Beyonce’s “B’DAY Deluxe Edition” has just won Mexico’s coveted Oye! Award in the “Best International Album of the Year” category. The Oye! Awards ceremony is aired on Televisa, the #1 television channel in Mexico. News of Beyonce’s latest Best Album honors comes the same week as the release of “Irreemplazable,” her new eight track Spanish language EP featuring select songs from “B’DAY.” “Irreemplazable” — a compilation of original material and tracks from “B’DAY” and “Dreamgirls” including the Spanish chart- topping “Amor Gitano” — is available now. The original version of Beyonce’s “B’DAY” won this year’s Grammy for Best Contemporary R&B Album, bringing Beyonce’s lifetime Grammy total up to 10 (seven as a solo artist and three won with Destiny’s Child). “B’DAY,” Beyonce’s second solo album, closed out 2006 as one of the year’s most successful albums. A bona fide international success, “B’DAY” has achieved platinum plus status in the United States (3x platinum), the United Kingdom (2x platinum), Australia (platinum), Canada (platinum), Japan (platinum) New Zealand (platinum), and reached #1 on the United World Chart (2x platinum). Released around the world on September 4, 2006 (September 5 in the U.S.) to coincide with the artist’s 25th birthday, Beyonce’s “B’DAY” entered the Billboard Top 200 at #1, with first week’s sales of more than 541,000 pieces, achieving the year’s highest first week’s sales of any female recording act, group or solo, and the fifth highest chart debut of the year of any artist, male or female. (The pop superstar’s first solo album, 2003’s Grammy-winning Dangerously In Love, also debuted in the #1 slot.) “B’DAY” peaked at #1 on Billboard’s Top 200, Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums and U.S. Internet album charts and remains a constant in the upper reaches of the Top 200.
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