Dec 13 U.S. pop singer Beyonce trumped fans by
releasing an unheralded self-titled fifth solo studio album on
Friday featuring 14 new songs and 17 videos, her label Columbia
Records, a division of Sony, said.
"I see music... It's more than just what I hear," the
statement quotes Beyonce as saying by way of explanation for the
large number of videos, which the release says were shot in
Houston, New York City, Paris, Sydney and Rio de Janeiro.
The Texas-born singer, whose given name is Beyonce
Knowles-Carter, is one of the most successful singers in the
world, regularly selling out concert tours and with her albums
hitting the number one sales spots.
She is famed for her energetic stage shows, the anthemic
"All the Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)" and her promotion of
"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," Beyonce says
in the statement from Columbia Records.
So far the album has only been released digitally via
iTunes, an attempt, Columbia, said to allow fans to form their
own opinions without first being subject to music critics.
"I didn't want to release my music the way I've done it,"
Beyonce says in the statement. "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."
Among the artists, songwriters and producers involved with
the album are Beyonce's husband Jay Z, Timbaland and Justin
The statement said the global iTunes release was also
intended as a "preventative plan" against the album being leaked
before the official release.
Physical copies of the album in CD and DVD format will be
available for sale for the holiday season, the release said.
(Writing by Michael Roddy; Editing by Jeremy Gaunt)