Beyonce’s fifth album release took everyone by surprise, including the unsuspecting Twittersphere at large. When “Beyonce” arrived fully formed at iTunes minutes before midnight on Thursday (Dec. 12), fans were bestowed 14 new songs and corresponding videos for each of them, in a guerilla-style album release unlike any other from such a high-profile artist. According to data provided by Twitter, Beyonce’s unexpected album release generated over 1.2 million Tweets in 12 hours, and in less than 24 hours, mentions of the singing superstar spiked by 500,000-plus tweets.
The Beyhive was certainly buzzing in the wee hours of Friday morning, and Beyonce’s fellow musical stars were hardly shy about getting in on the action. Check out the best tweets from musical artists reacting to the release of “Beyonce”:
Don’t talk to me today unless it’s about @Beyonce THANX
— Katy Perry (@katyperry) December 13, 2013
— demetria lovato (@ddlovato) December 13, 2013
Good Morning! Photoshoot and rehearsal, why aren’t there more hours in the day. (Eye cream) and welcome back Honey B we missed you! <3 <3
— Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) December 13, 2013
So my sister is a fucking G. Beyoncé , the visual album out now.
— solange knowles (@solangeknowles) December 13, 2013
did beyonce explode or something? whats goin on? #confused
— Dippy (@diplo) December 13, 2013
Hahaaaaaaa! Beyoncé. Yep, she did.
— hayley from Paramore (@yelyahwilliams) December 13, 2013
— Snoop Dogg (@SnoopDogg) December 13, 2013
— Alicia Keys (@aliciakeys) December 13, 2013
— Big Sean (@BigSean) December 13, 2013
— Lily Allen (@lilyallen) December 13, 2013
— Sara Bareilles (@SaraBareilles) December 13, 2013
I just…I just…@beyonce is amazing.
— Jordin Sparks (@JordinSparks) December 13, 2013
PARTITION just had me in shower dropping the soap. My new fav. Love it! #Beyonce
— K.Michelle (@kmichelle) December 13, 2013
— Christina Milian (@ChristinaMilian) December 13, 2013
the beyoncé album woke me up. It is 5:17 am. Disrespectful.
— Ezra Koenig (@arzE) December 13, 2013
“He Monica Lewinsky’d all ova my gown” oh #beyonce
— Cheryl Cole (@CherylCole) December 13, 2013
I think beyonce just broke the Internet
— Pete Wentz (@petewentz) December 13, 2013
ALL the claps for beyonce right now LOVE a shit on em moment
— Naya Rivera (@NayaRivera) December 13, 2013
Whoa…. Beyonce’s new album just hit iTunes… out tha BLUE
— OneRepublic (@OneRepublic) December 13, 2013
— Cher (@cher) December 13, 2013