Dangerously in Love

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Dangerously in Love
A brunette woman is standing in front of a blue wall. She is making a heart with her arms at her left side. She wears a cape made with diamonds.
Studio album by Beyoncé
ReleasedJune 22, 2003 (2003-06-22)
Recorded2002 — March 2003
Patchwerk Studios
(Atlanta, Georgia)
SugarHill Studios
(Houston, Texas)
South Beach Studios
(Miami, Florida)
Baseline Studios, SoHo Studios, Sony Music Studios
(New York City, New York)
COE.BE.3 Studios
(Stone Mountain, Georgia)
Genre
Length60:52
LabelColumbia, Music World
ProducerBeyoncé Knowles, Rich Harrison, Scott Storch, Missy Elliott, Craig Brockman, Nisan Stewart, Bryce Wilson, Focus..., Andreao "Fanatic" Heard", Sherrod Barnes, D-Roy, Mr. B, Nat Adderley, Jr., Errol "Poppi" McCalla, Jr., Mark Batson
Beyoncé chronology
Dangerously in Love
(2003)
Live at Wembley
(2004)
Singles from Dangerously in Love
  1. "Crazy in Love"
    Released: May 18, 2003
  2. "Baby Boy"
    Released: August 3, 2003
  3. "Me, Myself and I"
    Released: October 19, 2003
  4. "Naughty Girl"
    Released: March 14, 2004
 
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Dangerously in Love
A brunette woman is standing in front of a blue wall. She is making a heart with her arms at her left side. She wears a cape made with diamonds.
Studio album by Beyoncé
ReleasedJune 22, 2003 (2003-06-22)
Recorded2002 — March 2003
Patchwerk Studios
(Atlanta, Georgia)
SugarHill Studios
(Houston, Texas)
South Beach Studios
(Miami, Florida)
Baseline Studios, SoHo Studios, Sony Music Studios
(New York City, New York)
COE.BE.3 Studios
(Stone Mountain, Georgia)
Genre
Length60:52
LabelColumbia, Music World
ProducerBeyoncé Knowles, Rich Harrison, Scott Storch, Missy Elliott, Craig Brockman, Nisan Stewart, Bryce Wilson, Focus..., Andreao "Fanatic" Heard", Sherrod Barnes, D-Roy, Mr. B, Nat Adderley, Jr., Errol "Poppi" McCalla, Jr., Mark Batson
Beyoncé chronology
Dangerously in Love
(2003)
Live at Wembley
(2004)
Singles from Dangerously in Love
  1. "Crazy in Love"
    Released: May 18, 2003
  2. "Baby Boy"
    Released: August 3, 2003
  3. "Me, Myself and I"
    Released: October 19, 2003
  4. "Naughty Girl"
    Released: March 14, 2004

Dangerously in Love is the debut studio album by American recording artist Beyoncé Knowles, released on June 22, 2003 by Columbia Records. Recording sessions for the album took place in 2002 to 2003 at several studios, during the hiatus of her then-group Destiny's Child. The tracks in the album are a mixture of uptempos and ballads, which are basically inspired by R&B and soul genres; it also features elements of hip hop and Arabic music. Although Knowles remained discreet about her interpretation of the songs, its underlying meanings were attributed by music writers as an allusion to her intimate relationship with then-boyfriend and well-known music mogul Jay-Z.

Dangerously in Love propelled Knowles in becoming a viable solo star, as well as one of the most marketable singers in the recording industry. It became a worldwide commercial success, earning multi-platinum certifications in Australia, the United Kingdom, and the United States. The album debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200 chart, selling 317,000 copies in its first week. Dangerously in Love received mixed to positive reviews from music critics upon its release and earned Knowles five Grammy Awards.

Background[edit]

Knowles launched her career as lead singer to R&B group Destiny's Child in the late 1990s. According to Corey Moss of MTV News, "fans are eager to see" how Knowles, after years with the group, performs solo.[1] While recording their third album, Survivor, in late 2000, Knowles announced the group would be put on hiatus in order for the members to produce solo albums in the coming years, which they hoped would boost interest in Destiny's Child.[2] The idea of individual releases emanated from the group's manager and Knowles' father, Mathew.[3]

With different types of music for each member to produce, the albums were not intended to compete on the charts.[4] Destiny's Child's management strategically planned to stagger the release of each group member's album to maximise sales. Michelle Williams was the first to release a debut solo album, Heart to Yours, in April 2002.[4] Meanwhile, Knowles debuted on the big screen, starring in the comedy film Austin Powers in Goldmember, and recorded her debut single, "Work It Out", which is featured on the soundtrack to the film.[4] Rowland collaborated with American rapper Nelly on the song "Dilemma" as a featured artist; it became a hit that year, leading the label to advance the release date of her debut solo album, Simply Deep, in late 2002. Knowles also starred in The Fighting Temptations and recorded another solo single. In 2002, she collaborated with then-boyfriend Jay-Z as featured vocalist on the song "'03 Bonnie & Clyde". The single earned Knowles credibility and paved the way for the release of Dangerously in Love.[4][5]

Recording[edit]

A woman sings on stage. She wears a long transparent dress while she holds her left arm open.
Knowles singing the title track "Dangerously in Love 2", originally by Destiny's Child

Before Knowles began recording for Dangerously in Love, she selected the producers with whom she would collaborate. For two days, she held meetings with prospective producers from the West Coast across the East Coast, and had interviews with them.[6] Knowles went to Miami, Florida to begin sessions with Canadian record producer Scott Storch, her first collaborator,[7] and lived in a Miami hotel in the following months.[8] As she wanted to concentrate on the album, Knowles took her time to avoid pressure build-up, significantly different from the hasty productions of Destiny's Child.[8]

As she did on Survivor, Knowles took a wider role in the production of Dangerously in Love, co-writing a majority of the songs, choosing which ones to produce and sharing ideas on the mixing and mastering of tracks.[9] Although Knowles did not create beats, she came up with melodies and ideas she shared with the producers. With 43 songs completed — 15 of which made it to the album[8]— Knowles is credited as co-writer and co-producer,[10] as well as the album's executive producer alongside Matthew Knowles.

Knowles felt that recording an album without her group mates was "liberating and therapeutic", coming into the studio and freely expressing her ideas with her collaborators.[9] The dependency she developed with Destiny's Child, however, meant it was harder "to be on [her] own creatively".[9] As she wanted to grow as an artist Knowles contacted other artists with a view to forming a collaborative partnership. When the collective finished writing several songs, she printed copies of each and sent them to prospective guest artists. She talked to them by phone for possible collaboration, eventually gaining their approval. Besides Jay-Z, Knowles was able to work with Jamaican artist Sean Paul, American rapper Missy Elliott, among others. In contrast, some artists sent copies of songs to Knowles, which were eventually produced. Additionally, Knowles also worked with Timbaland and Missy Elliott on a track titled "Wrapped Around Me" for the album. Eventually, however, for reasons unknown, the song failed to appear on the album.[11]

Dangerously in Love was originally a song of the same title which Knowles had written for Survivor. The song was deemed too sophisticated compared to other songs on Survivor, and the group decided not to release it as a single off the album. After recording several tracks for Dangerously in Love, Knowles decided to add "Dangerously in Love", after realizing that it fit the overriding theme of the album.[7] Since the album's release date was postponed to capitalize on the success of "Dilemma", Knowles had been offered the chance to further enhance the album.[10] Although she was disappointed with the move, Knowles realized that "everything happens for a reason",[12] agreeing to return to the recording studio to work with other songwriters. This allowed her to record more songs, including the album's lead single, "Crazy in Love". In late 2002, Knowles paused working on Dangerously in Love for a holiday tour with Destiny's Child.[11] With a few weeks left for recording in March 2003, Knowles was still collaborating with other guests on the album, including Sean Paul and P. Diddy.[4]

Composition[edit]

Musical style[edit]

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The album's lead single, a collaboration with rapper Jay-Z, contains hip hop influence and lyrics about the effect of love.

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Knowles' second number-one single features Arabic influences.

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Knowles' father-manager said that Dangerously in Love showcases her musical roots.[13] While Williams and Rowland were on gospel and alternative pop, respectively, Knowles focused on recording R&B songs.[14] Songs in the album are varied: from mid-tempo and club-oriented tracks in the first half, and ballads in the second half.[9][15] Knowles commented: "My album is a good balance of ... ballads and ... mid-tempos with just ridin'-in-your-car feels, to a lot of ... up-tempo club songs, to really sexy songs, to songs that make you feel emotional. It's a nice mixture of different types of tracks."[16] With high-energy songs like "Crazy in Love" and "Naughty Girl", however, the album's focal mode is slow and moody.[8] Knowles said that she had written lots of ballads for the album.[9]

According to Knowles, she wanted to be understood as an artist and showcase her range, and by doing so, she blended various genres and musical influences in the album.[9] The album incorporates R&B, hip hop, soul and reggae influences.[17] The album took hip hop influences from Jay-Z, Outkast, Missy Elliott and Lil' Kim; the reggae is from Sean Paul; and courtesy of Storch, the album explores Arabic music.[9] His personal study of that kind of music has given the album a Middle Eastern vibe.[18] Knowles and the producers also used a wide array of instrumentations.[17]

Lyrical content and interpretation[edit]

When "'03 Bonnie & Clyde" was released as a single in late 2002, critics and the public had speculated that Knowles and Jay-Z were having a mutual affair.[19] Despite widespread rumors, they remained silent about their relationship.[10] According to critics, the title itself of the album sounds "more intriguing" with Knowles singing personal songs.[1] Though love is the theme Knowles had incorporated in the album, "most the material is vague enough to be about any relationship";[10] however, there are songs that suggest affirmation of their relationship. In the song "Signs", Knowles sings being in love with a Sagittarius which coincidentally is Jay-Z's zodiac sign.[10] In response to the persistent rumors about them, Knowles stated, "People can come to whatever conclusion they like ... That's the beauty of music ... I'm a singer, I'll talk about writing songs all you want. But when it comes to certain personal things any normal person wouldn't tell people they don't know, I just feel like I don't have to [talk about it]."[10]

Knowles said that Dangerously in Love is lyrically similar to Destiny's Child's albums. But because she only had to write for herself, Knowles had the chance to compose personally deeper songs than their previous records.[9] With a theme that is based upon different stages of a romantic relationship, Dangerously in Love contains songs that speak of love and honesty. In addition, Knowles admitted that there are songs about love-making.[8] The personal content of the album, however, was not generally attributed to Knowles' experience—although some were based from hers—instead, because the theme kept recurring in her mind. Knowles later explained: "I wanted to have an album that everyone could relate to and would listen to as long as I'm alive and even after ... Love is something that never goes out of style. It's something everybody experiences, and if they are not in love, people usually want to feel that ..."[1]

While some songs merely focus on the "beauty of love", the album also explores the other side, of which songs that "celebrate breakup" and songs that narrate a woman's desire to having a degree of control in a relationship.[1] The album's hidden track, "Daddy", is a tribute to her father, whom she was with in the industry for years since Mathew Knowles fronted the group as their manager. The song is an account of Knowles wanting her future husband and child to possess qualities similar to her father's.[10] Originally, Knowles did not intend to include the track in the album, having thought its lyrics would make her appear immature. However, considering it one of the songs that reflect Knowles' life at that transitional moment, she instead relegated "Daddy" as the closing track.[20]

Release and promotion[edit]

A brunette woman is dancing and holds a microphone with her hand. She wears dark clothes while she holds her hands in front of her chest.
Knowles performing "Baby Boy" during the 2007 Beyoncé Experience tour

Knowles said that she had trouble convincing executives at Columbia Records to release the album. The singer recounted that it almost was not released: "In 2003, I had my first solo album. But when I played it through for my record label, they told me I didn't have one hit on my album. I guess they were kinda right, I had five. 'Dangerously In Love', 'Naughty Girl', 'Me, Myself and I', 'Baby Boy' and 'Crazy In Love'."[21] Since "Dilemma" was concurrently charting atop the Billboard Hot 100, Knowles' management released, "Work It Out", one of the songs on the soundtrack to Austin Powers in Goldmember, instead of a single from Dangerously in Love to preclude it from possibly competing with the former.[22]

From the original release date of October 2002, the album was pushed to December in the same year,[22] and to May in the following year.[23] Knowles recorded a version of "In da Club", and served its way to mixtapes before its original release date. The single failed to dominate as "dancefloor favorite"; Mathew Knowles, however, confirmed that it was just a "buzz cut" and was not included in the album.[24] Nonetheless, it earned enough airplay to appear on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart.[25] While Knowles was wrapping up the album, several of its songs had leaked online. In efforts to prevent more tracks in the album from being spread illegally, as well as being a victim of bootlegging,[13] Columbia Records, with high commercial expectations from the album,[8] pulled the release of Dangerously in Love to June 24, 2003, two weeks ahead of the planned July 8 release.[26]

Buyers who pre-ordered the album online received links where they could download a song called "I Can't Take No More"; the promo lasted until the album's release.[27] On June 14, 2003, Knowles premiered songs from the album during her first solo concert and the pay-per-view TV special, "Ford Presents Beyoncé Knowles, Friends & Family, Live From Ford's 100th Anniversary Celebration in Dearborn, Michigan".[13] By the night of the album's release, Knowles' concert was broadcast in more than twenty theaters across the United States.[27] Kelly Rowland, Michelle Williams, Tyrese, Solange Knowles and girl group Ramiyah also performed in the show. Knowles also promoted the album by performing in television shows such as the Saturday Night Live, Late Show with David Letterman, The Today Show, The Early Show, and The View.[16]

By April 2003, Knowles' management was choosing the album's lead single between two songs. Sent to clubs, the song that would receive positive reception were be considered the lead single.[24] Finally, "Crazy in Love" was released as the lead single off the album. With commercial success that included crossover music markets,[28] the single spent eight consecutive weeks at number one on the Billboard Hot 100.[29] "Baby Boy" followed, and received greater success than "Crazy in Love". With its dominance on radio airplays,[30] the single surpassed "Crazy in Love"'s chart performance, remaining on the top spot for nine consecutive weeks.[31] "Me, Myself and I" was released as the third single and "Naughty Girl" as fourth and last;[32] although the last two releases only reached the top five on the Hot 100, like "Baby Boy", it attained more immediate and commercial successes which propelled the album atop the chart and helped it earn multi-platinum certifications.[33]

Singles[edit]

"Crazy in Love" was released as the lead single in mid-2003. It was lauded by critics who described it as "deliriously catchy".[34] The single reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100, the official US singles chart, based on heavy rotation alone.[28] The same week it reached number one, Dangerously in Love debuted on the Billboard 200 at number one as well. The substantial airplay, and later in retail, gains of "Crazy in Love" facilitated it to dominate the chart,[35] subsequently spending eight straight weeks atop the Hot 100,[29] making it Knowles' first number-one single in her solo career. According to Nielsen SoundScan, "Crazy in Love" was the most downloaded song in the United States for four consecutive weeks in July 2003.[29] It also became a success internationally reaching atop the chart in Ireland and United Kingdom.[36][37] "Baby Boy" was released as the second single in August 2003. It was well received by critics declaring it as "high-profile collaborations",[38] also that "bridges the gap between the genres of R&B and dancehall"[39] It ultimately reached the top of the Hot 100.[30][40] It reached the chart's top spot eight weeks after its debut, and stayed there for nine consecutive weeks.[30][31] It peaked the top two in United Kingdom.[41]

"Me, Myself and I" was released as the album's third single on October 2003. It received generally positive response considered it as a typical sounding R&B ballad with a familiar theme, and in which Knowles sings with passion.[42] It reached the top ten in Canada and United States.[43][44] "Naughty Girl" was the fourth single from the album released on March 2004. The song was critically lauded, citing for its sensual vibe and writing, "Beyonce borrowed a portion of Donna Summer's naughty classic "Love to Love You Baby" to create this celebration of sensual naughtiness."[45] Internationally, it became a top ten hit in United States, Australia, Canada and New Zealand.[46][47][48]

Reception[edit]

Critical response[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic4/5 stars[34]
Blender4/5 stars[49]
Entertainment WeeklyA−[50]
The Guardian2/5 stars[39]
Los Angeles Times2/4 stars[51]
The New York Timesmixed[15]
PopMattersfavorable[38]
Rolling Stone3/5 stars[52]
Slant Magazine3.5/5 stars[53]
Vibe3/5 stars[54]

Dangerously in Love received generally mixed to positive reviews from music critics.[55] At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 64, based on 16 reviews, which indicates "generally favorable reviews".[55] Anthony DeCurtis of Rolling Stone viewed that it presents Knowles in two styles, one "far more flattering" than the other, and found the ballad-oriented songs on the album least flattering, commenting that Knowles has "plenty of time" to develop the style maturely that would "[make] sense for her".[52] Entertainment Weekly's Neil Drumming commented that the album validates Knowles' "taste in innovation". He also viewed that Knowles' collaboration with various record producers explores new directions in contemporary music, doing more reinventing than revisiting. Like DeCurtis' review, however, Drumming pointed out that "most of the disc's missteps" are in its latter part.[50] Slant Magazine's Sal Cinquemani wrote that "[Knowles] is allowed more room to experiment vocally as a solo artist, exploring softer registers and lathering on the coquettish persona that was only hinted at on Destiny's Child tracks like 'Bootylicious.'".[53] Steve Jones of USA Today gave the album three-and-a-half out of four stars and stated, "Knowles succeeds by showing greater depth as a songwriter and broader range as a singer".[56] Blender's Ben Ratliff complimented Knowles' performance and stated, "She’s playing the cool-hunter but covering the bases with seraphic arrangements of multiple voices. Her reach is remarkable".[49] Mark Anthony Neal of PopMatters called it an "artistic leap" and wrote that it "finds Ms. B in the midst of a fully flowering womanhood and doing the best singing of her career".[38]

Allison Stewart of The Washington Post commented that "although she's to be applauded for her musical adventurism, she deserves better material", and called the album "a thoroughly pleasant, if oddly muted, sideways step".[57] Kelefa Sanneh of The New York Times said that it missed the harmonies Knowles had in Destiny's Child records and noted that she is more effective "when she's got a posse behind her".[15] Rob Fitzpatrick of NME gave it a five out of 10 rating and called it "a cruel glimpse of a talent that occasionally blazes but is frustratingly inconsistent".[58] Uncut called its ballads "self-pitying/self-mythologising", while Q gave it three out of five stars and stated, "She has good songs, but no great songs".[55] Los Angeles Times writer Natalie Nichols expressed that it "demonstrates vocal finesse [...] But, especially on the ballads, [Knowles] often drags things out with diva acrobatics".[51] The Guardian's Adam Sweeting wrote that "the desperate urge to cover every musical base from dancefloor to soul-ballad means that there is barely a track here with any distinctive identity or even a tune".[39] Jason King of Vibe viewed that the album occasionally "sounds desperate to reach every demographic", but commended its "boudoir tunes" and concluded, "Though Dangerously is not an R&B centerpiece, Beyoncé's growing skills as a singer, writer and producer provide ample evidence that she's at her best when shaping her own destiny".[54] In his consumer guide for The Village Voice, Robert Christgau gave the album a one-star honorable mention ((1-star Honorable Mention)) and quipped on the album title, "With her daddy, the bonus cut reveals--as if we didn't know."[59] In a retrospective review, Allmusic editor Stephen Thomas Erlewine commented that "the first half is good enough to make Dangerously in Love one of the best mainstream urban R&B records released in 2003, and makes a strong case that Knowles might be better off fulfilling this destiny instead of reuniting with Destiny".[34]

Commercial performance[edit]

Dangerously in Love debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200 chart, with sales of 317,000 copies according to Nielsen SoundScan.[31] Although the album's first-week sales failed to match that of Survivor which sold 663,000 units in its debut in 2001, Knowles earned the highest among Destiny's Child members' solo albums by best weeks: Rowland sold 77,000 copies for Simply Deep in its strongest week while Williams earned 17,000 copies for Heart to Yours in its top week.[31] The album has been certified four-time platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).[60] Dangerously in Love remains as Knowles' best-selling album to date,[61] with cumulative sales of 4.9 million copies in the United States as of October 2012.[62]

Internationally, Dangerously in Love had similar commercial reception. On July 12, 2003, Knowles became the first female artist (and the fifth artist ever) to top both the singles—with "Crazy in Love"—[63] and albums chart simultaneously in the United States and the United Kingdom, following The Beatles, Simon & Garfunkel, Rod Stewart, and Men at Work. As of June 2011, the album has sold over 1,150,000 copies in the United Kingdom,[64] and the British Phonographic Industry has since certified the album three-times platinum.[65] Dangerously in Love is the 15th best-selling album of 2003 in the United Kingdom.[66] It is her second best-selling album in the UK selling near 1.2 million units.[67] In Australia, it reached number two; the album was certified triple platinum by the Australian Recording Industry Association for sales of 210,000 copies.[68] In 2003, Dangerously in Love was the 51st best-selling album in Australia, and the 74th the following year.[69][70] To date, the album has sold more than 11 million copies worldwide.[71]

Accolades[edit]

Dangerously in Love and its singles earned Knowles numerous awards. In 2003, "Crazy in Love" won her three awards at the MTV Video Music Awards, including Best Female Video and Best R&B Video.[72] In the same year, Knowles was recognized the New Female Artist and New R&B Artist, among the four awards she won during the Billboard Music Awards.[73] The following year, she won Best Contemporary R&B Album and Best R&B Song, Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for "Crazy in Love", Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals for "The Closer I Get to You" with Luther Vandross and Best Female R&B Vocal Performance for "Dangerously in Love 2" at the Grammy Awards.[74] The 1000th issue of the Entertainment Weekly which celebrates "the new classics: the 1000 best movies, TV shows, albums, books, etc. from 1983 to 2008" ranks Dangerously in Love 19th of the Top 100 Best Albums of the past 25 years.[75] The album is ranked at number 183 on the 200 definitive albums that shaped rock and roll according to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.[76]

In 2009, British magazine NME voted the album's lead single "Crazy in Love" as the best song of the decade.[77] The song was also ranked at number three on Rolling Stone's 100 Best Songs of the Decade,[78] number four on Pitchfork Media's list of The Top 500 Tracks of the 2000s,[79] number seven on a list produced by The Daily Telegraph[80] and number six on Slant Magazine's list of the 100 Best Singles of the Decade.[81]

Legacy[edit]

With the release of Dangerously in Love and the combined commercial success of its singles, Knowles had established herself a viable solo artist. Rebecca Louie of the New York Daily News wrote that the success of Dangerously in Love brought Knowles into a "sultry solo star" who "blossomed from a girly group", referring to Destiny's Child.[5] Knowles won five Grammy Awards at the Grammy Awards in 2004, tying with Alicia Keys, Norah Jones, and Lauryn Hill for most Grammys won by a single female artist in one night.[74] The album has also facilitated her to become one of the marketable artists in the industry.[14] She appeared on the cover of numerous magazines, guested TV for promotions, and has signed lucrative commercial deals.[12] Knowles signed to PepsiCo, a conglomerate beverage manufacturer, in 2003, and appeared on several TV commercials for its products.[9]

The creative output of the sessions for Dangerously in Love left several tracks ready for another album pressing.[4][82] In late 2003, Knowles planned to release a follow-up album that would comprise left-over songs from Dangerously in Love.[83] The move was prompted when a P. Diddy-collaboration called "Summertime", a left-over track from the album, was sent to radio stations and had received favorable response.[84]

Meanwhile, the success of the album incited the public to infer that it signals Destiny's Child to finally part ways, as had pop singer Justin Timberlake "could not go back to 'N Sync after tasting solo success".[4] However, Knowles said that their side projects were only "a brief diversion in the juggernaut that has become Destiny's Child".[12] As time did not permit, Knowles' musical aspirations were put on hiatus for her to concentrate on her Super Bowl performance, wherein she was slated to sing the U.S. national anthem, and the recording of Destiny's Child's fourth album, Destiny Fulfilled;[4][82] the group finally disbanded in 2005.

After the group's formal disbandment, Knowles recorded and released her second album, B'Day, on September 4, 2006. The album gave Knowles her second number one in the United States, and its debut week sales exceeded that of Dangerously in Love, the former having sold 541,000 units.[85] Despite the album's first two singles' average commercial performance—neither of which reached the peak of the Billboard Hot 100—its "handsome debut" was noted by Keith Caulfield of Billboard as having generated "by goodwill earned from the performance of [Knowles'] smash first album Dangerously in Love."[86]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Crazy in Love" (featuring Jay-Z)Beyoncé Knowles, Rich Harrison, Shawn Carter, Eugene RecordHarrison, Knowles3:56
2."Naughty Girl"  Knowles, Scott Storch, Robert Waller, Angela Beyincé, Pete Bellotte, Giorgio Moroder, Donna SummerStorch, Knowles3:29
3."Baby Boy" (featuring Sean Paul)Knowles, Storch, Sean Paul Henriques, Waller, CarterStorch, Knowles4:05
4."Hip Hop Star" (featuring Big Boi and Sleepy Brown)Knowles, Bryce Wilson, Makeda Davis, Antwan Patton, CarterKnowles, Wilson3:43
5."Be with You"  Knowles, Harrison, Beyincé, Shuggie Otis, George Clinton, Jr., William Collins, Gary CooperHarrison, Knowles4:20
6."Me, Myself and I"  Knowles, Storch, WallerStorch, Knowles5:01
7."Yes"  Knowles, Bernard Edwards, Jr., CarterKnowles, Focus...4:19
8."Signs" (featuring Missy Elliott)Missy Elliott, Nisan Stewart, Craig BrockmanElliott, Brockman*, Stewart*4:58
9."Speechless"  Knowles, Andreao Heard, Sherrod Barnes, BeyincéKnowles, Andreao "Fanatic" Heard, Barnes6:00
10."That's How You Like It" (featuring Jay-Z)Delroy "D-Roy" Andrews, Brian Bridgeman, Carter, Randy DeBarge, Eldra DeBarge, Etterlene JordanD-Roy, Mr. B, Knowles3:39
11."The Closer I Get to You" (duet with Luther Vandross)James Mtume, Reggie LucasNat Adderley, Jr.4:58
12."Dangerously in Love 2"  Knowles, Errol McCalla, Jr.Knowles, Errol "Poppi" McCalla, Jr.4:53
13."Beyoncé Interlude"  KnowlesKnowles0:16
14."Gift from Virgo"  Knowles, OtisKnowles2:45
15."Daddy"  Knowles, Mark BatsonKnowles, Batson4:57

*Co-producer

Sample credits[87]

Personnel[edit]

  • Andreao "Fanatic" Heard – producer
  • Cissy Houston – backing vocals
  • James Hunter – graphic artist
  • Jay-Z – rap
  • Bashiri Johnson – percussion
  • Scott Kieklak – mixing
  • Markus Klinko and Indrani – photography
  • Mathew Knowles – executive producer
  • Tina Knowles – stylist
  • Brendan Kurtz – assistant mix engineer
  • Tony Maserati – mixing
  • Errol "Poppi" McCalla, Jr. – producer
  • Byron Miller – bass
  • Mr. B – producer
  • Sean Paul – vocals
  • Greg Price – assistant engineer
  • Mally Roncal – make-up
  • Dexter Simmons – mixing
  • Sleepy Brown – vocals
  • Matt Snedecor – assistant mix engineer
  • Brian Springer – engineer
  • Nisan Stewart – co-producer
  • Scott Storch – producer
  • Candace Thomas – backing vocals
  • Pat Thrall – engineer
  • Luther Vandross – vocals, vocal arrangement
  • Luz Vasquez – assistant mix engineer
  • Stan Wallace – engineer
  • Brenda White-King – backing vocals
  • Theresa LaBarbera Whites – A&R
  • Bryce Wilson – producer
  • Pat Woodward – assistant mix engineer
  • Dan Workman – guitar, engineer

Charts[edit]

Peak positions[edit]

Chart (2003–04)Peak
position
Australian Albums Chart[88]2
Austrian Albums Chart[88]3
Belgian Albums Chart (Flanders)[88]3
Belgian Albums Chart (Wallonia)[88]13
Canadian Albums Chart[89]1
Danish Albums Chart[88]5
Dutch Albums Chart[88]4
European Top 100 Albums[90]1
Finnish Albums Chart[88]6
French Albums Chart[88]14
German Albums Chart[91]1
Greek Albums Chart[92]1
Hungarian Albums Chart[93]18
Irish Albums Chart[94]1
Italian Albums Chart[88]16
Japanese Albums Chart[95]12
New Zealand Albums Chart[88]8
Norwegian Albums Chart[88]1
Polish Albums Chart[96]18
Portuguese Albums Chart[88]16
Swedish Albums Chart[88]11
Swiss Albums Chart[88]2
UK Albums Chart[97]1
U.S. Billboard 200[89]1
U.S. Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums[89]1

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2003)Position
Australian Albums Chart[69]51
Australian Urban Albums Chart[69]7
Belgian Albums Chart (Flanders)[98]39
Dutch Albums Chart[99]31
Finnish Albums Chart[100]38
French Albums Chart[101]73
Hungarian Albums Chart[102]87
Irish Albums Chart[103]10
New Zealand Albums Chart[104]36
Swedish Albums Chart[105]66
Swiss Albums Chart[106]13
UK Albums Chart[66]15
U.S. Billboard 200[107]19
U.S. Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums[108]12
Worldwide[109]5
Chart (2004)Position
Australian Albums Chart[69]74
Australian Albums Urban Chart[69]9
Belgian Albums Chart (Flanders)[110]78
Dutch Albums Chart[111]79
French Albums Chart[112]128
U.S. Billboard 200[113]29
U.S. Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums[114]12
Chart (2005)Position
U.S. Billboard 200[115]195
U.S. Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums[116]98

Decade-end charts[edit]

Chart (2000–09)Position
U.S. Billboard 200[117]59
U.S. Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums[118]67

Certifications[edit]

CountryCertification
ArgentinaGold[119]
Australia3× Platinum[68]
AustriaGold[120]
BelgiumGold[121]
CanadaPlatinum[122]
EuropePlatinum[123]
France2× Gold[124]
GermanyPlatinum[125]
GreeceGold[92]
Hong KongGold[126]
JapanGold[127]
NetherlandsGold[128]
New ZealandPlatinum[129]
NorwayGold[130]
RussiaPlatinum[131]
SwedenGold[132]
SwitzerlandPlatinum[133]
Spain[134]Gold
United Kingdom3× Platinum[65]
United States4× Platinum[60]

Chart precession and succession[edit]

Order of precedence
Preceded by
St. Anger by Metallica
Irish Albums Chart number-one album
June 26, 2003
Succeeded by
So Much for the City by The Thrills
Preceded by
Fallen by Evanescence
UK Albums Chart number-one album
June 29, 2003 – July 27, 2003
Succeeded by
Magic and Medicine by The Coral
Preceded by
St. Anger by Metallica
Norwegian Albums Chart number-one album
July 8, 2003
Succeeded by
The Second You Sleep by Saybia
Preceded by
After the Storm by Monica
U.S. Billboard 200 number-one album
July 12, 2003
Succeeded by
Chapter II by Ashanti
Preceded by
Dance with My Father by Luther Vandross
U.S. Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums number-one album
July 12, 2003
Preceded by
St. Anger by Metallica
Canadian Albums Chart number-one album
July 12, 2003
Succeeded by
Dutty Rock by Sean Paul
German Albums Chart number-one album
July 28, 2003 – August 11, 2003
Succeeded by
Tour de France Soundtracks by Kraftwerk
European Top 100 Albums number-one album
August 2, 2003 – August 16, 2003
Succeeded by
Fallen by Evanescence

Singles[edit]

YearSinglePeak chart positionsCertifications
US
[47]
U.S. Club
[47]
AUS
[135]
AUT
[136]
CAN
[47]
FRA
[137]
GER
[138]
NZ
[139]
SWI
[140]
UK
[141]
2003"Crazy in Love"11282216231
"Baby Boy"12318284252
"Me, Myself and I"431151735184111
2004"Naughty Girl"319292181661810
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or was not released.

Awards[edit]

Awards ceremonyYearNominated WorkAwardResults
BET Awards[150]2004"Crazy in Love" (Jay-Z)Best Female R&B ArtistWon
Best CollaborationWon
BRIT Awards[151]Dangerously in LoveBest International Female Solo ArtistWon
Grammy Awards[152]
2004"Crazy in Love" (with Jay-Z)Best R&B SongWon
Best Rap/Sung CollaborationWon
"Dangerously in Love 2"Best Female R&B Vocal PerformanceWon
Dangerously in LoveBest Contemporary R&B AlbumWon
"The Closer I Get to You"Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with VocalWon
International Dance Music Awards[153]2003"Crazy in Love" (with Jay-Z)Best R&B/Urban Dance TrackWon
MTV Music Video Awards[154]Video Music Awards
Best Female Video
Won
Video Music Awards
Best R&B Video
Won
Video Music Awards
Best Choreography
Won
2004"Naughty Girl"Video Music Awards
Best Female Video
Won
MTV Europe Music Awards[155]2003"Crazy in Love" (with Jay-Z)Europe Music Awards
Best R&B Song
Won
Europe Music Awards
Best Song of the year
Won
MTV Video Music Awards Japan[156]2004Best CollaborationWon
POP Music Awards[157][158]2003"03 Bonnie & Clyde" (with Jay-Z)Most Performed SongWon
"Crazy in Love" (with Jay-Z)Most performed songWon
2005"Baby Boy" (with Sean Paul)Most performed songWon
"Me, Myself and I"Most performed songWon
"Naughty Girl"Most performed songWon
Songwriter of the yearWon
New Musical Express, UK (NME)[77]2003"Crazy in Love" (with Jay-Z)NME Rocklist (End-of-Year Review)Won
NME Record of the Year (Singles)Won
Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards2004"Crazy in Love" (with Jay-Z)Favorite Female PerformerWon
Soul Train Music Awards, USADangerously in LoveBest R&B/Soul AlbumWon
Vibe Awards, USA2003"Crazy in Love" (with Jay-Z)Coolest CollaborationWon

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