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Beyonce busted out an early Christmas present for her fans with a stealth LP drop this past week. Mrs. Carter dropped her fifth studio album, “Beyonce” (Columbia), in one giant package on iTunes. The 14 songs and 17 videos comprise a “visual album,” the coup de grace on a year of unusual music 'A' list LP marketing ploys. “Beyonce” sold 80,000+ copies in the first three hours of its availability early Friday. This past year Beyonce headlined the Super Bowl halftime in February and a national arena tour without any hint of a follow-up to her previous solo album, “4” (2011). Beyonce collaborates with Frank Ocean and Miguel, video director Hype Williams and even actor Harvey Keitel. “Blow” (done »

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