Beyoncé Takes Home “Best International Album of the Year” Award
New York, NY -- Beyoncé's "B'DAY Deluxe Edition" has just won Mexico's coveted Oye! Award in the "Best International Album of the Year" category. The Oye! Awards ceremony is aired on Televisa, the #1 television channel in Mexico.
News of Beyoncé's latest Best Album honors comes the same week as the release of "Irreemplazable," her new eight track Spanish language EP featuring select songs from "B'DAY." "Irreemplazable" -- a compilation of original material and tracks from "B'DAY" and "Dreamgirls" including the Spanish chart-topping "Amor Gitano" -- is available now.
The original version of Beyoncé's "B'DAY" won this year's Grammy for Best Contemporary R&B Album, bringing Beyoncé's lifetime Grammy total up to 10 (seven as a solo artist and three won with Destiny's Child).
Beyoncé's Oye! winning "B'DAY Deluxe Edition" premieres, in addition to the original 12 tracks from "B'DAY," five brand-new songs in English, the expanded album's first single, "Beautiful Liar," a superstar duet between Beyoncé and Shakira, and six new Spanish language tracks including "Amor Gitano," Beyoncé's sensuous flamenco-pop duet with Latin Grammy-winning superstar Alejandro Fernández. Co-written by Beyoncé with Grammy-winning songwriters/recording artists Reyli Barba and Jaime Flores and produced by Grammy-winning producer Rudy Perez, "Amor Gitano" can be heard as the theme music for "Zorro: La Espada y La Rosa (The Sword and the Rose)," a telenovela (serialized television soap opera) on Telemundo (check your local listings).
The award-winning album also includes Spanish language versions of "Listen (Oye)" and "Irreplaceable (Irreemplazable)" and three new mixes of "Beautiful Liar."
"B'DAY," Beyoncé's second solo album, closed out 2006 as one of the year's most successful albums. A bona fide international success, "B'DAY" has achieved platinum plus status in the United States (3x platinum), the United Kingdom (2x platinum), Australia (platinum), Canada (platinum), Japan (platinum) New Zealand (platinum), and reached #1 on the United World Chart (2x platinum).
Released around the world on September 4, 2006 (September 5 in the U.S.) to coincide with the artist's 25th birthday, Beyoncé's "B'DAY" entered the Billboard Top 200 at #1, with first week's sales of more than 541,000 pieces, achieving the year's highest first week's sales of any female recording act, group or solo, and the fifth highest chart debut of the year of any artist, male or female. (The pop superstar's first solo album, 2003's Grammy-winning Dangerously In Love, also debuted in the #1 slot.)
"B'DAY" peaked at #1 on Billboard's Top 200, Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums and U.S. Internet album charts and remains a constant in the upper reaches of the Top 200.
"Deja Vu" (featuring Jay-Z), the first single from B'DAY, reached #1 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop chart and #1 on the Hot Dance Singles Sales chart while its follow-up, "Ring The Alarm," hit #1 on the Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart and #3 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop chart. The album's single, "Irreplaceable," reached #1 on Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart (10 weeks in a row) and #1 on the R&B Singles chart (9 weeks in a row).