The singer’s fifth studio record flips the script of music publishing with a shocking release.
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What’s that? I can’t hear you over the roar of the Internet—Beyoncé just dropped a surprise album and everyone who’s awake is completely losing their minds about it. For good reason, too. Queen Bey’s lips were sealed tight about this secret, even last week her record label hinted at a 2014 release. But here it is, her fifth studio record made available at midnight on Friday the 13th. Self-titled and sold exclusively on iTunes, each track of the “visual album” comes with a video and guests include Frank Ocean, Drake, and, of course, Mr. Carter himself. Even Blue Ivy has a writing credit. As music critics around the country start revising their year-end lists, fans are embarking on a sleepless night spent dancing around their computer, soaking up every minute of this pop music revelation. Well played, Bey, well played.
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