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Beyoncé Calls Latest Album a ‘Huge Risk’

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(Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)

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By Shannon Carlin

Most artists couldn’t get away with dropping their album on a whim and selling it exclusively through iTunes. Of course, most artists aren’t Beyoncé.

But you might be interested to know that even Queen Bey herself worried whether or not her sneaky release would pay off in the end.

At a screening of the 17 videos included with her 14-track self-titled “visual album” at the School of Visual Arts in New York City on Saturday (Dec. 21), Bey addressed her unconventional release tactic.

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“I was terrified. I was so scared. I already envisioned like the worst things that could happen,” Beyoncé said (via Billboard). “I was really nervous because this was a huge risk.”

Beyoncé also spoke out about the rather personal subject matter of her new album saying, “I’m very private and I’m very respectful, and I think it just took me no longer being someone’s child – once I became a mother, I felt like I could tear those fourth walls and I just felt like it was time.”

She added, “I completely feel liberated.”

bey sva Beyoncé Calls Latest Album a Huge RiskBeyoncé at the School of Visual Arts Theater in NYC to screen her new self-titled album. (Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)

Bey also said she wanted to follow in the footsteps of Madonna and “be a powerhouse.” She wanted to show other women that they can run this world all on their own. “You don’t have to go sign with someone else and share your money and your success,” she said. “You can do it yourself.”

This “I am woman” motto is one Bey’s been adhering to since becoming a mom in 2012, exploring the idea of feminine power in her song “Grown Woman” and begrudgingly calling herself a modern day feminist in an interview from Vogue UK earlier this year.

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“I took all of my insecurities, all of my doubts, all of my fears and everything I’ve learned over the 17 years and I applied it into this project,” she said. “But 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 anyone’s box.”

The night before the screening, Bey visited a Walmart in Tewksbury, Mass. to buy a copy of her album, which is now in stores after a week of being available only via digital. While there the singer handed out 750 Walmart gift cards at $50 each, giving out $37,500 worth of gift cards, a Walmart spokesperson confirmed.

Bey sold over 617,000 copies in her first week, becoming the first woman to hit No. 1 with her first five studio albums.

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