Born on September 4, 1981, Beyonce Giselle Knowles, or Beyonce, is an American R’n’B singer, producer, actress and fashion designer. Beyonce became popular in the late 1990s as a part of Destiny’s Child trio, a collective which became one of the most popular women bands in the US, selling over 100 million copies. After the band dissolved, having been mostly responsible for the success of the Destiny’s Child, Beyonce found even more success on the solo career path. In 2002 she also started her acting career playing the role of Foxxy Cleopatra in “Austin Powers in Goldmember”.
Rise To Fame
In 2003 Beyonce announced her first album, “Dangerously in Love”. The album was highly-received, sales reaching more than 11 million copies; her duets “Crazy in Love” with Jay-Z and “Baby Boy” with Sean Paul were leading the Top 10 most popular songs for a long time. The 2003 was a remarkable year in Beyonce’s life also because she succeeded on the commercials field; she replaced Britney Spears as the official face of “Pepsi”.
Back on the Charts, and on the Screens
Beyonce’s third No. 1 single became “Check on It” in 2006. It was the leading song to the “The Pink Panther” movie, where she played one of the main roles. In addition, in 2006, she starred in one of the leading roles in the “Dreamgirls” musical movie. On her 25th birthday, September 4, 2006, the star released her second album, “B’day”, which sold more than seven million copies. The album included the world-wide famous single “Irreplaceable” and it brought Beyonce the seventh Grammy award.
Beyonce, Sasha Fierce and the Grammys
A whole new level of success and fame came to Beyonce in 2009 when she released the “I am…Sasha Fierce” album. The tour in support of the album lasted 11 months in 2010. The results of the album were impressive (even for Beyonce). The concerts were attended by over three million fans on all continents. The album was sold in more than six million copies, the singles where purchased online about 15 million times. Beyonce received six Grammy awards for this album, setting the record for winning the most Grammys during a single ceremony. Some singles from the album, like “Halo” or “Single Ladies” became standards of pop music.
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4, the Album
Her last album saw the light in 2011. The title of the album, “4”, was chosen symbolically. “4” is not only the number of the album, it is fourth day of the month that she was born, her lucky number, and this title was suggested by Beyonce’s fans on social networks. In this last album that has conquered the hit parades in the US and the UK during the first week of release, Beyonce reveals all her talents, in their full beauty. The album included hits like “Run the World (Girls)” and “Best Thing I Never Had”.
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Bet you didn’t know Beyonce was a fashion designer? Besides singing and acting, she has also launched her own line of clothing “House of Deréon” and was the official face of such brands as Tommy Hilfigher, Armani and L’Oreal. As far as we are concerned, she is not only one of the most successful singers of the 20th century, but one of the most successful personalities.
The Recording Industry Association of America, RIAA, has registered her as the singer with the most RIAA certificates in the decade. This is why she has won so many awards and titles. The best part is, it’s neither coincidental nor surprising, and her great talent proves that she fully deserves each one of them.
By Norvan Martin