The surprise release of her self-titled visual album cemented Beyoncé's might in the music world. Though she was not the first artist to pursue such a release, it hasn't before been done on such a large scale.
B held her first screening of the album last night in New York City. After the premiere, she answered fan questions about how she kept the secret, why she opened up, and where she got her new nickname.
When asked about how she kept the secret, Beyoncé described the work she and her team put into the project.
It says so much about my team. I started my own company and my father taught me so much. When I decided to manage myself it was important that I didn't go to some big management company. I felt like I wanted to follow in the footsteps of Madonna, and be a powerhouse, and have my own empire, and show other women when you get to this point in your career you don't have to go sign to someone else and share your money and your success. You do it yourself. So I found a team of underdogs - a team of women - a team of people that no one believed in. And we worked together, and we stayed up all night, and we were progressive, and we did not follow the rules. And I don't think people believed. You know I said to so many people, "I have an idea to do a visual album!" And they were like, "Heh. Ok." And we did it. And not only did we do it. It's my company.