Last night Beyonce surprised the world by releasing her fifth studio album on iTunes. Kind of amazing in this day and age that someone as famous/popular as Beyonce was able to record and release an album and keep it a secret the entire time.
A press release points out that Beyonce “has been the target of leaks” and that the iTunes-only launch “is a fully designed preventative plan. The album will be offered as a cohesive body of work with every song and every video available all at once for one single purchase.”
The album features 14 tracks and videos, without the ability to purchase individual tracks, and retails for $16. It features guest appearances from the likes of Frank Ocean, Drake, and Jay-Z. Some media outlets reported that iTunes temporarily crashed last night once Twitter blew up with the news and fans flooded Apple’s music store.