Beyonce's latest album is the number one album in the world! Queen Bey changed the game when she announced the release of her stunning visual album via social media. The world was stunned when the reigning Queen of Pop shocked fans when she released a surprise post on Facebook.
"I feel like I am able to speak directly to my fans," Beyonce said in a statement about the album's surprise drop. "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."
The release was historic because there was no prior notice that this masterpiece was arriving. We must confess that this is the most amazing Christmas present we have ever received.
The social media buzz for Beyonce's album generated more that 1.2 million tweets in 12 hours and earned over 80,000 downloads within the first few hours that it was released causing iTunes to crash.
Update: Beyonce has topped the charts in over a 100 countries. Target is refusing to sell the physical album when it hits store shelves on Friday, citing that the pop star's decision to release it digitally first could negatively affect sales, according to Billboard.
"At Target we focus on offering our guests a wide assortment of physical CDs, and when a new album is available digitally before it is available physically, it impacts demand and sales projections," Target spokeswoman Erica Julkowski told Billboard.
Celebrity fans showed their support on twitter and praised the album.
Snoop Dogg tweeted "My girl @Beyonce just changed d game!!"
“X-Factor” judge Demi Lovato was “literally FUH-REAKING OUT” over the release.
“I CANT HANDLE THIS MUCH FIERCENESS.... #NOJOKE #DYING,” she told her 20.3 million Twitter followers.
Katy Perry tweeted to her 48 million followers. “B done broke the internet. #stanning. Don't talk to me today unless it's about @Beyonce THANX.”
Emma Roberts exclaimed. "Beyonce. Are you kidding me with this?! #Supreme #love #everything," the actress raved.
Little Miss Sunshine and August Osage actress Abigail Breslin announced. "The new Beyonce album is so perfect wow."
Pink bowed down to the Queen and proclaimed. "@Beyonce wins my vote for Woman of the Year."
Beyonce far surpassed her peers in the industry to rocket to the top of the charts.
In comparison, Katy Perry’s Prism sold 286,000 copies in an entire week of its debut in October, while Lady Gaga’s much anticipated ARTPOP moved 258,000 units. Miley Cyrus’ Bangerz sold 270,000 in its debut week.
What we love about 'Beyoncé' is that the 14-track “visual” album is a love letter to her fans.
Beyoncé will notch her best debut week and best sales-week period of her career.
According to Apple the Beyoncé album is the fastest selling album on iTunes with 828,773 purchases in the first three days. The album also broke the U.S. first-week album record with 617,213 sold. The iTunes exclusive “visual” album, retailing for $15.99 contains 14 tracks- not available for a la carte purchases until Dec. 20- and 14 accompanying videos, along with other bonus video content. No set date has been announced for the CD release to physical retailers or of its availability on other digital download sites.
Beyonce told her fans that she wanted her visual album to take viewers on the same journey that she experienced as a child when Michael Jackson's "Thriller" music video was released. Bey is a pioneer because she used the internet to turn the listening and viewing of her album into a "must see" event.
We also commend Bey for creating the most creative and artistic project of her career. Beyoncé must be hailed as a true piece of "Artpop". It's not a pretentious re-imaging of sounds that once topped the pop charts. Beyonce didn't spend millions of dollars to champion her artistic genius. She simply poured her heart into her work and let the art speak for itself.
We were amazed by the production quality and storytelling technique that were exhibited in the 17 music videos that accompanied the songs. Here is our guide to some of the most noteworthy fashion looks on the visual album. All hail the Queen!
- The power ballad "Pretty Hurts" is about the pressure on women to look beautiful. Beyonce floats in the water while wearing blue beaded V-neck Georges Chakra gown.
- Beyonce sports different pairs of rabbit inspired headbands. You will be yearning for a pair of Maison Michel lace bunny ears.
- We noticed the singer's bling during the Botox injection scene and her killer star heels.
- The beauty contestants also wear Steve Madden heels that retail for less than $100 dollars. Beyonce also shows everyone how to wear a crop top and short shorts.
- dir. Melina Matsoukas: “Pretty Hurts”
- Previous collaborators: Katy Perry, Alicia Keys, Ciara, Jennifer Lopez and Britney Spears
- Beyonce had the most beautiful eye makeup we ever saw in this clip. We love a smokey eye and this was bold. We would love to copy the metallic blue and purple eye during the holiday party season by using Tenacious Teal Color Tattoo eyeshadow from Maybelline.
- dir. Pierre Debusschere: “Ghost,” “Mine”
- Previous collaborative projects: “The Lake,” “I Know Simply That The Sky Will Last Longer Than I”
- Haunted was styled by famed stylists Dagmarette Yen and Bee Akerlend. Beyonce's finger waved hair and smokey eyes are paired with the perfect shade of crimson on her lips. The singer wears a menswear inspired tuxedo by Russian designer Ulyana Sergeenko. Queen Bey shows everyone she is reigning pop star in the world while wearing a velvet cape and a Swarovski black crystal crown by Michael Cinco.
- We love her dalmation inspired fur coat and the black cape she wears upon entering the haunted house. Favorite accessories : Midi rings & T-strap patent leather heels.
- Beyonce turns herself into Superwoman by transforming fashion in the "Superpower" music video. Who else could look so amazing while were a Louis Vuitton Ski Mask, ripped stockings and a mini skirt? Queen Bey…of course.
- dir. Jonas Åkerlund: “Haunted,” “Superpower”
- Previous collaborators: Shakira, The Rolling Stones, Lady Gaga, Rammstein, Britney Spears, Madonna,Prodigy
- Beyonce enters the roller disco in a long yellow Versace coat. Beyonce also dons vintage DKNY tights at the roller rink. Video director Hype Williams is known for his use of bright colors in hip hop music videos. Bey's day glo makeup features neon lips and Ciate nail polish.
- Noteworthy accessory : the necklace by jewelry designer Margo Manhattan
- Beyonce is more playful in the "Drunk in Love" music video while wearing a bikini and sheer skirt while she flirts with her husband Jay-Z on the beach.
- We love everything about the song except for some of Jay-Z's lyrics which give shout outs to notorious wife beater Ike Turner who physically abused Tina Turner. Jay-Z even recites the famous words from the "What's Love Got to Do With It" movie. Remember the dreadful scene when Ike beat Tina and forced her to eat a piece of cake against her will? The other disturbing idol Jay-Z cites while singing a verse in a love song with his wife is about convicted rapist Mike Tyson. Tyson once boasted to Barbara Walters that his former wife Robin Givens took his hardest punches. Iron Mike also made history in 1997 when he bit his opponent Evander Holyfield's ear off during live broadcast in a boxing ring. We don't advocate spousal abuse. So we wonder why Jay-Z decided to uses these words when rapping about being "in love with his wife." The rap mogul and former drug dealer seems to be revealing a darker side to his personality in the hook. There is nothing romantic about spousal abuse. The song is a sequel to Crazy in Love which featured a disturbing scene where Jay-Z traps Beyonce in a car and sets it on fire. We are noticing recurring themes that promote misogynistic images.
- Here are some of the lyrics from Jay-Z's hook.
- Ain't got the time to take drawers off, on sight
- Catch a charge I might, beat the box up like Mike
- In '97 I bite, I'm Ike Turner, turn up
- Baby know I don't play, now eat the cake, Annie Mae
- Said, "Eat the cake, Annie Mae!"
- I'm nice, for y'all to reach these heights you gon' need G3
- 4, 5, 6 flights, sleep tight
- dir. Hype Williams: “Drunk in Love,” “Blow”
- Previous collaborators: Kanye West, Nicki Minaj, A$AP Rocky, Meek Mill, Coldplay, Robin Thicke, Lil Wayne, Miguel
- Beyonce looks fierce. She is wearing a white fur coat over a sexy body suit.
- dir. @lilinternet: “No Angel”
- Previous collaborators: Pictureplane, RiFF RAFF, Azealia Banks
- Beyonce enlists a bevy of beautiful supermodels for this video. Joan Smalls, Jourdan Dunn and Chanel Iman wear lace, Hervé Léger, leather and grills. Beyonce sizzles in a Hervé Léger swimsuit and a Leopard Leather Print Sleeve Biker Jacket by 3.1 Phillip Lim, leather cap, and denim distressed shorts.
- dir: Ricky Saiz: “Yoncé”
- Previous collaborators: Hanni El Khatib, Kanye West
- Beyonce is a style chameleon in these three music videos.
- Here are some of the items were coveted from these clips. Beyonce does her own grunge look in "Flawless"with flannel shirt, Chanel chain boots and denim shorts.
- We spotted Tom Ford's Fall 2013 Black and White Peep Toe Boots in the "Grown Woman" music video including a few dresses and a fur coat that are to die for on the songstress.
- Jake Nava: “Partition,” “Flawless,” “Grown Woman”
- Previous collaborators: Adele, Kanye West, Shakira, Britney Spears, Alicia Keys, The Rolling Stones, Kylie Minogue, Usher, Mariah Carey.
- Beyonce wore hip-hop inspired fashion in the "XO" music video. We noticed her Biggie baseball cap and Eric jewelry while she was riding the rollercoaster at Coney Island.
- dir. Terry Richardson: “XO”
- Previous collaborators: R. Kelly, Lady Gaga, Miley Cyrus
- We were jealous of Beyonce's clothes and accessories in this clip. The singer wore a studded cuff and gold bracelet from Eddie Borgo jewelry.
- We also spotted a sequin jacket and the Burberry Metal Plate Vinyl Oxblood Trench coat with a gold collar that we'd love to wear.
- dir.Todd Tourso: “Jealous,” “Heaven”
- Previous collaborative projects: Flaunt magazine, Lady Gaga’s Fame perfume
- Beyonce looked like a native in her Brazilian inspired headdress and carnival outfits in the Blue video. We couldn't help but smile while seeing Beyonce's adorable baby Blue Ivy.
- dir: Ed Burke & Bill Kirstein: “Rocket,” “Blue”
- Previous collaborators: Beyonce
We love Beyonce and recommend that you buy the entire visual album on iTunes. Every single song and video is a masterpiece that should be cherished. This is the definitely the album of the year!