Beyoncé almost crashed the Internet last week when she surprised the world with a new album. Her unorthodox self-titled release hasn’t stopped her from garnering huge success, the album selling 400,000 copies in one day and snagging the No. 1 spot on the Billboard charts. As part of the promotion for the album Beyoncé has a mini-documentary series that she’s released, explaining her process of the production of the new album and her life in general. According to complex.com:
“In the first installment, released the day after her album, she discusses wanting to make a visual album that was an event, lamenting the lack of releases on the scale of, say, ‘Thriller’. I feel like it’s something that’s lost in pop music,” she says. “I wanted people to hear things differently and have a different first impression. Not just listen to a 10-second clip but actually see the whole vision of the album.'”
In part 2 of her documentary series, Beyoncé explains that even though her life may seem perfect, that’s not necessarily the case. As reported by rap-up.com:
“Beyoncé strives for ‘Imperfection’ in Part 2 of her ‘Self Titled’ mini-documentary. The superstar singer, who surprised her fans with her visual album, reflects on losing ‘Star Search’ as a child.
“It was the best message for me,” says Bey, whose song “***Flawless” was inspired by that moment. “The reality is, sometimes you lose, and you’re never too big to lose, you’re never too smart to lose. It happens and it happens when it needs to happen.”
She reveals how she discovered Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and the message behind her new music. “My message behind this album was finding the beauty in imperfection,” says Bey.
Beyoncé also reflects on her struggles growing up as an artist and says the visuals from the new album reflect that.
“The trophy represents all of the sacrifices I made as a kid, all of the time that I lost being on the road, in the studios as a child.”
Check out the Beyoncé “Self Titled” mini-documentary part 1 and 2 below. And if you haven’t done so you can download the new album here.