Without making any prior announcements, Queen Bey launched her fifth studio album on Friday, December 13.
The self-titled album consists of 14 new songs, including numerous duets with Justin Timberlake, Timbaland, Drake, Pharrell Williams, Frank Ocean, her husband Jay-Z and their daughter Blue Ivy, and 17 videos shot around the world.
“I see music,” she said in a press release published after the album hit iTunes. “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,” she continued. “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.”
Following the release, numerous celebrities reacted to the news on Twitter. Here’s what some of her fellow pop stars had to say.
Katy Perry: “Don’t talk to me today unless it’s about @Beyonce THANX”
Demi Lovato: “I’m literally FUH-REAKING OUT over this new #BEYONCE… The music vids?!!?! I CANT HANDLE THIS MUCH FIERENESS…. #NOJOKE #DYING”
Solange Knowles: “I’m sitting here watching THE most artful and perfect project ever….@Beyonce”
Snoop Dogg: “My girl @beyonce just changed d game!!”
Abigail Breslin: “The new Beyonce album is so perfect wow”
Lady Gaga: “Good Morning! Photoshoot and rehearsal, why aren’t there more hours in the day. (Eye cream) and welcome back Honey B we missed you! <3 <3” Below is the list of songs and videos on the new album “Beyonce.” Songs: 1. Pretty Hurts 2. Haunted 3. Drunk in Love (Featuring JAY-Z) 4. Blow/Cherry 5. Angel 6. Yoncé/Partition 7. Jealous 8. Rocket 9. Mine (Featuring Drake) 10. XO 11. Flawless (Featuring Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie) 12. Superpower (Featuring Frank Ocean) 13. Heaven 14. Blue (Featuring Blue Ivy) Videos: 1. Pretty Hurts - directed by Melina Matsoukas 2. Ghost - directed by Pierre Debusschere 3. Haunted - directed by Jonas Åkerlund 4. Drunk in Love - directed by Hype Williams 5. Blow - directed by Hype Williams 6. Angel - directed by @lilinternet 7. Yoncé - directed by Ricky Saiz 8. Partition - directed by Jake Nava 9. Jealous - directed by Beyoncé, Francesco Carrozzini & Todd Tourso 10. Rocket - directed by Beyoncé, Ed Burke & Bill Kirstein 11 .Mine - directed by Pierre Debusschere 12. XO - directed by Terry Richardson 13. ***Flawless - directed by Jake Nava 14. Superpower - directed by Jonas Åkerlund 15. Heaven -directed by Beyoncé & Todd Tourso 16. Blue - directed by Beyoncé, Ed Burke & Bill Kirstein 17. **BONUS VIDEO – Grown Woman - directed by Jake Nava