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Destiny's Child

Destiny's Child rose to become one of the most popular female R&B groups of the late '90s, eventually rivaling even TLC in terms of blockbuster commercial success. Their accomplishments came in spite of several abrupt personnel changes, which were accompanied by heated, well-publicized feuds in the media and the courts. In fact, for a time, Destiny's Child were known for that drama just as much as their music. Once the group stabilized again, though, they emerged with even more hitmaking power than ever before.

Destiny's Child were formed in Houston, Texas, in 1990, when original members Beyoncé Knowles and LaTavia Roberson were just nine years old; the two met at an audition and became friends, and Knowles' father Mathew set about developing an act based on their singing and rapping, taking their name from a passage in the Book of Isaiah. Beyoncé's cousin Kelendria "Kelly" Rowland joined the group in 1992, and shortly thereafter they landed an appearance on Star Search, where they performed a rap song. The quartet's lineup was finalized (for the time being) when LeToya Luckett joined in 1993, and they spent the next few years working their way up from the Houston club scene, eventually opening for artists like SWV, Dru Hill, and Immature. Finally, in 1997, Destiny's Child were offered a recording contract by Columbia.

The group made its recorded debut on 1997's "Killing Time," a song included on the soundtrack of the blockbuster Men in Black. Their self-titled debut album was released in early 1998, featuring production by Wyclef Jean and Jermaine Dupri, among others. Its lead single, the Jean-produced "No No No," was a smash hit, selling over a million copies and topping the R&B charts. The follow-up singles -- "With Me" and "Get on the Bus," the latter of which was taken from the soundtrack of Why Do Fools Fall in Love? -- didn't quite duplicate the success of "No No No," although Destiny's Child would eventually go platinum (after the group's later success). Destiny's Child reentered the studio quickly, bringing in producer Kevin "She'kspere" Briggs to handle the majority of their next record. Lead single "Bills, Bills, Bills" became the group's first number one pop hit (and second R&B number one) in the summer of 1999 and, paced by its success, the accompanying album, The Writing's on the Wall, entered the charts at number six upon its release.

That was just the beginning of the group's breakout success. The second single, "Bug a Boo," didn't perform as well, but the third single, "Say My Name," was another massive hit, their biggest so far; it hit number one on both the pop and R&B charts for three weeks apiece in early 2000, and made Destiny's Child a pop-cultural phenomenon. However, at the peak of "Say My Name"'s popularity, the group splintered. In December 1999, Roberson and Luckett attempted to split with manager Mathew Knowles, charging that he kept a disproportionate share of the band's profits, attempted to exert too much control, and unfairly favored his daughter and niece. While they never intended to leave the group, relations naturally grew strained, and when the video for "Say My Name" premiered in February 2000, many fans (not to mention Roberson and Luckett) were surprised to find two new members -- Michelle Williams and Farrah Franklin -- joining Knowles and Rowland. Infuriated, Roberson and Luckett took legal action in March, suing both Knowles and their former bandmates for breach of partnership and fiduciary duties. A war of words followed in the press; meanwhile, the next Destiny's Child single, "Jumpin' Jumpin'," hit the Top Ten, and The Writing's on the Wall went on to sell a whopping eight million copies.

The personnel-turnover drama still wasn't over; in July 2000, just five months after joining, Farrah Franklin split with the group. The official reason was that Franklin missed several promotional appearances and concert gigs, although in later interviews she spoke of too much negativity and too little control in the group environment. Now reduced to a trio, Destiny's Child was tapped to record the theme song for the film version of Charlie's Angels; released as a single in October, "Independent Women, Pt. 1" raced up the charts and spent an astounding 11 weeks at number one. Destiny's Child were now indisputable superstars, the biggest female R&B group on the scene, and they quickly began work on a new album to capitalize. In the meantime, toward the end of 2000, Roberson and Luckett dropped the portion of their lawsuit aimed at Rowland and Knowles in exchange for a settlement, though they continued to pursue action against Knowles' father; as part of the agreement, both sides were prohibited from ripping each other publicly.

Beyoncé had long since emerged as the group's focal point, and on the third Destiny's Child album, she assumed more control than ever before, taking a greater hand in writing the material and even producing some of the record herself. While recording sessions were going on, Rowland released the first Destiny's Child solo track; "Angel" appeared on the soundtrack of Chris Rock's Down to Earth. Former members Roberson and Luckett also announced the formation of a trio called, coincidentally, Angel, and Farrah Franklin set about starting a solo career.

Survivor -- whose title was reportedly inspired by a DJ's crack about Destiny's Child members voting one another off the island, much like the popular CBS reality series -- hit stores in the spring of 2001, and entered the charts at number one. The first two singles, "Survivor" and "Bootylicious," were predictably huge hits, with the latter becoming the group's fourth number one pop single. A cover of Andy Gibb's "Emotion" was also successful, albeit less so, and Survivor sold well -- over four million copies -- but not as well as its predecessor. Toward the end of the year, the group released a holiday album, 8 Days of Christmas, and announced plans for a series of side projects, including solo albums from all three members (to be staggered over the next year and a half, so as to avoid competition). In early 2002, shortly after This Is the Remix was released to tide fans over, Roberson and Luckett sued the group again, claiming that some of the lyrics in "Survivor" made reference to them (in violation of the earlier lawsuit settlement).

The first Destiny's Child solo album, Michelle Williams' all-gospel project Heart to Yours, was released in April and featured a duet with gospel legend Shirley Caesar. Meanwhile, Beyoncé won a leading role opposite Mike Myers in the third Austin Powers film, Goldmember, playing blaxploitation-style heroine Foxy Cleopatra; her first solo single, the Neptunes-produced "Work It Out," appeared on the soundtrack, and her full solo album, Dangerously in Love, became a huge hit upon release in mid-2003. Despite much critical speculation, the trio reunited the following year and released Destiny Fulfilled in November 2004. In October 2005, the #1's compilation was issued, followed by the Live in Atlanta DVD and CD sets in 2006 and 2007. The members continued solo careers. Rowland had considerable success with Ms. Kelly and Here I Am, both of which reached the Top Ten. Meanwhile, Beyoncé, who married Jay-Z in 2008, solidified her status as the planet's biggest pop star with the platinum albums B'day, I Am...Sasha Fierce, and 4. The group reunited in 2012 to record a new song, the Pharrell-produced "Nuclear," for the Love Songs compilation, which was released in January 2013 -- just prior to their halftime performance at Super Bowl XLVII. ~ Steve Huey, Rovi
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mycgar4
Ya'll need to stop being haters... Beautiful song for a beautiful woman who knows her s**t when it comes to voice and music... Luv ya girl!!! Do your thang!!!
Yall on your s**t.
lovely6165
Pleasure P 30,257 likes

vleasly commented 2 days ago

"Boyfriend #2 & I knw you like it freaky.." Love it.!!

falafelking2 3 commented 2 days ago

Don't read this because it actually work.you will be kissed by your lover on the nearest Friday.Tomor r o w will be the best day of your life.now that you are reading this don't stop.post this on 5 songs in143 name minutes.than press f6 and your lovers name will appear in big letters. This is so scary it actually works.

lholloway22 commented 9 days
lovely6165
Pleasure P 30,257 likes

vleasly commented 2 days ago

"Boyfriend #2 & I knw you like it freaky.." Love it.!!

falafelking2 3 commented 2 days ago

Don't read this because it actually work.you will be kissed by your lover on the nearest Friday.Tomor r o w will be the best day of your life.now that you are reading this don't stop.post this on 5 songs in143 name minutes.than press f6 and your lovers name will appear in big letters. This is so scary it actually works.

lholloway22 commented 9 days
Thay did change girlGroups for a very long time
Beyonce your my model
I love "survivor" ...
i love this
jeanette0822 4
I love your song your are good
If I copy and paste this on 10 songs in the next 30 minutes you'll have the best day of your life you will be either kissed or asked out if you don't you will see a little dead girl in your room in 30 minutes someone will say I love you or I'm sorry
Annoying
Talk about lot of drama for one group
meg-jalen_20 1 3
I can't stand destiny child special Beyoncé don't like she no what she did to aaliyah
I love Destiny child
I love Destiny Child......a n d Beyonce your my Inspirement and my cousin loves u and I have a group called igers so check it out sometime k bye
Bich I love this song u must know bout me!
My favorite song from them is BOOTYLICIOUS ! Awesome!
Meg-jalen_20 1 3 your just jealous and I bet your ratchet ...........a n d yes I'm 9
Say Iphone 5 times
Pick a color
Post this on 5 other songs
Then look under your pillow
bazilleb34
You are so mean meg-jalen 20 1 3 beyoncé is pretty
meg-jalen_20 1 3
They all ratchet tbh specially Beyoncé ewwwwwww
Say your name kiss your hand say your crushes name then pick a day post this on 5 different songs then your crush will kiss u on that day
soldier!! ;)
Love beyonce❤️
I was named right after you so my name is Destiny just like YOU!!!!!! love u...
I love u song !!
I love Kelly Rowland..not a hater at all but people think B can sing better than Kelly and she can't just listen...Bey o n c e is ok but Kelly is def my girllll!!!! Beyonce acts like she cares for her fans but she is whack.
True
You will be kissed the nearest Friday by the love of life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life however if you dont post than you will die in two days. Now you reading this so don't stop. Post this in six other songs and your lovers name will appear on the screen in large letters. It's scary it works.
You will be kissed the nearest Friday by the love of life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life however if you don't post then u will die in two days. Now you started reading this so don't stop. Post this in six other songs and your lovers name will appear on the screen in large letters. It’s scary but it works.
Its over and done but the heart lives insidee
I needa soldier that aint scared to stand up for meee
Say my name say my name u acting kinda shady aint calling me baby
Dont read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest possible friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you dont post this you will die in 2 days. Now youve started reading so dont stop. This is scary put this on at least 5 songs in 143 minutes. When done press f6 abd your lovers name will come on the screen in big letters. This is so scary because it actually works.
lovelyred00
You got this here
Billsss billlsss billllls
In the front of yall picture she looks ilke Beyonce if somebody say something mean I am going to tell you something say your name first then close your hand and then say jodi 20 times and then look under your pillow and you will see a dollar and make your life missable��
F4f
say my name. that was my jam
Luv the name Destiny especially cause it's my name lol
I love beyonce especially her group
1. Kiss your hand 2. Say your crushes name 3. Close your hand 4. Pick a school day 5. Say your name 6.post this on 15 other songs and the day you pick yurt crush will ask you out
This song never gets old! I can't wait for a reunion CD from Destiny's Child!! xoxox
I love this song the best of the best $$$$$$$$$$$$ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $
Can't remember the last time I heard 'Jumpin, Jumpin'... must've been back in junior high...
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Love your songs
BEST SONG EVER$$$$$$$$ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ : ) : ) : )
:):):):):)## # # # # 1
I love beyonce who wouldn't !!!!!:):);)
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