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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".


Beyonce wows fans as she closes V Festival

Beyonce, in full diva mode, performs at V festival. Credit: PA

The reigning first diva of pop Beyonce closed the Weston Park leg of V Festival to screaming crowds.

Thousands flocked to the main stage in Staffordshire to see the star, who was sporting a new blonde crop.

Fans waited 25 minutes before the star began a hits-laden set including Single Ladies, Baby Boy, Crazy In Love and Love On Top before finishing with a rendition of Whitney Houston's I Will Always Love You and Halo.

Fans Natalie Moore, 19 and her boyfriend Adam Johnson, also 19, from Staffordshire said: "She was very good and put on a good show. Lots of dancing, which was good."

Beyonce and Jay-Z could face fine for Cuba trip

Beyonce and Jay-Z were greeted by big crowds as they celebrated their fifth wedding anniversary in Havana. Credit: REUTERS/Enrique De La Osa

Pop superstar Beyonce and her rapper husband Jay-Z could face a fine after a high-profile trip to Cuba to celebrate a wedding anniversary.

Two Republican members of Congress have asked the US Treasury Department for information on what type of licence the couple obtained before heading to Havana.

The long-standing US trade embargo against Cuba prevents most Americans from travelling to the island without a licence granted by the US government.

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Mario Diaz-Balart, who both represent districts in south Florida where there is a high Cuban-American population, said: "Despite the clear prohibition against tourism in Cuba, numerous press reports described the couple's trip as tourism."

"The Castro regime touted it as such in its propaganda," the letter said, adding: "We represent a community of many who have been deeply and personally harmed by the Castro regime's atrocities, including former political prisoners and the families of murdered innocents."


Beyonce prepares to sing live at the Super Bowl

Beyonce hasn't given much away about her performance at half time during Sunday's Super Bowl - other than promising she'll be singing live. The singer admitted miming at Barack Obama's inauguration because she hadn't been able to rehearse properly.

She says there won't be a repeat of that in New Orleans during the game between the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers.

As Beyonce makes final preparations, a clip has appeared online of one other thing she should avoid doing - handing the microphone to the crowd and asking them to sing along.

As a past performance proved, that can mean the song falls rather flat.

Beyonce belts out live anthem to explain lip-syncing episode

Beyonce Knowles said she mimed during her performance at Barack Obama's Inauguration Day because she is "a perfectionist."

At a NFL Super Bowl event in New Orleans the singer explained that she hadn't had a chance to rehearse with the orchestra and wanted to make the president proud.

Beyonce started the press conference with a live performance of her national anthem before asking the assembled journalists: "Any questions?"

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