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the ultimate guide to beyonce's new album

from lady gaga's role to jay z's rhymes, here's what you need to know.

by: steff yotka

photo courtesy of beyonce/columbia records

December 13 2013

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In case there was any confusion, let me make this clear: No one can top Beyonce. While North America slept, the Queen B dropped a new album, The Visual Album, filled with 14 new songs, a digital booklet of photos, and--get ready for this--17 new music videos. As if that wasn't really impressive enough, the list of Bey's celeb collaborators is endless; here are just some of the people who helped to make her epic release a reality: Sia, Harvey Keitel, Justin Timberlake, Jay Z, Drake, The Dream, Pharrell Williams, Timberland, Caroline Polachek, Frank Ocean, Ed McMahon, and Terry Richardson. Oh, and we can't forget her daughter Blue Ivy, featured on the album's final track "Blue."

Like any good music journalist, I spent the entire morning, literally, listening to the album and watching, scrutinizing, and enjoying the music videos. So if you want to find out everything cool, shocking, exciting, or weird in Bey's latest oeuvre, meet me in the gallery where we can discuss that Lady Gaga appearance, why Joan Smalls licked Beyonce's chest, and exactly how many Chanel outfits is the right amount. 

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