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Beyonce: The Visual Album

OMG OMG OMG. Okay. So, after months (nay, closer to a year) of touring, teasing song snippets and no album news, Beyonce decided to blow everyone away and just drop a surprise, self-titled album. Today. And it's not just a surprise album with 14 brand new tracks, but it is what Beyonce is calling a "visual album," meaning it comes with 17 videos as well. What's more, this is only part one of the album. It's revolutionary to release a "visual album," something no artist has attempted before; additionally, Beyonce lacked any traditional promotion for the album. There was nary a peep that a new album would be released before the end of 2013; yet, here we are. It'll be interesting to see how well the album does. (But I already bought it, of course.)

Amy Poehler Goes Christmas Caroling

Well, it's hard for me to move on from the Beyonce thing, given that I believe that's all anyone should be talking about. But I will, especially because this video is pretty amazing. For Funny or Die's "Billy on the Street" segment, Billy Eichner teams up with Amy Poehler for a fun segment where they try to get strangers to sing Christmas carols for $1. The two, who are both on "Parks and Recreation," give us a high-energy, totally silly video that's worth the watch.

1D and Anchorman Cast Sing "Afternoon Delight"

Last week, the boys of One Direction performed on "Saturday Night Live" — but not before making an appearance during host Paul Rudd's opening monologue. In it, Paul Rudd talks about how he's had a pretty unlucky streak when it comes to hosting SNL, given that he tends to be overshadowed by the larger-than-life musical guests, including Paul McCartney and (full circle, guys!) Beyonce. Of course, One Direction as a musical guest made for unlucky hosting gig number three for Paul Rudd, but it's all good because they and the cast of "Anchorman" sang "Afternoon Delight" together.

What were you talking about this week?