Beyoncé - American Singer

Beyoncé Giselle Knowles is an American singer, songwriter and actress. Born and raised in Houston, Texas, Knowles regularly performed in singing and dancing competitions until she became lead singer of R&B girl-group Destiny's Child, aged sixteen. 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 Knowles' debut album Dangerously in Love , which established the singer as a viable solo artist worldwide; it sold 11 million copies, earned five Grammy Awards and featured the Billboard number one singles "Crazy in Love" and "Baby Boy".

Knowles' fifth studio album is scheduled for release this year. It was mostly recorded during 2012 in The Hamptons, New York, and will feature production from Timbaland, Missy Elliott, The-Dream, Pharrell and Justin Timberlake. She has previewed snippets of "Bow Down / I Been On", "Grown Woman", in a Pepsi commercial,and "Standing on the Sun," which was used in commercials for H&M and L'Oreal. Knowles also appeared on "You Changed" with Michelle Williams for Kelly Rowland's album Talk a Good Game and "Turnt" alongside 2 Chainz for The-Dream's IV Play.She also appeared on husband Jay-Z's twelfth studio album, Magna Carta... Holy Grail, on a track titled "Part II (On the Run)", and provided additional vocals on the songs "Tom Ford" and "BBC", where she was credited under the moniker "Third Ward Trill".In June, Ne-Yo, who has written material for Knowles' fifth album, commented "I'm still putting stuff together for Beyoncé's album...They're still trying to figure out what they want that to be".In July 2013, a spokesperson for Knowles debunked rumors that her album had been delayed, stating that there was no official release date to begin with and that when there is an official date, it will be announced via a press release from the label. It was also stated that Knowles is still recording more tracks while on the road for her Mrs. Carter World Tour.