Literally minutes ago, Beyonce dropped and entire new album. Just. Like. That.
14 new songs, and a music video for every single one. Wow.
If her website update today is anything to go by – it is going to be an epic Beyonce themed Christmas this year.
Her fifth LP is entitled “Beyoncé” and features tracks with Jay Z, Drake, Frank Ocean and the singer’s daughter, Blue Ivy.
“I see music,” Beyoncé said in a press release released this morning, “It’s more than just what I hear. 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.”
“I didn’t want to release my music the way I’ve done it,” she continued. “I am bored with that. I feel like I am able to speak directly to my fans. There’s so much that gets between the music, the artist and the fans. I felt like I didn’t want anybody to give the message when my record is coming out. I just want this to come out when it’s ready and from me to my fans.”
“I 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,” Bey said.
According to the press release, the album was recorded over a year and a half but began at a Hamptons retreat in New York State in mid 2012.
A whos who of duets, groups and collaborators includes JAY Z (of course), Timbaland, Justin Timberlake, Frank Ocean, Hit-Boy, Ammo, Boots, Detail, Jake Nava, Hype Williams, Pharrell Williams, Drake, The Dream, Sia, Ryan Tedder, Miguel, Terry Richardson, Melina Matsoukas and a slew of others.
The whole shebang is available NOW on iTunes. What are you waiting for?
Below, a full tracklist and video list with director credits.
1. Pretty Hurts
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)
1. Pretty Hurts – directed by Melina Matsoukas
2. Ghost – directed by Pierre Debusschere
3. Haunted – directed by Jonas Åkerlund
4. Drunk in Love – directed by Hype Williams
5. Blow – directed by Hype Williams
6. Angel – directed by @lilinternet
7. Yoncé – directed by Ricky Saiz
8. Partition – directed by Jake Nava
9. Jealous – directed by Beyoncé, Francesco Carrozzini & Todd Tourso
10. Rocket – directed by Beyoncé, Ed Burke & Bill Kirstein
11 .Mine – directed by Pierre Debusschere
12. XO – directed by Terry Richardson
13. ***Flawless – directed by Jake Nava
14. Superpower – directed by Jonas Åkerlund
15. Heaven -directed by Beyoncé & Todd Tourso
16. Blue – directed by Beyoncé, Ed Burke & Bill Kirstein
17. **BONUS VIDEO – Grown Woman – directed by Jake Nava