Release date: December 2013
Beyoncé is the self-titled fifth studio album by American singer-songwriter Beyoncé Knowles, released on December 12, 2013 through Columbia Records. Beyoncé served as executive producer, co-writer and co-director of the album's seventeen music videos, while significant musical contributions came from Boots, Timbaland and Pharrell Williams. Recording began in 2012 in The Hamptons, New York, and continued during Beyoncé's world tour in 2013 under strict secrecy. In December 2013, it was unexpectedly released to the iTunes Store, with no prior promotion or announcement. Described by Beyoncé as a "visual album", the record consists of fourteen tracks, each having an accompanying music video. The videos were filmed throughout 2013 in several locations around the world, including: Houston, New York City, Paris, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Rio de Janeiro.
In the United States, Beyoncé debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 with three-day sales of 617,213 digital copies, giving Beyoncé her fifth consecutive number-one. It became the highest first-week sales of her solo career, and the best-selling debut week for a female artist in 2013; six days after release it had sold one million digital copies worldwide. The album has sold 3 million units worldwide as of January 2014.