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Does Taylor Swift appear on Beyoncé’s new album ‘Cowboy Carter’?

What listeners are saying about the new Beyoncé track “Bodyguard.”
/ Source: TODAY

Beyoncé's latest album, "Cowboy Carter," is chock full of legendary country and pop collaborators, from Dolly Parton to Miley Cyrus to Willie Nelson.

Based on the opening notes of the album's eighth track, "Bodyguard," listeners thought there might be one more to add to the list: Taylor Swift.

Swift does not appear on "Cowboy Carter," according to the album's credits.

On Spotify, Beyoncé is listed as the only performer of "Bodyguard." The song was written by Beyoncé, Elizabeth Lowell Boland, Leven Kali, Raphael Saadiq, Ryan Beatty and Shawntoni Ajanae Nichols. On Apple Music, Beyoncé is the only artist named on the credits page.

"Bodyguard" kicks in with Beyoncé counting in an upbeat acoustic guitar melody, before a background vocal sings a round of "oohs" and "aahs."

After the album first dropped, some listeners thought that voice was Swift's, while the full list of "Cowboy Carter" credits were "pending," per Spotify. The album's credits have confirmed it was not Swift.

Swift and Beyoncé have publicly showed up for each other over the years. At the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards, after the artist then known as Kanye West (now known as Ye) interrupted Swift while accepting the trophy for the best female video, Beyoncé used her video of the year acceptance speech to invite then 19-year-old Swift back onstage.

Most recently, Beyoncé and Swift attended the premieres of each other's concert films in 2023 after a summer of comparisons and rivalry rumors between the "Renaissance World Tour" and the "Eras Tour."

"Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour" Concert Movie World Premiere
Beyoncé and Taylor Swift at the "Eras Tour" concert film premiere.John Shearer / Getty Images

The track "Bodyguard" was singled out online for its jaunty tune and relaxed, bright sound. Some compared its tone to Fleetwood Mac's "Rumors" album.

Writer Hunter Harris quipped, "does anyone have a convertible i need to listen to bodyguard in it."

While there are no official credits tying Swift to "Cowboy Carter," the album is full of guest artists. Parton introduces Beyoncé's take on the 1973 classic "Jolene," and Nelson serves as an emcee for KNTRY Radio Texas, a thematic through line for the album.

Beyoncé and Cyrus collab on "II Most Wanted," a song about companionship that seems to channel "Thelma and Louise." (TODAY's Hoda Kotb encourages listeners to play it and "think of your bestie.")

Beyoncé also collaborated with country artists Tanner Adell and Willie Jones and rapper Shaboozey.