Beyonce releases surprise new album Lemonade

Beyonce has announced the surprise release of a new album Lemonade through her Tidal streaming service last night.

The singer's 'visual album' is her sixth studio release, and her full-length album since the self-titled Beyonce in late 2013.

The "conceptual" creation includes videos to accompany every song and its themes include tributes to black women and suggestions of betrayal and forgiveness that same fans suggested alluded to her husband Jay-Z.

It includes the song Formation, which she debuted on the Super Bowl in a staging that paid homage to the Black Panthers.

The album's title comes from a video clip featuring the singer's late grandmother, Agnez Dereon, according to AFP.

"I had my ups and downs, but I always find the inner strength to pull myself up," says Dereon in the clip. "I was served lemons, but I made lemonade."