/ 02 April 2024

A new warning for Jolene


Even if you had a digital detox over the long weekend, you probably heard that Beyonce’s new album Cowboy Carter dropped on Friday… The fan/critics’ response has been glowing, with one labelling it a “slick and starry Western epic”, and it’s already broken records – becoming Spotify’s most-streamed album in a single day so far this year with 76.13 million downloads on its release day… The 79-minute-long album includes Beyonce’s first forays into country music, and she recruited some of Nashville’s biggest names – we’re talkin’ Willie Nelson, Linda Martell and Dolly Parton – to take part. One of the most talked-about tracks includes a rewritten cover of Jolene, while Parton’s goddaughter Miley Cyrus also takes part in a duet on II Most Wanted. But in classic Beyonce style, she managed to get in a few surprises – the album also includes rap, pop and funk influences, along with a cover of The Beatles’ iconic song Blackbird. The only negative? Some fans reckon some of the 27 tracks are missing off their vinyls and CDs…

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