Beyoncé surprised the entire world with the release of her self-titled album.
Not only did no one know she was making it, it wasn’t leaked prior to it’s official release on iTunes nor did it receive any pre-hype. It debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard charts the week after it was released and “Beyoncé” sold 617,000 units in the US in a week; it has sold more than one million albums worldwide.
Only a few months ago I saw Beyoncé on her Mrs Carter Show world tour – and it’s ironic that at the time I was saying to my friend how I wished that Bey would perform and release some sexier tracks, under her confident and risque persona Sasha Fierce. POW! She drops the self-titled album – it’s like the Queen was listening!
Not only does the album feature 14 new tracks it also includes a whopping 17 music videos making it a visual album. How on earth did this woman hide the musical content as WELL as the videos?! Girl, that’s a hell of a lot of confidentiality agreements.
Know this though – “Beyoncé” features very mature content it was not made for children to listen to and she doesn’t apologize for this.
She speaks on this in the below video – and talks about how she feels that having younger fans has held her back from expressing all sides of herself. Beyoncé feels that at this point in her career she has earned the right to create this album. I would have to agree – I don’t agree with the backlash from her critics saying this album ‘is disgusting’ and that she’s ‘sold out, and is no longer a role model.’ Bey is a grown woman at 32 years old and she’s a wife, a role model, a family member and a mother. It’s a real shame that she releases a body of work that expresses her sexuality and suddenly people want to discredit her entire back catalogue, philanthropic history and talent as an artist.
Rant alert: Releasing “Beyoncé” was a risk just as much as any other artist who releases an LP which has a different sound or theme other than their usual work. Kanye’s “808’s and Heartbreak” was a classic example of of a risky direction – it still remains one of my favourite albums by him. It came out of a tough time in Kanye’s life when his mother tragically died and his relationship with Amber Rose ended and demonstrated his vulnerability as an artist.
Stand out tracks include “Drunk In Love,” “Blow,” “Rocket,” “Partition” and “Flawless.”
The album is a perfect blend of slow jams and upbeat tracks featuring some seriously dope bass lines and minimalist beats. The LP takes inspiration from an eclectic range of genres including hip hop, dancehall, electro, trap, soul, R&B and pop.
“Beyoncé” was produced with the help of Justin Timberlake, Sia, Ryan Tedder of OneRepublic, Frank Ocean, Miguel and The-Dream. With a creative team like that it’s no wonder the album sounds so sick!
She just dropped the lyrically explicit “Drunk In Love Remix” featuring Kanye West – the video depicts Beyoncé getting her cowgirl on which you can watch below:
As of January 2014, “Beyoncé” had sold three million copies worldwide.
I welcome this album with extreme gratitude and praise – because let’s be real, we all want to get a little nasty from time to time and there ain’t a damn thing wrong with that!
Oh and here are a couple of snaps I took at the Mrs Carter Show.
What do you think of “Beyoncé?” Let me know below in the comments!