An Unauthorized Story on Beyoncé
Shine: An unauthorized story on Beyoncelooks at Beyonce: the triple-threat show biz delight. She's won ten Grammys, sold 120 million records, starred in seven films and headlined three solo world tours, but Beyonce, former member of girl group Destiny's Child and biggest selling female recording artist of the decade she still gets excited about new challenges. Born Beyonce Gisele Knowles in Houston Texas in 1981, she took dance and singing classes to overcome shyness, but it soon become obvious to everyone that she could belt out a tune. By the age of seven she was winning talent competitions, and at fifteen formed Destiny's Child with best friend Kelly Rowland. Knowles's father had so much faith in his daughter's talent that he left his job in sales to manage the group full time, and he was soon rewarded when Columbia signed Destiny's Child to a recording contract. After some line-up changes in the year 2000, the group was finally settled as a trio featuring Knowles, Rowland and Michelle Williams. The group's third album was the first to feature Williams. Titled Survivor it spawned the hits Independent Woman, Bootylicious and Survivor. It earned them their third Grammy for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group. After a slew of awards, the trio took some time out to pursue solo efforts. Three years later, they reformed to produce their final album - Destiny Fulfilled - on which they all had writing and producing credits. The album went on to make them the biggest selling girl group of all time. In June 2005 though, the girls called it quits, deciding to end their fourteen years together on a high note so they could go on to pursue individual goals. This Beyonce in particular has done with irrepressible style, dipping her toes into cinema with Dream Girls and Austin Powers: Goldmember; as well as producing the follow up to her debut solo album Dangerously in Love, B-Day. B-Day included the hit "Irreplaceable", collaboration with boyfriend Jay-Z which stayed on top of the Billboard charts for ten straight weeks, giving Beyonce the most successful single of her career. The star decided to make a video for each song on the album, keeping Beyonce busy shooting eight music clips in two weeks! Her third solo album "I Am... Sasha Fierce" shows the two halves of her personality, the stage persona she calls "Sasha Fierce" in contrast with her quieter, most introspective side. The album includes the hits Halo, If I Were a Boy and Single Ladies. So hard-working, so modest and likable, Beyonce is a natural beauty who is passionate about what she does, and that passion rubs off on her fans and even casual observers. With her solo career hitting all the right notes, and her film career taking off, who knows what Beyonce Knowles will be up to next?
[United States] : Shami Media Group : Made available through hoopla, 2011.
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