Destiny's Child principal Beyonce Knowles will release her second solo album, “B'Day,” on Sept. 5 in the United States, and a day earlier internationally, which will be her 25th birthday.
Knowles co-produced, wrote and arranged all the tracks on the Music World Music/Sony Urban Music/Columbia set. Co-producers include Rich Harrison, the Neptunes and Swizz Beatz. The first single is “Deja vu” featuring Jay-Z and co-produced by Rodney Jerkins.
She completed the album after wrapping her role in the film “Dreamgirls,” which recently premiered to much Oscar buzz at the Cannes Film Festival and is set for a Dec. 22 release. Loosely based on Motown's Supremes, the movie co-stars Jamie Foxx, Eddie Murphy and Danny Glover.
“B'Day” will be the follow-up to Knowles' 2003 solo debut “Dangerously In Love,” which topped the Billboard 200 and has sold 4.3 million copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The disc won five Grammy Awards.
Destiny's Child issued its final album “Destiny Fulfilled” last year. It sold 3 million copies and spawned the hit single “Check On It,” which held the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100 for five straight weeks.
Group member Kelly Rowland's own sophomore project, “My Story: Kelly Rowland,” was recently bumped from July to the first quarter of 2007, reportedly to allow more time to work out a marketing strategy. Both are managed by Mathew Knowles, Beyonce's father.