Beyoncé Releases Surprise New Album Overnight Via iTunes
December 13, 2013
Beyoncé surprised fans overnight, releasing a new studio album without warning exclusively via iTunes. The superstar had been working on a new record for quite some time, with snippets of new material debuting in concert, commercials and short videos. The album, simply titled Beyoncé, was released to iTunes overnight, and features 14 songs and 17 music videos. The album is currently only available digitally, and manufacturing of the physical album only began yesterday. A CD/DVD set of Beyoncé will be released before Christmas. MTV News adds that Beyoncé is only for sale currently as an album, but the individual tracks will be sold digitally starting December 20.
In a statement, B said, "I didn't want to release my music the way I've done it. 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."
Discussing the choice to release videos alongside the music, she added, "I see music. 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 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 Beyoncé.
The self-titled record features contributions from her husband Jay Z, as well as Justin Timberlake, Timbaland, Pharrell Williams, Drake, Frank Ocean, Miguel, Sia, The Dream and even her daughter, Blue Ivy, who appears on the album-closer "Blue."
Additionally, B's Facebook page features Part One of "Self-Titled," a mini-documentary going behind the scenes of the making of the new album.
Of course, earlier this year Jay Z rolled out his Magna Carter Holy Grail record with a unique campaign, as the album was digitally released for free via Samsung smartphones ahead of its traditional release.