Taylor Swift may have made the leap from country radio to pop stardom, but that doesn’t mean other artists aren’t throwing on cowboy boots and throwing a southern drawl into their latest single.
Pop, R&B and even rappers (woah, Nelly) have been going country for years and 2016 is no exception. Here are five artists heading to the wild, wild west.
This year’s iHeartRadio MMVA performers Fifth Harmony went a little bit country for their BBC Live Lounge cover of Elle King’s “Exes and Ohs” and while we love their pop and R&B sound, we also think a country album from the girl group would be a-may-zing y’all.
Gwen Stefani took her relationship with her The Voice co-star Blake Shelton to a new level this year when she wrote almost an entire album about the country singer. This Is What The Truth Feels Like is a snapshot of the blissful relationship status between the punk-turned-ska-turned-pop singer with her boyfriend. Stefani’s excitement has even translated into a new genre of music for the Orange County girl, who is featured on Shelton’s latest single “Go Ahead And Break My Heart.” Are we sure this is Stefani’s first rodeo? Because the singer sounds pretty amazing with one of country music’s biggest stars.
Jason Derulo has conquered just about every music genre there is. The singer is known for blending pop with R&B with soul with blues with reggae and even featured both Stevie Wonder and Keith Urban together for his song “Broke” off 2015’s Everything Is 4. Derulo appears to have caught the country bug and has struck up a friendship with country singer Luke Bryan. The two have already performed together and will be shooting a special this summer for CMT Crossroads.
Also shooting a CMT Crossroads special later this year is iHeartRadio MMVA performer Nick Jonas along with country singer Thomas Rhett. Boy band, Broadway, solo singer and now country star. Is there anything Nick Jonas can’t do?
There’s been so much hype about Beyonce’s latest album Lemonade and what it means for the singer’s marriage to Jay Z that unfortunately the music has largely been overshadowed. As one of the most ambitious and moving releases in years, Lemonade displays Beyonce’s incredible songwriting abilities and genre-defying sound. Her track “Daddy Lessons” touches on Bey’s southern upbringing with a country twang we’ve yet to hear from the superstar. BK is from Texas and so are the Dixie Chicks, who have begun covering the toe-tapping track while on tour in Europe. Collab soon, please?