Beyoncé Premieres Her ‘Pretty Hurts’ Music Video for the TIME 100 [Video]

Beyonce has finally released her “Pretty Hurts” music video.

The popular singer headlines the magazine’s annual look at the most influential people 2014, a group that also includes “Happy” singer Pharrell Williams, scandolous Miley Cyrus and Hillary Clinton

“Lean In” author Sheryl Sandberg praises the beauty’s otherworldly work ethic and ambition: “Beyoncé doesn’t just sit at the table. She builds a better one.” 

To celebrate the occasion, the singer has released her “Pretty Hurts” music video to the Web for the first time.

The ballad, which was previously available only on Beyoncé’s groundbreaking “visual album,” finds Bey critiquing what she sees as a bankrupt beauty culture, and features a cameo from Harvey Keitel

Initially the track was offered to Katy Perry and then Rihanna, whose manager worked on the future hit for several months before ultimately passing on it.“When Beyonce heard it, she slid into home base and just closed the deal,” Sia explains.

Dr. Luke got his hands on Bey’s version before it was released and played it for Ms. Perry.

“I’m pretty hurt you never sent me this song,” was the message she sent to Sia, who, in turn, told the frequent chart-topper to check her email. Her reply? “It was meant to be with Beyonce.” The moral of the story is clear. When Sia sends you an email, open it!

Back in December the star surprised her fans with the release of a brand new self-titled fifth album on iTunes that features 14 new songs accompanied by 17 videos.

Beyoncé shocked the music world by announcing and releasing her new album on the same day. The 32-year-old singer released her self-titled fifth album on iTunes with no announcement beforehand.

The “visual album” features 14 songs and 17 videos, with collaborators such as Frank Ocean, Drake, her husband Jay Z and their daughter Blue Ivy, who turns 2 in January.

“I see music,” Beyoncé said in a press release, explaining the idea behind a visual album. “It’s more than just what I hear. When I’m connected to something, I immediately see a visual or a series of images that are tied to a feeling or an emotion, a memory from my childhood, thoughts about life, my dreams or my fantasies. And they’re all connected to the music.”

According to the press release, recording took place over a year and a half but began at a Hamptons retreat in the summer of 2012. Knowles revealed that the sudden release was, in part, because she was “bored” with the conventional process of releasing an album.

“I didn’t want to release my music the way I’ve done it. I am bored with that,” she said. “I feel like I am able to speak directly to my fans. There’s so much that gets between the music, the artist and the fans. I felt like I didn’t want anybody to give the message when my record is coming out. I just want this to come out when it’s ready and from me to my fans.”

A press release announcing the album noted that Beyonce “has been the target of leaks,” adding that “this is a fully designed preventative plan. The album will be offered as a cohesive body of work with every song and every video available all at once for one single purchase.”

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