Beyonce Surprises Fans With Secret New Album!

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Well, this was unexpected. Beyonce shocked everyone at midnight on Friday by releasing a self-titled album on iTunes complete with a video for every song (plus three additional visuals). The 14-song set features guest appearances by Jay Z, Justin Timberlake, Frank Ocean, Drake, Pharrell Williams, Timbaland, Michelle Williams, Kelly Rowland and Blue Ivy herself on album closer "Blue."

RELATED: Read our track-by-track breakdown of every song on Beyonce!

Queen Bey alerted fans to the unexpected release by posting a video teaser on Instagram accompanied by a one-word caption: "Surprise!"

The release is being billed as a "visual album," meant to be experienced as a full audio/visual piece from start to finish. “I see music,” Beyoncé said in a statement. "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.”

Beyonce co-directed some of the videos herself, the majority of which were shot during her Mrs. Carter Show World Tour. Locations included a beach in Brazil, the streets of New York and Los Angeles, a chateau in Paris, the Cyclone roller coaster in Coney Island and even a skating rink in Houston, TX, where Beyonce had skated as a child. 

As photos of some of these video shoots had hit the internet over the past two months, fans had waited for any announcement of where they might officially purchase any of the songs. But Bey didn't release any comment (unless you consider becoming a 22-day vegan with Jay Z as some kind of comment) until now.

Explaining why she delivered the full album and accompanying visuals without any prior warning, she noted in her statement: "I didn't want to release my music the way I've done it. I'm bored with that. I feel like I am able to speak directly to my fans. There's so much that gets between 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."

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Those fans spent almost the entirety of 2013 wondering if Beyonce was going to drop an album at all. In March, she released the very un-Beyonce-like, gangsta rap-inspired "Bow Down/ I Been On" on Soundcloud. That banger morphed into "***Flawless" for this new album, and it's so damn good we turned our 40 Best Songs of the Year list into the 41 Best Songs of the Year just to include it.

When she later became the new face of H&M, her song "Standing on the Sun" was used for promotion. Then, of course, there was the new track in her Pepsi commercial, "Grown Woman," which the Internet uncovered a full version of (but it was never official). And then she cut her hair off and we were all clueless.

Producer and collaborator Diplo shined some light on what might be going on with Bey in July. "I just did two songs for [Beyonce's] new album, well, I tried. I think she scrapped the record," he told the Sun. "The record was supposed to be done and they have been hitting me up for brand new ideas. I like to work from scratch, [but] sometimes I get called in to fix songs."

The statement accompanying tonight's release explains that Beyonce spent a year and a half recording the album in locations all over the world. The project began in the summer of 2012 when a number of writers and producers sequestered themselves in a single house in The Hamptons to live and work together. For an inside look at the process, check out Part One of a mini-doc called "Self-Titled" that has been posted to Facebook.

While the album is currently only available on iTunes, the physical album begins manufacturing today, with Beyonce's camp promising it will be available for purchase in CD/DVD form in time for the holidays.

As Beyonce noted in the closing words of her statement: "I just want to give my album to the people I love and respect and hope that they feel the same thing I felt when I made the music." 

Here's the full tracklist:

Surprise Surprise

22m

Surprise Surprise

Beyoncé: Limited Edition

51m

Beyoncé: Limited Edition

OMG, It’s Beyonce!

20m

OMG, It’s Beyonce!

Beyoncé & Jay-Z: Power Love

49m

Beyoncé & Jay-Z: Power Love

Out With The Old, In With The New

20m

Out With The Old, In With The New

Fan or Fanatic

24m

Fan or Fanatic

Cross Country Fan

22m

Cross Country Fan

Beyoncé and A$AP Rocky Bring Back The Satin Jacket

5m

Beyoncé and A$AP Rocky Bring Back The Satin Jacket

New York, New York

21m

New York, New York

New Generation

56s

New Generation

New Beginnings

20m

New Beginnings

New Blood

45m

New Blood

Steve Aoki Gets Robbed By A Crazed Fan

9m

Steve Aoki Gets Robbed By A Crazed Fan

New Cage King

44m

New Cage King

A New High

1h 39m

A New High

New Girl In Town

22m

New Girl In Town

New Boss of Bounce

21m

New Boss of Bounce

A New High - Trailer

2m

A New High - Trailer

The New York City Hustle

1m

The New York City Hustle

New York Skate Of Mind

22m

New York Skate Of Mind

Bambiana’s Mom Is Not A Fan of Twerking or Sexy Photos

41s

Bambiana’s Mom Is Not A Fan of Twerking or Sexy Photos

Tech With A Higher Purpose

20m

Tech With A Higher Purpose

T-Pain's Encounter With A Roach

48s

T-Pain's Encounter With A Roach

Sprint, Sweat & Pain with The Cadets

52s

Sprint, Sweat & Pain with The Cadets

The Cadets and Their Spankin New Toys

43s

The Cadets and Their Spankin New Toys

LGBTQIA Community, What Is The New Norm?

6m

LGBTQIA Community, What Is The New Norm?

Amanda Cerny Drunkenly Runs With The Bulls

8m

Amanda Cerny Drunkenly Runs With The Bulls

Fila Returns with 96s and Ninja Turtles

6m

Fila Returns with 96s and Ninja Turtles

The Read With Kid Fury and Crissle

The Read With Kid Fury and Crissle

The DCI Struggles of Starting A New Summer

46s

The DCI Struggles of Starting A New Summer

Nya Rehearses With Luis and Leilani: Deleted Scene

52s

Nya Rehearses With Luis and Leilani: Deleted Scene

On the Road With G-Thing: Deleted Scene

2m

On the Road With G-Thing: Deleted Scene

Don't Cancel Me With Amara La Negra

Don't Cancel Me With Amara La Negra

G Fella Delivers More Grilling Tips and Talks New Music

4m

G Fella Delivers More Grilling Tips and Talks New Music

Former Cadet Bonds With Blue Devils Friends At Picnic

1m

Former Cadet Bonds With Blue Devils Friends At Picnic

First Gen Comedians Break Down America's Obsession with Bacon

2m

First Gen Comedians Break Down America's Obsession with Bacon

Unboxing with T-Pain at ComplexCon - Ep. 3

3m

Unboxing with T-Pain at ComplexCon - Ep. 3

Unboxing with T-Pain at ComplexCon - Ep. 2

3m

Unboxing with T-Pain at ComplexCon - Ep. 2

Unboxing with T-Pain at ComplexCon - Ep 1

3m

Unboxing with T-Pain at ComplexCon - Ep 1

Plastic Surgery Talks With Dr. Miami and Jenelle Butler

6m

Plastic Surgery Talks With Dr. Miami and Jenelle Butler

The Exclusive Premiere of Big Freedia's New Music Video, "BigFoot"

3m

The Exclusive Premiere of Big Freedia's New Music Video, "BigFoot"

Jesse Serves Up Serious R&B Vibes with "Never Know"

3m

Jesse Serves Up Serious R&B Vibes with "Never Know"

Young M.A takes Shots with Kid Fury and Crissle

12m

Young M.A takes Shots with Kid Fury and Crissle

Cardboard Box Trick With Fat Joe: Hip-Hop Houdini Extra

3m

Cardboard Box Trick With Fat Joe: Hip-Hop Houdini Extra

Should You Ever Sleep With A Trump Supporter: Dear Bambiana

1m

Should You Ever Sleep With A Trump Supporter: Dear Bambiana

New York Rapper G Fella Pens Anthem for Playoff Knicks: G-Thing

1m

New York Rapper G Fella Pens Anthem for Playoff Knicks: G-Thing

Hollywood Puppet Sh!tshow: Amanda Cerny's Run-in With the Bulls

3m

Hollywood Puppet Sh!tshow: Amanda Cerny's Run-in With the Bulls

Ayo and Teo Talk Their Evolution While Cooking With Their Father

10m

Ayo and Teo Talk Their Evolution While Cooking With Their Father

T-Pain Talks Developing His Unique Style While Cooking With His Mom

12m

T-Pain Talks Developing His Unique Style While Cooking With His Mom

Ian Sings His Heart Out in "Starts With You Baby" Music Video

3m

Ian Sings His Heart Out in "Starts With You Baby" Music Video

Where The Hell Do We Go From Here With Amara La Negra

16m

Where The Hell Do We Go From Here With Amara La Negra

Get A Taste of G Fella's Style with His Gangster Music Video

4m

Get A Taste of G Fella's Style with His Gangster Music Video

How Much Is too Much When It Comes to Sex with Weezy

6m

How Much Is too Much When It Comes to Sex with Weezy

Got to Be in it To Win it: America's Obsession with the Lottery

2m

Got to Be in it To Win it: America's Obsession with the Lottery

Get In Formation

20m

Get In Formation

T-Pain and Young M.A

20m

T-Pain and Young M.A

No Place Like Home

21m

No Place Like Home

Carlos Niño Shares His All-Time Favorite Record

2m

Carlos Niño Shares His All-Time Favorite Record

Women's Studies

22m

Women's Studies

Gloria and Emilio Estefan

22m

Gloria and Emilio Estefan

A$AP Ferg and Rick Ross

20m

A$AP Ferg and Rick Ross

Beach Beauty

22m

Beach Beauty

Eva Longoria

22m

Eva Longoria

Where Did People Get All These Milk Crates?

21m

Where Did People Get All These Milk Crates?

Joe Jonas' Miami Rendezvous: Hollywood Puppet Shitshow

2m

Joe Jonas' Miami Rendezvous: Hollywood Puppet Shitshow

Into The Woods

21m

Into The Woods

Evidence's Vinyl Collection

11m

Evidence's Vinyl Collection

Anthony Ramos On 'The Good & The Bad' (Extended Cut)

12m

Anthony Ramos On 'The Good & The Bad' (Extended Cut)

40 Horses, 40 Elephants

20m

40 Horses, 40 Elephants

Jill Scott and Marc Anthony

22m

Jill Scott and Marc Anthony

Carlita

12m

Carlita

Fran

22m

Fran

Down to the Wire

45m

Down to the Wire

Man, I’m Getting Married

23m

Man, I’m Getting Married

Dan the Automator's Vinyl Collection

15m

Dan the Automator's Vinyl Collection

The Glow Up

20m

The Glow Up

Righteous Thieves - Trailer

2m

Righteous Thieves - Trailer

Righteous Thieves

1h 23m

Righteous Thieves

Rude Awakening

45m

Rude Awakening

Scare Tactics

45m

Scare Tactics

Edward James Olmos

22m

Edward James Olmos

Tony Touch's Vinyl Collection

9m

Tony Touch's Vinyl Collection

Wild Style

22m

Wild Style

Operation Big Bear

23m

Operation Big Bear

George Lopez

22m

George Lopez

DJ Eclipse's Vinyl Collection on Crate Diggers

13m

DJ Eclipse's Vinyl Collection on Crate Diggers

Divide And Conquer

20m

Divide And Conquer

Gotta Swipe Right

21m

Gotta Swipe Right

Prism

22m

Prism

Tina Shows Off Her Most Glamorous Looks

46s

Tina Shows Off Her Most Glamorous Looks

Chivas vs. Galaxy

22m

Chivas vs. Galaxy

Nya and Bambiana Bond At Cat Cafe

1m

Nya and Bambiana Bond At Cat Cafe

Feat. Erik Griffin

22m

Feat. Erik Griffin

Eddie Murphy: Laugh 'Till It Hurts

40m

Eddie Murphy: Laugh 'Till It Hurts

Hollywood Puppet Shitshow First Date: Terry Crews Meets His Puppet

1m

Hollywood Puppet Shitshow First Date: Terry Crews Meets His Puppet

Lil Jon

20m

Lil Jon

Shakira: Latin Queen

59m

Shakira: Latin Queen

Is Tossing Your Man's Salad The Way To His Heart: Dear Bambiana

2m

Is Tossing Your Man's Salad The Way To His Heart: Dear Bambiana

Latin Grammys

21m

Latin Grammys

Britney Spears: Workin' It

55m

Britney Spears: Workin' It

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