Destiny's Child Destiny Fulfilled
BeyoncÃ© and Destiny's Child toured as an opening act for both Christina Aguilera and TLC before their self-titled debut album Destiny's Child was released. The band is managed by her father, Matthew Knowles, who is acknowledged as a strong force in BeyoncÃ©'s life. BeyoncÃ© is the main songwriter for the group and is generally regarded as its leader. The group has currently returned from a hiatus since 2001, when its three current members, BeyoncÃ©, Kelly Rowland, and Michelle Williams, each decided to temporarily pursue solo careers.
Their 1998 platinum-selling debut album was produced by Wyclef Jean and Jermaine Dupri and featured the platinum-selling, number-one Hot 100 single "No, No, No". Destiny Child's second album The Writing's On The Wall, released in 1999, featured two number-one hits in "Bills, Bills, Bills" and "Say My Name". "Bug-A-Boo" and "Jumpin' Jumpin'" were also popular singles from the album. "Say My Name" won two awards at the 2001 Grammy Awards for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal and Best R&B Song, the latter of which was awarded to the songwriters, which included BeyoncÃ© herself.
Their next album, Survivor, proved to be another smash, going to number one on both the American Billboard 200 and R&B Albums charts, as well as the Canadian album chart. Two singles from the album went to the top of the Hot 100: "Independent Women" (Part 1) and "Bootylicious", with the album's title track reaching number two. "Independent Women" (Part 1) had been the theme song for Charlie's Angels in late 2000, before the album's 2001 release. The title track "Survivor" would win the group their third Grammy for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal. The album's fourth and final single, "Emotions", was a cover of the Bee Gees hit of the same name; it continued the group's impressive string of top ten hits.
In 2001, BeyoncÃ© 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 woman, and the second woman of any race to win the award.
In 2004, the group began receiving threats from an obsessed fan from San Diego, California named LaToya Langford. Primarily aimed at BeyoncÃ©, the threats caused major setbacks for the group. Langford continued the threats, until her arrest on August 23 2004 at her San Diego home. After Langford's arrest the release of Destiny Fulfilled went through. "Lose My Breath" and "Soldier" both became top-five hits on the Hot 100; their last single, "Cater 2 U", made it to the top twenty, while "Girl", their third single, only managed to reach the top forty.
On June 13 2005 it was announced that the group would disband after their world tour ended in September 2005.
BeyoncÃ© then turned to acting, starring alongside Mekhi Phifer in the MTV TV film Carmen: A Hip Hopera, without any previous training. This film was the modern equivalent of the 1954 musical Carmen which starred Harry Belafonte and Dorothy Dandridge.
In the summer of 2002, BeyoncÃ© co-starred in the film Austin Powers in Goldmember opposite Mike Myers as Austin Powers, as Foxxy Cleopatra. The film is in The Guinness Book of World Records as gaining the Highest Box Office Comedy Film gross. She also recorded a song called "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 BeyoncÃ©'s biggest flop to date in her home country; in America, radio barely played the song and the video received very minor exposure, only on digital video channels, MTV Jams and VH1 Soul.
In 2003, BeyoncÃ© starred in the film The Fighting Temptations opposite Cuba Gooding Jr., and recorded a song for it called "Fighting Temptation", with rappers Missy Elliott, Free, and MC Lyte. Unlike BeyoncÃ©'s own singles, the song did not become popular, although the film was a moderate success.
BeyoncÃ© is currently in post-production for The Pink Panther in which she plays role of Xania, appearing opposite Steve Martin, who plays Inspector Clouseau. The film is scheduled for release on February 10 2006.
During Autumn 2002, BeyoncÃ© was the featured vocalist on then-rumored boyfriend Jay-Z's smash single, "'03 Bonnie And Clyde". In Spring 2003, BeyoncÃ© 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 BeyoncÃ© taking Hathaway's. The song was included both on her debut solo album and on Vandross's Dance with My Father album, and they shared the Grammy for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals.
Beyonce's debut solo album Dangerously in Love
In 2003, BeyoncÃ© released her debut solo album Dangerously in Love. Its first single, "Crazy in Love", featured a propulsive riff and a guest rap from Jay-Z and rapidly became one of the biggest hits of that summer, staying at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles chart for nine weeks. Dangerously in Love went to the top of the album charts in the UK and Canada, as well as on both the American pop (Billboard 200) and R&B charts. This album has sold over four million copies in U.S. and more than eight million copies worldwide source . When single and album simultaneously topped the pop charts in both the U.S. and the UK, she became the first act to achieve this feat since Men at Work in 1983; in the 1960s and 1970s, it was performed by The Beatles, Simon and Garfunkel, and Rod Stewart.
On the televised celebration of July 4 in 2003, BeyoncÃ© provoked controversy with the Grant Memorial Association for her performance of "Crazy in Love", in which she danced in a "patently inappropriate" way on the steps of the tomb of President Ulysses S. Grant. President Grant's great-grandsons Ulysses Grant Dietz and Chapman Foster Grant, spoke up on Knowles' behalf. "The way the world is now, who cares?" said Chapman Grant, "who knows? If the old guy were alive, he might have enjoyed it."
In the same year, BeyoncÃ© was Punk'd by Ashton Kutcher just a couple of minutes after ruining Christmas at Universal Studios Hollywood.
Towards the end of the summer, "Baby Boy", Dangerously in Love's second single, which featured dancehall star Sean Paul, began to climb the charts. It went on to become one of the biggest hits of 2003, dominating radio airplay in Autumn 2003, and spending nine weeks at number one —one week longer than "Crazy in Love". In late 2005 BeyoncÃ© was served with a lawsuit for a claimed copyright theft from a young girl named Jennifer Armour. Armour claimed that she sent the song to BeyoncÃ©'s label, and that she used it without permission. The Knowles have not commented publically on the lawsuit, nor have the Armours.
Fresh from the success of "Baby Boy", BeyoncÃ© released her third solo single, "Me Myself and I" towards the end of 2003; Dangerously in Love’' fourth single, "Naughty Girl", came out in mid-2004. The former peaked at number three, while the latter reached number three on the Billboard Hot 100.
At the 2004 Grammy awards ceremony, Beyonce won a record tying five Grammy awards for her solo effort. These awards included Best Female R&B Vocal Performance for "Dangerously in Love II", and Best Contemporary R&B album.
BeyoncÃ©, 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. Over the past three years, more than $50 million has been raised to benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities and other children's organizations.
Destiny's Child lent their voices and support as global ambassadors for the 2005 program. In this role, BeyoncÃ©, Kelly Rowland, and Michelle Williams visited Ronald McDonald Houses around the world during their Destiny Fulfilled... and Lovin' It global tour and donated a portion of their North American ticket sales to Ronald McDonald House Charities.
BeyoncÃ© and Kelly Rowland, along with Mathew Knowles, Tina Knowles, and Solange Knowles-Smith recently announced the formation of the Survivor Foundation, a charitable entity set up for the purpose of providing transitional housing for 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.
Beyonce's singing can be heard on forthcoming music projects including her duet with Stevie Wonder on So Amazing: An All Star Tribute to Luther Vandross and her cover of Rose Royce's classic "Wishing on a Star" featured on the soundtrack to the film Roll Bounce. Beyonce is launching her own clothing line House of Dereon with her mother, Tina, November 2005. Destiny's Child modelled some of the clothing during their 2005 World Tour and during their performance at the annual Fashion Rocks concert, which took place September 9th. Beyonce's second solo album is expected to be released in September 2006. Beyonce will also star in the movie Dreamgirls about a singing group in the 1960's loosley based on The Supremes. In the movie she will play the Diana Ross-based character Deena Jones. It is scheduled for release in 2006.
Voice Profile and Capabilities
- Voice type: Full Soprano
- Highest notes: D6 , E6, possible F6 or G6
- Lowest notes: C3, E3
- Vocal range: (approx) 3.2 octaves (C3-D6)
BeyoncÃ© is capable of employing intricate melismata, and this technique is a central feature of her sound. She has been hailed frequently by the media as one of the best contemporary Pop/R&B singers. In Cove's magazine list of the 100 Outstanding Pop Vocalists, she placed seventh, one place behind Whitney Houston .
Solo career achievements
- First female artist to have a number-one album and a number-one single in the U.S. and the U.K. simultaneously.
- Remains the only African-American female to win the ASCAP Pop-songwriter award, and second female (the first is Diane Warren).
- Biggest selling female R&B artist of 2003.
- Beyonce has sung three of the five nominees for the Best Original Song at the Academy Awards (Oscars) in 2005.
- Beyonce has won five Grammy Awards for her solo effort; tying the record with Alicia Keys, Norah Jones, and Lauryn Hill for the most awards won by a female artist in a single year.
- Beyonce has won over thirty industry awards for her solo efforts, including five Grammys, four MTV Video Music Awards, a Brit Award for Best International Female Solo Artist — beating Alicia Keys, Missy Elliott, and Kylie Minogue.
BeyoncÃ© with her Soul Train Music Award.
- For more details on this topic, see BeyoncÃ© Knowles Awards and Nominations.
- Dangerously In Love European Tour: 2003
- 46664 Concert (Nelson Mandela's Charity Concert in South Africa - To Fight Against Aids, HIV Cancer, Diseases): 2003 (With Bono from U2)
- The Verizon Ladies First Tour: 2004 (with Alicia Keys and Missy Elliot)
For more information about her singles, albums certifications, and music video, see BeyoncÃ© Knowles Discography
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||MTV's Hip-Hopera: Carmen
|| Carmen Brown
|| On TV & DVD
||Austin Powers in Goldmember
|| Foxxy Cleopatra
|| debuted at #1 est. grossed $288,000,000 worldwide source
||The Fighting Temptations
|| debuted at #3 est. grossed $32,000,000 worldwide source
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||The Pink Panther
|| Deena Jones
Solo Endorsements and Products
Tommy Hilfiger Fragrances
- True Star — 2004
- True Star Gold — 2005
- List of best-selling music artists
- List of number-one hits (United States)
- List of artists who reached number one on the Hot 100 (US)
- List of Number 1 Dance Hits (United States)
- List of artists who reached number one on the US Dance chart
- The Untold Story of how Tina & Mathew Knowles Created The Destiny's Child Gold Mine - Interview
- Official Website
- All Music Guide BeyoncÃ© article
- Beyonce Knowles Internet Movie Database Entry
- BeyoncÃ© Knowles Lyrics
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