Tuesday, November 17, 2015

AccuRadio Song Of The Day-Beyonce


There was a time ten years ago when Beyonce Knowles was the most popular singer in the world. I don't think she's quite at that level anymore. I guess we'll know she's really faded when she starts covering pop standards. Irreplaceable was a number one hit in 2006. She was born Sept. 4, 1981 in Houston. When her father Matthew Knowles, a Xerox salesman, discovered she could sing, he didn't waste any time pushing her. As we all know, this started with Destiny's Child. After a false start with Elektra Records, they had a long and very successful run with Columbia Records. But make no mistake about it. Knowles' goal was for his daughter to achieve solo stardom. This became a problem within Destiny's Child and the reason two of the girls left the group. By 2002, all three members of Destiny's Child started work on solo albums. The group would disband in 2005. Beyonce got a head start by contributing song to films she appeared in. Her debut solo album Dangerously In Love was released in 2003. The first single Crazy In Love was her first number one hit and it was followed by her second number one hit Baby Boy. This was going just like Matthew Knowles planned it. Her second album B'Day was released in 2006 to coincide with Beyonce's 25th birthday. She started to work on the album after she finished filming Dreamgirls. She gathered her usual producers like Rich Harrison, Rodney Jerkins and Sean Garrett. She seemed to work particularly well with Harrison who had previously worked with Amerie. The album was huge. It was certified 3XPlatinum. Irreplaceable was the third single and the only one from this album to top the charts. The song was written by Ne-Yo and his frequent collaborators Stargate. While working on the song, they thought it was more suitable for a female singer and Ne-Yo was thinking more of country singers like Shania Twain or Faith Hill. They were going to have Chrisette Michele record it as they produced her last album. They sent the demo to Beyonce and she wanted to record it. I think it's one of her better records. Of course Beyonce's success has continued though she had a bit of a sales dip with her 2011 CD 4. I think her inactivity due to her pregnancy had a lot to do with that. She bounced back a bit with her 2013 CD Beyonce. After touring, my guess is she is planning to record new music. Columbia hasn't released a Beyonce greatest hits CD yet. But B'Day is available as a budget CD. Here's the video for Irreplaceable by Beyonce.

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