Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter
Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter is an American R & B and soul singer, actress, songwriter and multiple Grammy award winner. She was a member of the R & B girl group Destiny's Child until 2005. As a stage name she uses her first name Beyoncé, while she calls herself at concerts Sasha Fierce. The media use the term "bootylicious" (a combination of the words booty and delicious ("delicious", in the figurative sense also: "glorious") to describe Beyonce's figure.
Beyoncé has been working as a solo artist since 2003. She has sold over 120 million records worldwide, and her four albums released so far have all reached # 1 on the Billboard charts in the US. Beyoncé was named best artist of the decade by Billboard magazine in 2009’ and in 2011 she received the Billboard Millennium Award.
2003's Beyoncé Solodebut, Dangerously in Love, climbed to the top of the sales charts in both the US R & B and pop charts and album charts in Canada, Australia, Germany and the UK. Four releases from the album were in the top 10, including Crazy in Love, a collaboration with Jay-Z and Baby Boy with Sean Paul, both of which ranked number 1 in the charts in the summer and fall of 2003 directly after each other. And each were awarded platinum. Furthermore, Beyoncé received five Grammy Awards in 2004.
In January 2006, Beyoncé scored Check on it, the title song for the movie The Pink Panther, the third number 1 hit on the US Billboard charts. In September 2006, Beyoncé released her second solo album B'Day, for whose production, Darkchild, Swizz Beat, Rich Harrison, and The Neptunes were responsible. The first single Déja Vu placed at number one on the British singles charts and rose both in Germany, and in Switzerland in the top 10 of the sales charts. While another Top 20 success followed in the United States with the title Ring the Alarm, Beyoncé’s second international release was in October 2006 with the song Irreplaceable.
On November 14, 2008 Beyoncé released her third album titled I Am ... Sasha Fierce. For the album Beyoncé expanded her alter ego Sasha Fierce. The album also debuted at number one on the American Billboard 200 and was awarded in the US with double platinum. The single release Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It) reached # 1 on the charts in the US. In the United Kingdom, If I Were a Boy became their fourth number one.
In February 2011, WikiLeaks published documents showing that Beyoncé along with Usher, Mariah Carey and Nelly Furtado each received a million dollars to sing for the family of the Libyan ruler Muammar al-Gaddafi. On December 13, 2013, she published without notice and promotion on the Internet portal iTunes her fifth studio album, which bears the title Beyoncé. Drake, Jay Z and Frank Ocean worked as guest musicians. The album reached number 1 in many countries of the iTunes charts.
On April 23, 2016 she released her sixth studio album Lemonade, which was released after the broadcast of a one-hour eponymous short film that includes the music videos of all the songs on the album and is accompanied by poems. The album took # 1 on the American Billboard 200 and was voted # 1 of the 50 best albums of the Billboard Charts 2016 by Rolling Stone Magazine.