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.”