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Beyonce announces, releases new album on same day

December 14, 2013 • Entertainment


FILE – This May 6, 2013 file photo shows singer Beyonce at The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute benefit in New York. Beyonce has released her new album in an unconventional way: She announced and dropped it on the same day. The singer released “Beyonce” exclusively on iTunes early Friday, Dec. 13. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — Beyonce has released her new album in an unconventional way: She announced and dropped it on the same day.

The singer released “Beyonce” exclusively on iTunes early Friday. She mirrors how Jay Z released “Magna Carta Holy Grail” earlier this year — through a deal with Samsung where he gave the album to 1 million users of Galaxy mobile phones days before its official release.

Beyonce’s fifth effort features 14 songs and 17 videos. Jay Z, Drake and Frank Ocean make guest appearances on the album, while the closing track, “Blue,” features her daughter Blue Ivy. Justin Timberlake co-wrote the songs “Rocket” and “Partition,” and Pharrell, Timbaland, Ryan Login to read more

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