Beyoncé certainly knows how to celebrate, as seen at her private album release party Thursday night at Dave & Buster’s in New York following her concert at Brooklyn's Barclays Center. The 32-year-old has a lot to be proud of as the year comes to an end, most recently breaking iTunes records with her fifth self-titled studio album. Beyoncé sold 828,773 copies in just three days after releasing the album unannounced online.
She set a precedent by doing that without even marketing the visual album, which includes 14 songs and 17 videos, and critics are already suggesting the album may be the best of the year.
The release party at Dave & Buster’s followed Beyonce's performance at Barclays, where superstar Madonna was in the crowd with daughter Mercy James. During the concert, Beyoncé kissed the 8-year-old on the forehead, and Madonna captured the special moment in a photo she posted along with a caption that gave Beyoncé the ultimate compliment: “Mercy James gets a big fat one from the Queen B!”
At her private release party, attended by Drake, who is featured on the album; J. Cole; model Jessica White; and more celebrities, Beyonce played arcade games and later posted pictures of the event.Meanwhile, in addition to having a surprise album, Beyoncé also announced that she is debuting another fragrance, called Rise. She's already had great success with her first two perfumes, Pulse and Heat. Rise is described as an “intoxicating, addictive luminous floral,” intended to be “a little bit more intimate and personal” -- just like her latest album, which has been critiqued for its more R-rated lyrics.