Beyonce has revealed via a video on her official webiste that she recorded an unbelievable eighty songs for her new album, which was surprisingly released with absolutely no fanfare earlier this month.

Speaking on her website, the singer said she was forced to aggressively jettison songs if they didn't meet her standards.

"When I started picking the songs that I gravitated towards – because I recorded about 80 songs – it was the songs that were more effortless for me that stuck around that I still love that I loved a year ago when I recorded them", Beyonce said.

She always comments on how song of the songs were created, such as 'Drunk In Love' - which is one of the album's centrepieces -  describing how that first saw the light of day about a year ago during a party with her husband Jay Z, Timbaland and producer Details.

Beyonce elaborated: "I kind of freestyled the verse, and Jay went in and he started flowing out his verse. We just kinda had a party. It was so great, because it wasn't about any ego, we weren't trying to make a hit record, we were just having fun, and I think you can hear that in the record."

It has also been revealed that Beyonce's self-titled album has now been illegally downloaded over 240,000 times in the few weeks since its release, resulting in a loss of earnings for Beyonce to the tune of $3.8 million.