Well then, looks like Beyoncé did want in on 2013 after all. If you follow the earsplitting buzz of the Beyhive to the source, you’ll find that a new, self-titled Beyonce album quietly appeared on iTunes tonight. It features 14 songs and 18 videos, along with a few artists we know she’s clocked studio time with (Frank Ocean, Drake) and others we know she’s spent a lot of time on yachts with this year (Jay-Z, Blue Ivy). Was that rule-breaking fried chicken dinner picture she posted to Tumblr today a false flag? Did she really just drop an entire album without even a whisper of warning? Sure sounds like it. This year’s a wrap, see you on the other side.
Update: In a press release, Beyoncé elaborates a little on her “visual album” its surprise release:
“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 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.
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.”