Beyoncé Knowles is an American R&B singer, songwriter, record producer, actress and model. Born and raised in Houston, Texas, she enrolled in various performing arts schools and was first exposed to singing and dancing competitions as a child. Knowles rose to fame in the late 1990s as the lead singer of the R&B girl group Destiny's Child. According to Sony, Knowles record sales, when combined with the group, have surpassed 100 million.
During the hiatus of Destiny's Child, Knowles released her debut solo album, Dangerously in Love (2003), which became one of the most successful albums of that year, and signaled her viability as a solo artist. The album was a commercial and critical success, spawning the hits "Crazy in Love", "Baby Boy", and "Naughty Girl", and earning Knowles five Grammy Awards in 2004. The disbanding of Destiny's Child in 2005 facilitated her continued success: her sophomore solo album, B'Day, released in 2006, debuted at number one on the Billboard charts, and produced the hits "Déjà Vu", "Irreplaceable", and "Beautiful Liar". Her third solo album, I Am… Sasha Fierce, was released in November 2008, and included the hits "If I Were a Boy", "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)", "Halo", and "Sweet Dreams", and has been nominated for 10 Grammy Awards.
Knowles began her acting career in 2001, appearing in the musical film Carmen: A Hip Hopera. In 2006, she starred in the lead role in the film adaptation of the 1981 Broadway musical Dreamgirls, for which she earned two Golden Globe nominations. Knowles launched her family's fashion line, House of Deréon, in 2004, and has endorsed such brands as Pepsi, Tommy Hilfiger, Armani and L'Oréal. In 2009, Forbes listed Knowles fourth on its list of the 100 Most Powerful and Influential Celebrities in the world, third on its list of the top-grossing musicians, and number one on the list of top Best-Paid Celebs Under 30 with over $87 million dollars in earnings between 2008 and 2009.
Knowles has attained five Hot 100 number one singles, becoming one of the two female artists with the most number ones attained within the 2000s, excluding her three Hot 100 number one singles with Destiny's Child this decade. In December 2009 Beyoncé was named Billboard's Top Female Artist of the Decade and 4th artist overall.
The I Am… tour was the third worldwide Beyoncé tour. It’s in support of her third studio album, I Am… Sasha Fierce. This tour brought Beyoncé Knowles concerts to North America, Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, and the Middle East and later in Latin America and Caribean.
Beyoncé’s tour became the 12th highest grossing tour worldwide, grossing US$37.4 million in its first 41 shows. Since the release of 4 in 2011, Beyonce was been busy raising daughter Blue Ivy with husband Jay-Z, supporting her various charities and business ventures and touring the world on The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour. She returned to recording in 2013 when she spontaneously released her fifth studio album, Beyonce, to the surprise and delight of fans. The album was a monumental success, making Beyonce the first woman to have her first five albums debut at #1 on the Billboard chart.