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Why Beyonce's 'Lemonade' Could Set Records


(ABC) -- How did Beyoncé outdo Beyoncé?

That is the question on everybody's mind following the release of the "Formation" singer's visual album "Lemonade," which debuted over the weekend on HBO, and was released initially on Tidal, followed by iTunes earlier this week.

The highly-anticipated visual album was received with critical acclaim, praised by both fans and critics for its emotional and brutally honest narrative.

Beyoncé highlighted the notion of infidelity in "Lemonade," through intense imagery of pain, anger, hurt and reconciliation.

To better understand the bitter and sweet of "Lemonade," ABC News Radio spoke with Essence magazine relationships editor Charreah Jackson and Vibe magazine senior editor Keith Murphy, who explained how Beyoncé's new album gave the singer a way to express her truth.

Described as "unapologetically black" by Murphy, "Lemonade" is a piece of art that can be enjoyed by everybody, even though the narrative speaks to her experience as an African-American woman going through heartbreak.

"She is someone who is so meticulous about what she shares publicly, so as she continues to let down those walls, and let people see new sides of her, that's her strength," Jackson said.

"I don’t think she cares about awards for an album like this," Murphy agreed. "She essentially said, I’m gonna make a very black album, and if other people can get into it that’s great--I welcome everybody."

Despite being unlike any of her former albums, the fans love "Lemonade" regardless. The album shot to the top of the iTunes charts in multiple countries, and fans and critics alike credit the raw authenticity of Beyoncé's new "freedom era" for its enthusiastic reception.

"What we are seeing in Beyoncé...is, 'Your strength is in your story,'" Jackson said. "Your strength is in your vulnerability, how much you are willing to share."

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