Beyoncé’s ‘Renaissance’ Concert Film Grosses $22 Million in Opening Weekend
Beyoncé’s highly anticipated concert film “Renaissance” had its biggest December box office opening in years, bringing in $22 million.
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Beyoncé certainly wasn’t lying when she said, “I’m stopping the world, the world is stopping.”
The global superstar sent shockwaves across the Internet when she released two country music singles and announced during the Super Bowl that she would release “Act II” from her project “Renaissance” on March 29.
Bey released the songs “16 Carriages” and “Texas Hold ‘Em” on Sunday night and sent fans into a frenzy.
One fan wrote on deserved the hype, the success, the freedom.
Beyoncé ‘reappropriates genres that began with black culture’
Other Beyhive members were quick to make predictions about his next projects.
Another user noted that the “Cuff It” singer was “reclaiming genres that started with black culture,” pointing to “Act I” as an ode to house music and now “Act II” with country music.
According to the credits of each song, Beyoncé has worked with black artists who have been influential in the country music genre. The single “Texas Hold ‘Em” features Rhiannon Giddens on banjo.
Gidden was a prominent figure in educating the nation about the banjo and its roots in black culture before becoming a predominantly white instrument.
The singer’s single “16 Carriages” features Robert Randolph on steel guitar. Randolph is another legendary artist known for staying true to his black roots.
Some fans were quick to point out country music’s roots and the fact that African-American influence has not yet been widely adopted in the genre.
One user put it bluntly: “Be careful how people write about this era of Beyoncé….It will play into everything.”
Another wrote: “I hope this Beyoncé era inspires people to seek out influential black artists in country music. Linda Martell was the first black solo artist to play the grand ole opry. She has been through so much. “
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