Beyonce’s new album surprises Internet, celebrities
(Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)
When she broke off from Destiny’s Child, she was first featured on Jay-Z’s single “03 Bonnie & Clyde” about a runaway love affair. Later the two collaborated on her “Crazy in Love,” which gave rise to her alter-ego, Sasha Fierce.
“You know we were friends first for a year and a half before we went on any date on the phone for a year and a half,” she told Oprah Winfrey. “And that foundation is so important in a relationship. And just to have someone that you just like is so important and someone that is honest.” (Frank Micelotta / Getty Images / Courtesy)
When Beyoncé appeared on Oprah’s Next Chapter in 2013 to promote her “Life Is but a Dream” documentary, Oprah said: “I remember the first time you were on the Oprah show, I told you, ‘Don’t go around telling people who you’re dating.’ I think you took that all the way. Don’t tell people who you’re dating, but you can tell people who you’re married to, OK?” (People.com / Courtesy)
The music moguls haven’t offered a direct explanation of the name choice but Bey did share a limerick on her website that potentially clarified the choice. They added on “Ivy” because of the significance of the number 4 -- or IV. Both of them were born on the 4th of their respective birth months and the couple was married on April 4, 2008.
A few days after she was born, Jay-Z dedicated the song “Glory” to his daughter and the track featured her cries, so he credited her as “B.I.C.” ( Ed Burke for Beyonce.com / Associated Press / Courtesy)
She later kicked off a Super Bowl press conference in New Orleans belting out the national anthem. She then confirmed her use of the pre-recorded track during the inauguration because she was a “perfectionist,” adding that she “absolutely” planned to sing live during the Super Bowl halftime show. And she did. (Win McNamee / Associated Press / Courtesy)
While promoting the doc, she said “I would not be the woman I am if I did not go home to that man.” (Larry Busacca / Getty Images / Courtesy)
Jay-Z and Beyonce look up at the scoreboard during an NBA game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the L.A. Clippers in Oklahoma City.(Sue Ogrocki / Associated Press / Courtesy)
“I want to thank God, I mean, a little bit for this award, but also all the universe for conspiring and for putting that beautiful light of a young lady in my life,” the rapper said. Then he tipped his gilded gramophone on it side and added, “I want to tell Blue, ‘Look, Daddy got a gold sippy cup for you!’” (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times / Courtesy)
OK, Beyoncé's overnight surprise album drop isn’t news only to fans -- it’s news to other celebs too.
Because that’s how Sasha Fierce rolls.
Queen Bey dropped her “visual album,” “Beyoncé,” which features 14 songs and 17 videos, late Thursday, disrupting quite a few fans and much of the Internet.
“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,” she said in the album announcement. “There’s so much that gets between the music, the artist and the fans.”
The 32-year-old singer and her husband Jay Z are already Forbes’ top-earning celebrity couple, and with the release of the album along with her ongoing Mrs. Carter Show World Tour, the pop diva could be taking in her biggest haul yet. Acording to Forbes, “she should easily double the $53 million she made this year.”
Mrs. Carter teams up with Jay Z, Justin Timberlake, rapper Drake, singers Miguel, Ryan Tedder and Frank Ocean, producers Timbaland, Pharrell Williams, the Dream, Sia and Hit Boy on the self-titled album.
“I feel like right now people experience music differently,” she said in the video announcement posted on Facebook. “I remember seeing ‘Thriller’ on TV with my family. It was an event. I’m now, looking back, I’m so lucky that I was born at that time. I miss that immersive experience.”
In a few tidbits posted in her announcement, glimpses of the Destiny’s Child alum’s personal life are arrayed and include images of Jay Z, daughter Blue Ivy and Bey growing up.
“I told my team I want to shoot a video for every song and put them all out at the same time. Everyone thought I was crazy but we’re actually doing it. It’s happening,” she said.
“I wanted to make this body of work and I feel like it’s something that’s lost in pop music. I wanted people to hear things differently and have a different first impression, not just listen to a 10-second clip but actually be able to see the whole vision of the album,” she added. “It was important that we made this a movie, we made this an experience. I wanted everyone to see the whole picture and to see how personal everything is to me. I would make my best art and I would put it out and that’s why it’s out today.”
And surely, there’s something heady about adoration from your peers. Here are some of the standout celebrity reactions to the new album:
“Roar” singer Katy Perry: “Don’t talk to me today unless it’s about @Beyonce THANX”
Fall Out Boy’s Pete Wentz: “I think beyonce just broke the Internet”
“Scandal” star Kerry Washington: “And now... 1. Download @Beyonce and then 2. Watch @scottkfoley on @JimmyKimmelLive !!!!!!!”
DJ LaLa: “Every Song = EPIC Every Video = EPIC & its SEXXXY as HELLLLL!!! @Beyonce!!!
British “X Factor” alum Cheryl Cole: “He Monica Lewinsky’d all ova my gown” oh #beyonce
“American Idol” alum Jordin Sparks: “I just...I just...@beyonce is amazing.” and "'...Ladies! Tell em! I woke up like dis! I woke up like dis! WE FLAWLESS!’ -@beyonce Yassssssssss!”
Beyonce’s sister Solange Knowles: “So my sister is a ... G. Beyoncé , the visual album out now.” and “I’m sitting here watching THE most artful and perfect project ever....@Beyonce”
Former Destiny’s Child member Michelle Williams: “Y’all alright? #theslayage #beyonce #nitenite”
“Glee” star Naya Rivera: “ALL the claps for beyonce right now LOVE a ... on em moment”
“Teen Wolf” and “Arrow” actor Colton Haynes: “Thx to Beyoncé...It’s either gon be a huge wknd for condom sales, or the beginnin of ‘Baby Boom 2014' ”
“Dancing With the Stars” champ and “Glee” star Amber Riley: “Ok back to studying! My sisters are downstairs having a Beyonce-thon :/ it hurts to be responsible lol”
NFL star Chad “Ochocinco” Johnson: “You don’t hang up on Beyoncé fool, even it’s just a song on your voicemail” (there’s more to this story)
Comedian Ellen DeGeneres: “Hey everyone, Beyoncé's releasing a new album yesterday!”
Rapper Missy Elliott: "@Beyonce smh to know surprise @Beyonce killing it! Congratulations!!! U moved in silence I c ya!”
American Public Media reporter David Gura: “If @MarketplaceAPM is going to make me do a piece on @Beyonce’s new album, guess what? This download is going on my company card.”
“The Office” star Rainn Wilson: Well so what if @Beyonce recorded & released a secret album & video series? I caught up on Homeland & reorganized my closet.”
Singer Estelle: "@MissAmadi: YES Beyonce!’ *raised the bar again. Did what she liked. #mygirl* “
Singer Sean Kingston: “Beyonce just did it on em !!! ..... Aww man #Hovthekingforreal #QueenB”
Oscar-nominated actres Gabourey Sidibe: “‘Oh! No thank you!’ is my response to anyone who tries to start a conversation with me about any other subject than Beyonce. #allhail” and “I know a lot of you are wondering so I’ll ease your minds and answer the question already: YES I already know the entire #FLAWLESS choreo”
Rap mogul Sean “Diddy” Combs: “The Queen @Beyonce just dropped her album and @RevoltTV has the news for you first!!!... #Beyonce”
Marie Claire creative director and “Project Runway” judge Nina Garcia: “I guess @beyonce’s day has 48 hours instead of 24 ... #loveher”
“Think Like a Man” actress Gabrielle Union, referring to the all-model shoot for Beyonce’s new track “Yonce”: “I’m in loooooove! So much yummy all in one FIERCE moment! @beyonce @joansmalls @chaneliman @officialjdunn #swoon #support”
Victoria’s Secret model and “Yonce” model Joan Smalls: “What an experience with the one and only @beyonce with my girls #SlayingIt #Yonce #MusicVideo #Dope #History #TellMeHowitsLookingBabe”
Model Jourdan Dunn: “To see my name credited TWICE in Beyoncé videos is just....... #Yoncé #XO”
British singer Lily Allen: “Yonce #gamechanger”
Rapper Snoop Dogg: “my girl @beyonce just changed d game !!”
Kardashian momager Kris Jenner: “Who else is already loving the new visual album by @Beyonce? What a wonderful surprise! Check it out on iTunes!!!”
Singer Alicia Keys: “Love this!! Shine on mama!!!! ;-)”
“X Factor” judge Demi Lovato: “Sexiest woman ON THE PLANET... and WHO DIRECTED THESE VIDEOS?!!? #OBSESSED #BEYONCE #imightbeobsessedwithher #IWANTTOBEHER” and “HOW IS ANYONE NOT TWEETING ABOUT #BEYONCE RIGHT NOW?!!?!?” and “Happy Beyoncday”
“American Horror Story” actress Emma Roberts: “Beyonce. Are you kidding me with this?! #Supreme #love #everything”
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