B’Day is the second solo studio album by American singer Beyoncé. It was released to coincide with her twenty-fifth birthday on September 4, 2006. The album was originally planned as a follow-up to Beyoncé’s 2003 solo debut Dangerously in Love to be released in 2004; however, it was delayed to accommodate the recording of Destiny’s Child’s final album Destiny Fulfilled (2004) and the singer’s starring role in the 2006 film Dreamgirls.
Most of the lyrical content of the album was inspired by Beyoncé’s role in the film, with its musical style ranging from 1970s–80s funk influences and balladry to urban contemporary elements such as hip hop and R&B. Live instrumentation was employed in recording most of the tracks as part of Beyoncé’s vision of creating a record using live instruments.