Beyoncé lit social media on fire late last night when she released a visual album containing 14 NEW songs and 17 NEW music videos.
Beyhive fans served as Beyoncé’s greatest marketing tool by helping the news of her new album go viral and sell over 80K digital albums in the first three hours of release on iTunes.
Bey’s official Tumblr has since been shut down due to high volume and she’s been a trending topic for the past hours; who said Friday The 13th was bad luck?
Beyoncé’s album is really all about female empowerment and exploring sexuality with your mate to me. Every song is either about the sex life of Bey and her husband Jay Z or a song being able to do whatever you want, for the most part. Basically in these videos we get an up close look at the sex life of The Carters or what I like to call a lot of BBB – Beyoncé Bare Butt.
Now that you have the all the facts about the album I want to give you my breakdown on Beyoncé’s latest project, specifically the 17 music videos from her self titled fifth studio album below.
Pretty Hurts Beyoncé opens her album with “Pretty Hurts,” a song about dealing with the idea of perfection in society. Bey is Miss 3rd Ward in a beauty pageant who vomits, gets plastic surgery and fights with other contenders all striving to be perfect. What I took away from the song is that trying to be pretty and hold up to unrealistic standards of beauty hurts women inside and out.
Ghosts In “Ghosts” I honestly feel like I’m getting hypnotized. It’s something about that beat, the visuals and the way Beyoncé is singing with that deep baritone in background. The singer is the sole person in the video and it’s very artsy. She’s draped in flowing garments with overlapping images. I’m not sure what this song is about but a keep phrase that sticks out is “the 9 to 5 just to stay alive,” which I’m sure anybody can relate to.
Haunted Now let’s please get into “Haunted!” If any AHS Coven fans were wondering who’s the new Supreme, I think we may need to add Queen Bey to the list. “Haunted” is a super sexy video with the feeling of “Insidious” mixed with “Eyes Wide Shut” and a splash “Dead Presidents.” Bey arrives in a house and walks the hallways with each room containing demented, sexual and sensual happenings. The song is about a lover haunting you and then getting it on.
Drunk in Love (feat. Jay Z) “Bound 2” what? Kanye I’m going to let you finish thinking Kim is the best girl ever but Jay and Bey are hands down the best video couple of all time. In “Drunk in Love” Beyoncé twerks down and sings about being so in love with Jay Z. Her hubby then comes on the track and raps about “relations” with her. I feel like this what there doing on that beach circa “03 Bonnie and Clyde.”
Blow Beyoncé wants us to know how amazing Jay Z is to her in the bedroom and uses “Blow” to discuss how skilled he really is. The video is really cute and takes place in a roller skating ring with a 1970’s feel. Bey sings “when you lick my Skittles/ It’s the sweetest in the middle,” there’s really no further explaining that.
No Angel In a video that shows Bey’s hometown Houston, Texas, she sings about her lover being no angel, just like herself, and accepting him for everything that he is. The starlet stands in all white with a dog repping H town to the fullest.
Yoncé “Yoncé” really is one of my favorite songs and videos off this album. Although it’s just a prelude to the next track it goes off and I wish it was a longer song. This is the club anthem track. The video is simple, takes place on a street, I feel like an alleyway near “Crazy in Love,” and near a brick wall featuring beautiful models Chanel Iman, Joan Smalls and Jourdan Dunn.
Partition “Partition” is ONE.SEXY.VIDEO! Jay Z serves as the leading man in a fantasy Bey has as the two are eating breakfast. She gives him a very sexy dance tease and sings about sex with him in the car.
Jealous Fresh from the “Partition” dream, “Jealous” is a video about Bey and her man having relationship issues. He doesn’t show up for dinner, she gets pissed and goes for a walk around the city. Fans are losing their minds seeing her walk the streets but she’s in a daze. She eventually gets her way at the end.
Rocket Think “Flaws and All” but with sex. Did I mention this album talks a lot about sex with Jay Z? I mean I feel like I type it about every video, Bey loves some Jay clearly. “Rocket” is a slow jam filled with climatic notes literally and figuratively.
Mine (feat. Drake) Beyoncé is giving me Virgin Mary realness in “Mine.” This video is really moving art with overlapping images and tells the tale of belonging to someone. With Drake on the track you now it’s going to be very lovey.
XO So remember that time we saw that video of Bey twerking in Coney Island well this was what she was shooting. In “XO” she’s simply enjoying fun times with good friends singing about hugs and kisses.
***Flawless (feat. Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche) Beyoncé definitely flipped this song around. She turned her “Bow Down” song that some loved and some gave the side eye *raises hand* into an uplifting song about being confident in yourself. The video contains footage of Bey and her childhood girl group Girls Tyme on Star Search. Sidenote: These videos contains a lot of vintage footage of Beyoncé.
Superpower (feat. Frank Ocean) The Super Bowl isn’t the only time we get to see Destiny’s Child reunite this year! In “Superpower” Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams prepare for war with their former group mate along with Pharrell Williams. The entire video is in super slow mo and looks post apocalyptic.
Heaven One of Beyoncé’s most beautiful and talented dancers Ashley Everett stars in “Heaven” a song about losing a loved one too soon. The video depicts all the good times Bey’s video character had with that person and finding solace in prayer.
Blue (feat. Blue Ivy) Blue Ivy makes her second Carter track appearance (Remember “Glory?”) in “Blue.” This track is a mother’s love letter to her daughter featuring Blue and Bey on vacay and simply being adorable. We even get to hear Blue Ivy talk at the end of the video.
Grown Woman The album closes with the bonus video of “Grown Woman.” Kelly Rowland makes an appearance in the video with Bey and their younger selves which was pretty cool. Mama Tina Knowles also fiercely sits alongside her daughter in the video. It ends with the sweetest smooch from the cutest baby!
If you saw the videos tell me your favorites in the comments!
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