Beyoncé Giselle Knowles (born September 4, 1981) is an R&B singer, songwriter, record producer, actress, fashion designer and model. Knowles rose to fame as the creative force and lead singer of R&B girl group Destiny's Child, one of the world's best-selling female groups of all time, with over fifty million records sold.
In the summer of 2002, Beyoncé co-starred in the film Austin Powers in Goldmember, playing Foxxy Cleopatra opposite Mike Myers and Michael Caine. Beyoncé also recorded the song "Work It Out" for the film's soundtrack. It was her debut solo single and it flopped hard. The song received almost no airplay and very little video play. It remains her biggest commercial disappointment to date.
During the autumn of 2002, Knowles was the featured vocalist on rapper Jay-Z's hit single, "'03 Bonnie & Clyde". In the spring of 2003, Knowles remade a duet with Luther Vandross, "The Closer I Get to You", originally made famous by Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway.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 latest album, Kingdom Come, providing the vocals and the hook for the track entitled "Hollywood". This song is also on B' Day Deluxe Editon.
After a series of commercially successful releases with the group, Knowles released her debut solo album Dangerously in Love in 2003. The album became one of the biggest commercial successes of the year, topping the album charts in the U.S. and the UK. It also spawned the number-one singles "Crazy in Love" and "Baby Boy" and earned Knowles five Grammy Awards in a single night in 2004. Knowles' sophomore album, B’Day, which was released worldwide on September 4, 2006 (her twenty-fifth birthday), continued her success. The album spawned the UK number-one singles "Deja Vu" and "Beautiful Liar". As well as U.S. near-top ten hit "Ring the Alarm", and the worldwide number-one hit "Irreplaceable", B'Day also earned Knowles her 10th Grammy Award.
In 2007, Knowles embarked on her long The Beyoncé Experience concert tour which has sold out various shows worldwide. She is expected to have Robin Thicke, Lemar (Europe Only), and Chris Brown (Australia Only) as her opening acts. She will tour from the beginning of the spring of 2007 to the end of the summer of 2007.
Knowles will release a live album from The Beyoncé Experience Tour after its conclusion in late 2007. With the success of Beyoncé unmatched, the upcoming Yobudget.com is currently looking into a lucrative partnership approach with Miss Knolwes to further her success beyond records, movies, deodorant and clothing.