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Beyonc Giselle Knowles (born September 4, 1981) is a Grammy Award-winning AmericanR&Bsinger, songwriter, record producer, Golden Globe Award-nominated actress, dancer, and fashion designer and model for House of Deron. Beyonc rose to fame as the creative force and lead singer of R&B girl groupDestiny's Child, the best-selling female group of all time, with over fifty million records sold.
After a series of commercially successful releases with the group, Beyonc released her debut solo album Dangerously in Love in 2003. The album became one of the biggest commercial successes of the year, topping the album charts in the U.S. and the UK. It also spawned the number-one singles "Crazy in Love" and "Baby Boy" and earned Beyonc a record-tying five Grammy Awards in a single night in 2004. Beyonc's sophomore album, B'Day, which was released worldwide on September 4, 2006 (her twenty-fifth birthday) continued her success. The album spawned the UK number-one single "Deja Vu", "Ring the Alarm", and the worldwide number-one hit "Irreplaceable". The album is nominated for five 2007 Grammy Awards.
Destiny's Child rose to fame in 1998 with the Billboard top ten hit and R&B number-one single "No, No, No Part 2". Even after much-publicized turmoil involving the departure of LeToya Luckett and LaTavia Roberson, Destiny's Child (eventually a trio) became the most successful R&B/pop acts of the early 2000s, charting four Billboard Hot 100 number-one singles, several top ten hits, and two number-one albums.
Their 1998 Platinum-selling debut album Destiny's Child was produced by Wyclef Jean and Jermaine Dupri and featured the double Platinum number-one single "No, No, No Part 2". The group's second album, The Writing's on the Wall, released in 1999, featured two number-one hits: "Bills, Bills, Bills" and "Say My Name". "Bug a Boo" and "Jumpin' Jumpin'" were also popular singles from the album. It went on to sell thirteen million copies worldwide and eight million in the U.S. Furthermore, "Say My Name" won two awards at the 2001 Grammy Awards: "Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals" and "Best R&B Song".
Their following album, Survivor, proved to be another big success, going to number one on both the U.S. Billboard 200 and Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, as well as the Canadian and the UK albums charts. Two singles from the album went to the top of the Hot 100: "Independent Women Part I", "Bootylicious", and "Survivor", the album's title track reaching number two. In the United Kingdom, the first two tracks released reached number one consecutively. "Independent Women Part I" had been the theme song for the film Charlie's Angels (2000), before the album's release. The title track, "Survivor", won the group their third Grammy Award, "Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal".
In 2001, Beyonc won the "Songwriter of the Year" award from the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers Pop Music Awards. She is the first African-American female and second overall female songwriter of all time to accomplish this.
After the three-year journey that involved concentration on individual solo projects, Beyonc rejoined Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams for Destiny's Child's fourth (and so far final) studio album, Destiny Fulfilled, released in November 2004. The album hit number two on the Billboard 200 and spawned the hits "Lose My Breath", "Soldier", "Girl", and "Cater 2 U". It has sold eight million copies worldwide.
In 2005, Destiny's Child embarked on a world tour sponsored by McDonald's titled Destiny Fulfilled... And Lovin' It, visiting over seventy cities throughout Australia, Asia, Europe, and North America from April to September. On June 13, 2005 it was announced that the group would disband after their world tour ended in September 2005. In October 2005, the group released their final album, entitled #1's, including all of Destiny's Child's number-one hits and most of their well-known songs. The greatest hits collection also includes three new tracks, including "Stand Up for Love". The album debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 and number seven on the UK Singles Chart. #1's has also went on to sell three million copies worldwide, besides being the best-selling number ones album by a female group ever.
During the autumn of 2002, Beyonc was the featured vocalist on rapper Jay-Z's hit single, "'03 Bonnie & Clyde". In the spring of 2003, Beyonc remade a duet with the late Luther Vandross, "The Closer I Get to You", originally made famous by Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway. In this version, the vocal parts are switched, with Vandross taking Flack's part and Knowles taking Hathaway's. The song was included on both her solo debut album and on Vandross's Dance with My Father album, and the two shared the Grammy for "Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals" that same year. She recently collaborated with her beau, Jay-Z, on his latest album, Kingdom Come, providing the vocals and the hook for the track entitled "Hollywood".
In 2003, Beyonc released her debut solo album, Dangerously in Love. The album entered the Billboard 200 at number one selling 317,000 copies in its first week. It was certified Platinum just three weeks later on June 22, 2003. Its first single, the funky "Crazy in Love", featured a propulsive riff and a guest rap from Jay-Z, rapidly becoming one of the biggest hits of that summer, staying at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 for eight weeks. Dangerously in Love went to the top of the album charts in the UK, Canada, the Netherlands, Germany, Greece, and the Philippines, and peaked on both the U.S. Billboard 200 and R&B charts. The album has sold over four million copies in the U.S. and over eleven million copies worldwide. When her single and album simultaneously topped the main singles chart in both the U.S. and the UK, she became the first act to achieve this feat since Men at Work in 1983, The Beatles, Simon and Garfunkel, and Rod Stewart in the 1960s and 1970s – thus becoming the first and so far the only female artist to do so. Beyonc was consequently one of the biggest-selling artists of 2003. Together with single and album sales they equal to a whopping thirty-three million in sales.
Towards the end of the summer, "Baby Boy", Dangerously in Love's second single, which featured dancehall artist Sean Paul, began to climb the charts. It went on to become one of the biggest hits of 2003, dominating radio airplay in the autumn of 2003, and spending nine weeks at number one – one week longer than "Crazy in Love". Afterwards Beyonc released her third solo single, "Me, Myself and I"; Dangerously in Love's fourth single, "Naughty Girl", came out in mid-2004.
At the 2004 Grammy Awards ceremony, Beyonc won a record-tying five Grammy Awards for her solo effort. These awards included "Best Female R&B Vocal Performance" for "Dangerously in Love 2" and "Best Contemporary R&B Album". Three other female artists hold this record: Lauryn Hill (1999), Alicia Keys (2002), and Norah Jones (2003). She also won a Brit Award in 2004 for "International Female Solo Artist" in the United Kingdom.
In December 2005, Beyonc released "Check on It", featuring rappers Slim Thug and (in the official remix) Bun B. The song was from the Destiny's Child's greatest hits compilation, #1's and the soundtrack to the 2006 film The Pink Panther and it was Knowles' sixth top five hit and third number one in the U.S.
At the 2006 Grammy Awards, Beyonc won a Grammy in the category of "Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals" for the song "So Amazing", a duet with Stevie Wonder from the Luther Vandross tribute album So Amazing: An All-Star Tribute to Luther Vandross.
Knowles' sophomore album B'Day was released worldwide on September 4, 2006 and on September 5, 2006 in the U.S. to coincide with the celebration of Beyonc's twenty-fifth birthday. In its first week, the album sold more than 541,000 copies in the U.S., immediately coming in at number one, making it her highest first-week sales as a solo artist. This is also the highest first-week sales of any solo female artist in 2006, a record which used to be held by pop singer Christina Aguilera whose album Back to Basics sold 346,000 copies in its first week. In the UK, it debuted at number three with sales of 35,000 copies, and has sold in excess of 300,000 copies, making the album Platinum. "Deja Vu", the album's first single, features Jay-Z. Also with the co-production by Rodney Jerkins. Other co-producers on B'Day included Rich Harrison, The Neptunes, and Swizz Beatz. The album was Platinum in a month of its initial release. Currently, the album is certified 2x Platinum and has sold two million copies in the U.S. and more than three million copies worldwide.
The album's lead single "Deja Vu" became a top five hit in the United States and a number-one hit on the U.S. R&B chart and the UK chart, making it Beyonc's second UK number-one single, when it climbed twenty spots to take the top spot over Shakira featuring Wyclef Jean's "Hips Don't Lie" in the week of August 27, 2006.
The second single, "Ring the Alarm", was leaked to the Internet on August 8, 2006. The video for "Ring the Alarm" was released on August 16, 2006 on Yahoo.com and peaked at number one on the site's video chart. "Ring the Alarm" became Beyonc's highest-charting single debut, when it debuted at number twelve on the singles chart. However, it was her first single to miss the top ten in the U.S. Outside North America, "Irreplaceable" was released as the album's second international single in October 2006. It debuted at number fourteen on the official chart and is a number-one on the Irish chart. The single debuted at number eighty-seven on the Hot 100 and number forty-two on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. The song peaked at number four on the UK Singles Chart. The single has also been taking over on the Irish charts, peaking at number one in its second week. "Irreplaceable" is her fourth number-one as solo artist on Billboard Hot 100 chart. It is Beyonc's eighth top ten hit in the U.S. as a solo artist and fourth number-one hit on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs. In December 2006, a Spanish-language version of "Irreplaceable", called "Imprescindible", was released. "Irreplaceable" is now in its fifth consecutive week at number one on the Billboard Hot 100.
Beyonc won her seventh MTV Video Music Award – "Best R&B Video" for "Check on It" – at the 2006 ceremony in August 31. She also performed her hit single "Ring the Alarm" at the awards ceremony. In September 2006, Beyonc won three awards at the UK's MOBO Awards ceremony. In November 2006, she took home an award for "World's Best-Selling R&B Artist" at the 2006 World Music Awards.
On December 6, the nominations for the 2007 Grammy Awards were announced, and Beyonc received five: "Best Female R&B Vocal Performance" for "Ring the Alarm", "Best R&B Song" for "Deja Vu", "Best Contemporary R&B Album" for B'Day, "Best Rap/Sung Collaboration" for "Deja Vu", and "Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical" for "Deja Vu" (Freemasons Club Mix - No Rap) (remixed by Russell Small and James Wiltshire).
Beyonc has also confirmed rumors to Univision that she and Latin superstar Shakira will be releasing a SpanglishLatin pop song entitled "Beautiful Liar". It will be featured on the re-issue of B'Day, which will also include Spanish-language versions of "Deja Vu", "Irreplaceable", and "Ring the Alarm" and the T.I.-featured version of "Upgrade U".
Beyonc also has been hailed by Entertainment Weekly as the 7th Most Entertaining Person of the Year of 2006 and she was ranked the highest musician on the list.
Beyonc has been dating rapper Jay-Z since 2002. The couple has never publicly discussed their relationship, but has reportedly been together for almost four years. Beyonc has stated that she believes that not publicly discussing their relationship has helped them. Jay-Z has said in a People magazine article that "we don't play with our relationship".
There were various rumors that the couple were to wed in late November/early December 2006 in the Caribbean. The rumors proved to be false.
In the summer of 2002, Beyonc co-starred in the film Austin Powers in Goldmember, playing Foxxy Cleopatra opposite Mike Myers and Michael Caine. Beyonc also recorded the song "Work It Out" for the film's soundtrack. "Work It Out" was a top ten hit in the UK and a top forty hit in the Netherlands, Australia, and Ireland, despite being Beyonc's biggest commercial disappointment to date in the U.S., where radio stations barely played the song and the video received very minor exposure, playing only on digital video channels, MTV Jams, and VH1 Soul.
In 2003, Beyonc starred opposite Cuba Gooding, Jr. in the film The Fighting Temptations, and recorded a song for it called "Fighting Temptation", alongside female rappers Missy Elliott, MC Lyte, and Free. Unlike Knowles' own singles, the song did not become a hit, although the film was a moderate success at the box office.
Beyonc co-starred in the film The Pink Panther, playing the role of Xania, an international pop singer, opposite Steve Martin, who plays Inspector Clouseau. The film was released on February 10, 2006, and was number one at the box office on its opening weekend. With Austin Powers in Goldmember and The Pink Panther, Knowles appeared in two films that opened at number one at the box office; the two films have grossed over $481,364,728 worldwide.
Beyonc's latest film work is Dreamgirls, the film adaptation of the hit 1981 Broadway musical about a 1960s singing group loosely based on Motown all-female group The Supremes, as the Diana Ross-based character Deena Jones. The film is scheduled for release on December 25, 2006. On December 14, 2006, Beyonc was nominated for two Golden Globe Awards for the film Dreamgirls – "Best Actress - Motion Picture Musical or Comedy" and "Best Original Song" for "Listen". The film opened number three at the box office with an eight million dollar opening weekend. Beyonc was quoted to say this was her first real acting film.
Beyonc, music producer David Foster, and his daughter, Amy Foster Gillies, wrote Destiny's Child's single "Stand Up for Love" for World Children's Day, an event which takes place annually around the world on November 20 to raise awareness and funds for children's causes worldwide. Destiny's Child lent their voices and support as global ambassadors for the 2005 World Children's Day program.
Beyonc and Kelly Rowland, along with Mathew Knowles, Tina Knowles, and sister Solange Knowles recently announced the formation of the Survivor Foundation, a charitable entity set up for the purpose of providing transitional housing for 2005 Hurricane Katrina victims and storm evacuees in the Houston, Texas area. The Survivor Foundation extends the philanthropic mission of the "Knowles-Rowland Center For Youth", a multi-purpose community outreach facility in downtown Houston.
Animal rights organization People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) have voiced concern over Beyonc wearing and using fur in her clothing line, House of Deron. After winning an online eBay auction, offered by VH1 for the Save the Music Foundation, to dine with Knowles in June 2006, two PETA members confronted the singer at a restaurant in New York City about her use of fur. Knowles did not respond, and the PETA members were escorted out. On August 25, 2006, PETA wrote a letter of concern to Beyonc about the treatment of baby alligators in a photoshoot. Knowles spoke to Arena magazine about the photoshoot for "Ring the Alarm", where a baby alligator had its mouth taped shut. She told Arena, "There was a shot where I held an alligator. (It) had (its) mouth taped – that was my bright idea." Knowles added, "He was really cute, but since his mouth was taped, he didn't have any way to defend himself. He was upset, so he peed on me. That was an experience." The organization contacted a biologist, who wrote a letter to Beyonc. "As a specialist in reptile biology and welfare, I'm concerned about your posing with a terrified baby alligator for your new album cover." He added, "Humans and alligators are not natural bedfellows, and the two should not mix at events such as photo shoots. In my view, doing so is arguably abusive to an animal"
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|2002||"'03 Bonnie & Clyde" (Jay-Z featuring Beyonc)||4||5||—||—||2||20||2||4||1||1||3||49|
|2003||"Crazy in Love" (featuring Jay-Z)||1||1||1||—||1||1||2||2||3||1||1||1|
|"Baby Boy" (featuring Sean Paul)||1||1||2||—||2||6||3||3||5||2||1||29|
|"Me, Myself and I"||4||2||3||—||11||21||11||18||41||1||3||8|
|2005||"Check on It" (featuring Slim Thug)||1||3||1||1||3||2||—||1||7||1||1||1|
|2006||"Deja Vu" (featuring Jay-Z)||4||1||1||10||1||3||12||15||3||6||1||21|
|"Ring the Alarm"||11||3||1||19||112||—||—||—||—||11||46||16|
|2001||Carmen: A Hip Hopera||Carmen Brown||Television film|
|2002||Austin Powers in Goldmember||Foxxy Cleopatra||Debuted at number one; grossed $296,633,907 worldwide|
|2003||The Fighting Temptations||Lilly||Debuted at number three; grossed $32,445,215 worldwide|
|2004||Fade to Black||Herself||Music documentary about Jay-Z|
|2006||The Pink Panther||Xania||Debuted at number one; grossed $158,399,967 worldwide|
|Dreamgirls||Deena Jones||Limited roadshow release December 15, 2006; wide release on December 25, 2006.|
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