On July 12, 2003, “Crazy in Love” by Beyoncé featuring Jay-Z hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. The lead single on Beyoncé’s debut solo studio album, “Dangerously in Love,” went on to win two Grammys. Fifteen years since we first fell crazy in love with the ultimate power couple, Bey and Jay just released their new collaborative album, “Everything is Love.” You can also catch them live this summer on their On The Run II Tour.
Beyoncé had spent the latter part of the 1990s and early 2000s dominating the charts with Destiny’s Child. In 2003, she was ready to launch her solo career. Audiences already had a taste of the magic of a Beyoncé/Jay-Z collaboration with 2002’s “‘03 Bonnie and Clyde.” With “Crazy in Love,” the fire and passion between the couple was palpable. It certainly did not hurt that the pair was dating in real life. Of her No. 1 hit single, she once said, “The song talks about how, when you’re falling in love, you do things that are out of character and you don’t really care because you’re just open.”
After “Crazy in Love,” Beyoncé generated three other hits from the album: “Baby Boy,” “Me, Myself and I” and “Naughty Girl.” The album went on to sell over 11 millions copies worldwide and earned her five Grammys. She quickly cultivated a larger-than-life public persona and amassed a worldwide following of fans that call themselves the “Beyhive.”
To date, Beyoncé has sold over 100 million records worldwide. This past spring, “Crazy in Love” took on a new life at Beyoncé’s recent performances as the first black woman to headline at Coachella 2018. Accompanied by a New Orleans-style brass marching band, she opened her set with the song that put her on the solo map.