BEYONCÉ is the eponymous fifth studio album by Beyoncé, released on December 13, 2013. The album is described as a "visual experience", due to every song in the album having its own music video. The lyrics of the album are much more darker than of previous Beyoncé recordings, including themes such as sexuality, feminism, motherhood and post-maternity problems.

Production of the album began in 2012 when Beyoncé invited musicians to work with her on New York City. During The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour in 2013, the work started to be conceived as a visual project and to have an unexpected release. The recording sessions continued secretly with rock musician Boots, with the collaboration leading to experimental material, combining rhythm and blues with electronic music.

The album was unexpectedly released on December 13, 2013 in digital format on the iTunes Store, with no promotion or announcement, causing an hysterical reaction in the public. It debuted at the top of the Billboard 200, giving Beyoncé her fifth consecutive number one studio album and it sold 828,773 copies worldwide in three days, becoming the fastest-selling album in iTunes Store's history. The received positive reviews from music critics, who praised its production, themes and Beyoncé's vocals, and was ranked as the best album of the year by many lists. It has sold 3.5 million copies worldwide.

The first and second singles were "XO" and "Drunk in Love", released on December 16. Beyoncé also released a five part video about the making of the album on her official YouTube VEVO account. "Partition" and "Pretty Hurts" were released as the album's third and fourth single on February 25 and June 10, 2014, respectively. A remix of the song "***Flawless" featuring Nicki Minaj was released on August 12, as the fifth single.

Tracklist[edit | edit source]

  1. Pretty Hurts
  2. Haunted
  3. Drunk in Love (featuring Jay-Z)
  4. Blow
  5. No Angel
  6. Partition
  7. Jealous
  8. Rocket
  9. Mine (featuring Drake)
  10. XO
  11. ***Flawless (featuring Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie)
  12. Flawless Remix (feautring Nicki Minaj) (Platinum Track)
  13. Superpower (featuring Frank Ocean)
  14. Heaven
  15. Blue (featuring Blue Ivy)

Music videos[edit | edit source]

  1. Pretty Hurts
  2. Ghost
  3. Haunted
  4. Drunk in Love
  5. Blow
  6. No Angel
  7. Yoncé
  8. Partition
  9. Jealous
  10. Rocket
  11. Mine
  12. XO
  13. ***Flawless
  14. Superpower
  15. Heaven
  16. Blue
  17. Credits
  18. Grown Woman (Bonus Video)

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