don’t be a b**ch, come take it to the floor now.”

Her second song, “16 Carriages,” has a more melodic ballad quality. 

“Sixteen carriages drivin’ away/ While I watch them ride with my dreams away/ To the summer sunset on a holy night/ On a long back road, all the tears I fight,” Beyoncé croons. 

Though she didn’t share official music videos, Beyoncé did post “official visualizer” videos for both songs. In the “Texas Hold ‘Em” video, Beyoncé rocks a daring black leather vest that barely covers her with black bodysuit bottoms underneath. She slowly walks toward the camera before striking a pose while “shooting” a finger gun to the side. And in the “16 Carriages” video, Bey arrives in a sparkly cowboy hat and chainmail bodysuit, admiring her reflection in a lighted mirror. 

The two tracks are the first two singles off Beyoncé’s newly announced album, Renaissance: Act II, which is coming out March 29. 

Beyoncé announced the new album with what appears to be a “Texas Hold ‘Em” music video tease on her Instagram account, featuring herself driving a taxi through the desert as the new country song plays. 

Bey has been teasing her country era recently, rocking a cowboy hat and platinum blonde tresses at the GRAMMY Awards earlier this month. 

She also attended the 2024 Super Bowl in Las Vegas with husband JAY-Z and their two daughters, Blue Ivy and Rumi.

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