It’s safe to say that celebrities known by one name—a la Madonna—have pretty big star power, but record label executives are supposedly freaked out that Beyonce’s latest album won’t be a chart-topping sensation. Ms. Knowles released her first solo album, Dangerously in Love, during a hiatus of her now-defunct R&B girl group Destiny’s Child. It spawned the #1 hits “Crazy in Love” and “Baby Boy,” helped her win a whopping five Grammy Awards, and became one of the most successful albums of 2003. Her second solo album B’Day came out in 2006, followed by I Am… Sasha Fierce in 2008, which included the ultra-popular “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It.)” She also brought home six Grammys for Sasha Fierce.
Beyonce’s latest musical endeavor, the appropriately titled “4,” is her fourth solo release, and its first single “Run the World (Girls)” left some fans confused since it wasn’t the Beyonce they’d grown to love. Early reviews claim that 4 is subtle and surprising, a bit more creative than the usual “bootylicious” dance music that Beyonce typically puts out. Beyonce herself told Billboard that she recorded over 60 songs while making the album. “Everything I ever wanted to try, I just did it,” she explained. 4 will be officially available on June 28, 2011. Whatever happens with the album, Beyonce looks as hot as ever in these stylish Dolce and Gabbana sunglasses. Jay-Z is one lucky man!
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