Beyonce Surprises Fans With Digital-Only Album
Beyonce has released a digital-only album to the surprise of her fans.
The pop star's fifth, self-titled album, which features 17 videos as well as 14 songs, is only available to download.
It includes tracks from Drake, Frank Ocean and her husband Jay Z, while the final song, Blue, features her daughter Blue Ivy.
Beyonce said the digital record, which is described as an "exclusive visual album", allows her to "speak directly" to her fans.
"I didn't want to release my music the way I've done it (before). I'm bored with that," the singer said.
"I feel like I'm 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 (for it to be) from me to my fans."
The album went on sale on iTunes on the same day it was announced, in what Apple described as "an unprecedented strategic move".
The tactic allows Beyonce "to deliver music and visual content directly to her fans when she wants to and how she wants to, with no filter", the company said.
Beyonce also claimed she was able to "see music" when she is in the recording studio, adding: "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," she said.
"And they're all connected to the music."
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