Destiny's Child and Beyonce

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Beyonce: Dangerously in Love (2003), 3/10
Beyonce: B'day (2006) , 4/10
Beyonce: I Am Sasha Fierce (2008), 3/10
Beyonce: 4 (2011) , 4/10
Beyonce: Beyonce (2013), 5/10
Beyonce: Lemonade (2016), 5/10
Beyonce: Renaissance (2022), 5/10

Destiny's Child, a female rhythm'n'blues group that crossed over into pop and rap, formed in Houston in 1990 when its members were still teenagers (in fact, Beyonce Knowles was nine years old). They established themselved as a major commercial force with a string of singles: Killing Time (1997), No No No, from Destiny's Child (1998), Say My Name and Bills Bills Bills, from The Writing's on the Wall (1999), Independent Women Pt 1 (2000), one of the biggest hits of the era. Following much-publicized internal turmoil, Beyonce wrote most of Destiny's Child third album, Survivor (2001), containing Survivor and Bootylicious.

Beyonce's first solo singles, Work It Out and Crazy in Love (2003), made her a star, despite the mediocre quality of Dangerously in Love (2003).

B'day (2006) was full of disposable songs. The only one that mattered was the colossal hit composed by producer Ne-Yo, Irreplaceable. Her best impersonation was perhaps Ring the Alarm (2006).

I Am Sasha Fierce (2008) contains the bouncy Single Ladies, composed by Terius "The-Dream" Nash, Thaddis "Kuk" Harrell, and Christopher "Tricky" Stewart.

In 2008 Beyonce married rap superstar Jay-Z .

4 (2011) and Beyonce (2013), that sold more than 600,000 copies in the first three days, had no song worth mentioning. Nonetheless, by 2013 she had sold over 100 million "records" (whatever that meant in 2013).

Beyonce (2013) was notable for being as much visual as audio. This was a new step in the marriage of marketing and show business. Drunk in Love was the hit.

The genre-hopping Lemonade (Parkwood Entertainment, 2016) was another attempt to promote her to auteur. An industry artifact with no personality, Beyonce swings between the playful reggae of Hold Up and the gospel hymn Freedom via the piano elegy Sandcastles. Best is probably Don't Hurt Yourself, which is quintessential Aretha Franklin. The collaboration with James Blake yields two of the most boring ballads of his career. All the media hype does little to make this album more than a marketing project. In fact, it's even less musical than Beyonce. She's a mediocre singer and an awful songwriter, and no amount of production work can fully hide that. The accompanying video (a much more relevant cultural artifact, inspired by Julie Dash's 1991 film "Daughters of the Dust"), includes spoken-word interludes of poetry by Somali-British poet Warsan Shire: "The Unbearable Weight of Staying", "Dear Moon", "How to Wear Your Mother's Lipstick", "Nail Technician as Palm Reader", and "For Women Who Are Difficult to Love".

Everything Is Love (2018) was a collaboration with her husband Jay-Z.

Beyonce's younger sister Solange Knowles debuted with Solo Star (2002) but mainly wrote songs for Beyonce until Sol-Angel and the Hadley St Dreams (2008), a work that turned her into a soul-revival star. A Seat at the Table (2016) reached the top of the sale charts with confessional and almost psychoanalytical lyrics. Unfortunately the music was really (really) boring and trivial, which means that she joined the ranks of Beyonce and Rihanna as a leading black pop star.

Beyonce's next album was the soundtrack of a remake of The Lion King, an album titled The Gift (2019), featuring collaborations with both US rappers and African musicians. The songs of the soundtrack were then given videos by various directors to create the visual album Black Is King (2020), including Black Parade, a celebration of African-American history that speculated on the "Black Lives Matter" protests of that year.

Jay-Z composed her collaboration with Megan Thee Stallion Savage (2020).

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Destiny's Child, un gruppo R&B femminile che è passato al pop e al rap, si è formato a Houston nel 1990 quando i suoi membri erano ancora adolescenti (infatti Beyoncé Knowles aveva nove anni). Si sono affermati come una grande forza commerciale con una serie di singoli: Killing Time (1997), No No No, da Destiny's Child (1998), Say My Name e Bills Bills Bills, da The Writing's on the Wall (1999), Independent Women Pt 1 (2000), uno dei più grandi successi dell'epoca. A seguito di disordini interni molto pubblicizzati, Beyoncé ha scritto la maggior parte del terzo album di Destiny's Child, Survivor (2001), contenente Survivor e Bootylicious.

I primi singoli da solista di Beyoncé, Work It Out e Crazy in Love (2003), l'hanno resa una star, nonostante la qualità mediocre di Dangerously in Love (2003).

B'day (2006) era pieno di canzoni usa e getta. L'unico che contava era il colossale successo composto dal produttore Ne-Yo, Irreplaceable. La sua migliore interpretazione è stata forse Ring the Alarm (2006).

I Am Sasha Fierce (2008) contiene il saltellante Single Ladies, composto da Terius "The-Dream" Nash, Thaddis "Kuk" Harrell e Christopher "Tricky" Stewart.

Nel 2008 Beyoncé ha sposato la superstar del rap Jay-Z.

4 (2011) e Beyoncé (2013), che ha venduto più di 600.000 copie nei primi tre giorni, non avevano canzoni degne di nota. Tuttavia, nel 2013 aveva venduto oltre 100 milioni di "dischi" (qualunque cosa significhi ancora nel 2013).


Beyoncé (2013) si è distinto per essere tanto visivo quanto audio. Questo è stato un nuovo passo nel matrimonio tra marketing e spettacolo. Drunk in Love è stato il singolo di successo.

Il salto di genere Lemonade (Parkwood Entertainment, 2016) è stato un altro tentativo di promuoverla come autore. Un artefatto industriale senza personalità, Beyonce oscilla tra il reggae giocoso di Hold Up e l'inno gospel Freedom attraverso l'elegia per pianoforte Sandcastles. La cosa migliore è probabilmente Don't Hurt Yourself, che è la quintessenza di Aretha Franklin. La collaborazione con James Blake produce due delle ballate più noiose della sua carriera. Tutto il clamore dei media fa poco per rendere questo album più di un progetto di marketing. In effetti, è anche meno musicale di Beyoncé. È una cantante mediocre e un'orribile cantautrice, e nessuna quantità di lavoro di produzione può nasconderlo completamente. Il video di accompagnamento (un artefatto culturale molto più rilevante, ispirato al film di Julie Dash del 1991 "Daughters of the Dust"), include intermezzi di poesia del poeta somalo-britannico Warsan Shire: "The Unbearable Weight of Staying", "Dear Moon","How to Wear Your Mother’s Lipstick","Nail Technician as Palm Reader "e “For Women Who Are Difficult to Love”.

Everything Is Love (2018) è stata una collaborazione con suo marito Jay-Z.

La sorella minore di Beyoncé, Solange Knowles, ha debuttato con Solo Star (2002), ma ha scritto principalmente canzoni per Beyoncé fino a Sol-Angel and the Hadley St Dreams (2008), un lavoro che l'ha trasformata in una star del revival soul. A Seat at the Table (2016) ha raggiunto la vetta delle classifiche di vendita con testi confessionali e quasi psicoanalitici. Sfortunatamente la musica era davvero (davvero) noiosa e banale, il che significa che si è unita ai ranghi di Beyoncé e Rihanna come una delle principali pop star nere.


Il successivo album di Beyoncé è stata la colonna sonora di un remake di The Lion King, un album intitolato The Gift (2019), con collaborazioni sia con rapper statunitensi che con musicisti africani. Le canzoni della colonna sonora hanno poi ricevuto video da vari registi per creare l'album visivo Black Is King (2020), tra cui Black Parade, una celebrazione della storia afro-americana che speculava sulle proteste di "Black Lives Matter" di quell'anno.

Jay-Z ha composto la sua collaborazione con Megan Thee Stallion Savage (2020).

Break My Soul (2022) is de facto a tribute to house music of the 1990s (composed by Allen George and Fred McFarlane, the composers in 1990 of Show Me Love for Robin Stone). That was the appetizer for Renaissance (2022), another over-hyped sociological event... of little or no artistic value. It's an album built around catchy samples of dance hits from the past, almost a tribute to 50 years of dancefloor beats (disco, electro, house, etc). She basically impersonates a modern Donna Summer in disco-ploitations like Virgo's Groove (produced by Leven Kali and The-Dream with echoes of Madonna's Isla Bonita), Cuff It (a tribute to Chic’s Good Times) and Summer Renaissance (that quotes explicitly I Feel Love), although injecting her provocative sensual persona in more creative songs like Pure/ Honey (a creation by Michael "BloodPop" Tucker and the Nova Wav's duo Brittany "Chi" Coney and Denisia "Blu June" Andrews). The album is almost a collage of contributions by different minds. It took 30 co-writers to write the ridiculous lyrics of Alien Superstar. The disco ballads are so lame that the rap song Church Girl ends up being a highlight and the rhythm of the atmospheric Thique sounds like an experiment in industrial beats.

Beyonce was perhaps unique among pop stars in her passion for the visual experience, demonstrate by the "visual albums" Beyonce (2013) and Lemonade (2016), by her documentary Life Is but a Dream (2013), by the documentary Homecoming (2019) that documents a Coachella festival performance, by her narrative film Black Is King (2020), and by the self-adulating documentary Renaissance - A Film by Beyonce (2023), based on her 2023 world tour that was second only to Taylor Swift's one in terms of publicity and attendance.

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