Beyonce has announced her eighth studio album will be released in March during the Super Bowl.
A Verizon commercial starring Beyonce aired during the Super Bowl and ended with the star saying: "They ready - drop the new music". Later, a cryptic Instagram video with country iconography appeared on her page, teasing Act II on March 29.
It appears on her official website as well. Under the "music" tab, two titles are listed - potentially referring to new song titles. They are Texas Hold 'Em and 16 Carriages.
At the end of the clip, a plucky acoustic guitar riff plays, and Beyonce's unmistakable voice kicks in. She sings, "This ain't Texas / Ain't no hold 'em / So lay your cards down down down," in a southern twang.
Beyonce's 2022 album Renaissance is frequently referred to as Act I: Renaissance.
In a mostly fictional Verizon commercial that aired moments before the Instagram announcement, Beyonce tried several tactics to try to break the internet.
With former Veep star Tony Hale playing an adviser, she opens a Lemonade stand, releases a saxophone album called Let's Get Saxy, does her own version of the Barbie movie called BarBey, sells a cyborg version of herself, runs for "Beyonce of the United States," and blasts off in a rocket to become the first woman in space.
After Hale tells her none of that worked, she says on the space ship intercom: "OK, Bey ready: drop the new music."
Beyonce was also shown soon after at Allegiant Stadium watching the Super Bowl with husband Jay-Z.
Australian Associated Press