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Destiny’s Child:The Writing’s On The Wall – 22nd Anniversary!

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Today marks 22 years since Columbia Records released Destiny’s Child’s The Writing’s on the Wall. This studio album was released on  July 27, 1999. The pop genre project had several producers including Missy “Misdemeanor” Elliott and Beyoncé herself. Social media has seen the resurgence of hit singles from The Writing’s On The Wall as well as the circulation of songs unreleased. “Bills, Bills, Bills” written by “no Scrubs” writer, Kandi Burruss has been making its rounds among Gen Z across Tik Tok for a month showing no signs of slowing as a TikTok trend.

Destiny’s Child is “So Good” on Tik Tok

Although never released as a single So Good has emerged in the past week as a Tik Tok sound and is picking up momentum among TikTok content creators who are younger than the album itself. The Writing’s on The Wall spawned four number one hits “Bills, Bills, Bills“,  “Say My Name“, “Bug a Boo”  (Kelly Rowland’s least favorite song to perform), and “Jumpin’, Jumpin“. This is the last album containing the group’s original line-up with Letoya Luckett, LaTavia Roberson, Kelly-Rowland, and Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter.

Although LeToya and LaTavia complained about a bulk of the group’s earnings going to Kelly and  Beyonce’ they were shocked to learn that they had been replaced by two new girls, Michelle Williams and Farrah Franklin. They fought back with a lawsuit against Matthew Knowles the group’s manager. Kelly and Beyonce were laying down the majority of the leads and were being rewarded as such.

Farrah Franklin lasted only 5 months as a member of Destiny’s Child before being released due to being incompatible with the other members as well as failure to hold a note. In the video below, a frustrated Beyoncé who is a known perfectionist is seen trying to hold it together while shifting her vocals down to where Franklin should have been. Touching her on the shoulder, she sings Franklin’s part to her:

 

Instead of replacing Franklin, Michelle Williams encouraged the group to see that the 3 of them were the perfect fit. The former backup singer for R & B vocalist Monica would soon disappoint the lead vocalist with her choreography mistakes, and many of the fans as well with the sound of her textured gospel voice. In this 2001 performance of Emotion, Beyoncé and Michelle can be seen at the end of the video giving one another annoyed looks and gestures. Beyoncé being concerned about the overall performance, and Michelle being annoyed with being nit-picked by a perfectionist. Members of the Bey-hive (pronounced bee, not bay) have noted that Beyoncé will over-perform when she sees that there has been a failure on behalf of co-singers, backup singers, dancers, etc.

The iconic girl group is not only one of the top 3 best-selling girl groups of all time, but to date, they are still among the top 3 girl groups most streamed from music platforms along with the K-Pop group Black Pink. The three would release the album “Destiny Fulfilled” as they each embarked upon solo careers. The three have been able to come together on a single since then, but they have not recorded under the name Destiny’s Child which is still owned by Matthew Knowles.

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