Everything You Need to Know About Beyoncé’s Surprise New Album

Beyoncé dropped an album in the middle of the night that is exactly like Beyoncé: unpredictable, innovative, beautiful and awesome.


Once you get over your initial shock and disbelief, here's everything you need to know about Queen Bey's eponymously titled new release:

1. "Beyoncé," the record, contains 14 new tracks and has been described by the singer as a "visual album" because each song comes with its own music video. You also get three additional music videos when you download the album. Beyoncé can't even go to the grocery store without people knowing what she bought, so how all this was covertly achieved is mind-boggling. Then again, no one has seen Beyoncé and Superwoman in the same room…


2. There was no marketing blitz or pre-promotion for the release because Bey doesn't need that. Her 53 million Facebook fans, 13 million Twitter followers and 8 million Instagram fans handle it.

3. The album sold 80,000 copies in 12 hours via iTunes. This is particularly impressive given that during a lot of those hours people were sleeping.


4. After today, everyone will know who Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche is. The Nigerian writer and sociologist gave a TED speech in London titled "We Should All Be Feminists," which is sampled on the song "***Flawless." The track is one of the most dynamic production-wise (of course, Hit-Boy produced it), and lyrically profound. Yes, yes, y'all, Beyoncé is deep.

5. "Superpower" featuring Frank Ocean is the best song… actually, never mind, "Pretty Hurts" is the best song… but the beat on "Haunted" is crazy. Okay, just kidding, all the songs are the best song.

6. We haven't even had time to digest the videos yet, but WOW!!

7. Everyone's about to get a bob haircut.


8. Beyoncé has great friends. Album credits include Ocean, The-Dream, Ryan Tedder, Hit-Boy, Pharrell, Justin Timberlake, J-Roc, Timbaland, Sia, Drake, and Miguel.

8. At some point today, you will probably say to yourself and Twitter, "#whoisboots?" The mysterious producer or composer or someone important is listed all over the album. Good news, Buzzfeed is already on it ---> investigation here.

9. Blue Ivy is racking up credits and she's not even two years old. Also, someone needs to get started on her Wikipedia page, please.

10. Beyoncé is actually KING. As Instagram once said, "Always be yourself. Unless you can be Beyoncé. Always be Beyoncé."