10:49am PT by Ashley Lee
Beyonce's Surprise Album: Hollywood's Best Reactions
Overnight, Beyonce released her fifth studio effort on iTunes -- a self-titled "visual album" of 14 songs, with credited guests including Jay Z, Drake, Frank Ocean and daughter Blue Ivy. The surprise album is her first since 2011's 4, announced late Dec. 12 without warning on the singer's official Facebook page and Instagram account.
And at more of an exponential magnitude than when the singer tried a different diet or debuted a new hairdo, the Internet blew up, lighting Twitter ablaze with Hollywood's reactions to the strategically marketed release.
Alicia Keys, Destiny's Child bandmate Michelle Williams and sister Solange Knowles sang their praises, while Emma Roberts and Anita Baker gawked at the performer's superhuman productivity level. Arrow's Colton Haynes openly acknowledged the musician's newly elevated sensual sound, and speculated that her singing will affect condom sales this weekend.
Here are Hollywood's top tweets about Beyonce's surprise release:
Don't talk to me today unless it's about @Beyonce THANX
— Katy Perry (@katyperry) December 13, 2013
Thx to Beyonce...It's either gon be a huge wknd for condom sales, or the beginnin of "Baby Boom 2014"
— Colton Haynes (@ColtonLHaynes) December 13, 2013
— Emma Roberts (@RobertsEmma) December 13, 2013
— Cher (@cher) December 13, 2013
Whoa.... Beyonce's new album just hit iTunes... out tha BLUE
— OneRepublic (@OneRepublic) December 13, 2013
— kerry washington (@kerrywashington) December 13, 2013
Beyonce releases a surprise album and 17 corresponding videos. I have a weird rash on my neck. So there's that.
— Ingrid Michaelson (@ingridmusic) December 13, 2013
— Nina Garcia (@ninagarcia) December 13, 2013
Well so what if @Beyonce recorded & released a secret album & video series? I caught up on Homeland & reorganized my closet.
— RainnWilson (@rainnwilson) December 13, 2013
SON: "Oh my God, Dad, Beyonce just released a surprise album!!!!" ME: (Long pause, then choking up) "I love you no matter what."
— Danny Zuker (@DannyZuker) December 13, 2013
FAKE. I saw Beyonce on a talk show three months ago and you could totally tell she didn't have a new album due out.
— Ken Jennings (@KenJennings) December 13, 2013
Whatever, guys, I dropped a whole MOVIE without anyone knowing about it.
— Diablo Cody (@diablocody) December 13, 2013
— Sarah Hyland (@Sarah_Hyland) December 13, 2013
— demetria lovato (@ddlovato) December 13, 2013
WAIT WAIT WAIT WHAT!? B!? WHAT YOU TRYIN TO DO!?
— Kevin McHale (@druidDUDE) December 13, 2013
I just & watched newscasters argue passionately about Santa then Jesus' ethnicity. *blink *blink really ya'll lol who cares becuz BEYONCE!
— Amber Patrice Riley (@MsAmberPRiley) December 13, 2013
— Questlove Jenkins (@questlove) December 13, 2013
I'm in love with @Beyonce she has reinvented music and the industry. Sexiest album.
— Chloe Grace Moretz (@ChloeGMoretz) December 13, 2013
— Jourdan Dunn (@missjourdandunn) December 13, 2013
this is how it was done "back in tha day"... U did the work/Presented ur Inspiration & allowed it 2 speak 4 itself. Coffee Cups UP! #Beyonce
— Anita Baker (@IAMANITABAKER) December 13, 2013
I just...I just...@beyonce is amazing.
— Jordin Sparks (@JordinSparks) December 13, 2013
— Michelle Williams (@RealMichelleW) December 13, 2013
I'm sitting here watching THE most artful and perfect project ever....@Beyonce
— solange knowles (@solangeknowles) December 13, 2013
"Buy my dear friend Beyonce's new album!!" -an inevitable tweet from Kim Kardashian
— Sam Lansky (@samlansky) December 13, 2013
Who else is already loving the new visual album by @Beyonce? What a wonderful surprise! Check it out on iTunes!!!
— Kris Jenner (@KrisJenner) December 13, 2013
The new Beyonce album is so perfect wow
— Abigail Breslin (@yoabbaabba) December 13, 2013
— Alicia Keys (@aliciakeys) December 13, 2013
Every Song = EPIC Every Video = EPIC & its SEXXXY as HELLLLL!!! @Beyonce!!!
— LA LA (@lala) December 13, 2013
Looks like every music writer may have to tweak those 'Best-Of '13' lists y'all fired off so early... #BEYONCE
— Marlow Stern (@MarlowNYC) December 13, 2013
I'm happy to see that iTunes is opting for the understated approach in promoting this new Beyonce album. pic.twitter.com/hkCw3M280a
— Ben Greenman (@bengreenman) December 13, 2013
— Perez Hilton (@PerezHilton) December 13, 2013
— Billboard (@billboard) December 13, 2013