Monday, April 22, 2024

Beyonce’s Country Music Move Pays Off with Smash Hits, Lana Del Rey Next To Wear Cowboy Hat


Beyonce’s move to country music is a hit.

Her new singles, “Texas Hold ‘Em” and “16 Carriages ” are number 1 and 2 across the globe. She’s got iTunes in the palm of her hand. The album, “Act II,” coming next month, will be a smash hit.

Beyonce’s turn to country music is not new for R&B stars. Ray Charles was HUGE in country. Charley Pride was a king of country music. The real selling point of ‘Act II” could be Beyonce applying her silky voice to solid songs sung well.

The Queen Bey is not the only artist to go country. Lana Del Rey — who looked like a kidnap victim in Taylor Swift’s posse this past weekend — has made the move, too. She’s got a new country album coming soon. Lana previewed it in December with a cover of John Denver’s “Take Me Home Country Roads.”

In the meantime, Lana just dropped a cover of Irving Berlin’s “Blue Skies” from a new movie I know nothing about called “The New Look.” This girl can sainnng! But someone rescue her from Taylor land, please!


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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