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Beyonce gifts fans with surprise self-titled visual album

Posted by Emily Wright  December 13, 2013 09:41 AM

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Someone pinch us.

Queen Bey gave us the most exciting early Christmas present of all time last night, with a 14-song, 17-video visual album -- without any warning. Check out the Instagram announcement above.

The self-titled album is available exclusively at iTunes, but if you're itching to get a physical copy you can grab one before the holidays (manufacturing starts Thursday), according to her label.

So why didn't she tell anyone it was coming?

"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," Beyonce stated in an album release on Dec. 12.

If you haven't had a chance to check it out yet, you should. Mrs. Carter worked with her husband, Timbaland, Justin Timberlake, Pharrell Williams, Drake, the Dream, Sia, Ryan Tedder, Miguel, Frank Ocean, and Hit Boy on the project.

Baby Blue Ivy even makes an appearance in the dreamy tropical video for "Blue."

Beyonce's "Mrs. Carter World Tour" stops in Boston for the second time on Friday, Dec. 20.

Have you had a chance to listen to it yet? Let us know what you think in the comments.



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