4 years ago, at this very moment, Beyoncé dropped her long-awaited fifth album, ’BEYONCÉ’ with no promotion! It crashed iTunes, and became the fastest selling album in the history of the iTunes store (at the time), selling over 828,000 copies in just THREE days! The album went #1 in 118 countries as well.
The release of ’BEYONCÉ’ still impacts works released today. Trends such as “the visual album” as well as releasing albums on Friday are a result of this iconic body of work.
“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 emotion, a memory from my childhood, thoughts about life, my dream or my fantasies. They’re all connected to the music. That’s one of the reasons why I wanted to do a visual album. I wanted people to hear the songs with the story that’s in my head. That’s what makes it mine.” -
Self-Titled: Part 1. The Visual Album