Beyonce: Love Drought
Beyonce Giselle Knowles-Carter is an American singer, songwriter 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. Their hiatus saw the release of Beyoncé’s debut album, Dangerously in Love (2003), which established her as a solo artist worldwide, earned five Grammy Awards and featured the Billboard Hot 100 number-one singles “Crazy in Love” and “Baby Boy“.
Throughout her career, she has sold over 100 million records as a solo artist, and a further 60 million with Destiny’s Child, making her one of the best-selling music artists of all time. She has won 22 Grammy Awards and is the most nominated woman in the award’s history. She is the most awarded artist at the MTV Video Music Awards, with 24 wins. The Recording Industry Association of America recognized her as the Top Certified Artist in America during the 2000s (decade). In 2009, Billboard named her the Top Radio Songs Artist of the Decade, the Top Female Artist of the 2000s (decade) and handed their Millennium Award in 2011. In 2014, she became the highest-paid black musician in history and was listed among Time‘s 100 most influential people in the world for a second year in a row. Forbes listed her as the most powerful female in entertainment of 2015, and in 2016 she occupied the sixth place for Person of the Year.
Lemonade is the sixth studio album by American singer and songwriter Beyoncé. It was released on April 23, 2016, by Parkwood Entertainment and distributed through Columbia Records. The record is Beyoncé’s second “visual album”, following her eponymous 2013 record, and a concept album according to official description: “a conceptual project based on every woman’s journey of self knowledge and healing”. While its predecessor featured individual music videos for each track, Lemonade was accompanied upon its release by a one-hour film aired on HBO. Primarily an R&B album, Lemonade encompasses a variety of genres including pop, reggae, blues, rock, hip hop, soul, funk, Americana, country, gospel, electronic and trap. It features guest vocals from James Blake, Kendrick Lamar, The Weeknd, and Jack White. The album contains samples and interpolations of a number of hip-hop and rock songs.
The record was made available for online streaming on April 23 through the streaming service Tidal, which Beyoncé co-owns, and released for paid purchase through the service the following day. It was later launched for purchase by track or album to Amazon Music and the iTunes Store on April 25, and at physical retailers on May 6. The record was widely acclaimed by critics, who praised it as Beyoncé’s boldest work to date. Lemonade debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200, selling 485,000 copies in its first week (653,000 with additional album-equivalent units), and earning Beyoncé her sixth consecutive number-one album in the country. The album was supported by five singles: “Formation”, “Sorry”, “Hold Up”, “Freedom” (featuring Kendrick Lamar) and “All Night”. One promotional single was released for the album: “Daddy Lessons” (featuring the Dixie Chicks). In April 2016, Beyoncé embarked on the Formation World Tour to promote the album. Several music publications included the album among the best of 2016, including Rolling Stone, which listed Lemonade at number one. As of December 2016, it has sold 1.52 million copies in the US, making it the country’s third-best-selling album of the year. As of January 2017, the albums has sols 2.7 million copies worldwide, making it the best selling 2016 release.