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Beyonce’s New Album Gets Surprise iTunes Release

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(Buda Mendes/Getty Images)

(Buda Mendes/Getty Images)

Just as music fans are wrapping up the year and looking ahead to 2014 comes a reminder that it’s not over ’til the Queen Bey sings.

Shortly after midnight on Friday (December 13), Beyonce released her fifth album exclusively to iTunes with zero warning. The self-titled set is comprised of 14 songs and 17 videos, with all components available only through full album purchase.

In a video about the album release posted to her Facebook page early Friday, the songstress explains that music is a visual experience for her.

“I see music,” she says. “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. And I think it’s one of the reasons why I wanted to do a visual album. I wanted people to hear the songs with the story that’s in my head, because it’s what makes it mine.”

There are familiar collaborators and friends present on Beyonce, including hubby Jay Z, Frank Ocean, Drake and even baby girl Blue Ivy.

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