With the birthday month of Queen Bee come and gone, this has been a rumor fueled month for the Beehive and her constituents.
With rumors of divorce for Beyonce and Jay-Z going on all summer, Beyonce has had a piece of PR to hush the media for just long enough for another rumor to begin.
Beyonce and Jay-Z finished a successful “On The Run” stadium tour, grossing over $96 million, not including the couples Paris leg of the tour which aired on HBO.
In 2003, the world was introduced to solo artist Beyonce, with her “Dangerously in Love” album, and five studio albums later, she has yet to go off the music grid.
While her hits are known worldwide, there may be some tracks which audiences have never experienced, and more often than not those are the tracks, which make the album move as a whole.
Dangerously in Love
In 2003, Beyonce was in the midst of a split with Destiny’s Child, and released her debut studio album “Dangerously in Love.”
The album was a 15 track anthem to her R&B roots, with various songs such as “Signs” featuring Missy Elliot being one of those tracks.
The debut album saw the likes of “Crazy in Love,” “Naughty Girl,” and “Baby Boy” become singles, but the tracks, which Knowles shows off her vocal abilities, such as “Signs” is where the album shines brightest.
This track in particular is not like the others, as it is not radio ready, in the sense that it does not have the cookie cutter formula, which radio singles thrive on. It’s a unique track, because it’s the first time she was out on her own as a solo artist, and she thrived well both in song writing and the execution of the song.
The track shows off hints of R&B, and it’s drawn on with Missy Elliot’s feature. Beyonce’s vocals, while not as mature as they are today, still shine.
Beyonce earned five Grammy Awards with the debut album.
After the success of Beyonce’s debut album as a solo artist, in three years time came the club infectious album of Beyonce’s career to date—”B’Day.”
This album showcased 11 tracks, with singles such as the ultimate breakup song, “Irreplaceable,” “Deja Vu,” and “Ring the Alarm.” Also on the album was Beyonce’s “Get Me Bodied,” which has gained popularity in the drag queen community.
One of the underrated songs off the album was “Freakum Dress,” the party song anthem about getting out to the club and impressing all the men out there.
The theme of the album, which are exhibited in Beyonce’s lyrics, was about making sure the man who left you knows you are better off without, and there will be plenty more men to choose from.
“Freakum Dress” solidifies that theme, with the video showing Beyonce getting ready to go out with her girls, and getting ready to impress.
“B’Day” garnered five Grammy Award nominations, resulting in one win.
I Am…Sasha Fierce
Two years after “B’Day” came, enters alter ego to Beyonce, Sasha Fierce. The album “I Am…Sasha Fierce,” saw the introduction, or rather continuation, of classic Beyonce vocals, and a more mature Beyonce.
This album seemed to have the most singles come out of it, with “If I Were a Boy,” “Halo,” “Ego,” “Diva,” “Single Ladies,” and “Sweet Dreams.” An equal mix of singles released from the “Beyonce” side, and part “Sasha Fierce.”
One of the songs not to make it as a single was “Radio,” the song is reminiscent of the “Dangerously in Love” era. It has a hint of pop/R&B, and hits on some electronic. It ties the whole “Sasha Fierce” side together.
This track is on the “Sasha Fierce” side of the album, and easily understood, since that side of the album was very club hitter heavy, rather than the softer side of “Halo” on the Beyonce side.
The album as a whole, hits on soft vs. heavy, and it seems “Radio” hits on the heavy theme, and is representative of “Sasha Fierce.”
Beyonce was nominated for eight Grammy Awards for this album, winning six.
Three years later, and one baby on the way, came “4.”
The album, which was the fourth in sequence, is also Beyonce’s favorite number, and half of child Blue Ivy’s name. The album was all about girl power, and pop, much like “B’Day.” This album is a grown up version of “B’Day” in a sense.
Singles from the album included “Run The World,” “Best Thing I Never Had,” and “Love on Top,” which is probably the most infamous as Beyonce revealed her pregnancy at the MTV Video Music Awards while performing that song.
Although the song was a single, “Countdown” was overlooked in the slew of singles, and was underrated track of the album. The track was another hint to her pregnancy, and honestly has never made counting more fun.
The video for this song takes a look back at iconic times of dance, and infects the listener with a marching band type tune.
Beyonce won a Grammy Award for “Love on Top.”
The surprise of the decade came when Beyonce released her self-titled album last December, and gave everyone in the music business a run for their money.
“Beyonce” seems to be in a genre all on its own not really seeming to be like any one album, but Beyonce seems to stretch her rap skills and hone in on them in this album. The album features Jay-Z, and recently a collaboration with Nicki Minaj.
A few of the singles off the album include “***Flawless,” which Minaj remixed on, “Partition,” and “Drunk in Love,” with husband Jay-Z.
One of the underrated songs of Beyonce, not gaining quite as much attention as the other tracks, is “Blow.” The song is a huge disco influenced track, with huge overtones of sexual innuendos as well. The song is a good pairing for “Partition,” and works well for the fluidity of the album.
Jay-Z and Beyonce made appearances at the Grammy’s, and announced a joint tour together in support of the album.
At the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards, Beyonce was presented with the Video Vanguard Award, which included a performance of most of “Beyonce.”