On this day in 2003, Beyonce released her Billboard chart-topping and 5x Grammy Award-winning solo debut, Dangerously In Love via Sony Music.
Boasted by No. 1 Billboard Hot 100 singles: “Crazy In Love” and “Baby Boy” which features Jay-Z and Sean Paul respectively and top 5’s “Me, Myself & I” and “Naughty Girl”. The album was certified 4x Platinum in the US and 11x Platinum Worldwide.
Other guest support on the album includes Missy Elliott on the clever and astrological “Signs”, Big Boi & Sleepy Brown on the Bryce Wilson produced track “Hip Hop Star” and Luther Vandross on a reworking of Roberta Flack & Donnie Hathaway’s quiet storm masterpiece,
“The Closer I Get to You”.
A perfect blend of 70’s soul-funk, Middle Eastern, dancehall, futuristic, R&B slow jams and ballads makes this solo debut effort quite impressive and intriguing, even 15 years later.
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“The Closer I Get to You” featuring Luther Vandross