Beyonce Releases Secret Album Before Chicago Show

Queen B headlines the United Center Friday night

Friday, Dec 13, 2013  |  Updated 1:15 PM CDT
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    Your first chance to hear Beyonce perform songs from her secretly released new album could be Friday night in Chicago -- if you were lucky enough to grab tickets.

    Queen B headlines the United Center at 8 p.m. as part of her ongoing "Mrs. Carter Show" world tour. Fair warning, though, tickets are sparse.

    The visit is especially exciting considering Bey dropped her fifth studio album at midnight exclusively on iTunes without anyone knowing about it. In the hours since its release, critics and fans alike have lauded the new work.

    The self-titled album, described as "a visual album" features 14 tracks and 17 videos with cameos from Jay Z, Drake, Justin Timberlake and even Beyonce's little girl, Blue Ivy.

    In a video posted to Instagram, Bey says she sees music as a multi-sensory experience.

    "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. And I think that's one of the reasons why I wanted to do a visual album."

    Maybe we'll see some of that tonight.

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