Houston native BeyoncÃ© Knowlesâ€™ rise to fame began in 1998 as part of the group, Destinyâ€™s Child. That year the group released their debut album titled after the group and sold 3 million records worldwide. The groupâ€™s second album, The Writingâ€™s on the Wall, was a commercial and critical success producing two number one singles, â€œBills, Bills, Billsâ€ and â€œSay My Nameâ€. Both songs illuminate BeyoncÃ©â€™s talent as a vocalist and pushed her to stardom as the front woman for the group.
Her solo career began in 2003 with the release of Dangerously in Love which debuted on top of the Billboard 200. The album has sold 11 million records worldwide and is highlighted by â€œCrazy in Loveâ€, a duet with her now husband, Jay-Z, â€œBaby Boyâ€, â€œNaughty Girlâ€ and â€œMe, Myself and Iâ€. Dangerously in Love received five Grammy awards. 2003 also kicked off the beginning of BeyoncÃ©â€™s non-musical acting career. She starred in Austin Powers: Goldmember and The Fighting Temptations alongside Cuba Gooding, Jr. She has since starred in 2006â€™s The Pink Panther, Dreamgirls, and 2009â€™s Obsessed among other titles.
Since the release of Dangerously in Love, Knowles has released three other studio albums: Bâ€™day (2006), I Amâ€¦Sasha Fierce (2008), and 4 (2011). All four of these albums are certified platinum. In 2013, Knowles started off the year headlining Super Bowl XLVIIâ€™s halftime performance where she reunited with Destinyâ€™s child band mates Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams. After the performance, BeyoncÃ© announced her â€œMrs. Carter Showâ€ world tour that will stop in 24 European cities and over 20 U.S. cities booked already.