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It's been a long road to the top for Queen Bey, from the early Destiny's Child days all the way through to her surprise album drop last year, Beyonce has played every card right to become the most powerful woman in music. This is the story of how it was done.
She entered the biggest talent show on TV at the time as a member of the band 'Girl Tyme,' – they came second (as shown in her 'Flawless' video). It was the first step on Beyonce's road to becoming the most powerful woman in music.
After a few changes within the band, and many tries at 'making it' the group were feeling defeated. That's when Matthew Knowles, Beyonce's dad, stepped in to act as manager. Picture: Getty
To whip the girls into shape Mr Knowles created a summer 'bootcamp,' putting DC to work on their vocals and dancing.
Beyonce's dad helped to negotiate the record label that Beyonce would finally find success with. Picture: Getty
It's a little-known fact that Destiny's Child released an album before 'The Writing's On The Wall'. Obviously, it wasn't a success. But they got there in the end.
The lead single from their album was released back in 1999 (can you believe it?)
Eight million were sold in the UK, making it eight-time platinum certified. It was one of the top selling albums of 2000. Now, Beyonce was certainly established.
When things got sour with LaToya and LaTavia, Michelle Williams joined as the third and final member. Picture: Getty
The Charlie's Angels soundtrack spent 11 consecutive weeks in the Billboard Hot 100 and became one of the most recognisable songs Beyonce's had vocals on.
It had 'Independent Woman,' Survivor' and 'Bootylicious' on the track listing. Enough said.
Only the most powerful woman in music could make a word like 'bootylicious' an actual, official world.
They are the ninth most successful artist/ band of the 2000s and one of the most successful female groups ever.
When Destiny's Child decided to have a temporary break to focus on solo careers, Beyonce released her first solo album 'Dangerously In Love'. It sold 11 million copies, went to number 1 and earnt her 5 grammy awards. There was no going back.
The Jay Z collaboration would go on to top endless 'Best Song Of The 2000s' lists.
It's unsurprising that Beyonce decided to go at it alone after securing such success with 'Dangerously In Love'. The group parted ways after releasing 'Destiny Fulfilled'.
That's how you know you've really made it. Picture: PA
In 2006, still only aged 25, Beyonce released her second solo album, with 'Irreplaceable' and 'Beautiful Liar' on it, it's no wonder it debuted at number 1.
'Deja Vu' was the lead single on the album. Other hits on it included 'Ring The Alarm,' 'Get Me Bodied' and 'Green Light'.
On her first tour Beyonce visited a staggering 97 venues - the tour grossed over $24 million. Beyonce was the most powerful woman in music, could she stay at the top?
She starred alongside Jennifer Hudson and Eddie Murphy in 'Dreamgirls,' a film that showed off her incredible vocals and her little-known acting skills.
In 2008 the music super couple got married in a private ceremony, somehow managing to keep all of the press away.
'If I Were A Boy,' 'Sweet Dreams' and 'Single Ladies' were all instant hits from the album. Beyonce was absolutely unstoppable.
Only someone respected all over the world could create her own alter ego and be taken seriously. Beyonce said she created 'Sasha Fierce' to keep her sexy, aggressive, provocative stage persona separate from who she really is, claiming "I'm not like her in real life at all"
As visual as she is vocal, Beyonce's 'Single Ladies' video won numerous awards and lead to an internet craze that saw countless parodies pop up everywhere.
We all remember the moment Kanye West interrupted Taylor Swift after she beat Beyonce to win 'Best Female Video' at the 2009 VMAs. Beyonce handled the situation with grace, asking Taylor to join her on stage when she did pick up a later award.
Beyonce's given many large donations to charity, most notable was when she starred as Etta James in the 2008 film 'Cadillac Records' and donated her entire salary. Picture: beyonce.cpm
He had managed Beyonce since the early Destiny's Child days. But in 2011 Beyonce fired her own dad, although rumours were flying around as to why, she didn't reveal the real reason until her documentary was released two years later, claiming she "just wanted her dad". Picture: iam.beyonce.com
In 2011 Queen Bey took to the main stage and broke the cycle.
Beyonce describes herself as a modern day feminist - and on stage, she has her ladies behind her. Picture: beyonce.com
Seriously, she is IN. DEMAND.
That's her fourth consecutive album to debut at number 1, but who's counting? (We are).
During a performance, obviously. In 2011 Beyonce ripped open her blazer and rubbed her belly to announce Blue Ivy way on the way.
That's the most powerful man in the world by the way (behind the most powerful woman in music).
So incredible that the performance stands as the second most tweeted about moment in history at 268,000 tweets per minute
It was the moment everyone had been waiting for - Destiny's Child were back on stage together again for one night only.
Beyonce asked that only natural images were used, rather than any that have been 'retouched'.
The autobiographical documentary gave an insight into the star's personal and professional life, showcasing just how much control she has over her own music and shows.
That's how much control she has! Picture: iam.beyonce.com
The woman doesn't stop! In under one year she is performing 123 dates worldwide!
But when Beyonce goes quiet... Don't think she isn't busy.
Somehow Beyonce and her team managed to keep her new album 'Beyonce,' under wraps. And in a move never made before, it was released with no promotion. Picture: Instagram/Beyonce
There are 17 stunning cinematic videos accompanying every track on the album. We told you to be most afraid when Beyonce was quiet - she was busy stirring up a plan to change music.
That made her the first female artist in the chart's history to have her first five studio albums debut at number one
As a solo artist she has sold over 13 million albums in the US, and over 118 million records worldwide (a further 60 million additionally with Destiny's Child), making her one of the best-selling music artists of all time