Who runs the world? Beyoncé!
The 32-year-old songstress had a surprise up her sleeve last night when she released her new self-titled record on iTunes shortly after midnight. Bey’s fifth LP features 14 new songs and 17 “complementary videos.” Blue Ivy’s mama did the unthinkable – she dropped Beyoncé without any indication that it was in the works and did zero promotion leading up to the iTunes takeover.
“I see music. It’s more than just what I hear,” she said in her video announcement on Facebook. “When I’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 they’re all connected to the music.”
Bey collaborated with a ton of artists on the visual album, including Justin Timberlake, Pharrell Williams, former Destiny’s Child band mates Michelle Williams and Kelly Rowland (they appear in the “Superpower” video), Drake, Timbaland, Frank Ocean and, of course, husband Jay Z. The best part about it? The couple’s 23-month-old daughter, Blue, is featured on one of mom’s new songs titled “Blue.”
Full Track List:
1. Pretty Hurts2. Haunted3. Drunk in Love (feat. Jay Z)4. Blow5. No Angel6. Partition7. Jealous8. Rocket9. Mine (feat. Drake)10. XO11. ***Flawless (feat. Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche)12. Superpower (feat. Frank Ocean)13. Heaven14. Blue (feat. Blue Ivy)
According to the iTunes editors’ notes, the videos “unfold amid an international backdrop of New York, Paris, Sydney, and Rio de Janeiro.” Is there anything this woman CAN’T do?
It’s safe to say Christmas has come early for Bey fans around the world!
Check out all 17 video previews below — and tell us which one is your fave in comments! “Blue” feat. Blue Ivy
“Blow”“Drunk In Love” feat. Jay Z “Superpower” feat. Frank Ocean"Rocket"“***Flawless” feat. Chimamanda Ngozi"Pretty Hurts"“Partition”
“No Angel”“Mine” feat. Drake“Jealous”
By Chantal Waldholz / @blondieewood
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