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Beyoncé: Beyoncé

Andy Gill, Independent, The, 13 December 2013

UNUSUALLY FOR an industry fuelled by hype, it was the most well-kept secret since David Bowie's comeback album earlier this year, and all the more shocking for the global heft of its subject: at midnight Eastern Standard Time – around five o'clock this morning – Beyoncé suddenly released an album, available immediately through iTunes, with no advance promotional campaign at all.

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