Beyoncé announced on Instagram the release date of her country album and how a previous experience in the country scene inspired it. Keep reading to find out more!

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On Tuesday, singer-songwriter Beyoncé announced on Instagram to mark the 10-day countdown of her newest album. The album “Act II: Cowboy Carter” will be released on March 29th. Beyoncé first announced her new album during this year’s Super Bowl.

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The post featured a photo of the 42-year-old in a red, white, and blue jumpsuit, white boots, and a white cowboy hat sitting on a white horse and holding an American flag. Over her jumpsuit is a sash that says ‘Cowboy Carter.’

Beyoncé 2016 CMA Performance Dixie Chicks

The album, which Beyoncé revealed was a five-year endeavor, “was born out of an experience that I had years ago where I did not feel welcomed…and it was very clear that I was not,”

Many believe the experience the singer mentioned was her first foray into the country music scene when, in 2016, Beyoncé’s song “Daddy Lessons” was rejected by the Grammys’ country music committee. The month before that year’s Grammys, she sang “Daddy Lessons” alongside the Dixie Chicks at the Country Music Awards.

Beyoncé 2016 CMA Performance Dixie Chicks

While the song was celebrated by many at the time, others in the country music world were quick to criticize it.

A recent article in The Guardian penned by fellow musician and “Texas Hold ‘Em” collaborator Rhiannon Giddens explained how the history of country music included Black people actively contributing to it, and that “poor people of all backgrounds came together to make the music that the industry named country,”

Beyoncé Texas Hold ‘Em Country Album

Fast forward five years and Beyoncé’s second attempt to break into the genre included the release of “Texas Hold ‘Em” and “16 Carriages.” The former debuted on the Hot Country Songs chart at #1, making the Houston native the first Black woman to hit number one.

Beyoncé said that the criticisms from that experience “forced me to propel past the limitations that were put on me,”

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