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Beyoncé Just Announced Renaissance Act II Is Coming

And new songs are already here!

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Since Beyoncé released her riveting Renaissance album on July 29, 2023, the world has not been the same... in the best way possible. Not only have listeners fallen in love with house music all over again, but the entire album charted onto Billboard’s Hot 100 list. Talk about Beydomination. As a sweet topper, the “Break My Soul” vocalist confirmed that the album is the first part of a trilogy, with Act II and Act III to come at a later date.

I’m not fully recovered from how extraordinary Act I of Renaissance is, so the idea of Act II has my brain spiraling. “This three act project was recorded over three years during the pandemic,” Beyoncé wrote in a statement on her website. “A time to be still, but also a time I found to be the most creative. Creating this album allowed me a place to dream and to find escape during a scary time for the world.”

For months, Beyoncé didn’t publicly say anything else about Act II, so a lot of fan theories have been floating around social media. Then, on Feb. 11, 2024, right after her Verizon Super Bowl commercial aired, Bey revealed that Act II finally has a release date.

Renaissance Act II Is Dropping Soon — & 2 Songs Are Already Here

Beyoncé is a queen of many things, and one of them is keeping tight-lipped about releasing music. The singer is known for breaking the internet with surprise announcements — a reputation she joked about in her Super Bowl ad, which saw the singer trying out more and more absurd methods of breaking Verizon’s network (including going to space).

She ended the ad with a mic-drop moment, saying “drop the new music” without elaborating further. Sure enough, just a few minutes later, the singer revealed on Instagram that Act II is arriving on March 29. As if that wasn’t enough, she immediately surprise-dropped the first two songs: “Texas Hold ‘Em” and “16 Carriages.”

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It Sounds Like Act II Will Be A Genre Shift

Renaissance Act I was heavily inspired by house music, so the singer could go in any direction in terms of genre. One Twitter user suggested that Act II will be a country record, while another user speculated that the sound will be a blend of funk and soul. Based on the teaser visuals for Act II on Instagram and the singles she’s dropped so far, it appears the album will have country influences — which also explains Bey’s disco cowgirl ‘fit at the Grammys on Feb. 4.

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Is Renaissance Act II A Visual Album?

A July 28, 2023 Renaissance press release confirmed visuals (in some capacity) were on the way. However, the rumored project in question turned out to be Renaissance: A Film By Beyoncé, which hit theaters on Dec. 1, 2023. Bey did announce Act II with a stylized teaser video, hinting that there may be more to come in terms of visuals for the new album.

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