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Beyonce has surprised fans and media alike by releasing an album titled 'Beyonce' on iTunes. / Adrian Dennis, AFP/Getty Images

Happy Friday the 13th!

Beyoncé surprised the world with the release of her fifth studio album on iTunes. And more good news: It's not one of those new albums that are just remixes or a greatest-hits compilation with one new track. It has 14 brand-new songs.

Described as a visual experience, each track has a video attached to it. While there are many guests on the album, the most notable is her daughter, Blue Ivy, in the song Blue.

"I see music," Beyoncé says in a news release, discussing her decision to create a visual 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."

The album's also not padded with ads or promos - she just alerted fans via Facebook.

"I didn't want to release my music the way I've done it," she continues. "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."



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