Beyonce on the Surprise Release of New Album: “I Was Terrified”

Posted Monday December 23, 2013 9:45 AM GMT

She took some serious risks by not promoting her latest self-titled album prior to its release, and Beyoncé Knowles wasn’t initially sure she made the right call.

The “Crazy in Love” singer told ABC News, "I was terrified. I was so scared. I already envisioned like the worst things that could happen. I was really nervous because this was a huge risk."

Thankfully, Knowles’ new opus performed beyond her expectations, selling 617,000 copies domestically in the first week, and going on to be certified platinum soon thereafter.

As for her personal vulnerability on the project, Beyonce noted, "I'm very private and I'm very respectful, and I think it just took me no longer being someone's child — once I became a mother, I felt like I could tear those fourth walls and I just felt like it was time. I completely feel liberated."

Knowles also talked about starting her own production company and parting ways with her father-manager. "I felt like I wanted follow in the footsteps of Madonna and be a powerhouse and have my own empire. And (to) show other women when you get to this point in your career, you don't have to go sign with someone else and share your money and your success, you can do it yourself."

"I took all of my insecurities, all of my doubts, all of my fears and everything I've learned over the 17 years and I applied it into this project. But more than the music — I'm proud of myself as a woman ... the biggest message is owning your imperfections and all the things that make you interesting, because I refuse to allow someone to put me in anyone's box."

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