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Beyonce’s newest single puts us in a Lone-Star state of mind

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Mackenzie Norris
Beyoncé performs at her Renaissance movie in a stunning green dress. The fashion icon and iconic star has transformed pop and R&B music and with the release of her song, “TEXAS HOLD ‘EM,” she could transform the country music industry as well.

Queen Bey is back with the new release of her single “TEXAS HOLD ‘EM,” a country track that puts us in a Lone Star state of mind. The song is beautiful and takes Beyoncé back to her Texas roots. Naturally, she has topped the charts with this country hit, debuting at number 4 on the Billboard Global 200. Since then, the song has topped the charts with 32.9 million streams and counting.

This song could be the driving force behind people’s changing views on country music. With help from country artists such as Zach Bryan, Luke Combs and Morgan Wallen, country has increased in popularity and started to reach the younger generations. 

However, with a superstar artist like Beyoncé stepping into this genre, it would not be surprising that her fans and others who enjoy the song would begin to explore the country world a little more.  

Following its release, “TEXAS HOLD ‘EM” rocketed to the top of the country charts, making Beyoncé the first Black woman to hold this spot. The release of “TEXAS HOLD ‘EM” has ignited discussions on Black musicians’ place within country music and their successes within the industry. It has also increased the popularity of Black country artists on streaming services and radio stations in general.

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Beyoncé’s next album, “Act II: Cowboy Carter,” is a country album and the second act of her 2022 “Renaissance” album. “Renaissance” was the first act of Beyoncé’s three-act project, and the first album borrowed heavily from post-1970s black dance music.  

However, some do not appreciate Beyoncé’s transition into country music, claiming her song “TEXAS HOLD ‘EM” has too much of a pop sound and is not true country music. Others believe that her song sounds like the 1997 children’s cartoon “Franklin.” 

Nevertheless, others are defending Beyoncé and her new sound. When an Oklahoma country radio station was not playing the number-one hit, fans ran to Beyoncé’s defense. The station, 100.1 KYKC, explained that they “do not play Beyoncé as we are a country music station.”  

Fans began their social media outreach by claiming the response was “blatant racism.” When these accusations were made, the station played Beyoncé’s song “at least three times on their airwaves,” according to USA Today. The station then explained that it plays her songs on other pop stations, not the country music station, further proving that some believe this new song is not pure country.

Country fans should be careful with the critique and backlash they give Beyoncé’s new song, as this could be exactly what country music needs to attract more listeners. Sometimes it’s the cowgirl attitude that makes country music country, not the sound. Throughout this song, Beyoncé definitely showed her Texas spirit, as she grew up in Houston, Texas.  

It is nice to see a side of Beyoncé we do not normally get, as she often keeps her personal life personal.

Her new country album, “Act II: Cowboy Carter,” is set to release on March 29  and it will be sure to top the charts like her other projects. 

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Senior Mackenzie Norris is excited to particpate in her first year with the Pitch as Print Sports Editor and Business Manager. In addition to writing for the Pitch, Mackenzie enjoys representing WJ on the softball field with some of her best friends and teammates.
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  • AnonymousMar 26, 2024 at 9:46 pm

    Check Lil Wu, I love you Beyonce Babymomma

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    MattMar 26, 2024 at 9:08 am

    Texas Hold Em was her first country track? Wow…you are dumb.

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    Joyce EvansMar 26, 2024 at 5:27 am

    Alright Alright Alright !Good job Bey, ❤️ you

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    Pamela GorhamMar 25, 2024 at 11:17 am

    Beyoncé is a musical genius!!! Very beautiful, talented and admired. Oh and rich!!! She worked on TEXAS HOLD ‘EM FOUR YEARS PRIOR to its release and it has become an Overnight sensation!!!! Give this Grammy winning artist all the awards she deserves people!!!! And thank you to the Haters!!! Keep doing your work too!!!!♥️♥️♥️♥️

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    Bertha M WinstonMar 25, 2024 at 11:14 am

    Just pure born talent

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    HBMar 25, 2024 at 10:59 am

    Daddy Lessons was her first ever country track in 2016 on the Lemonade album.

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  • AnonymousMar 25, 2024 at 10:55 am

    Iam so happy n proud of the Queen.The whole world is Changing..and one thing about the queen she not afraid to prove wht she about n makes it happen

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  • AnonymousMar 25, 2024 at 10:23 am

    This song Texas hold em.. is #1 in my heart. Just because Beyonce is black she should be treated just as fair as anyone else is. The song is country, it should be played. A lot of this I hate to say sounds like strictly RACISM!!!!!

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    LilyMar 25, 2024 at 9:58 am

    Love Beyonce’s country, Texas Hold um, and I was not a country music fan, I am now!

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    SandraMar 25, 2024 at 9:50 am

    They ate haters,and some racist, Why can’t we just get alone, love your fellow man.Its black men singing country.,what’s wrong with a black woman doing it.,T.Mann, calling on you to make a country album.

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    NickMar 25, 2024 at 9:28 am

    I think her first ever country track was “Daddy Lessons”, which she released in 2016 and performed at the CMAs with The Chicks.

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  • AnonymousMar 25, 2024 at 8:57 am

    Great song my little grandson has C P and when he hears that song Texas he just gets so smilingly happy I play it over and over for him great song and Beyonce is a greatsing she has really went big with this song.

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    Shanty CastleberryMar 25, 2024 at 8:52 am

    Congratulations on your new country Album.

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    Patricia J StewartMar 25, 2024 at 8:08 am

    Very nice article. Quick to read. Cover is attractive & appealing. Thank you so soooooo much! Bey is appreciative of your support I’m sure. All others who like a little spunk & upbeat “beats” can create younger generations share their approaches in life through various Country story-telling. Life is more gracious, glad & apprehensively shared, don’tblock young people.

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    MelloMar 25, 2024 at 7:18 am

    “Her first ever country track” is inaccurate.

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