Biography of Beyonce Knowles
Birthname: Beyonce Giselle Knowles
Date of birth: 1981-09-03
Birthplace: Houston, Texas, USA
Height: 5' 6"
Profession: actress, musician
BeyoncÃ© Giselle Knowles (born September 4, 1981 is an American R&B singer, songwriter, record producer, actress, dancer, and fashion designer for House of DerÃ©on.
BeyoncÃ© rose to stardom as the lead singer of Destiny's Child, the world's best-selling female group. After a series of commercially-successful singles with the group, she released her debut solo album, Dangerously in Love, in 2003, which topped both the Billboard 200 and the R&B charts in the U.S. and the main albums chart in Canada and the United Kingdom. BeyoncÃ© has won nine Grammy Awards throughout her career - six as a solo artist, and three as a member of Destiny's Child.
BeyoncÃ©'s sophomore album, B'Day, was released to enormous worldwide success on September 4, 2006 to coincide with the celebration of her twenty-fifth birthday. In its first week the album sold over 541,000 copies in North America, making it her highest-selling first week as a solo artist. The album includes hit songs "Deja Vu", "Ring the Alarm", and "Irreplaceable".
BeyoncÃ© is the one of two daughters born to Matthew Knowles, an African-American, and Tina Knowles, an African-American of Creole descent (nÃ©e Celestine Ann "Tina" Beyince or Beyonce) in Houston, Texas. Her maternal grandparents - Lumis Beyince, a seamstress, and Agnes DerÃ©on - were French-speaking Louisiana Creoles., Platinum Celebs, February 18, 2004 Her parents decided on her first name as a tribute to her mother's surname. Her sister is Solange Knowles, a singer and actress.
During the autumn of 2002, BeyoncÃ© was the featured vocalist on rapper Jay-Z's hit single, "'03 Bonnie & Clyde". In the spring of 2003, BeyoncÃ© remade a duet with the late Luther Vandross, "The Closer I Get to You", originally made famous by Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway.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 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 new album, Kingdom Come, providing the vocals and the hook for the track entitled: "Hollywood". She is also rumored to be working with Remy Ma, for her upcoming album, and the track is set to be titled 'Queen'.
Dangerously in Love
In 2003, BeyoncÃ© 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 five million copies in the US and over eleven million copies worldwide. When her single and album simultaneously topped the main singles charts 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. BeyoncÃ© was consequently one of the biggest-selling artists of 2003.
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 BeyoncÃ©'s twenty-fifth birthday. In its first week the album sold more than 541,000 copies domestically, immediately coming in at number one, making it her highest-selling first week as a solo artist. This is also the highest first-week sales of any solo female artist in 2006. This record used to be held by pop singer Christina Aguilera who sold 346,000 copies of Back to Basics in its first week. In the UK, it debuted at number three with sales of 35,000 copies, and has sold in excess of 150,000 copies. "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. BeyoncÃ© finished work on her second studio album in two weeks. Within four weeks, the album was certified Platinum in the U.S. and has sold 1.4 million copies on the US and 2.3 million worldwide.
In 2001, BeyoncÃ© turned to acting, starring alongside actor Mekhi Phifer in the MTV television movie .
BeyoncÃ©, 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.
Animal rights organization People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) have voiced concern over BeyoncÃ© wearing and using fur in her clothing line, House of DerÃ©on.PETA Ambushes BeyoncÃ©, smh.com.au 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.BBC.co.uk Knowles did not respond, and the PETA members were escorted out.AOL video