Big Debut for Beyonce’s Secret Album: Visual LP Biggest Female Debut of 2013

They don’t call her Queen Beysus for nothin’! Just 48 hours, after its surprise premiere on iTunes, Beyonce’s groundbreaking new “visual album” has become the biggest-selling female debut of 2013.

Beyonce, currently available exclusively on iTunes, features 14 new tracks and 17 accompanying music videos that saw 80,000 downloads in the first three hours of its Friday the 13th release. By Saturday, the album topped the iTunes chart in 100 countries and is coasting toward a No. 1 debut on next week’s Billboard 200.

How’s that for impressive?

Bey’s been open about her new collaborations with the likes of Drake, Frank Ocean and even her old Destiny’s Child comrades Kelly and Michelle, but most fans were shocked to awaken and learn that the multi-lauded hitmaker had dropped a digital-only release at the stroke of midnight.

In a video teaser on Facebook page, the Beyonce explains in her own voice the artistic vision for her latest work. Beyonce says her inspiration came from “watching Michael Jackson reveal his landmark Thriller album in the ’80s.”

“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 an emotion, a memory from my childhood, thoughts about life, my dreams or my fantasies. And they’re all connected to the music.”

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