Before Beyonce dropped her first solo album, Dangerously in Love (2003), urban pop was just another marginal sub-genre. Like all pop superstars, her success is mostly a result of brilliant marketing efforts and great PR management. But, if you strip away all the celebrity endorsements, the beauty and glamour, what’s left is a whole lot of well-refined (yet raw) talent.
She signed Rihanna to target younger audiences but has remained a favorite for fans of all ages, including her peers and competitors. Adele told MTV she had a “full-blown panic attack” when she met Beyonce. And here’s what Britney Spears had to say:
“What she [Beyonce] did with her album was pure genius”