Beyoncé Nearly Breaks the Internet with Secret Release

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So yes, Beyoncé did what most artist wish the could do; release a new album under everyone’s nose with out them even getting the feeling it was coming. Talk about being one sneaky bugger.

Just before midnight on Friday night, Beyoncé did what could be one of the coolest and unexpected things of 2013; she released her fifth, self-titled album on iTunes. At the moment, information is still coming in as to who was the production team behind the surprise album, but some guests on the album have already been confirmed as Jay Z, Drake, Frank Ocean and of course, her daughter, Blue Ivy.

Beyoncé, is the singer’s first new album since 2011’s 4 or like some like to point out, her first new album since giving birth to Blue Ivy. The album consists of 14-brand new song including “Drunk In Love” a new collaboration with husband Jay Z,”Mine” featuring Drake and a song written about Blue Ivy titled “Blue.”

Every song on the album has also been given a video, all of which are currently available on iTunes. Funny enough, the video that was a hint that new music was on the way, “Grown Woman” has been cut from the track list of the album, but the video is featured as a bonus. Also missing in action is the Sia-penned song, “Standing on the Sun” which was featured on her H&M ads.

But the hints keep dropping that the album shouldn’t have been a surprise. Back in October, Columbia chairman, Rob Stringer threw some shade by saying there were “one or two records” currently in production and that they had them “lined up that hopefully will make the beginning of December.”

Come on, that’s almost a confession right there.

iTunes is expected to have a week-long exclusive on the album, before a retail release which is so far set for Saturday, December 21, just in time for the Christmas holiday, according to sources.