American singer and songwriter Beyoncé has released five studio albums, four live albums, three compilation albums, five EPs, one soundtrack album, one mixtape, two karaoke albums, and 65 singles (including 10 as a featured artist, eight promotional singles and five charity singles). She has sold over 118 million records as a solo artist, and a further 60 million with Destiny’s Child, making her one of the best-selling music artists of all time. The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) recognized her as the Top Certified Artist of the 2000s decade. As of December 2015, Beyoncé has sold 16 million albums and over 47 million digital songs in the United States as a solo artist, and a further 17 million albums in the United States as part of Destiny’s Child.
Beyoncé’s career began as lead vocalist of Destiny’s Child. She released her first solo album, Dangerously in Love (2003), during the hiatus of Destiny’s Child. It debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200 and produced the singles “Crazy in Love”, “Baby Boy”, “Me, Myself and I”, “Naughty Girl” and “The Closer I Get to You”. With “Crazy in Love” and Dangerously in Love, Beyoncé became the first female artist—and the fifth artist ever—to top both the singles and albums charts simultaneously in the United States and the United Kingdom. In 2003, “Crazy in Love” and “Baby Boy” peaked at number one on the US Billboard Hot 100 for eight and nine weeks, respectively. Dangerously in Love has sold over 11 million copies worldwide.