The morning of Friday, Dec 13th all BeyoncÃ© fans round the world woke to an epic surprise. As if she couldn't set the bar any higher than she previously had, BeyoncÃ© released her fifth, self-titled “visual album” on iTunes complete with 30-second previews of each song's very own music video plus three bonus videos. The album features 14 new tracks with collaborations with Jay Z, Drake, Frank Ocean and more.
BeyoncÃ© said in a press release of the new, completely unexpected album:
â€œI see music. Itâ€™s more than just what I hear. When Iâ€™m connected to something, I immediately see a visual or a series of images that are tied to a feeling or an emotion, a memory from my childhood, thoughts about life, my dreams or my fantasies. And theyâ€™re all connected to the music. I didnâ€™t want to release my music the way Iâ€™ve done it. I am bored with that. I feel like I am able to speak directly to my fans. Thereâ€™s so much that gets between the music, the artist and the fans. I felt like I didnâ€™t want anybody to give the message when my record is coming out. I just want this to come out when itâ€™s ready and from me to my fans.â€
BeyoncÃ© recorded the album over a year and half and it all started in the Hamptons in 2012 while on a retreat. The music videos were filmed in major cities around the world like New York City, Houston, Paris, Rio de Janeiro and Sydney.
â€œI just want to give my album to the people I love and respect and hope that they feel the same thing I felt when I made the music,” said BeyoncÃ©.
Here's the full track list and each 30-second video preview:
3. Drunk in Love (Featuring JAY Z)
9. Mine (Featuring Drake)
11. Flawless (Featuring Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie)
12. Superpower (Featuring Frank Ocean)
14. Blue (Featuring Blue Ivy)