Beyoncé gets visual in album
US POP singer Beyoncé trumped fans by releasing an unheralded self-titled fifth solo studio album featuring 14 new songs and 17 videos, her label Columbia Records said.
“I see music… It’s more than just what I hear,” Beyoncé said when explaining the large number of videos, which were shot in Houston, New York City, Paris, Sydney and Rio de Janeiro.
The Texas- born singer, whose given name is Beyoncé KnowlesCarter, is one of the most successful singers in the world, regularly selling out concert tours and 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 female empowerment.
“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.
So far the album has only been released digitally via iTunes, an attempt, Columbia said, to allow fans to form their own opinions first.
“I didn’t want to release my music the way I’ve done it,” Beyoncé says. “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.”
Among the artists, songwriters and producers involved with the album are Beyoncé’s husband, Jay Z, Timbaland and Justin Timberlake.
The iTunes release was also intended as a “preventative plan” against the album being leaked before the official release. – Reuters
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