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University goes above and Beyonce

Beyonce - often the subject of many a gossip column - is now the subject of a university course at an American university.

Rutgers University in New Jersey is now offering a course called Politicising Beyonce, which uses the performer's career as a way to explore American race, gender and sexual politics.

Beyonce is to be the subject of a university course in the US. Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire

The course will compare the analysis of the ‘Drunk in Love’ singer's music videos and lyrics with readings from black feminists.

Kevin Allred, a teacher of the subject, said the course will discuss "the extent of Beyonce’s control over her own aesthetic" and "whether her often half-naked body is empowered or stereotypical."

Rutgers University also has a class examining the theology of Bruce Springsteen's lyrics and Georgetown University has a class called The Sociology of Hip-Hop: The Urban Theodicy of Jay-Z, focusing on Beyonce's rapper husband.

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Surprise Beyonce album is fastest ever seller on iTunes

Beyonce's latest album has become the fastest ever seller on iTunes with more than 800,000 downloads in its first three days, after its surprise release.

Beyonce's new album has become the fastest ever seller on iTunes. Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire

The self-titled album, the US superstar's fifth, was released out of the blue on Friday and includes 14 songs, 17 videos, and collaborations with husband Jay Z, Drake and Frank Ocean.

An Apple spokeswoman said the iTunes Store sold 828,773 albums in three days.

Beyonce releases surprise new album

Beyonce has released a new album completely out of the blue as the pop star announced her fifth, self-titled album on iTunes this morning.

Beyonce performing at Twickenham Stadium, London. Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Beyonce said: "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."

With 14 songs and 17 videos, the digital record included collaborations with husband Jay Z, Drake and Frank Ocean, and the final track Blue features her daughter Blue Ivy.

Salmond compared to Beyoncé as he takes to stage

SNP leader Alex Salmond has taken to the stage at his party conference in Perth.

Beyonce (L) and Alex Salmond Credit: Yui Mok/Danny Lawson/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Introducing him, his deputy Nicola Sturgeon told the conference that Salmond "shares many attributes" with the US singer Beyoncé.

As well as their singing voices and sense of style, she commented on "Salmond's new slimline physique" revealing that he was on the same diet as Beyoncé.

Salmond compared his weight loss to the struggle for Scottish independence: "We've travelled a significant way but we still have a job to do".

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