Beyonce’s surprise album: What’s the verdict?

Beyonce received praise by fellow stars

On a single she viewed as part of a Pepsi ad earlier this year, Beyonce sang, “I’m a grown woman / I can do whatever I want.”

The singer showed that on Friday when she released a surprise album with no ostentation.

Fans quickly lost it and the Internet was on the brink of bursting. Even fellow celebs seemed to have been left out of breath.

Singer Katy Perry tweeted, “Don’t talk to me today unless it’s about @Beyonce THANX.”

Added actress Abigail Breslin, “The new Beyonce album is so perfect wow.”


Self-titled album the 14-track was released exclusively on iTunes at midnight and had to be bought in its totality. Singles will not be available for purchase until December 20. In addition to the songs, there are also 17 music videos.

Beyonce told her fans on her facebook fange about her exclusive album that “I see music”.


“It’s more than just what I hear,” she said. “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.”

Her fifth studio album has been thirstily expected since the success of “4,” which was released in 2011. Over the past year she has suggested that something new was in the works and watched singles including “Grown Woman,” “Bow Down/I Been On” and “Standing on the Sun,” which served as the soundtrack for her H&M fashion campaign.

The new album – which quickly shot to No. 1 on iTunes Friday – features quislingisms with rapper Drake, singer Frank Ocean and author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and, of course, her husband, rapper Jay Z. Daughter Blue Ivy also makes a cameo.

The bold and innovatory move was acclaimed by judges and fans. USA Today’s Korina Lopez wrote “It’s a fully baked album, no filler remixes and re-released greatest hits. By sidestepping promotional blitz and gimmicks, this album could be her most personal yet.”



For her part, Beyonce said in her video to fans that she was inspired by the fabled Michael Jackson.

“I remember watching ‘Thriller’ on TV with my family. It was an event, we all sat around the TV and now looking back, I am so happy I was born around that time,” she said. “I miss that immersive experience.”


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