Beyonce has delivered the ultimate Christmas present for fans. While rumors swirled that she may release new music “sometime in 2014″ the 32-year-old shocked the world by quietly releasing a visual album simply titled ‘Beyonce’ on iTunes. Composed of 17 videos, shot on location around the world including Los Angeles, Paris and South America, the project participants reads like a who’s who list with video directed by Hype Williams, Jake Nava and Terry Richardson.
Husband Jay Z, daughter Blue Ivy, Justin Timberlake, Timbaland, Drake and others took part. And while it’s too early to tell definitive numbers, Billboard reports that the album sold over 80,000 copies in three hours. Music insiders suggest that her self-titled fifth solo studio set is likely headed towards a No. 1 debut on the Billboard 200 when that chart’s top 10 is revealed on Wednesday, Dec. 18.
And less than 24 hours since its release, social media mentions have went bananas. According to Mashable, Beyoncé has been referred to in at least 1.2 million tweets. In fact, at its peak on Twitter, she sparked more than 5,300 tweets per minute — higher than the previous record set by the hubbub around Syfy’s Sharknado (5,000 TPM). For further comparison, NBC’s Sound of Music Live! netted 449,540 tweets during the three-hour show. While we continue to digest the album, check out a few teasers from the album.
Drunk In Love
Mine featuring Drake
Beyonce’s self titled album is available on iTunes. [Beyonce]