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Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter (née Knowles; born September 4, 1981), known mononymously as Beyoncé (/biˈjɒns/ bee-YON-say), is an American singer and actress. Born and raised in Houston, Texas, she performed in various singing and dancing competitions as a child, and rose to fame in the late 1990s as lead singer of R&B girl-group Destiny's Child. Managed by her father Mathew Knowles, the group became one of the world's best-selling girl groups of all time. Their hiatus saw the release of Beyoncé's debut album, Dangerously in Love (2003), which established her as a solo artist worldwide; it sold 11 million copies, earned five Grammy Awards and featured the Billboard Hot 100 number-one singles "Crazy in Love" and "Baby Boy".

Following the disbandment of Destiny's Child in June 2005, she released her second solo album, B'Day (2006), which contained hits "Déjà Vu", "Irreplaceable", and "Beautiful Liar". Beyoncé also ventured into acting, with a Golden Globe-nominated performance in Dreamgirls (2006), and starring roles in The Pink Panther (2006) and Obsessed (2009). Her marriage to rapper Jay-Z and portrayal of Etta James in Cadillac Records (2008) influenced her third album, I Am... Sasha Fierce (2008), which saw the birth of her alter-ego Sasha Fierce and earned a record-setting six Grammy Awards in 2010, including Song of the Year for "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)". Beyoncé took a hiatus from music in 2010 and took over management of her career; her fourth album 4 (2011) was subsequently mellower in tone, exploring 1970s funk, 1980s pop, and 1990s soul. Her fifth studio album, Beyoncé (2013), was critically acclaimed and was distinguished from previous releases by its experimental production and exploration of darker themes.

A self-described "modern-day feminist", her songs are often characterized by themes of love, relationships, and monogamy, as well as female sexuality and empowerment. On stage, her dynamic, highly choreographed performances have led to critics hailing her as one of the best entertainers in contemporary popular music. Throughout a career spanning 17 years, she has won 17 Grammy Awards and sold over 75 million records as a solo artist, and a further 60 million with Destiny's Child, making her one of the best-selling music artists of all time. The Recording Industry Association of America recognized Beyoncé as the Top Certified Artist in America during the 2000s decade. In 2009, Billboard named her the Top Radio Songs Artist of the Decade, the Top Female Artist of the 2000s and their Artist of the Millennium in 2011. In 2014, she ranked atop of Forbes' Celebrity 100 and became the highest-paid black musician in history. She was included in Time magazine's list of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2013 and 2014.

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Beyoncé has released several music videos, working with many directors, as well as co-producing some of them. She took her first lead role in the film for Carmen: A Hip Hopera. Beyoncé's first solo music video was the soundtrack single, "Work It Out", for a film "Austin Powers in Goldmember" she had a lead role in. The music video contained clips of the film as well as a 70's disco theme with Knowles debuting a curly afro. After the parting of Destiny's Child, Knowles debuted her first official music video as a solo artist for "Crazy in Love" featuring long time boyfriend Jay-Z. The song spent 9 weeks on the top of the billboards and the video topped charts all around the world for its iconic simple theme and fierce walking tracks. Other videos released from Dangerously in Love included cameo appearances by Sean Paul & Usher.

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4: The Remix is an extended play (EP) by American R&B singer Beyoncé released through Columbia Records on April 23, 2012. Prior to the release of the extended play, Knowles organised a remix competition for her then-upcoming single "End of Time". The remix was chosen by a judging panel and the winner of the competition was Radzimir "Jimek" Dębski.

4: The Remix contains six remixes of the songs from Knowles' fourth studio album, 4, released in 2011; a Dave Audé remix of "Run the World (Girls)", Isa Machine remix of "Countdown", Lars B remix of "Best Thing I Never Had", DJ Escape and Tony Coluccio remix of "Love on Top" and two remixes of "End of Time" by WAWA and JIMEK. After its release, the EP debuted on the UK R&B Albums Chart at number twenty eight. It also appeared on Billboard's component charts, Dance/Electronic Albums and Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums at number eleven and number thirty respectively.

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"Freakum Dress" is a song recorded by American R&B singer Beyoncé for her second studio album, B'Day (2006). It was composed by Knowles, Rich Harrison, and Makeba Riddick. "Freakum Dress" is similar to songs the Destiny's Child used to record in the 1990s. The song derives genres from R&B, funk, hip hop as well as dance-pop and contains limited elements of 1980s go-go. In the song, Knowles advises women who have partners with straying eyes to put on alluring dresses and grind on other guys in dance clubs, to regain their affections.

"Freakum Dress" was generally well received by music critics who complimented Knowles' vocals as well as the assertiveness with which she delivers the lyrics. Many of them also noted that the beat of song melds very well with the vocal arrangement and the instruments used. The music video for the song was directed by Ray Kay, with co-direction from Knowles, for the B'Day Anthology Video Album (2007). It features Knowles dancing with women of different ages, races, and sizes. Thirty metallic dresses were designed by Tina Knowles and were used in the production. Knowles explained that the main reason behind shooting a video for the song was to show what a 'freakum dress' looks like.

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