Beyonce released a surprise album today. The self-titled album, Beyonce
, is initially available exclusively on iTunes
. Billboard reports
that the album release will expand to other retailers around December 21. Beyonce said in a statement made by video
that she sees music.
"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."
Beyonce says she was inspired by the experience she felt with Michael Jackson's album, Thriller
. She says everything today is more about "the hype." Beyonce says this is why she wanted to do what she is calling a "visual album." The album contains 14 songs. Beyonce has also released seventeen 30-second video previews for the songs on her YouTube channel
. The videos are also streaming on beyonce.com
. Here are the videos for "Pretty Hurts" and "Blue," which features Beyonce's daughter Blue Ivy.