Certainly, Beyonce Knowles is not a name you would simply shrug off. Now considered as an icon for her genre, she has surely gone a long way from being the lead singer in one of the world’s best-selling girl groups of all time, Destiny’s Child. Her name also became more stirring when she got into a relationship with Jay-Z, another influential and popular R&B singer with whom Beyonce has collaborated a couple of times. In fact, Beyonce and Jay-Z have been named as a power couple in the 100 Most Influential People of 2006 of Time magazine. One of the greatest milestones in the personal life of Beyonce took place in January 2012 when she gave birth to her daughter, Blue Ivy Carter. As a singer and performer, her numerous accolades and awards certify that she has already made a mark in the music industry.
Predominantly an R&B and pop music album, Beyonce’s 4 serves as her entry to artistic freedom. Her latest album released in June 2011focuses on matters of the heart with a variety of ballads, mid- and up-tempos. 4’s most popular singles include Run the World, Best Thing I Never Had, Countdown, Love on Top and Care. The album features a total of 72 recorded tracks with an eclectic mix of dance hits, club jams and introspective ballads. Thus, you can certainly find one single in Beyonce’s 4 that will suit your preference. With sounds drawn from a variety of influences, Beyonce’s fourth album is undeniably a manifestation or a showcase of her self-reinvention.
B’day, Beyonce’s second album, shows the artist taking one step higher in her artistry. Definitely, this album is a showcase of Beyonce’s vocal firepower, focus, energy and empathy. In particular, B’day features a short, tight and energetic set with upbeat numbers but only light ballads. This album’s top tracks include Get Me Bodied, Suga Mama, Irreplaceable and Resentment. Most of the tracks of this album exude the spirit and power of a woman. Although some songs were
weakly received by the audience, B’day has still generated numerous positive comments from critics.
The dual-disc format of Beyonce’s second album is one of the features that will catch your attention. The two discs feature contrasting facets of Knowles’ personality as an individual and as a singer. The first disc features slow music including introspective R&B and ballads while uptempo dance and electropop genres dominate the content of the second disc. In addition, this album has produced numerous chart-topping singles such as If I Were A Boy, Halo, Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It) and Diva.
Being the debut solo album, Dangerously in Love was certainly looked forward to by those who followed Beyonce during the Destiny’s Child popularity. A mixture of uptempos and ballads are featured in the debut solo album. This album alone has generated 317,000 sales on its first week and has given Beyonce five Grammy awards. Dangerously in Love’s top singles include Baby Boy, Crazy in Love, Me, Myself and I and Naughty Girl. These songs were thought of as reflection of Beyonce’s blossoming relationship with Jay-Z.