Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter, simply known as Beyoncé, (/biˈjɒnseɪ/ bee-yon-say) (born September 4, 1981) is an American recording artist and actress. Born and raised in Houston, Texas, she performed in various singing and dancing competitions as a child, and rose to fame in the late 1990s as lead singer of R&B girl-group Destiny’s Child. Managed by her father Mathew Knowles, the group became one of the world’s best-selling girl groups of all time.
Beyoncé (styled as BEYONCÉ) is the self-titled fifth studio album by American recording artist Beyoncé, released on December 13, 2013 by Parkwood Entertainment and Columbia Records. Described by Beyoncé as a “visual album”, the record consists of fourteen tracks, each having an accompanying music video. Musically, the album explores electro–R&B and pop elements, combining minimalist production, loose song structure and emotive vocals. Beyoncé revisits her common theme of self-empowerment, but takes on much darker themes previously unexplored in her music, such as postnatal depression, insecurities of womanhood and frank, often explicit, discussion of sex.
Recording for the album began in 2012 in The Hamptons, New York, and continued during Beyoncé’s world tour in 2013 under strict secrecy. The album was unexpectedly released to the iTunes Store on December 13, 2013, with no prior promotion or announcement.
Beyoncé garnered acclaim from critics who commended its experimental production and her vocal performance. In the United States,Beyoncé debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 with three-day sales of 617,213 digital copies, giving Beyoncé her fifth consecutive number-one.
It became the highest first-week sales of her solo career, and the best-selling debut week for a female artist in 2013; six days after release it had sold one million digital copies worldwide. “XO” was chosen as the lead single for both the US and worldwide, while “Drunk in Love” was released to urban radio in the US only. The album has sold 3 million units worldwide as of January 2014.
“XO” is a song by American recording artist Beyoncé from her fifth studio album, Beyoncé (2013). The song was released worldwide on December 16, 2013 as the lead contemporary hit radio single from the album.
OneRepublic frontman Ryan Tedder co-wrote the song in a collaboration with Terius Nash and Knowles, while the production was handled by Nash, Tedder, Knowles, with additional production from Hit-Boy and HazeBanga. Backed by “jittery keyboards” and synthesizers, it is a mid-tempo pop track that incorporates elements of electronic music.
Upon release, “XO” received positive reviews from critics, who praised the song for being “radio-ready.” “XO” contains an audio sample from Space Shuttle Challenger disaster, the use of which was heavily criticized by the families of the lost crew, NASA, and the media. Knowles released a statement saying that the song “was recorded with the sincerest intention to help heal those who have lost loved ones,” and that the sample was included as a tribute to the Challenger crew.
A music video was filmed for the song in Coney Island and was directed by Terry Richardson. Upon its release, it received positive reviews from most critics who noted that it was a suitable accompaniment for the sound of the song. Knowles also performed the song during the last stops of the North American leg on The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour in December, 2013.
“Drunk in Love” is a song by American recording artist Beyoncé, featuring her husband American rapper Jay-Z. The duo along withNoel Fisher, Andre Eric Proctor, Rasool Diaz, Brian Soko, Timbaland, Jerome Harmon, and Boots composed the song for Beyoncé’s self-titled fifth studio album Beyoncé (2013).
Musically, “Drunk in Love” is dominated by trap beats in chunks and bass. Its lyrics depict female sexuality as Beyoncé adopts sensual and confident vocals. Jay-Z performs a rap verse on the song. Contemporary music critics wrote generally positive reviews for “Drunk in Love”, many of whom called it a follow-up to Beyoncé’s and Jay-Z’s 2003 song “Crazy in Love“. They also commended its appeal to urban radio and Beyoncé’s as well as Jay-Z’s vocals.
“Drunk in Love” peaked at number two on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart and number one on the US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. Despite only being released in the US, it also managed to appear on some international charts; it reached the top ten in New Zealand and the United Kingdom, where it became Beyoncé’s 17th top ten hit.
The single’s accompanying music video was directed by Hype Williams and shot in black-and-white in Golden Beach, Miami at a beach front manse. “Drunk in Love” was performed by Beyoncé and Jay-Z at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards.
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