Beyonce released her latest album on iTunes without any heads up to her fans…and no promotion.
The singer’s fifth album comes with seventeen videos already filmed for each track. Let’s check out her “visual album”!
In an accompanying statement, the 32-year-old singer spoke about her decision to create a what she is calling a “visual album”.
Beyonce said, “I see music. 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.”
The accompanying videos feature cameo appearances from the star’s friends and family including husband Jay Z, her daughter Blue Ivy, her mother Tina Knolwes, and her Destiny’s Child bandmates Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams.
Collaborations on her album include appearances from husband Jay Z, Kelly and Michelle, Frank Ocean, Pharrell Williams, Justin Timberlake, and Drake.
Pretty Hurts: Beyonce plays a troubled beauty queen addicted to diet pills, representing ‘3rd Ward’, the area of Houston where the star grew up.
Blue: Co-directed by Beyonce herself, the video sees a dressed-down star carrying her daughter Blue Ivy to the beach as she sings to her little girl.
Drunk in love: The arty black and white visual sees the singer dressed in a sheer black dress as she dances on the beach in Brazil.
Yoncé: Beyonce introduces us to her alter ego Yonce, with models Chanel Iman and Joan Small prancing around with Bey in skimpy street wear.
XO: Shot at New York’s famous Coney Island fairground, Beyonce is seen beaming away as the rides the rollercoaster and dances to the upbeat tune with her friends.
Ghost: The most simple of all the videos sees Beyonce in flawless close up, as we cut between images of the star in a flowing black gown and mesh top, showcasing her abs.
Grown Woman: The psychedelic visual sees Bey in full on 70-s style party mode as she shows off her twerking skills while her mom Tina makes a cameo.
Haunted: With a short blonde do and dressed in a tuxedo, the superstar struts through a hallway as scantily dressed dancers put on a show in the lavish rooms.
Jealous: Set to a slinky slow beat, Beyonce is seen hitting the town with her girlfriends after being stood up on a date.
Heaven: With tears running down her first this emotional video sees Beyonce showing off her vocal skills on the piano ballad as flashbacks show the star reminiscing about a lost friend.
Mine: The ballad featuring Drake is given a fast paced video featuring flashes of Beyonce and her dancers whipping up a sandstorm as they dance on the beach.