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Paul McCartney praises Beyoncé’s “beautiful” version of “Blackbird” in new album

Beatles legend Paul McCartney praised Beyoncé’s cover of the band’s song “Blackbird,” saying it reinforces the civil rights message that inspired him in the first place.

Last week, Beyoncé released “Cowboy Carter,” A Country album with 27 songs that bends the genre. In it she recorded “Blackbiird”, originally written by McCartney in 1969 and included on the band’s double album “The Beatles”.

“I think she makes a beautiful version of it and it reinforces the civil rights message that inspired me to write the song in the first place,” McCartney said in an Instagram post on Thursday. “I think Beyoncé has done a fantastic version and would encourage anyone who hasn’t heard it yet to give it a try. You’ll love it!”

The 81-year-old rocker went on to say that he spoke to Beyoncé, who thanked him for writing the song and letting her do it.

“I told her the pleasure was mine and I thought she did a great version of the song,” he added.

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“Blackbird” was originally written by McCartney about desegregation in American schools, with particular emphasis on the Little Rock Nine, the first group of black students to desegregate an Arkansas high school in 1957.

“I can’t believe there are still places like this happening today,” McCartney wrote on social media. “Anything my song and Beyoncé’s fantastic version can do to ease racial tensions would be great and I’m very proud of it.”

Beyoncé’s song features Black country singer-songwriters Tanner Adell, Brittney Spencer, Tiera Kennedy and Reyna Roberts.

Since its release, “Cowboy Carter” has been just that breaking streaming records. Spotify announced on social media last week that the day the album was released – March 29 – it became the platform’s most streamed album in a single day so far in 2024.

The album also earned the title of most first-day streams of a country album by a female artist on Amazon Music.

Ahead of the album’s release, Beyoncé dropped two singles on Super Bowl Sunday: “Texas Hold ‘Em” and “16 Carriages.” The former debuted at number 1 on the Billboard Country Charts, making Beyoncé the first black woman to top that chart.

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Beyoncé, a Houston native who also executive produced the album, said in a statement that it is “the best music I’ve ever made.”

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