By Shannon Carlin
(Courtesy Columbia Records)

(Courtesy Columbia Records)

On Friday (Dec. 13), Beyoncé surprised fans with the release of her brand new self-titled album and later treated concertgoers in Chicago with the debut of her new song “XO.”

Bey let everyone in attendance at the latest Mrs. Carter World Tour stop know that she expected them to sing along, even though the album had dropped not even 24 hours before.

“I’m gonna sing you a song which is a brand-new song,” she told the crowd. “I’m gonna sing this for y’all because it was written for y’all.”

Of course, the Beyhive didn’t disappoint their Queen by responding to her calls of “In the darkest night I’ll/I’ll search through the crowd/Your face is all I see.”

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According to Billboard, the song — co-penned by OneRepublic’s frontman, Ryan Tedder and The-Dream — will be her third single, with the Pharrell-produced “Blow” and “Drunk in Love” featuring her hubby Jay Z set to drop this week at Top 40 and urban stations, respectively.

Bey’s “visual album” was accompanied with videos for each of the 14 tracks on the album, along with three additional clips for non-album tracks, “Yoncé,” “Ghost” and the previously teased song via Pepsi commercial, “Grown Woman.”

In just three hours, Beyoncé’s self-titled album sold 80,000 copies and, according to Billboard, the record had sold 550,000 copies in the U.S. by Saturday night with Nielsen SoundScan projecting sales in the 600,000s by the end of the tracking week on Sunday (Dec. 15). This is all for an album that is only available in its full form — sorry, no individual singles for sale — via iTunes.


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