Beyoncé

Kai Eriksson

Posted on May 03 2018

Full name: Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter

Born: September 4th 1981 in Houston, Texas

A powerful, influential female artists and a business woman

 

 

 

1990’s

Childhood and early years: performs in various singing and dancing competitions

1997–2002

Part of girls’ band Destiny’s Child, after which starts her single career and became more influential

2003–2007

Builds up her artistic career as solo singer and actress

2005

Founds Survivor Foundation for hurricane Katrina victims

2007

Founds her own company Parkwood entertainment

2008–2010

Her career rockets, she made films and won various awards

2012

  • Ambassador for the UN World Humanitarian Day
  • Participates in Global Citizen charity organization to raise awareness of poverty cycles
  • 2013

    Co-funds Chime for Change charity organization for women’s rights

    2014

    Designs sportswear brand with Topshop aiming to inspire and encourage women to self-love and feeling good in their bodies

    2015

    Becomes a co-owner of all artist owned streaming service Tidal

    2016

    Releases Formation and stands up against police violence 

     

    CAREER/ACHIEVEMENTS

     

    • Career of 19 years
    • 179 songs, six albums
    • 10 movies (for example: Dream Girls, Austin Powers in Goldmember, Obsessed, More)
    • Numerous awards and nominations (for example: 20 Grammys, 24 MTV Video Music Awards, Top Female Artist of the 2000s and Top Radio Songs Artist of the Decade by Billboard)
    • Founded her own company Parkwood entertainment
    • Cofounded music streaming service Tidal
    • Founded her own sports-wear brand Ivy Park
    • Listed among 100 most influential people in 2013 & 2014 by Times
    • Listed as the most powerful female in entertainment in 2015 by Forbes

     

    MUSICAL ACHIEVEMENTS

     

    Aim as an artist is to “create art that helps people heal” and that “makes people feel proud of their struggle” (Beyoncé)

    The first female artist to brake so many records

    • Only artist in history whose all six albums debuted at no 1 on the Billboard 200 chart
    • Only artist in history whose all studio albums have won Grammy Award for Best Contemporary R&B
    • First female artist to win so many Grammys (41 so far)
    • First African-American woman to win Songwriter of the Year (from American Society of Composers, Authors & Publishers (ASCAP) Pop Music Awards 2001)
    • Most #1 singles by a female artist on this decade
    Has adapted strong African-American influences on her singing style
    • For example: slang, grammar
    • This is not very often seen in popular art (except for rap / hiphop)
    • She has also maintained this style thorough her career

    Musically she has become a trend setter, mixing r&b, soul and pop like no other artist has done successfully before

     

       

      THEMES

       

      • Societal criticism
      • Feminism
      • Anti-racism
      • Anti-violence
      • Empowerment for African-Americans
      • Empowerment for African-American women
      • Also simply entertainment

       

       

      AN EXAMPLE: FORMATION (song), 2016

       

      She takes an activist stance

        The song became a part of public discussion about race and criminal-justice reform in America
          Strong social critique against “nation’s crimes against its darker skinned citizens” (Guardian)
            The song is one of post-Ferguson (i.e. Ferguson shootings and unrest) songs (but differs from others in not focusing on death)
            • Against “police brutality and injustice” (Beyoncé)
              Said to be “a powerful statement of black southern resilience” (Rolling Stones)
                Portrays black women “as soldiers and leaders in social justice movements” (Guardian)
                  Lyrics and video together form a strong political stance
                    Lyrics:
                    • Address racial topics
                    • Embrace her blackness & background
                    • Call African American women to stand side by side (in formation)
                    • Already the title is rebellious (calling for action)
                    • Personal, telling her own history
                      Video
                      • Southern black women portrayed in a marginal way not seen frequently in pop art
                      • Shows multiple identities of archetypical Southern blackness presented by her
                      • Portrays differences in (black) class, sexuality and gender
                      • Points to the gender inequity in social justice movements by portraying women and queer bodies in Formation
                      • Political
                      • Personal
                      • Queer
                      • Provocative
                        Criticism:
                        • Said to “exploit New Orleans’ trauma”
                        • Alleged anti-police stance 

                         

                         

                        PHILANTROPHY

                         

                        She works for Chime for Change, and Global Citizen

                          • With issues related to education, health & sanitation around the world
                          • Empowering young girls around the world
                            Started Survivor Foundation after hurricane Katrina
                              Hope for Haiti

                                Joined Michelle Obama campaign against child obesity 

                                 

                                 

                                EFFECT AND MEANINGFULLNESS

                                 

                                She uses her power and influence to provoke, and to take part in, discussion about difficult topics in America

                                Empowering women, many women feel inspired and encouraged by her

                                • Declaring herself feminist
                                • Sharing “woman-power ethos”, encouraging self-love and feeling good in one’s own body
                                • Partly through the brand Ivy Park 
                                  Empowering African Americans
                                    Encourages to hard work
                                    • Telling openly about her “slaying” (in Formation lyrics for example) and about- difficult times she has gone through (depression for example) 

                                     

                                    DIIPLE RECOMMENDS - SELECTED SONGS (that bring up some of her main themes of societal criticism)

                                     

                                    • Formation (2016)
                                    • I Was Here (made for UN World Humanitarian Day) (2012)
                                    • Run the World (Girls) (2011)
                                     
                                     

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