Beyoncé, singer
Destiny's Child
birth name: Beyoncé Giselle Knowles


September 4, 1981, Houston, TX

One of the most recognizable characters in modern-day R&B, Beyoncé first rose to fame as the siren-voiced centerpiece of Destiny's Child before embarking on a multi-platinum solo career in 2001. Booming record sales, Grammy awards, movie roles, and a romance with rapper/CEO Jay-Z combined to heighten her profile in the 2000s, making the singer a virtual mainstay in the entertainment world. While some media outlets derisively championed Paris Hilton as “the next Marilyn Monroe,” Beyoncé was a much better contender for the role, her glittering pop culture persona only matched by her success onscreen and on record. ~ Allmusic: Beyoncé ~ retrieved September 1, 2013 © Allmusic

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September 4, 1993 ~ Billboard Hot 100 ~ #3 (2) Tag Team, Whoomp! (There It Is) ~ #2 (3) Mariah Carey, Dreamlover ~ #1 (1) UB40, Can't Help Falling In Love


Her “I Am” tour should have taken her to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, but Beyoncé axed the gig after the government demanded she cover up. Malaysia’s strict guidelines require female performers to dress modestly. Artists are also banned from jumping or shouting on stage, never mind suggestive dancing. No wonder Beyoncé developed a “scheduling conflict.” ~ Virgin Media: Most Outrageous Excuses For Cancelling Gigs ~ retrieved July 7, 2015 © Virgin Media

Beyonce ~ Ranked #33 Men's Health 100 Hottest Women Of All Time in 2013

Beyoncé ~ Single Ladies, Put A Ring On It (Harrell/Knowles/Stewart/The-Dream) ~ Named one of the Time 100 All-TIME Greatest Songs in 2011 ~ [Beyoncé] is the voice of women who won’t settle for less than the best — and the song fits neatly into that premise (and sets up its scenario with ingenious concision). ~ 2011 © TIME

Destiny's Child

Destiny's Child had their first recording debut in 1997, with the song Killing Time from the Men In Black Soundtrack. The group's self-titled album was released in 1998 to lukewarm reviews. The first single for the album 'No, No, No was released in two different forms. The second form, No, No, No Part 2 featured Wyclef Jean and was a #1 hit on the R&B charts and reached #3 on the Hot 100. The single went platinum, helping the album do the same. The other singles failed and the girls were believed to be a one-hit wonder group. Not to be discouraged, the girls went back to work on a second album with an all-star line up of producers. Their work came out in 1999 and was The Writing's On The Wall. Critics were positive about the album and its first single Bills, Bills, Bills was their first #1 hit on the Hot 100. ~ RnB Haven: Destiny's Child ~ retrieved July 15, 2013 © RnB Haven

Destiny's Child ~ Ranked #3 Billboard Top 10 Girl Groups in 2014.

Destiny's Child ~ The Writing's On The Wall (1999) ~ #433 #DLW500 Dylan's 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time in 2012

Destiny's Child ~ Bills Bills Bills ~ Ranked #363 RIAA Songs Of The Century in 2001

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