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20 Pop Singers Making the Move to Country Music


The arrival of Beyoncé’s Act II: Cowboy Carter on Friday marks the singer’s most formidable move to country music since the inception of her beloved career in the 1990s. Act II is a follow-up to Beyoncé’s Renaissance, released in 2022 to universal acclaim and later toured across the globe in summer 2023.

Act II includes Beyoncé’s single and already smash hit “Texas Hold ’Em,” which upon its release in February made her the first Black woman to top Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart. The track was also her ninth hit to reach the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100.

Many now see the arrival of Act II in its entirety as Beyoncé’s turn to join a growing list of singers who have made the move to country music. The genre jump is a somewhat well-documented leap, in part popularized by Ray Charles’ 1962 Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music album, which spent 14 weeks as No. 1 on Billboard‘s album chart and many credit with expanding country music’s overall audience.

Since then, singers across the genre gamut have made their own attempts at the country shift, with some staying for the remainder of their careers and others beginning and ending their country music ways with one release.

From full country converts like Darius Rucker or Elle King to singers who stopped at one country record like Jessica Simpson or Cyndi Lauper, here’s a look at 20 singers who made their own switch to the country stage.



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