....In July 2003, Beyonce released her debut solo album, "Dangerously in Love," which also debuted at No. 1.
The album's first two singles took up residence in the penthouse of the Hot 100: "Crazy in Love," featuring Jay-Z, spent eight weeks at No. 1, while "Baby Boy," featuring Sean Paul, logged nine weeks in the top slot. Current single "Me, Myself & I" is now No. 4.
.... Beyonce's image ensures the offers will keep coming. Although she has a bit of an edge through her secretive relationship with boyfriend rapper Jay-Z, she has been able to avoid scandalous headlines.
Beyonce's positive image was key in the Hilfiger deal, according to THT executive director Robin Mason.
"We absolutely love that she's scandal-free. Being part of Estee Lauder and Tommy Hilfiger, it's all about that good, clean, American fun. She's able to pull that off," he says.
A slew of sponsors have signed on for Beyonce's upcoming Ladies First tour with Alicia Keys and Missy Elliott, including key sponsor Verizon. [Billboard]
All of that is swell, but would any of this be happening is she was less attractive? In other words, while I do not doubt her talents, is she an exceptionally beautiful woman who happens to be a good singer and dancer or is she an outstanding singer/dancer/entertainer who happens to be beautiful? Time will tell, but she has made all the right moves so far.