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'Beyonce' album review: Winner from start to finish

An image from Beyonce.com announcing the surprise release

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This was worth the wait.

Beyoncé finally unleashed her often-delayed fifth album, "Beyoncé" (Parkwood Entertainment/Columbia) early Friday morning with no advance warning. Just as with the creation of the album itself, B wanted complete control of its distribution as well, selling it only as an all-or-nothing package on iTunes, with no songs available individually. She also created...

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'Magna Carta Holy Grail' proves Jay-Z still rules

Jay-Z attends Samsung Mobile's celebration in Brooklyn for

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Jay-Z has never been short on ambition.

But on his new album “Magna Carta Holy Grail” (Roc-a-Fella), he raises the stakes to new Hov-ian heights -- tackling everything from race relations and religion to fatherhood and his relationship with wife Beyoncé. If his classic “Blueprint” albums were about achieving success in the music industry, “Magna Carta Holy Grail,” which was released to Samsung...

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