Beyonce shocked her fans last night by unexpectedly releasing her entire new self-titled on iTunes without any advance notice. The diva posted a video to her Instagram last night, a montage of images that included the word "Surprise!" flashing on the screen and referred to the record as a "visual album." The album is a 14-song collection that includes collaborations with her husband Jay Z, Drake, Frank Ocean, and, on a track called "Blue," her baby daughter Blue Ivy Carter. Every song is also accompanied by a video. "Grown Woman," the promotional track that Beyonce has been performing on her world tour, appears as a video but is not on the album's track list.
Brimfield Police Chief David Oliver of Ohio has penned a hilarious open letter to Kanye West, blasting him for comparing his plight as a rap superstar to that of cops and soldiers. Posted on his department's Facebook page, it reads: "Since you are accustomed to danger, I am strongly encouraging you to immediately abandon you career as a super star and join the military... When the Taliban starts shooting at you, perhaps you could stand up and let the words flow. I’m sure they would just drop weapons and surrender. You could quite possibly end all wars, just from the enemy being star-struck." The police chief also warns Kanye, "Check yourself, before you wreck yourself."
Lady Gaga and Celine Dion are slated to perform on the fifth season finale of The Voice on December 17. Gaga will perform her R. Kelly duet "Do What U Want," and Dion will be joined by Ne-Yo to sing their duet "Incredible," off the diva's latest album Loved Me Back to Life. OneRepublic will also perform their song "I Lived." The band's frontman Ryan Tedder is Voice family now, having signed on as the show's in-house producer and songwriter. Tedder penned a song that will be performed by this season's champion.
David O. Russell's hotly anticipated American Hustle makes its way to theaters today. The crime drama is already receiving raves and awards from critics' associations. So is Saving Mr. Banks, Disney's new film about how their classic Mary Poppins made it to the screen. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is the second film in a planned trilogy adopted from J.R.R. Tolkien's classic novel The Hobbit. In Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas, Madea gets coaxed into spending the holidays in the countryside.
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 13 Shark Tank on ABC (Solving a holiday headache with colorful, magnetic strands; an item to bridge the gap for interfaith families; a fun, new take on traditional Christmas sweaters; luxurious clip-in hair extensions)
20/20 on ABC (A convicted bank robber who had his kids help him with heists; police interrogation tapes and jailhouse interviews)
Undercover Boss on CBS (Massage Heights COO Shane Evans must overcome her aversion to touching other people when she goes under cover)
Dateline NBC (A group of women fights for years to bring to justice the killer of a beloved 29-year-old woman)
The Carrie Diaries on The CW (When a nasty rumor about Carrie is published in a gossip rag, Samantha wants to set the record straight; Maggie has a medical emergency)
Fashion Police on E! (Guest Jacqueline M. Wood)
WWE Friday Night SmackDown! on SyFy (Countdown to the epic World Championship Unification match between John Cena & Randy Orton at TLC)
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 14 UFC: Johnson vs. Benavidez on Fox (Mac Danzig vs. Joe Lauzon; Nik Lentz vs. Chand Mendes; Michael McDonald vs. Urijah Faber; Joseph Benavidez vs. Demetrious Johnson. From Sacramento)
2013 Heisman Trophy Presentation on ESPN
HBO New Movie of the Week: Jack the Giant Slayer ... A young farmhand gets swept into the realm of legend when he must defend his land from a seemingly unstoppable force of giant warriors.
Saturday Night Live on NBC (Host John Goodman; Kings of Leon performs)
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 15 Survivor FINALE on CBS
Survivor Reunion on CBS (The castaways and their loved ones are reunited and discuss the season)
Sunday Night NFL Football on NBC (Cincinnati Bengals at Pittsburgh Steelers)
The Simpsons on Fox (When a leak at the power plant causes snowfall in Springfield, tourists inundate the town; Marge takes on boarders to raise cash for the holidays)
Family Guy on Fox (Peter fills Lois' dad with holiday spirit; Stewie tries to get the only thing he wants for Christmas)
Total Divas on E! (Bryan proposes to Brie; Nikki and John Cena's future is uncertain; Eva Marie introduces her fiancé to her family)