Beyonce Celebrates Birthday With New Album Bday

R&B/pop music superstar’s sophomore studio album premieres all new music produced, written and arranged by Beyoncé. Deja Vu, the album’s first single, features guest artist Jay-Z with production by Rodney Jerkins. Beyoncé’s producers on B’Day include Rich Harrison, The Neptunes, and Swizz Beatz. B’Day is executive produced by Beyoncé and Mathew Knowles. Beyonce’s new album is the artist’s first full-length solo work since her #1 multi-platinum 2003 solo debut, Dangerously In Love, which earned her five 2004 Grammy Awards including Best Contemporary R&B Album and Best R&B Song (Crazy In Love). With her five-in-one-year Grammy win, Beyoncé tied the record for the most Grammys to be won in a single year by a female artist. Dangerously In Love and Crazy In Love made chart history when both album and single simultaneously hit #1 in the U.S. and the UK (which hadn’t happened since 1983). Beyoncé toured for the first time as a solo artist in 2003 in support of Dangerously In Love, which has sold more than 11 million records worldwide. Beyoncé finished work on her new studio album three weeks after the wrap of her upcoming film, Dreamgirls, slated to open nationwide on December 22, 2006. The film version of the smash Broadway musical — loosely based on the R&B-to-pop crossover saga of The Supremes — is directed by Bill Condon (‘Gods & Monsters, Kinsey’) and stars Beyoncé Knowles, Jamie Foxx, Eddie Murphy, and Danny Glover. Dreamgirls and its soundtrack featuring Beyoncé are among this year’s most avidly-awaited holiday events. The Dreamgirls soundtrack is Beyoncé’s first joint venture with Sony Urban Music/Columbia Records under the Music World Music umbrella.


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