Beyonce’s Surprise Album: Everything We Know So Far

Already available, the album contains 14 tracks and 17 music videos.

Not only did Beyoncé shock the world by dropping her long-awaited fifth solo collection 
 on Thursday night, she gifted her fans with a “visual album” that includes 14 star-studded tracks and 17 videos directed by some of the game’s biggest names.

The Track List
»“Pretty Hurts”
»“Haunted”
»“Drunk In Love” (feat. Jay Z)
»“Blow”
»“No Angel”
»“Partition”
»“Jealous”
»“Rocket”
»“Mine” (feat. Drake)
»“XO”
»“***Flawless” (feat. Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche)
»“Superpower” (feat. Frank Ocean)
»“Heaven”
»“Blue” (feat. Blue Ivy)

What She Said
“I see music. It’s more than just what I hear,” Bey said in a statement accompanying the surprise release. “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.”

The Many Faces Of Beyoncé

The singer also explained that she didn’t want to release the album — which she has been working on for more than a year and a half — in the traditional manner.

“I am bored with that,” she said. “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.”

Who Is On It
»Sia (“Pretty Hurts”)
»Boots (“Haunted,” “Jealous”)
»Jay Z, Timbaland (“Drunk in Love”)
»Pharrell Williams, Timbaland, Justin Timberlake (“Blow”)
»Caroline Polachek (Chairlift) (“No Angel”)
»The-Dream, Timberlake, Timbaland (“Partition”)
»Miguel, Timberlake, Timbaland (“Rocket”)
»Drake, Noah “40” Shebib (“Mine”)
»Ryan Tedder, Hit-Boy, The-Dream (“XO”)
»Frank Ocean, Pharrell (“Superpower”)
»Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, The-Dream (“Flawless”)
»Blue Ivy (“Blue”)

Watch It Here
Bey posted 31-second previews of all the videos on her official site

Where, When You Can Get It
Already available on iTunes as a complete experience (the individual songs won’t be sold separately until December 20) and expected at traditional retail soon in a double-disc CD/DVD set, the singer’s fifth was compiled in secret and sprung on an unsuspecting public just in time for stocking stuffing.

Who Shot The Videos
The eye-popping videos, shot all over the world from her hometown of Houston to New York, Paris, Rio de Janeiro and Sydney, Australia, were filmed by a group of A-list directors and fashion photographers primarily during her “Mrs. Carter Show World Tour.”

Celebs Go Crazy Over Beyoncé’s Surprise Album

Here’s the rundown of who worked on them, along with some of their previous credits:

»“Superpower” and “Haunted” by Jonas Akerlund (Maroon 5, “Moves Like Jagger”)
»“Pretty Hurts” by Melina Matsoukas (Rihanna, “We Found Love”)
»“Drunk in Love” by Hype Williams (Nicki Minaj, “Stupid Hoe”)
»“Mine” and “Ghost” by Pierre Debusschere (Raf Simons, Hugo Boss campaigns)
»“Angel” by @lilinternet
»“Yonce” by Ricky Saiz (Hanni El Khatib, “Loved One”)
»“Partition,” “Grown Woman” and “Flawless” by Jake Nava (Adele, “Someone Like You”)
»“Jealous” by Beyoncé, Francesco Carrozzini & Todd Toruso
»“Blue” and “Rocket” by Beyoncé, Ed Burke & Bill Kirstein (“Beyoncé: Life Is But A Dream”)
»“XO” by Terry Richardson (Miley Cyrus, “Wrecking Ball”)
»“Heaven” by Beyoncé and Todd Tourso

And, just saying, she definitely had the #1 best-kept secret of all time. Sorry Kanye.

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