Beyoncé Knowles surprised fans today by releasing a new album.
Describing it as a "visual" album, BEYONCÉ, which was made available exclusively on iTunes this morning, features 14 new songs accompanied by 17 videos.
Though a new album from the American singer has long been rumoured, no information on BEYONCÉ had been released before today.
Knowles revealed that the sudden release was, in part, because she was "bored" with the conventional process of releasing an album.
The Telegraph's music critic Neil McCormick puts the change in tactics with releasing albums down to three things; "to beat the download pirates and avoid the leaking of tracks", "to bamboozle the critics" and to "make an event of the album".