Beyoncé's new album has landed

'Surprise!'

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The awesomeness that is Beyoncé has given her fans an early Christmas present - by unexpectedly releasing her whole album on iTunes.

'Surprise!' Queen Bey wrote in a release to press, explaining that she was 'bored' of releasing her music the traditional way. This world first means she is 'able to speak directly' to her fans, she added.

The self-titled album, the long-awaited follow-up to 4, features 14 new songs and 17 music videos - not to mention cameo vocals from hubby Jay-Z and baby Blue Ivy.

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It exclusive to iTunes for a week, with physical copies being released on 21 December.

Of course, this can mean only one thing: Beyoncé Friday is hereby officially reinstated at ELLE HQ.

Follow us @ELLEUK on Twitter for the verdict, and check out previews of some of the new tracks below.

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