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Beyonce's brand new album -- stream samples of all the songs and videos here

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Ah, what innocents we were—going to sleep last night in a world with only four Beyoncé studio albums, and waking up to the bizzonkers news blitz that is her self-titled no. 5. (Read Nick Catucci’s review here.)

“I see music,” Beyoncé said in a statement about the many videos that accompany the album. “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.”

She also talked about the irregular nature of Beyoncé‘s sudden release. “I didn’t want to release my music the way I’ve done it,” she said. “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.”

EW’s music critic Nick Catucci is hard at work in his music-critic terrarium, prepping a full review of the album which will be up on EW.com this afternoon. (Update: Here’s the review!) In the meantime, though, you can take a look at the full run of the album’s video snippets (there are visual clips for each of Beyonce‘s 14 tracks, plus three bonuses), and draw your own conclusions:

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Beyonce releases surprise album

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Beyoncé has delivered the ultimate holiday surprise.

Just after midnight on the east coast, the singer suddenly dropped a brand new 14-track self-titled studio album  on iTunes. That’s right — without any pre-promotion. (Read Nick Catucci’s review here.)

As if this bombshell — which, in her Instagram announcement, she described as a “visual album” — needed anything else, each song also comes with a music video and the download of BEYONCÉ will also score you three additional videos.

Here is the full track list. Notably, there’s a duet with husband Jay-Z and a cameo from daughter Blue Ivy:

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Beyonce sings to Blue Ivy on 'God Made You Beautiful' -- LISTEN

Beyoncé has another “Halo” on her hands. The superstar singer released the new song “God Made You Beautiful” over the weekend, and the soaring ballad will be the perfect soundtrack to an inspirational movie scene or emotional American Idol audition.

The lyrics are clearly written for Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s daughter, Blue Ivy. “Lucky me, you were brought into my life/ I kiss those little feet and watch for your perfect smile,” Bey sings to her little girl.

There’s no word yet when Beyoncé will release another album — her last record, 4, dropped in 2011 — or whether “God Made You Beautiful” will be on that album. This year, three other Beyoncé songs have been released or leaked online: “Rise Up,” “Grown Woman,” and “Standing on the Sun.”

Listen to the song below:
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Jay Z talks Blue Ivy, wooing Beyonce and more in 'Vanity Fair' cover profile

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Jay Z’s Magna Carta Holy Grail didn’t please everyone, but it’s all good — Blue Ivy loved it.

In a new Vanity Fair cover story, Hov addresses a range of topics, from his days as a crack dealer to his current situation as a fortysomething rapper — as well as his daughter’s music tastes. Read on for some of the highlights:
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Beyonce gets tugged off stage by shirtless fan in Brazil: VIDEO

It ain’t easy being Beyoncé — at least not on stage.

The woman’s endured all sorts of indignities lately, from getting her hair caught in a (mechanical) fan to getting her butt slapped by a (human) fan. And just yesterday during a concert in Sao Paolo, a pesky one stuck again, this time nearly pulling her off the stage and into the crowd during her performance.

The incident actually looked pretty intense: marooned alone on a rather small island of a stage, Bey leans into the crowd to show them some love when an aggressive shirtless fellow basically tries to kidnap her in front of the entire stadium. Yet she breaks free from his grasp and, to her credit, barely misses a beat as she jumps back into the spotlight.

Meanwhile, security briskly apprehends the half-naked troublemaker, and Queen Bey shoots him a look of appropriately regal disdain, before going back to singing and catching a Brazilian flag.

Brush that dirt off your shoulder, Bey. Watch it all go down in the video below: READ FULL STORY

Beyonce at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn: Who runs this mother?

“Brooklyn! Welcome, Brooklyn.”

Brooklyn, in fact, had already been hyping itself up for approximately 75 minutes when the first thundering notes of the Mrs. Carter Show World Tour rung out in the sports stadium formerly partially owned by Mr. Carter – and frankly, seemed about ready to collectively pee its pants. (Or more accurately, its fancypants; a Beyoncé crowd does not stint on the Saturday-night spangles.)

Because, of course, neither would the guest of honor: Emerging in an intricately iced-out onesie that can best be described as Razzle McDazzle Goes to the Fierce-Capades, she launched immediately into a frenetic “Run the World (Girls),” on through “End of Time” and B’Day‘s “Flaws and All.”

It took a minute to process what was different about her version “If I Were a Boy” — basically, that she was weaving it through an instrumental refrain of  the Verve’s “Bittersweet Symphony,” which mostly weirdly worked. READ FULL STORY

Beyonce holds moment of silence for Trayvon Martin

Beyonce called in a concert for a moment of silence for Trayvon Martin, Young Jeezy released a song in Martin’s memory, and Russell Simmons called for peace after George Zimmerman was acquitted by a Florida jury in the death of the teenager.

There was a wide range of reactions by celebrities after jurors cleared Zimmerman late Saturday of all charges in the 2012 shooting death of the unarmed 17-year-old Martin.

Beyonce took a moment to honor Martin during her Mrs. Carter Show World Tour concert at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn. Her concert started about 30 minutes after the Zimmerman verdict began to circulate.

“I’d like to have a moment of silence for Trayvon,” the pop star said as the stage grew dark with just a few key lights shining. READ FULL STORY

Beyonce triumphantly closes out the Essence Music Festival

It was clear from the start that the sold-out crowd at the Superdome Sunday night was there to see one woman and one woman only on the last night of the Essence Festival: Beyoncé. They were happy to check out the starting lineup of Janelle Monae and TGT (Tyrese, Ginuwine and Tank’s group) but it was the Mrs. Carter show that had expectations running high. And per her usual A-game performance, Beyoncé did not disappoint.

Her 90-minute show had the kind of big stadium scope that some of the festival’s other main stage acts lacked, including pyrotechnics, multiple costume changes and big dance numbers. Part of that big production delayed the concert start as the video screen displays required prolonged adjustment, but when Beyoncé came on the stage with “Run the World,” the stadium was ready for their queen to hold court. She radiated female empowerment, with her all female band and a predominantly female crew of dancers (her French dancers Les Twins are the only males on tour). She launched into her a mostly strident and aerobic show, all performed in killer heels of course, running through “If I were a Boy,” “Get Me Bodied,” “Naughty Girl,” “I Care,” Why Don’t You Love Me,” “1+1” (sultrily performed on top of a piano), “Irreplaceable,” “Love on Top,” “Crazy in Love,” “Single Ladies,” and “Grown Woman.” Her encore began with the chorus of Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You” and led into “Halo.”

Throughout the show, interstitial clips of Beyoncé in various states played on the big screens– from a Queen of Versailles-type of set-up to highlights from her real life, all playing to the duality of Beyoncé’s image as larger-than-life superstar and regular girl we know and love. The singer expressed joy at being back in New Orleans and in the stadium where she performed the Super Bowl halftime show, all while letting the crowd know that she wanted them to get even more hyped, noting by the end of the show that “it took me a while to get you here,” but they were finally pumped enough for her satisfaction.

Earlier in the evening, Monae, hair in her recognizable pompadour and wearing a familiar white shirt, white pants and black riding boots outfit, played a set filled with tributes to some of her influences, including two different Prince covers (“Take Me With You,” “Let’s Go Crazy”).  She belted out a couple of songs from old albums for the faithful (like “Cold War”) but steered clear of anything too recent, such as “Dance Apocalyptic,” which she released the video for last week. Monae did play her most familiar hit (“Tightrope”) to the hilt, with the James Brown cape bit and  getting carried off stage. She returned to sing her encore “Come Alive (The War of Roses),” during which she ventured into the audience and got down on the floor of the aisle, then rock-starred it off the stage tossing her mic stand in her own mic-drop moment.

Mia Borders, Rachelle Ferrell, Luke James, Tamia, Kourtney Heart, Alice Smith, Marsha Ambrosius, and Mint Condition all played the smaller lounges around the Superdome. But the last day at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center belonged to the all-star gospel tribute to Tramaine Hawkins and Donnie McClurkin, with powerhouse performances by the likes of Michelle Williams, Yolanda Adams, and Kim Burrell.

Beyonce is 'Standing on the Sun' again: Hear the leaked version here

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In the two months since Beyoncé debuted a chunk of her new song “Standing on the Sun” in an H&M ad, much has happened: Kanye West released an album, Jay-Z announced a new one of his own, and Kim Kardashian gave birth to two directions. One thing that didn’t happen, though? A full version of “Standing on the Sun” — until today, according to reports.

Full of tropical-island vibes and lazy-summer swagger, this newly leaked (and perhaps unofficial and unsanctioned) version of the song seems strategically timed to soundtrack that beach/lake/Ecuadorian getaway you’ve been planning for Fourth of July weekend.

But will it? Take a listen below and find out:

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Beyonce wants you to 'Rise Up': Hear her new song here

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Beyoncé isn’t just Queen Bey —  she’s also Queen Tara, the character she voices in the new animated adventure Epic. And for that movie, she recorded a brand new song, an inspirational ballad titled “Rise Up.”

With the dearth of new songs (or information in general) regarding Beyoncé’s next album, this kids-movie companion song (co-written by Sia and produced by Hit-Boy) is whipping up a disproportionate amount of excitement for a track based on a cartoon. Still, a Beyoncé song is a Beyoncé song, so you know you want to hear it regardless of its origin.

And you can! Hear it below:

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