In honor of the New Year, we thought that we would count down the top 5 events that pop’ed our world. Now, it all comes down to this-our number one event! And in cause you can’t tell by our banner above this paragraph….it’s Beyonce’s album, bitch!
December 13, 2013 was the day that Beyonce, reigning queen of the world decided to slay all of our lives with a surprise release of her new self titled album, Beyonce. This wasn’t just any album release though. This album came literally out of the blue, and we don’t mean Blue Ivy, although she is featured on this album as well in a track with her mother. The album was released late at night, with ZERO promotion prior to the release, and no leaks of any of the songs on the album. This would seem remarkable for any artist to release an album in this manner, but because it was Beyonce, one of the biggest artists of our generation, it makes this release that much more astounding.
The album itself is also remarkable in that it is more than just 14 amazing, empowering and perfect tracks. The album is a “visual album” and it includes 17 music videos, or as Beyonce explains it, “short-films” to accompany each of the tracks on the album. Knowles served as executive producer, co-writer and co-director of the album’s seventeen music videos, while significant musical contributions came from producers such as Timberland, Pharrell and even Justin Timberlake. Beyoncé debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 with three-day sales of 617,213 digital copies, giving Knowles her fifth consecutive number-one. It became the highest first-week sales of her solo career, and the best-selling debut week for a female artist in 2013; six days after release it had sold one million copies worldwide.
The album is perfection. PERFECTION. After an almost two year wait since her previous album, 4, the general public is rejoicing over this release from the Queen…and we shall continue to bow down to Beyonce and her reign well into 2014.
Missed the rest of the countdown? Click here to see the other 4 events that pop’ed our world in 2013