Beyonce Reveals Why She Released A Surprise Album, Chart Projections For Beyonce Posted by Joseph Lee on 12.13.2013
More news in the wake of Beyonce's release..
As we previously reported, Beyonce released a surprise, self-titled album today on iTunes which is called an "exclusive visual album". It features fourteen songs and seventeen videos. This is her first visual album and includes songs from Jay Z, Frank Ocean and Drake. She began recording it in the summer of last year. It features production and songwriting from Justin Timberlake, Drake, Ryan Tedder, The Dream and more. The final song, "Blue" features her daughter Blue Ivy in the video.
ABC News has a statement from Beyonce on why she decided to surprise her fans with the sudden release without any promotion.
She said: "I see music. 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. 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."
A double disc CD/DVD will be available in time for the holidays according to her label Columbia. The songs will be able to be purchased seperately on December 20. The exclusive digital release is a "preventive plan" against piracy as Beyonce has been the target of leaks. The album is selling for $15.99.
Meanwhile, Billboard reports that even with a 9 PM PT Thursday night release, Beyonce will still likely hit #1 on the Billboard 200 next week. After only three hours (ending at midnight Friday PT), the album already sold 80,000 copies. It's too early to see how it will do in the three days left of the tracking week. Current leader, Garth Brooks' Blame It All On My Roots: Five Decades of Influences is set to sell 150,000-160,000 copies and Beyonce already has half of that. The release was kept so secret that only a dozen or so members of her Sony Records people were aware of its release.
Her last album, 4, sold 310,000 in its debut week in July 2011. This will probably fall short, but that album had a full sales week and a marketing/media push. If will be interesting to see if social media can get Beyonce close to that amount by Sunday night.