Beyonce's Eagerly-Awaited Debut Solo Album, Dangerously In Love, In Stores Tuesday, July 8

Album's First Single, 'Crazy In Love,' Features Rapper Jay-Z

Major TV Appearances - Including 'Saturday Night Live' Season Finale - Scheduled to Celebrate Album's Release


Pop music superstar/Destiny's Child founding member Beyonce will celebrate the release of her eagerly-awaited debut solo album, Dangerously In Love, with a succession of television appearances including a spot as musical guest on "Saturday Night Live" on May 17 and the artist's first pay-per-view special on Saturday, June 14. Dangerously In Love will be in stores on Tuesday, July 8.

Beyonce will kick off her Dangerously In Love campaign performing "Crazy In Love," the album's first single, as musical guest artist on the "Saturday Night Live" season finale on May 17.

Among Beyonce's other scheduled television appearances: "The Late Show with David Letterman" on June 14; "The Today Show" outdoor concert series on June 27; the CBS "Early Show" on July 8; and "The View" on July 9.

Dangerously In Love is one of the most hotly-anticipated releases of 2003. Beyonce has written and produced most of the material for her album which was recorded in New York, Los Angeles, Miami, and Atlanta with an impressive array of musical collaborators, among them Missy Elliot, Jay-Z, Sean Paul, Mark Batson, Mario Winans, D-Roy & Mr. B, OutKast's Big Boi, Rich Harrison, Fanatic, Scott Storch, and the legendary Luther Vandross. Dangerously In Love includes the album's first single, "Crazy In Love" featuring rapper Jay-Z, and "Closer I Get To You," a sizzling duet with Luther Vandross.

On Saturday, June 14, Beyonce will premiere many of the songs from Dangerously In Love in her first pay-per-view television spectacular, "Ford Presents Beyonce Knowles, Friends & Family, Live From Ford's 100th Anniversary Celebration in Dearborn, Michigan." The "Friends & Family" joining Beyonce on her live pay-per-view will include Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams of Destiny's Child, Beyonce's sister Solange Knowles, the hitmaking Swedish pop vocal quartet Play, and the emerging pop/gospel group Ramiyah. "Ford Presents Beyonce, Friends & Family" will air at 9pm (EDT) with a pre-show beginning at 8:30pm (EDT).

Beyonce fans have a lot to look forward to in 2003. In addition to the release of Dangerously In Love, a Beyonce World Tour is in the works while the multi-platinum superstar's next film, "The Fighting Temptations" with Cuba Gooding, Jr., is set for nationwide theatrical release on September 19.

As a founding member of Destiny's Child, one of the best-selling female groups of all time, Beyonce Knowles is one of the most widely-recognized and highly-respected women in pop music. With many of the group's hit recordings co-written and co-produced by Beyonce, Destiny's Child has sold more than 33 million albums and singles worldwide and earned an astounding 22 gold, platinum, and multi-platinum RIAA certifications since the group's recorded debut in November 1997. As Destiny's Child, Beyonce has earned numerous accolades including Grammy Awards, American Music Awards, World Music Awards, and the prestigious NAACP Image Award. When Beyonce won the 2001 ASCAP Pop Songwriter Of The Year Award, she became the first African-American woman to receive that honor.

Beyonce made her feature film debut last summer as "Foxxy Cleopatra in "Austin Powers In 'Goldmember,'" one of the top-grossing comedies of the year. Beyonce's solo single, "Work It Out," was one of the highlights of the film's soundtrack.

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