Thursday, April 18, 2024

Beyonce Releases Unscheduled Surprise 14 Track Album on iTunes–and It’s Very Good


Beyonce surprise! Today, Friday the 13th, arrives a surprise new album from R&B pop star Beyonce. It wasn’t on any schedule. But here is is, a well kept secret. There’s no album art to speak of– just a plain black cover. The album is called “Beyonce” but Sony is calling it “The Visual album” because in addition to 14 new tracks there are 17 videos. Among the guest artists are Drake, Frank Ocean, and of course, Jay Z. Plus the couple’s baby, Blue Ivy, makes an appearance.

The songs seem to feature Beyonce’s voice for a change, and they also sound like they were actually composed instead of sampled. All the credits aren’t available yet. “Pretty Hurts,” “Heaven,” and “Blow” already sound promising. This is the second surprise iTunes album– that kid, whathisname, has one coming out as well. Beyonce beat him to it.

The album is available until December 20 as a collection, then turns into just 14 singles on iTunes. I’ve no doubt a CD will emerge due to “popular demand” at some point. Watch Beyonce liven up the moribund Christmas charts starting right now! Hats off to Sony’s Rob Stringer for pulling a good ‘fast one’!

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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