Beyonce‘s ‘Dangerously in Love‘ has reached an impressive milestone!
The effort, released in 2003, sold just over 2,000 copies in the week ending Dec. 24, bringing its cumulative total across the 5 million mark. It remains Beyoncé’s best-selling solo effort.
In addition, Beyonce has visited the top of the Billboard 200 and sold millions as part of Destiny’s Child. The group notched two No. 1s with Survivor and the greatest hits collection #1s. Destiny’s Child has four million-selling albums (including their biggest: The Writing’s On the Wall, with 6.4 million), while their total album sales stand at 17.5 million.
It’s hard to believe now but there was once a time when the future of Beyonce‘s career stood an uncertain ground following the backlash she received for the part she was unfairly accused of playing in Destiny’s Child‘s lineup changes.
Add to that the pressure of competing with the likes of Britney Spears, Ashanti, Jennifer Lopez and Christina Aguilera the odds seemed to be stacked against the star.
Fortunately, the 22-year-old’s bold and romantic exploration of Hip-Hop, Jazz, R&B, Pop and Soul on ‘Dangerously’ showcased the talent and musicality that saw her outperform each and every one of her competitors and raise the standard for what it meant to be a Pop musician at the time…and inspire her then-boyfriend Jay-Z to attempt to replicate her success with two artists who go by the names of Teairra Mari and Rihanna a year later.
Let’s hope its impact inspires the next generation of artists to deliver material that does for them what the LP did for the ‘Love’ purveyor.
#NowReading: Toni Morrison – ‘The Bluest Eye.’