Surprise! Beyonce Drops 5th Studio Album On Down Low (DETAILS

Beyonce stans nearly killed themselves with glee after their Queen dropped a new 14 track album complete with videos on iTunes overnight. No warning, no interviews, no clues. Further, you can’t buy individual singles from the album, $15.99, until next week when the exclusive deal with iTunes ends. Guest appearances on the album includes Frank Ocean, Drake, and Jay Z, Pharrell Williams, Timbaland, Michelle Williams, Kelly Rowland and Justin Timberlake. Oh, and Blue Ivy, her child.

Along with the 14 tracks, stans will also get 17 videos, a move designed to deflect piracy and to connect with fans.

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Beyonce Releases Surprise Album on iTunes With 14 Songs, 17 Videos

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Beyoncé surprised the world early Friday morning with the unanticipated release of her fifth studio album on iTunes. Described as a “visual album,” the self-titled album features 14 tracks and 14 videos to go along with each song as well as three additional videos.

Among the many guests on the album is daughter, Blue Ivy, on a song called “Blue.” Blue Ivy famously made a cameo on a Jay-Z song (“Glory”) two days after she was born in 2012.

Beyoncé, who released the album without any promotional marketing or traditional teasers, explains the project in this video posted on her Facebook page:

Other guests on the album include Jay Z, Drake, Frank Ocean, Pharrell Williams, Timbaland, Michelle Williams, Kelly Rowland and Justin Timberlake.

“I see music,” Beyoncé explained in a press release. “It’s more than just what I hear. 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.

“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. 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.”

Here’s a track listing of Beyonce.