''I Am… Sasha Fierce'' is the third studio album by American R&B recording artist Beyoncé. It was released on November 18, 2008, by Columbia Records. It is classified as a dual disc album; the first disc ''I Am...'' incorporates slow and mid-tempo R&B ballads and pop songs, while the second disc ''Sasha Fierce'', named after Beyoncé's alter ego, contains more uptempo danceable songs which cross from Euro to electropop. A deluxe edition of the album was released simultaneously with its standard edition in international markets in November and December 2008.
Beyoncé was inspired by her husband Jay-Z and especially by Etta James, who helped her to broaden her horizons. Musically, 'I Am...' drew inspiration from folk and alternative songs and acoustic guitar and the contemporary ballads on this disc were produced, written and recorded by Beyoncé along with Kenneth Edmonds, Tricky Stewart and Terius Nash, Toby Gad and Ryan Tedder while 'Sasha Fierce', being the fresh modern sound of the alter ego, utilizes production and songwriting from Rodney Jerkins, Sean Garrett, Solange, Rico Love and Jim Jonsin. Critics received the album with mixed to positive reviews with many of them stating that the collection might have been better served if Beyoncé had edited it down to one disc. The album debuted at number one on the US ''Billboard'' 200 chart, selling 482,000 units in its first week. ''I Am... Sasha Fierce'' has proven commercially successful, earning at least 14 platinum certifications, each from a different country and reaching top-ten in charts around the world. The album charted from 2008 to 2010 in several charts around the world. In celebration of the album's numerous achievements, a remix album with videography, a platinum edition along with a re-issue deluxe edition as well as an EP titled ''I Am... Sasha Fierce - The Bonus Tracks'' were made available towards the end of 2009.
The two lead singles from ''I Am... Sasha Fierce'', "If I Were a Boy" and "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)", were both international hits. The first song topped the charts in over eight countries, and reached number three on the ''Billboard'' Hot 100 in the United States, while the second was able to peak inside the top ten in the charts of major musical markets, while becoming her fifth number one hit on the Hot 100 chart. "Diva" and "Ego" were released as US-Only singles while "Halo" and "Sweet Dreams" were promoted internationally as the third and fourth single respectively. "Broken-Hearted Girl" was serviced internationally as the fifth single though it was not officially released in neither the United States nor the Netherlands. "Video Phone" was released in November 2009 with a remixed version featuring pop singer Lady Gaga and the last single, being Why Don't You Love Me got a proper digital release in the United Kingdom in August 2010.
To date, total worldwide sales are well over 7 million units and as of July 2010 the digital tracks from the album in the US have sold more than 12.3 million of units. The album garnered eight nominations at the 52nd Grammy Awards, and eventually won five Grammys, including Best Contemporary R&B Album. It also won a 2009 Soul Train Award for Album of the Year. ''I Am... Sasha Fierce'' was promoted with live performances around the world including ''X Factor'' in the UK and the final episode of ''TRL'' in addition to the global, I Am... Tour.