Destiny's Child Biography
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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 Matthew set about developing an act based on their singing and rapping, under the name GirlTyme. Later Tina Knowles, Beyonce's mother took their name from a passage in the Book of Isaiah. 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 popular R&B artists like SWV, Dru Hill, and Immature. In 1997, Destiny's Child was offered a recording contract by Columbia Records.
The group made their recording debut with "Killing Time," which appeared on the soundtrack for the 1997 blockbuster, Men In Black. Destiny's Child released their self-titled debut album to mixed reviews on February 17, 1998. The album's first single, "No, No, No" featured two completely different versions of the same song. "No, No, No Pt.1" and "No, No, No Pt.2" were both released simultaneously, however, Part II was considered a "remix" version of Part I. "No, No, No Pt.2" featuring The Fugees member Wyclef Jean, quickly climbed to No.1 on the Billboard R&B chart and No.3 Pop. The blockbuster single sold over 1 million copies, turning the group into an instant R&B music sensation. However, follow-up singles "With Me Pt.1" (which also had two different versions) and "Get On The Bus" failed to reproduce the blockbuster success of "No, No, No." Destiny's Child eventually went Platinum after later success. Expectations weren't high for the group's second album, as most industry critics considered them to be another disposable R&B girl-group with one-hit wonder status.
Destiny's Child re-entered the studio quickly, bringing in an impressive lineup of talented producers, including Kevin "She'kspere" Briggs, Rodney Jerkins, Dwayne Wiggins, Chad Elliot, Daryl Simmons, and Missy Elliott. Critics were generally positive about the album. Music critic Stephen Thomas Erlewine wrote "The Writing's On The Wall... an assured step forward for the girl group. Not only are they maturing as vocalists, they are fortunate to work with such skilled, talented producers... who all give the quartet rich, varied music upon which to work their charm." Lead single "Bills, Bills, Bills" became the group's first No.1 pop hit (and second R&B No.1) in the summer of 1999, and paced by its success, the accompanying album, The Writing's on the Wall, entered the charts at No.6 upon its release on July 27, 1999. The second single, "Bug-a-Boo" hit the Top 40 pop charts, while its music video received heavy rotation on MTV and BET.
Buoyed by the group's breakout success, two of its original members, Letoya Luckett and LaTavia Roberson, attempted to split with manager Matthew 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, Destiny's Child became a pop-cultural phenomenon. "Say My Name" was the group's most irresistible and biggest single to date, becoming the group's third No.1 single. The abrupt membership changes within the group seemed to only heighten the group's visibility, finally separating them from the endless pack of teen R&B starlets.
In June 2000, the album's fourth single, "Jumpin' Jumpin'" became a Top 5 hit, however, another departure came from the ever-evolving girl-group. Farrah Franklin, who had replaced an original member just five months prior, left the group for various personal reasons. This split was less controversial, while The Writing's On The Wall would eventually sell a massive 9 million copies by the end of summer. 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 attacking each other publicly.
Misfortune struck the group, in late July 1999. A stalker by the name of LaToya Langford, a fan from San Diego, California began writing death threats to the group, more specifically aimed at Beyoncé if Knowles did not lick Lanford's vagina. The group cancelled their tour through San Diego and filed a restraining order against Langford. Langford continued the harrasment until her arrest on August 23, 1999 in her home in San Diego, California.
With Langford in jail, the group safely came out of hiding and 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 consecutive weeks at number one. Destiny's Child were now indisputable superstars, among the biggest female pop groups, and they quickly began work on a new album to capitalize on their success. In the meantime, Destiny's Child won 2 Grammy awards for "Say My Name," including Best R&B Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group and Best R&B Song. While speaking with MTV.com, Rowland had this to say about the upcoming album: "I know everybody can relate to this album — it's very diverse and inspiring. The year 2000 was very challenging, and I know that gave Beyoncé a lot of inspiration to write songs for the album. We cannot wait for everybody to hear it. It's so empowering for a lot of people who have already heard a little bit of it."
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 and co-writing the entire album. "We're excited about the album," Knowles told MTV News shortly before the album's release. She adds,"...I got a chance to co-write and produce all of the songs." "And she did an incredible job," the group's Kelly Rowland added. "But everybody is a part of the music," Knowles said. "Everybody is singing lead on every song, and it's so great — because now Destiny's Child is at the point vocally and mentally that it should be at. It's just great to be a part of this group." 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 Survivor — hit stores in the spring of 2001, and entered the charts at number one, selling over 663,000 copies in its first week sales (the highest ever for a girl-group.) The first two singles, "Survivor" and "Bootylicious", were predictably huge hits, with the latter becoming the group's fourth No.1 pop single. A cover of Andy Gibb's "Emotion" was also successful, becoming a Top 10 pop hit. Survivor sold well — over twelve million copies — more than 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, a remix compilation titled This Is the Remix was released to tide fans over.
After three years apart, achieving individual success in movies, on Broadway, endorsements and with solo albums, the three women of Destiny's Child have reunited with a brand new album, Destiny Fulfilled. An upcoming world tour, sponsored by McDonald's, "Destiny Fulfilled and I'm Lovin' It", will hit 16 countries and over 75 cities worldwide, kicking off in Hiroshima, Japan on April 9th; stops will include Australia, throughout Europe, and concluding in the U.S. and Canada later this summer. Their latest CD, Destiny Fulfilled was executive produced and co-written by all three members. "Lose My Breath," the album's first single, produced by Rodney Jerkins, became the group's ninth Top 10 pop hit. The album was released in November 2004. The second single, "Soldier" featuring rappers T.I. and Lil Wayne quickly entered the Top 10, peaking at No.3 in February 2005 becoming the groups 10th top 10 pop hit. Despite receiving worldwide mixed reviews, Destiny Fulfilled was certified 3x Platinum in early 2005. The album's third US single is "Cater 2 U," while the international release is "Girl". Destiny's Child are now immortalized as Barbie Dolls, Toymakers Mattel created the latest Barbies as part of their Famous Friends range. The Barbies will go on sale in June 2005.
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your songs | Reviewer: the sad dog | 2/24/14
your time to shin destiny chily is a hip hop song they were so for kids people still love them yuo goes help rell woman with there man i hope you goes can still play and help woman
the love of destiny child | Reviewer: 6060t | 2/24/14
you were the best group ever i wanted for destiny child to play for my mom birthday but she died .I relly like your music write now im dong research on i hope you like this not by and i love you goes
Come back! | Reviewer: Jily | 6/30/13
Dey were a good group. But dea shud be no favouritism. Evry1 shud be given a fair chance and not one particular person alwaz taking d lead-role. I love dancing and dey inspire me alot. I think dey shud re-unite
shoud outs to destiny child. | Reviewer: joshua Agbenyah | 5/3/13
I love destiny child bt i dnt knw y dey had to slipt out cos they hve rili been an inspiration to me especially miss beyonce. Ur de best thing i never had nd best thing dat hs ever happened to me. Frm ur number 1 fan Accra-Ghana.
Come Back | Reviewer: Karyn | 12/29/12
As I read this article of Destiny's Child i relized that i am a huge fan of them. They really need to come back together and create more songs because they had alot of fans. If Beyonce and Kelly Rowland come together then the other two will have to join. Somebody should give this little shot out to anything thing they have cause really i was only a month old when Destiny's Child came out they need to come out so that i can here more good music such as Say My Name, Bootylicious, and Cater Me. PlEASE GET BACK TOGETHER DESTINY'S CHILD!!! From Your Adoring Fan
Wait,, What? | Reviewer: Lily Pad | 3/20/11
How come it's talking about the summer of 2000 and then it goes back to the summer of 1999 when it begins talking about LaToya? I need this information and if its not correct, I am in trouble. Please respond as soon as you can.
Destiny's child love youuu | Reviewer: zeekay | 1/11/11
i listen to Destiny's Child since i was 10 i like them so much great vocals. Beyonce is my ideal i love her so much her music is really great same as kelly rowland .Too bad the groupe split up i bet if they didn't they would be the best groupe and band and won many awards . destinys love u mwahh
Bey and the Destiny's Child | Reviewer: Jayonce | 12/15/10
I love Destiny's Child, They are the best girl group of all time Beyonce is the ultimate, lead singer of the group. Beyonce is the queen of the group (only queen). Without Bey the Destiny's Child would of never got anywhere in the music industry. I like Bey better in the Destiny's Child (DC) she had that real sexy bootielicous vibe along looking better with 2 women in the back of her looking sexy. She had more soul and popularity. Bey is the princess. i wish Destiny's Child would comeback together again (crying). They were such a good group. they had bootielicous
omg i cant belive it | Reviewer: Chastidy Florez | 5/19/10
omg i cant believe they split up that is so crazy. And they were, and still are my best girls, and always will be. I wish they figure the mistakes they all have done and work things out. I LOVE YOU ALL DESTINY CHILD'S
ms.pyt/ reviewer | Reviewer: Anonymous | 8/30/09
i loved destiny's child growing up they was the hottest girl group next to TLC i grew up listen to them as a performer myself they were an inspiration i love dancing that is my passion and i love to perform with friends who share my passion i just hate that beyonce kelly letoya and latavia didnt keep the sisterhood alive because they were really inspirational to a lot of young girls such as myself i still love them im not going to say anything negative about anybody in teh group because they all became successful so i cant hate on that i want that to be me one day luv ya!!!!!
its over | Reviewer: karen | 5/9/09
i miss them so much i think they were a little 2 much over their heads together. beyonce father thought this was a little girls dreams comin true BUT NO ( its not a movie) I LUV them i wish they'd come bak :)
How I Feel... | Reviewer: Diva | 2/20/09
well i thot that Destiny's child wuz hott. beyonce was always singing the songs more than anyone. that kinda annoyed me. the other girls never sung half as much as bee. she always took the spotlight. but anywho,,, they are good goin solo. i never really liked michelle's voice, it sounded like a pig at times. kelly had a really mellow and smooth sexi voice and bee had a strong voice but also sexii too. but uhm anywayz, i love em all and their muzik always did have good lyrics. but beyonce wuz just too in front for me and i never liked that. but go girls do ya thang. ;)
happy for the group and all they have contributed to the nation | Reviewer: THERESA | 12/10/08
um i have always thought destiny childs was a great group they performed well together all of them sing beautifully but sometimes it did appear that beyonce was like taking over but when it all comes down she was really pushing the group to aim for the top to be the best female group out and they accomplished their goal and made that happy so therefore i am happy for them and i loved the song survior and help me get through a rough time so thanks to all the members since 1990 and all the way up to now even tho they are not together everyone of them has been a great inspiration in my life in many different ways
CelebrityStar | Reviewer: Lol1@yahoo.com | 11/18/08
I cried when I found out they split up. Sure they did GREAT on their own but I'd do almost anything too get them back together but still have them do their own thang. I have a group of 4 with me and my best friends and we're going to be the next Destiny's Child.
Do what you do | Reviewer: Ciara | 4/3/08
I like Destiny's child i have always liked them every since i was younger but i think that beyonce did good on her own but so did kelly. when kelly went out on her own she proved that she was just as good as beyonce and im proud of her. michelle you keep doing your thing as a gospel singer or whatever you are doing keep it up. god bless you all and kelly keep doing what you do.
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