Beyoncé's mom defends her daughter's venture into country music

Beyoncé's mom, Tina Knowles, has addressed those who have criticized her famous daughter’s new country music direction.

As we all know by now, the record-breaking artist, 42, shocked the internet on Sunday (February 11) after airing a commercial for Verizon during the Super Bowl matchup.

The 'Crazy in Love' hitmaker then took to her social media to announce the release of her two new singles titled 'Texas Hold 'Em' and '16 Carriages,' which will kick-start her new musical era.

Not only that, the 'Single Ladies' pop star revealed to her devoted fanbase, famously known as the BeyHive, that she will be releasing her upcoming project on March 29 - and it has been confirmed to be an "Act II" country-genre follow-up to her 2022 album, Renaissance.
The new songs delved deep into the Grammy-winning singer's Texas-born roots, generating a debate on social media about whether her new musical venture is authentic.

Due to this, Tina wasted no time gathering haters on Instagram after posting a video initially shared by Beyoncé's publicist, Yvette Noel-Schure. The clip was a compilation of her eldest daughter's magazine covers, photo shoots, and outfits that show she always rocked the country aesthetic.

Included in the montage was an excerpt from a TIME magazine article by Taylor Crumpton that states: "The greatest lie country music ever told was convincing the world that it is white. That hillbilly music turned white at the turn of the 20th century."

"And that Black musicians who created this music, alongside low-income white people, were suddenly classified under 'race music.' The lie became a truth," it added.

Read Tina's post below:

In the caption, Tina - who was raised in South Lousiana - penned: "We have always celebrated cowboy culture growing up in Texas. We also always understood that it was not just about it belonging to white culture only. In Texas, there is a huge Black cowboy culture."

"Why do you think that my kids have integrated it into their fashion and art since the beginning?" she questioned. "When people ask why is Beyoncé wearing cowboy hats? It’s really funny, I actually laugh because it’s been there since she was a kid."

"We went to rodeos every year and my whole family dressed in Western fashion and my whole family dressed in Western fashion," the 70-year-old businesswoman said.

She added that her youngest daughter Solange, who is also a musician, released "a whole brilliant album and project based on Black Cowboy Culture," before concluding: "It definitely was a part of our culture growing up."
The 'Love On Top' vocalist's new songs proved to be successful as she made history as the first Black woman to top Billboard’s Country Songs chart after 'Texas Hold 'Em' debuted at Number 1.

She is now the second female solo artist - with no accompanying featured artists - to have debuted at number 1 on the charts, following Taylor Swift who became the first in 2021 with her re-recordings of 'Love Story' and 'All Too Well'.

As well as this, the 'Love On Top' vocalist is the first woman to top both the Hot Country Songs and Hot R&B/Hip-Hip Songs charts since the lists began in 1958, with only Justin Bieber, Billy Ray Cyrus, Ray Charles, and Morgan Wallen having previously led both charts.

Since the songs' surprise release, they debuted in the top 40 on the Billboard Hot 100 with a partial week of tracking. 'Texas Hold ‘Em' notched the week’s highest new entry at Number 2 (expected to rise to Number 1 next week) while '16 Carriages' bowed at Number 38.

You can listen to 'Texas Hold 'Em' and '16 Carriages' on streaming services.

The upcoming album will drop on March 29.

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