Beyoncé Screens Visual Album in New York


A week after shocking the world with her self-titled visual album, Beyoncé got up close with fans at a screening of the project at New York’s School of Visual Arts on Saturday. Queen Bey graced the carpet in a black Tom Ford dress and boots before heading inside to play her 17 music videos and host a Q&A.

As guests snacked on popcorn from “Beyoncé” bags and drank sodas and huckleberry juice, she answered questions from fans, who submitted them via the #AskBeyonce hashtag on Instagram.

She explained how she came up with the name ‘Yonce, why she was nervous about releasing the album to iTunes, and why she’s grateful to her former manager and father, Mathew Knowles (via The Huffington Post).

“I’ve never done anything so brave in my life,” said Bey of the unprecedented album, which has already sold over 1 million copies worldwide on iTunes.

Read highlights from her Q&A session below.

On her inspiration: “It’s interesting how motherhood changes you and it changes your perspective on life. I took all the things that I wanted to change about myself and all the things I wanted to share, and I put it into this record.”

On the message behind BEYONCÉ: “More than the music, I’m proud of myself as a woman. The biggest message is owning your imperfections and all the things that make you interesting because I refuse to allow someone to put me in anybody’s box.”

On secretly releasing it to iTunes: “I just got off the stage, I had a glass of wine and my cousin Angie was like, ‘Are you alright?’ because I was talking to myself and I was terrified. I was so scared. I had already gone through all the horrible ways it could go in my mind… I saw it live on iTunes and I waited for the first comment. Then I woke up the next morning and… [breaks into dance].”

On the birth of ‘Yonce: “We were in the studio, and Justin Timberlake started beating on buckets. So, when you hear the beat, it’s literally a bucket. … And Dream just started, ‘Yoncé on his mouth like liquor,’ and I’m like, ‘What does that mean?’ But I love it, I think Beyoncé is Beyoncé, Mrs. Carter is Beyoncé, Sasha Fierce is Beyoncé. And I’m finally at a place where I don’t have to separate the two. It’s all pieces of me, and just different elements of a personality of a woman, because we are complicated.”

On taking charge of her career: “My father taught me so, so much. When I decided to manage myself, it was important to me not to sign to some big company. I wanted to follow in Madonna’s footsteps and be a powerhouse. When you get to this level, you don’t have to share your money or your success… And we did it. And it’s my company.”

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  1. H

    What a BOSS! A gorgeous one!


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    Jackie Rayne Reply:

    @H, ‘Yonce all on his mouth like liquor. Gotta love that Bey. Houston, stand up!


  2. 2bad2bme

    owe this is what the **** i’m asking for yaaasss!!!
    target, amazon stay mad *Bow Down lol


    Bae Reply:

    @2bad2bme, Amanzon sells her album…


    Bitches In Paris Reply:

    @Bae, LMAO .


    valerie Reply:

    @2bad2bme, nothing to bow down to. i can buy a million copies of my book from the publisher and he’ll gladly record it as sales.

    they think if they buy their own products and lie like they are sales, they can remake the money and more on tours, but only an unethical idiot does business like that.

    when she and jay were new artist, old established artist with major money could have kept them out of the game with unethical business practices like that. they’re too selfish to see how wrong that is.


  3. savt1st

    Yas! beyonce is back to her Dangerously in Love Promo era/ Deena Jones Dreamgirls era Body size!!!! I love her when she’s thin, she looks like a barbie, looks like the No meat diet is working for her and Jay!


    Mama Reply:

    @savt1st, Your comment is so fucked up.


  4. meme

    i love her answer about being terrifed about it performance on itunes. this shows that she is human. so happy that it turned out well for her.


  5. FlowerPower

    All of those answers are fucking inspiring!!!

    I totally got the message in Beyonce

    And I love how she admitted that she talks to herself, and terrified.. so cute & so human

    And the album, the whole thing, actually felt like a whole Beyonce: Sasha, Beyonce, and Mrs. Carter.. I totally got that. It was AWESOME!

    I wanna be like her :)


  6. CurtisDonDeano

    I love how she being a little more open. Though I always had to respect her privacy…its really hard when you want to know more.



    Wow ! That body tho !


  8. Ryan

    She talks like a retard. And why the hell is XO flopping on itunes?


    neiko Reply:

    @Ryan, maybe becuase it just came out and it was a surprie….207 to 46??? seems like its moving just find…. nonetheless we bought the album and broke records! HA


    the truth honey Reply:

    @Ryan, how is xo flopn? U bitch


    Beat Reply:

    @Ryan, why are you still alive trash?


    carol Reply:

    @Ryan, they are giving away her videos for free, and showing them on tv for free right now. maybe FREE is called sales these days in a Beyonce retarded world.


    karamelkisses Reply:

    @carol, child, you don’t make money off of videos. you make money off of album sales, merchandising, tours and partnerships w/ companies. so let’s run down the list … 800,000+ sold worldwide in 4 days (money), a physical copy of the visual album & cd on store shelves & websites (money), just wrapped the mrs. carter tour that will reboot in march/april 2014 (money), exclusive rights to itunes (money). i’m sorry, what were you saying?



    I hope she ends that straw weave she started wearing in the 4 era it’s awful. I love her hair and outfit in this. QUEEN!


    Bitches In Paris Reply:

    @NICKI MINAJ, That straw weave cost more than your rent .


  10. DanityKaneFan

    Beyonce is acting like she is a miracle or something. She needs to sit her ass down


    2bad2bme Reply:

    @DanityKaneFan, lol such a hater


    Bitches In Paris Reply:

    @DanityKaneFan, Danity Kane who ?


  11. Oh

    Actually she’s not “acting like a miracle” she’s acting as herself, the world’s biggest popstar #PERIOD nobody else can do what she just did. Not Gaga, Madonna, Britney Spears, Kelly Rowland, Ashanti, Ciara, Keri Hilson can pull those numbers in 3 days. 800,000 sold, so stop fucking hating people!


    gene Reply:

    @Oh, And no one can lie like a Beyawnsay and a Camel to try and be more relevant than they are.

    And if she think anyone is going to wear that hooker dress she’s mistaken. I guess Tom Ford pays them to try and influence the world. not!


  12. JD

    She is so dope & so is the album.


  13. RO

    Inspiration for self. She summed it up…Do better, be better. Make yourself happy!


  14. NY

    NY || Beyoncé Screens Visual Album in New York

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