NEW YORK, May 30 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — In response to overwhelming popular demand and in a move to thwart internet piracy, Columbia Records is pushing the release date for Dangerously In Love, the eagerly-awaited debut solo album from pop music superstar/Destiny’s Child founding member Beyonce, from July 8 to Tuesday, June 24.
The accelerating demand for Beyonce’s album has reached a fever pitch in the two weeks since “Crazy In Love,” featuring Beyonce and rapper Jay-Z, impacted American radio. For the last two weeks, the phenomenal single has been the #1 Most Added record and #1 Greatest Airplay Gainer on Urban, Crossover, Rhythm, and Top 40 radio formats, reaching an audience of more than 60 million listeners coast-to-coast. After only a week at radio, the single is already scaling the Top 10 at R&B Mainstream and hitting the Top 15 on the Rhythm Top 40 Monitor. A music video for “Crazy In Love,” lensed by Jake Nava, premiered on MTV’s “Making The Video” on May 26 and on MTV’s “DFX” urban video program on May 29.
Beyonce has been chosen by Yahoo! as the May “Artist Of The Month” on the enormously popular Internet portal’s “Launch” site (http://launch.yahoo.com/destinations/promotions/beyonce).
For Dangerously In Love, one of the most hotly-anticipated releases of 2003, Beyonce has written and produced most of the album’s material. The album was recorded in New York, Los Angeles, Miami, and Atlanta with an impressive array of musical collaborators, among them Missy Elliott, Jay-Z, Sean Paul, Mark Batson, Mario Winans, D-Roy & Mr. B, OutKast’s Big Boi, Rich Harrison, Fanatic, Scott Storch, and the legendary Luther Vandross. Dangerously In Love includes the album’s first single, “Crazy In Love” featuring rapper Jay-Z, and “Closer I Get To You,” a sizzling duet with Luther Vandross.
Beyonce has been celebrating the release of Dangerously In Love with a succession of television appearances which have already included a triumphant spot as musical guest on the May 17 season finale of “Saturday Night Live,” a performance on VH1’s “Divas Duets,” and an appearance on MTV’s “Beach House.” Upcoming television appearances will include the artist’s pay-per-view special on Saturday, June 14; and, a special edition of “Dateline NBC” (airdate TBA) featuring an interview with Katie Couric, behind-the-scenes footage of the making of the album and more.
Among Beyonce’s other upcoming television appearances: “The Late Show with David Letterman”; “The Today Show”; the CBS “Early Show”; “The View”; and “Last Call with Carson Daly.”
On Saturday, June 14, Beyonce will premiere many of the songs from Dangerously In Love in her pay-per-view television spectacular, “Ford Presents Beyonce Knowles, Friends & Family, Live From Ford’s 100th Anniversary Celebration in Dearborn, Michigan.” The “Friends & Family” joining Beyonce on her live pay-per-view will include Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams of Destiny’s Child, Beyonce’s sister Solange Knowles, and the emerging pop/gospel group Ramiyah. “Ford Presents Beyonce, Friends & Family” will air at 9pm (EDT) with a pre-show beginning at 8:30pm (EDT).
Beyonce fans have a lot to look forward to in 2003. In addition to the release of Dangerously In Love, a Beyonce World Tour is in the works while the multi-platinum superstar’s next film, “The Fighting Temptations” with Cuba Gooding, Jr., is set for nationwide theatrical release on September 19.
Beyonce made her feature film debut last summer as “Foxxy Cleopatra in “Austin Powers In ‘Goldmember,'” one of the top-grossing comedies of the year. Beyonce’s solo single, “Work It Out,” was one of the highlights of the film’s soundtrack.
As a founding member of Destiny’s Child, one of the best-selling female groups of all time, Beyonce Knowles is one of the most widely-recognized and highly-respected women in pop music. With many of the group’s hit recordings co-written and co-produced by Beyonce, Destiny’s Child has sold more than 33 million albums and singles worldwide and earned an astounding 22 gold, platinum, and multi-platinum RIAA certifications since the group’s recorded debut in November 1997. As Destiny’s Child, Beyonce has earned numerous accolades including Grammy Awards, American Music Awards, World Music Awards, and the prestigious NAACP Image Award. When Beyonce won the 2001 ASCAP Pop Songwriter Of The Year Award, she became the first African-American woman — and the second woman ever — to receive that honor.