Beyonce Finally Talks Album Delay, Physical Copies Will Be In Stores For Christmas

Beyonce almost broke the internet — and sent The Hive into a death spiral — tonight (December 12) when her self-titled fifth album mysteriously appeared on iTunes with no forewarning. At first fans speculated that it was uploaded by mistake but Mrs. Carter soon confirmed the release with an Instagram update. Now she has broken her silence about the project with a press release.

“I didn’t want to release my music the way I’ve done it,” she wrote. “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.” And here’s her raised middle finger to the impatient: “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.”

The 14-song set was released on iTunes worldwide and is being hailed as the diva’s first visual album. After all, she included 17 video clips — one for each song, the booklet, the credits and even the long-hoped for “Grown Woman” visual. “I see music,” declared the pioneer. “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,” she continued. “And they’re all connected to the music.” This is an unprecedented strategic move that proves, once and for all, that Beyonce is in her own lane.

As for the single? Don’t hold your breath. The 32-year-old is touting this a cohesive project that needs to be consumed from beginning to end. However, there will be physical copies in the not too distant future. Manufacturing begins tomorrow (December 13) and they will be in stores for Christmas. Can you believe this is finally happening?

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