Beyoncé suprises fans with new self-titled album

Beyoncé surprised her fans this morning by releasing her fifth studio album without any prior announcement.

The eponymous record was made instantly available this morning and features collaborations with husband Jay Z, Drake, Frank Ocean and ever her daughter, Blue Ivy.

Beyoncé has also created 17 videos for the 14 tracks on the ‘visual album’, all of which are available immediately from iTunes.

Speaking of the ‘visual’ release, Beyoncé commented: “I see music. 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 singer recently announced a string of UK and Ireland arena shows in 2014. Tickets go on sale Monday, 16 December 2013.

Check out a 30-second clip of album track ‘Pretty Hurts’ below:

Beyoncé "Pretty Hurts" :30 Preview