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Can Beyoncé’s upcoming country-tinged album overcome the genre’s “racialized past”? Many traditional media outlets started asking that question this week.

Superstar Beyoncé Knowles-Carter surprised the world Sunday night after the Super Bowl by releasing new singles “Texas Hold Em” and “16 Carriages” in advance of her upcoming album “Renaissance Act II,” debuting on January 29. March. Her previous album “Renaissance”, the upcoming “Act II” seems to have more country music influence.

In the days since the singles’ release, some outlets have questioned whether Beyoncé can overcome “the exclusion of black musicians from the genre” to find success in country music.

“Whatever happens, or not, will likely create waves, given the star’s status as arguably one of the world’s top two or three musical luminaries, moving toward a format that has proven notoriously resistant to converting its women. local black women into stars,” said a Variety article.

Beyonce

Beyoncé released two country-influenced singles after the Super Bowl on Sunday night. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Variety)

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He continued: “If Beyonce doesn’t have a big (or any) performance in country, will it be a sign of deep-rooted racism? Or just a sign that country radio is doing what country radio always does: move slowly and cautiously, “That is, while you wait for signs from a powerful record company? The nervousness about how these questions might play out amid almost exclusively white male playlists is understandable.”

The article noted that regardless of how Beyoncé’s songs are received, race, along with “the almost complete lack of success of black women in the format that provides historical background,” will “inevitably come to the fore.”

Speaking to the New York Times, Charles Hughes, director of the Lynne and Henry Turley Memphis Center at Rhodes College, also claimed that “country radio has systematically excluded artists of color” and that Beyoncé may not be an exception.

“Maybe that power will create an expanded space for all these great black women making country music,” Hughes said, “to make it more in line with the people who love country music and the country it’s supposed to represent.”

Beyoncé and Jay Z

The media has claimed that the success of Beyoncé’s next album could be determined by the racial tension of the genre. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for The Recording Academy)

Time magazine went even further, insisting that “Beyoncé has always been country” because “the truth is, country music has never been white.”

“It is time for country music’s oppressive institutional regimes to be eliminated, and for those who have continued to carry country music’s legacy heart and soul to the table,” the Time article said.

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He continued: “It is unknown whether Knowles-Carter will address country music’s racialized past or shed light on its inherent lies, but like the archangel Gabriel who blew the trumpet to bring about Judgment Day. She has the ability to call upon the pay attention to those who kept country going. music of her legitimate heirs. And maybe that’s all she needs to do in Act II.”

Freelance writer and music commentator Kyle “Trigger” Coroneos denounced this media response, noting that by insisting on the “racism” of country music, it ignores the contributions of black artists to the genre.

“The sad irony of these accusations is that they are actually the vehicle that is erasing the black legacy in country music in real time. You cannot find a single history book or documentary on country music that does not cite the black influences of country music, from The African Origin of the Banjo, to Rufus ‘Tee-Tot’ Payne teaching guitar to Hank Williams, to Charley Pride scoring thirty number one singles and becoming the first male country performer to win consecutive CMA Awards Male Vocalist of the Year,” Coroneos told Fox News Digital.

Beyoncé and the Dixie Chicks performing

Beyoncé performing with the Dixie Chicks at the 50th Annual Country Music Awards in 2016. (Image Group LA/Disney General Entertainment Content via Getty Images)

He added: “Claiming ‘exclusion’ ironically overlooks all of these contributions. This is often done by activist journalists and academics who have perverse incentives to portray country music as more racist than it really is, often for influence. on social media.”

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Much of the discussion was sparked when an X post went viral Tuesday from a man claiming an Oklahoma country music station was racist for rejecting a request to play Beyoncé’s new single. The station later sent a statement saying that there was a misunderstanding about the original request and that the song would be played.

“We initially refused to play it the same way if someone asked us to play the Rolling Stones on our country station,” KYKC general manager Roger Harris said in a statement. “The fact is, we played Beyoncé on TWO of our other stations and we loved her…she’s an icon. We just didn’t know about the song…then when we found out, we tried to get the song…which we did and We’ve already played it three times on YKC, our country station. We also play it on 105.5, KXFC-FM and KADA-FM 0n 99.3.”

By Sam