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.