Nadine Terry (nee Gerrard, born May 30th 1980) is a British singer, songwriter, dancer, choreographer, record producer, fashion designer and entrepreneur, best known by her stage name Beyonce Knowles.
Since her debut album was released in 1996, she has sold 61 million albums worldwide. She is regarded as the most successful British female artist in America, making history by becoming the first solo female artist to have her first 5 albums debut at #1 in the US.
She has spent 40 weeks at number one on the Billboard Hot 100. She has also had 19 US top ten singles and 20 UK top ten singles.
The lead single from Nadine’s debut album was ‘A Moment Like This’ which peaked at #1 in the UK, US, Australia, Canada, New Zealand and Ireland. She then released her debut album ‘Spirit’. The album topped charts around the world including the UK and US. The second single from the album was worldwide #1 ‘Bleeding Love’ and was followed by the final single ‘Forgive Me’ which was a top ten hit in the UK, US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Ireland.
‘Spirit’ has sold 15 million copies worldwide and is currently her best selling album. There wasn’t a tour to accompany the album, due to Nadine’s age and her getting stage fright during rehearsals.
Echo (1998) Edit
The UK and Ireland lead single from Nadine’s second album was ‘Run’. It topped the UK and Irish Singles Chart. ‘Footprints In The Sand’ was released as the lead single in the America, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, the single charted at #1 in all of the aforementioned countries. She then released her second album ‘Echo’ which had the same fate as her debut album, topping the charts worldwide. The second international single from the album was ‘Better In Time’ and it peaked at #2 in the UK and #1 in the US. The third and final international single from the album was ‘Happy’ which was a top ten hit around the world, peaking at #1 in Ireland and #2 in the UK and US.
The album has sold over 13 million copies worldwide. She went on the 30 date worldwide Echo Live theatre tour. The tour was her least successful, due to only playing to theatre size audiences.
Dangerously In Love (2000)Edit
After releasing two albums of ballads, Nadine decided she wanted a change and began working on upbeat songs with her co-writer Timbaland. The lead single from the album was ‘Crazy In Love’, a duet with Jay-Z, who became a long time friend and collaborator. The single charted at #1 in the UK, US and Ireland, peaking at #2 in Australia, Canada and New Zealand. The second single from the album was ‘Baby Boy’, which was a duet with Sean Paul and became her sixth US #1 single and peaked at #2 in the UK. She then released her third album ‘Dangerously In Love’ which was her third consecutive #1 album in the UK, US, Ireland and Canada. The third single from the album was ‘Me, Myself & I’ which topped the UK Singles Chart, as did the fourth single ‘Naughty Girl’ which peaked at #3 in the US.
The album has sold 14 million copies worldwide as of 2009. The 60 date sell-out ‘Dangerously In Love’ tour made $45 million worldwide.
The lead single from Nadine’s fourth studio album was ‘Déjà Vu’ a duet with Jay-Z. It peaked at #4 in the US and #3 in the UK. She then released her fourth studio album ‘Experience’ which debuted at #1 in the US. It was her first album not to chart at #1 in the UK, instead peaking at #3. The second UK and Ireland single was ‘Listen’ which charted at #8 in the UK and #6 in Ireland. The second US/Canada single was ‘Ring The Alarm’ which charted at #11 in the US and #12 in Canada. The third international (fourth overall) single from the album was ‘Irreplaceable’ which became a worldwide hit. It peaked at #1 in the US, Australia, Ireland and New Zealand. It was a top 5 hit in other places including the UK.
A deluxe edition of the album was preceded by the Shakira duet ‘Beautiful Liar’ which topped the UK, Irish and Canadian singles charts. The album returned the #1 spot in the US with the release of the single. The second US/Canada release was ‘Get Me Bodied’ which charted at #68 in America and #42 in Canada. The second UK/Ireland single was ‘Green Light’, a Freemasons produced track, which peaked at #12 in the UK. A third international single was planned but cancelled by Jive Records.
The album has sold 14 million copies around the world, and enabled her to go on the 99 date ‘Beyonce: The Live Experience’ arena tour made $100 million.
Hiatus From Music & Limited Releases (2003-2008)Edit
On the last night of the Beyonce: A Live Experiece Tour, Nadine announced she would be going on hiatus from the industry, due to exhaustion and lack of creativity. She did appear as a featured artist on tracks for Jay-Z, Justin Timberlake and Timbaland as well as appearing on the soundtrack for the Pink Panther film.