Beyoncé’s 17 New Music Videos: A Video-by-Video Recap
Beyoncé has done something no other major pop star has done before. She released Friday, without notice, a self-titled album with 17 new music videos.
The Parkwood Entertainment/Columbia Records set is available exclusively on iTunes.
"I didn't want to release my music the way I've done it," she said in a statement. "I am bored with that. I feel like I am able to speak directly to my fans."
We surely were not bored when watching all of the visuals.
See our recaps below:
In this traditional Beyoncé ballad, she sings about the pressures and insecurities associated with being "pretty." The pageant-theme video shows the beauty contestants behind-the-scenes, fighting, being criticized about their weight, battling anorexia, getting Botox injections and spray-on tans.
Bey sings with slurred, sultry vocals over a dark, progressive drum and bass track. The lyrics seem to imply a haunting sensual relationship with someone she calls a "ghost in the sheets." Illuminati theorists will love picking this video apart as its theme is based on Beyoncé checking into a hotel occupied by the spirits of dead people.
"Drunk in Love" feat. Jay Z
This booming, southern crunkfest is more outrageous than Rihanna and Chris Brown's sexually explicit "Birthday Cake" collab and Kanye West and Kim Kardashian's naughty motorcycle "Bound 2" video. Beyoncé frolics on the beach as she sings about how liquor gets her in the mood, and Jay Z loves it, describing in too much detail a breakfast make-out session with his wife.