In just four weeks, Beyoncé has accomplished what few -- if any -- artists could pull off, stealthily releasing her self-titled album to widespread acclaim and enough crazed fan excitement to sell 1.5 million copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. (That already beats the 1.4 million that her last album, 4, has sold since its June 2011 release.) But has Beyoncé's bombshell made her a few important enemies in releasing new music without any advance promotion? And what can the industry learn from her experiment?

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