Beyonce Knowles does what she wants, when and how she wants to. Late Thursday night Mrs. Carter took a page from the Jay-Z handbook and released a self-titled “Visual Album Part 1” with zero promotion exclusively on iTunes. Sources describe the album as “provocative, unguarded artistic statement” – and that is exactly what it is!

The surprise album (I nearly had a heart attack tonight) contains 32 tracks with collaborations with the hottest artists from hubby Jay Z, gal-pals Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams, Drake, Frank Ocean, Pharrell Williams, Justin Timberlake and her baby girl Blue Ivy—just to name a few. Each and every song has a visual to accompany it’s greatness, including international scenery of New York, Paris, Sydney and Rio de Janeiro.

“I see music,” Beyoncé said in a press release provided shortly after the album hit iTunes. “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.”

“I didn’t want to release my music the way I’ve done it,” she continued. “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. 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.”

BEYONCÉ is an explosive sonic and visual communiqué to music fans from an artist who has earned the right to do things on her terms.  “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,” said Beyoncé.

Excuse us while we go missing for the next two weeks to truly indulge in this moment. Because no one does it like Mrs. Carter….and never could.

Bow down.

Check out this snippet of the visual for “Grown Woman”

BEYONCÉ SONG LIST:

Pretty Hurts
Haunted
Drunk in Love (Featuring JAY Z)
Blow/Cherry
No Angel 
Yoncé/Partition 
Jealous
Rocket
Mine (Featuring Drake)
XO
***Flawless (Featuring Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie)
Superpower (Featuring Frank Ocean)
Heaven 
Blue (Featuring Blue Ivy)

 

BEYONCÉ VIDEO LIST:

Pretty Hurts
directed by Melina Matsoukas

Ghost
directed by Pierre Debusschere

Haunted
directed by Jonas Akerlund

Drunk in Love
directed by Hype Williams

Blow
directed by Hype Williams

No Angel 
directed by @lilinternet

Yoncé 
directed by Ricky Saiz

Partition
directed by Jake Nava

Jealous
directed by Beyoncé, Francesco Carrozzini & Todd Tourso

Rocket
directed by Beyoncé, Ed Burke & Bill Kirstein

Mine
directed by Pierre Debusschere

XO
directed by Terry Richardson

***Flawless
directed by Jake Nava

Superpower
directed by Jonas Akerlund

Heaven 
directed by Beyoncé & Todd Tourso

Blue
directed by Beyoncé, Ed Burke & Bill Kirstein

**BONUS VIDEO – Grown Woman
directed by Jake Nava

Photo courtesy of www.beyonce.com

SOURCE Parkwood Entertainment/Columbia Records