How Beyoncé Became the Most Powerful Woman in Music

She isn’t referred to as Queen Bey for no reason. Beyoncé has once again proven that she is deserving of her well-deserved industry title, as she was just crowned the top woman in media and entertainment.

According to Fortune, Beyoncé made a massive impression in the music industry with her politically charged new album Lemonade that created music history when all 12 singles hit the Billboard top 100.

Here’s how Queen Bey became the most powerful woman in the music industry.

A Big Move from A Group to Going Solo

Going on solo after getting a lot of success in a group is a big move that Beyoncé took.

Beyoncé released her debut solo album, ‘Dangerously In Love,’ after Destiny’s Child decided to take a sabbatical to focus on single careers. ‘Crazy In Love,’ the album’s first single, is one of the best-selling songs of all time.

The album scored number one, sold 11 million copies, and earned five Grammy awards.

The Second Big Hit

With songs like ‘Irreplaceable,’ ‘Beautiful Liar,’ and ‘Déjà Vu,’ it’s no surprise that Beyoncé’s second solo album arrived at number one on the US Billboard in 2006 when she was still just 25 years old.

The album sold over 541,000 copies in its first week, making it Beyoncé’s second-highest debut-week sales.

Third Consecutive Hit

‘I Am... Sasha Fierce’ was Beyoncé’s third number one album in a row. The album’s singles 'Single Ladies,' 'If I Were A Boy,' and 'Sweet Dreams' were major hits. Beyoncé’s 'Single Ladies' video received multiple awards and sparked an online trend, with innumerable parodies popping up all over the place.

Charity Contributions

Beyoncé had made many major charitable contributions, the most prominent of which was when she played Etta James in the 2008 film "Cadillac Records" and gave her whole salary to charity.

Fourth Hit Album

‘4’ is her fourth consecutive number one album released in June 2011, at number 1 on the US Billboard 200.

Performed for Former President

Beyoncé has performed for the former President Barrack Obama not once but twice.

Documentary of Her Life

Beyoncé released 'Life Is But A Dream' in the year 2013. The autobiographical film provided insight into the star's personal and professional life, demonstrating her complete control over her songs and concerts, which she produced and directed.

Another Hit Record

A whole new visual album of Beyoncé appeared out of nowhere in December 2013. Beyoncé and her crew have managed to keep the release of her new album, 'Beyoncé,' a secret.

It was also published without any promotion. And of course, 'Beyoncé' went right in a number one on the album rankings.

And then Another Hit

‘Lemonade’ is Beyoncé’s sixth studio album published in April 2016, along with a 65-minute HBO film of the same name.

It's Beyoncé's second "visual album," and a concept album featuring a song cycle that tells the story of Beyoncé's emotional journey following her husband's infidelity through generations and races.

The album was voted the best album of 2016 by music reviewers and was awarded the greatest album.

Beyoncé is one of the most successful music artists in history. She has sold over 118 million albums globally as a solo artist. She became the first female artist in the chart's history to have all six of her studio albums debuts at number one.

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