Beyoncé’s ‘Cowboy Carter’ Will Feature a Cover of The Beatles’ ‘Blackbird’

Beyoncé’s highly-anticipated album ‘Cowboy Carter’ is set to feature a cover of The Beatles’ classic ‘Blackbird,’ according to recent reports. The songstress teased fans by unveiling the tracklist for the album, which is scheduled for release tomorrow (March 29). With two singles already dropped – ‘Texas Hold ‘Em’ and ’16 Carriages’ – anticipation is building among fans for what’s to come.

Eagle-eyed fans spotted ‘Blackbird’ listed among the tracks, confirming that Beyoncé will indeed be putting her spin on the iconic Beatles tune. Originally penned in 1968 as a tribute to the Civil Rights movement, ‘Blackbird’ carries significant historical weight, prompting speculation about Beyoncé’s choice to cover it for her country-infused second act.

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But ‘Blackbird’ won’t be the only cover gracing ‘Cowboy Carter’ – Dolly Parton let slip earlier this month that Queen Bey would also be lending her vocals to a rendition of ‘Jolene’. Collaborations with Miley Cyrus and Post Malone have further stoked excitement surrounding the album.

Despite the anticipation, Beyoncé has faced mixed reactions to the news of her venture into country music. Azealia Banks, for one, has criticised the move, likening it to “white woman cosplay” and predicting potential ridicule.

Beyoncé ‘Blackbird’
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Responding to the backlash on Instagram, Beyoncé defended her artistic journey, revealing that ‘Cowboy Carter’ has been in the making for over five years. She shared a personal anecdote about feeling unwelcome in the country music scene, which prompted her to delve deeper into its history.

Her resilience has already seen success, with ‘Texas Hold ‘Em’ making her the first Black woman to top the Country charts. Additionally, she’s made history as the first woman to simultaneously lead both the Hot Country Songs and Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs charts since their inception in 1958.