In all my years working in music I can't say I've ever seen anything even remotely like this. Without absolutely no warning or pre-releasing marketing, the biggest female star in the world,
, drops her self-titled fifth studio album exclusively via iTunes on a Thursday night. #newrules indeed.
In addition to the sudden release, the album is uniquely formatted, containing fifteen songs as well as fifteen matching videos shot in locations throughout the world, from Rio to Paris and everywhere in between. Production comes from a wide-range of heavy hitters including
, and features guest appearances from
Drake, Jay Z, Frank Ocean
, her daughter
(who I hear spits hot fire) and many more.
Well holy sweet baby jesus then, I guess there's nothing else for us to do but get to listening and watching. We've compiled previews of every video, which we'll update with full versions as soon as they're available. Those feeling properly motivated can also
Enjoy, and let's get to discussing in the comments below. Player is below the tracklist, this is music history...
3. Drunk in Love ft. Jay Z
5. No Angel
9. Mine ft. Drake
11. Flawless ft. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
12. Superpower ft. Frank Ocean
14. Blue ft. Blue Ivy
17. Grown Woman (Bonus)
* Any unofficial download links to the album or individual songs will be removed as soon as possible.