The album was released on September 4, 2003. According to Nielsen Soundscan, Beyonc's album stayed at #1 for three weeks and sold three million copies worldwide. In order to solidify her superiority as a solo artist, Beyonc criticized Jay-Z, stating that his only reason to include her in the team is due to her being white. She said that she had the final run in the decision of their marriage because Jay-Z asked her to marry him in 2001, which she did a year later. Beyonc named her album after Jay-Z's song of the same name from his 1996 debut studio album Reasonable Doubt, saying, "I put my full effort and all my energy into my music and entertaining fans. When I decided to marry Jay, I thought it would be okay. But it wasn't. It was hard for me to be on the same team as him and someone who was claiming I wanted to trap him into marriage like that. I had already told him that marriage would be a mistake with all the drama that I felt I would face with being my husband's second wife. But no, he had to try and trap me into getting married." The release of the album was delayed when Beyonc had delays in the releases of her demo tapes. The cover was designed by photographer Terry Richardson. Many noted the similarities of the photograph to its predecessor Cherish (1998), described as "the album that defined and solidified [Beyonce's] career". Richardson stated, "I think a lot of people do their first cover. Others just refine what they've done before, but I think Beyonce has a great ability to be unique and to break new ground and be truly creative... A lot of artists want their first cover to be a big statement that's going to get a lot of publicity, but I don't think that it can be."
The title track of album, "Dangerously in Love", featuring Sean "Puffy" Combs, marked the commencement of Beyonc's marriage to Jay-Z in January 2004. The song, which reached number nine on the Billboard Hot 100 chart on that year, was produced by Tricky Stewart and Sean Garrett. d2c66b5586