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January 6th, 2014
It’s almost been a month since Beyoncé shocked us with the release of her fifth self-titled album and we’re still obsessing over it. Our iTunes counts are almost embarrassing, except we’re totally proud of it and we’re definitely proud of the work that Bey has put out.
As the sales were rolling in and press was rolling out, Beyoncé released a series of documentary clips detailing the making of this secret album and the 17 videos that accompany it.
Here are five very important facts we took away from watching these videos.
1. Beyoncé wanted to create an event similar to Michael Jackson’s Thriller.
“Now looking back, I’m so lucky I was born around that time,” Beyoncé says of Michael Jackson’s almost-cinematic music video Thriller. “I miss that immersive experience; now people only listen to a few seconds of a song on their iPods, they don’t really invest in a whole album.”
2. Beyoncé found Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s speech on YouTube.
Bey admits to YouTubing videos on feminism when she stumbled upon author/feminist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s speech, which gets featured on the track ***Flawless. See, even Beyoncé browses YouTube — she’s just like us!
3. A lot of these music videos were semi-improvised.
Beyoncé admits that the music videos that accompany her self-titled album were not fully planned. For example, Drunk In Love was conceived two days before the shoot and was the perfect video. The idea behind these unplanned video concepts were, in Bey’s words, a way to “rebel against perfection.”
4. The importance of the Parisian cabaret Le Crazy Horse.
The day Beyoncé and Jay Z got engaged was also the day of Jay Z’s birthday to which she took her then-fiancé to a French cabaret called Le Crazy Horse. Bey describes the show that the nearly-nude women put on as “the ultimate sexy show,” and that she wanted to be up there performing for Jay like that. So, for her Partition music video, that is exactly what she did. “I don’t have any shame about being sexual,” Beyoncé continues to explain. “I do believe that sexuality is a power that we all have.”
5. Justin Timberlake and Miguel co-wrote Rocket.
In Part 5, we see Beyoncé in the studio with Timbaland and Justin Timberlake as she does takes for the sexy R&B number Rocket. After a goosebumps-inducing take, the two collaborators were near speechless, with Timbaland simply uttering “wow” and Timberlake telling Bey, “There’s something wrong with you.” So wrong, but so, so right.
Watch all five parts of Beyoncé’s Self-Titled documentary below:Tweet