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Beyonce Releases A Secret Album to iTunes

Beyonce has created her self-entitled album.

This is a feat most recording artists and musicians hold to a high-esteem, because typically the self-titled album is either the debut work, or it is their career masterpiece. While the smoke hasn’t settled long enough for us to determine if this is Beyonce’s best work, there is no denying the genius beyond this album’s release strategy; A complete mystery and secret, the album dropped somewhat randomly, with no anticipation, no promo, no publicity, no trailers, no singles, no gimmicks, and most surprisingly….NO LEAKS!!

It seems almost impossible in this day and age, amidst a generation of gimme-gimme-gimme millennial die-hard fans, that this album did not leak. It is highly surprising that this album did not leak, especially considering the list of high profile collaborators who appear on the album’s lineup, including Frank Ocean, Drake, megastar-mogul-turned-husband Jay-Z, and most shockingly….the heiress princess herself, Blue Ivy.

For the time being, the album is an iTunes exclusive, available for full download only (no singles until December 20th), at a pre-Napster price of $15.99, which isn’t so bad when you consider that the album includes several music videos as well. For a project of such high profile and production value, it truly is a mystery how Beyonce was able to keep it all under wraps, and I’m sure that all her fans were pleasantly surprised, and now, all the female RNB stars who have filled the void left by Beyonce’s previous album and maternity leave (ahem…Rihanna) must be a little concerned that 2014 may be the year of the Bey.

Special salute to Beyonce as a businesswoman for timing the release perfectly before the holidays.

100 Bars: Gia Medley Drops Mixtape of the Year!

Gia Medley revitalizes hip hop with an energetic set list of 23 tracks, each complete with un-flinching, raw lyricism. She takes no breaks during the course of the mixtape, with each song as classic and vibrant as the last. This mixtape will have your iPod on repeat! Dare we say, that this is the best mixtape of 2013, and the year has only just begun!

Gia Medley reportedly spent the greater part of 2012 in production of “100 Bars,” and has tirelessly created music videos to along with many of the standout performances from the mixtape. The tape itself was recorded, mixed, and produced by her producer Richard Donald, in his North Hollywood studio. Aside from one original by Richard Donald (Track 13 – “Someone Like You” Remix), this collection of songs features industry beats from notable artists, spanning the gamut of Drake-to-Kanye-to-Odd Future, and Gia Medley displays how easily she fluently can switch styles.

This mixtape is well worth a listen and damn sure worth downloading. Its currently a free download on her BandCamp page, and you can find the link here: