Beyoncé has shared the cover art for her forthcoming album, Cowboy Carter, while sharing details about her transition to making country music.

The “Texas Hold ‘Em” singer took to Instagram on Tuesday (March 19) to share the visual, which features her sitting sideways on a galloping white horse. In the shot, she can be seen holding an American flag while dressed in a red, white and blue leather suit adorned by a sash that reads “COWBOY CARTER.”



She accompanied the photo with a lengthy caption, in which she wrote: “Today marks the 10-day countdown until the release of act ii. Thank you from the bottom of my heart to all of the supporters of TEXAS HOLD ‘EM and 16 CARRIAGES.

“I feel honored to be the first Black woman with the number one single on the Hot Country Songs chart. That would not have happened without the outpouring of support from each and every one of you. My hope is that years from now, the mention of an artist’s race, as it relates to releasing genres of music, will be irrelevant.”

She also wrote about how long she has been working on the project

“This album has been over five years in the making. 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.

“But, because of that experience, I did a deeper dive into the history of Country music and studied our rich musical archive. It feels good to see how music can unite so many people around the world, while also amplifying the voices of some of the people who have dedicated so much of their lives educating on our musical history.

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The 42-year-old also reflected on the backlash she faced and how it made her want to work harder rather than quit.

“The criticisms I faced when I first entered this genre forced me to propel past the limitations that were put on me,” she wrote. “act ii is a result of challenging myself, and taking my time to bend and blend genres together to create this body of work.



“I have a few surprises on the album, and have collaborated with some brilliant artists who I deeply respect. I hope that you can hear my heart and soul, and all the love and passion that I poured into every detail and every sound.

She concluded: “I focused on this album as a continuation of RENAISSANCE…I hope this music is an experience, creating another journey where you can close your eyes, start from the beginning and never stop.



“This ain’t a Country album. This is a ‘Beyoncé’ album. This is act ii COWBOY CARTER, and I am proud to share it with y’all!”

Earlier this week, it was announced that the “Hold Up” singer was continuing to dominate the UK charts as “Texas Hold ‘Em” led the singles tally for the fourth consecutive week.