The past week has been riddled with rumours regarding a second surprise release from Beyoncé, after a series of alleged leaked images of her new album details appeared online.
Beyoncé released a surprise visual album at midnight on December 13th. The album, which included 14 new songs and 17 videos, was dropped via iTunes with no warning.
The deluxe package of her solo visual album will feature the previously unveiled Flawless Remix featuring Nicki Minaj, as well as brand new collaborations with Kanye West, who features on Drunk in Love alongside Jay Z, a remix of Blow featuring Pharrell, who originally co-wrote the track, and a Standing on the Sun remix featuring Jamaican dancehall star Mr Vegas.
The speculation for the second album began on Twitter when a screenshot of “release confirmation” from Columbia Records and Beyoncé’s Parkwood Entertainment was tweeted.
The visual album contains a lot of explicit music and features a host of well known celebs.
The last track on the album was dedicated to Beyoncé’s daughter Blue Ivy. The angelic song expresses the indescribable love that she feels for her baby girl. The song closes with the three-year old’s giggles, while the video features the singer strolling the bright streets and sandy beaches of Brazil with Blue in her arms.
One of the most underrated songs on the album is Grown Woman, which includes short clips from the famous pop star’s childhood and footage of old Destiny’s Child dance routines. The song is upbeat and fits perfectly on the album.
After the album was released, it spread across all social media platforms and inspired other singers to create their own versions of Beyoncé’s music. Two Beyoncé super fans managed to mash together the full album into one. These two people are also famous on YouTube for being in an acapella group named Pentatonix. They also have their own channel called ‘Superfruit’ where they shared their version of Beyoncé’s album.
The video went viral and reached seven million views and was even shared on Beyonce’s Facebook page.
The pop star’s album went straight in at number one on the U.S. Billboard 200, earning Beyoncé her fifth consecutive number-one album in the country. The record sold 828,773 copies worldwide in its first three days of availability, becoming the fastest-selling album in the history of the iTunes Store.
Overall her surprise album turned out to be a huge success and hopefully more details will be released soon about the rumoured sequel.