Beyoncé closes the week with a grand audiovisual assault, unexpectedly releasing a new self-titled album accompanied by a host of vibrant, sensual, artsy music videos.
The Beyoncé project consists of 14 songs and 17 videos shot around the globe, all crafted with varied creative input, direction and features from the likes of JAY Z, Drake, Frank Ocean, Timbaland, Justin Timberlake, Pharrell Williams, The Dream, Sia, Miguel, Hit Boy and acclaimed author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.
Bypassing exhaustive digital release promo procedures of announcements, teasers, snippets and previews of previews, the international pop icon from Houston, Texas released her fifth solo album on iTunes without warning in the early hours of Friday, December 13.
“I didn’t want to release my music the way I’ve done it, I am bored with that,” Beyoncé explains of her current vision. “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 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.”
Directed by Jake Nava, Hype Williams and Terry Richardson among others, the album’s extensive range of videos showcase a scale of Beyoncé’s reflective, playful, sexy and silly sides at locations around the world, including Brazil, New York, LA, Paris and her Houston hometown. View the Beyoncé album tracklist, production and directorial credits with video previews below – and purchase in full on iTunes.
1. Pretty Hurts
3. Drunk in Love (Featuring JAY Z)
9. Mine (Featuring Drake)
11. ***Flawless (Featuring/ Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie)
12. Superpower (Featuring Frank Ocean)
14. Blue (Featuring Blue Ivy)
15. Pretty Hurts, directed by Melina Matsoukas
16. Ghost, directed by Pierre Debusschere
17. Haunted, directed by Jonas Åkerlund
18. Drunk in Love, directed by Hype Williams
19. Blow, directed by Hype Williams
20. Angel, directed by @lilinternet
21. Yoncé, directed by Ricky Saiz
22. Partition, directed by Jake Nava
23. Jealous, directed by Beyoncé, Francesco Carrozzini & Todd Tourso
24. Rocket, directed by Beyoncé, Ed Burke & Bill Kirstein
25. Mine, directed by Pierre Debusschere
26. XO, directed by Terry Richardson
27. ***Flawless, directed by Jake Nava
28. Superpower, directed by Jonas Åkerlund
29. Heaven, directed by Beyoncé & Todd Tourso
30. Blue, directed by Beyoncé, Ed Burke & Bill Kirstein
Bonus: Grown Woman, directed by Jake Nava
Watch 30-second previews of each video below.