Christopher Luxon says Beyoncé's new album Cowboy Carter is 'quite provocative'

Prime Minister Christopher Luxon says Beyoncé's new album Cowboy Carter is "quite provocative".

He was asked by Mike Hosking on Newstalk ZB on Tuesday morning if he had heard the new album, which was released last week and set tongues wagging over its 27-strong tracks.

Luxon responded by saying he had and he "quite liked it", before revealing he thought the first single 'Texas Hold 'Em' was a highlight.

Hosking then proceeded to ask Luxon whether it was a country album, because of a debate over whether the album should be classified as country.

"If you go to the country music hall of fame in Nashville, you understand the origins of the music, with fiddle music from Ireland, and African slave music," Luxon said.

"I think she's done something quite provocative and quite good."

The discussion continued with Hosking revealing he is a "massive country fan" and that the love song 'II Most Wanted' was his favourite on the album.

The Prime Minister also joked he "should put it on the quarterly action plan, more country music," before going on to discuss their 36-point action plan, which he promises will be completed by the end of June. 

The new plan was unveiled after the completion of the coalition Government's initial 100-day plan, the majority of which aimed to undo much of the previous government's programme and policies.

Cowboy Carter has already drawn praise from the likes of country legend Dolly Parton who teased last week that she thought the Renaissance singer had done a cover of her iconic song 'Jolene'.

"Well, I think she has! I think she's recorded 'Jolene' and I think it's probably gonna be on her country album, which I'm very excited about that," Parton said to CNN.

"She's a beautiful girl and a great singer."