What Happened to Destiny's Child?
So before there was a Queen Bee, there was Destiny’s Child. The girl group formed in the 90’s, but after a lot of success, went their separate ways because of constant drama and jealousy. Today’s topic is “What Happened to Destiny’s Child.”
So it all started in 1990 when Beyonce met rapper LaTavia Roberson while she auditioned for a girl group in Houston, Texas. The original name of the group was Girl’s Tyme. Kelly Rowland joined the group in 1992 along with Beyonce, Tamar Davis, and two sisters Nikki and Nina Taylor. The group became nationally known and they were flown to Northern California to perform for R&B producer Arne Frager. But, before earning a record deal with The Plant Studios, Frager decided to put them on Star Search for the group's debut, but they lost the competition.
After the competition, Beyonce’s father decided to manage the group and he cut the group down to only four, removing Tamar and the Taylor sisters, and adding on LeToya Luckett. They practiced performing at Beyonce’s mother’s hair salon and sometimes on the street earning some coins here and there. They participated in local gigs and Beyonce’s mother, Tina, put them through a boot camp in the summertime. They became more and more in tune as a group and began performing as opening acts for SWV, Dru Hill and Immature.
Over the course of years the group changed their name multiple times and when they signed with Elektra Records it was under the name Destiny. They were soon dropped by the label a few months later and this made it tough on Beyonce’s family because they sacrificed jobs in order to help manage the group. Finally, in 1996 the group made their final name change to Destiny’s Child. They signed with Columbia records that same year, and in 1997 the single “Killing Time” was used on the film soundtrack of Men in Black.
Later on in 1997, Destiny’s Child released their lead single “No, No, No” from their debut album. The album was later released in 1998 and appeared at number 67 on the Billboard 200. It sold over one million copies and went platinum. In 1998, the group earned three Soul Train Awards for Best New Artist for “No, No, No.”
The next album The Writing’s on the Wall released in 1999 and peaked at number five on the Billboard 200. “Bills, Bills, Bills” became their first number one single and this album was the breakthrough they needed. This was when their career started to flourish.
In December of 1999, there was some drama with LaToya and LaTavia and they ended up getting kicked out of the group the following year after the “Say My Name” video surfaced in 2000. Now the group only consisted of Beyonce and Kelly, but Michelle Williams and Farrah Franklin were now added into the group.
In March of 2000, LeToya and LaTavia filed a lawsuit against Matthew Knowles, Beyonce’s father and manager of Destiny’s Child. Also, a few months later, Farrah left the group apparently because she had no control over the decision making and too much negativity. Towards the end of 2000 the lawsuit against Matthew Knowles was dropped and they took a settlement. LaToya and LaTavia tried the girl group thing again and formed a group, but they ended up leaving that one as well.
The Writing’s on the Wall was still maintaining success and “Say My Name” and “Jumpin, Jumpin” were both still high on the charts. The album eventually sold over eight million copies in the U.S and went eight times platinum. It sold over 11 million copies worldwide and was one of the best selling albums of 2000.
Destiny’s Child released a theme song for the soundtrack of the film Charlie’s Angels in 2000. The soundtrack sold 1.5 million thanks to their single on the album. In 2000, Destiny’s Child won Soul Train’s Sammy Davis Jr. Entertainer of the Year award. They also released a single “Independent Women Part 1” and it stayed 11 weeks on the charts from 2000 to 2001.
Going into 2001, Destiny’s Child was on top of the world and they won multiple Billboard Music Awards. Their third album Survivor released in early 2001 and entered the charts at number one selling over 600,000 copies in its first week. Some successful singles from the album were “Independent Women Part 1”, “Survivor”, and “Bootylicious.” The album went four times platinum in the U.S and sold six million copies.
Destiny’s Child released a Christmas album, 8 Days of Christmas and it received a lot of positive feedback and earned a spot on the charts. With more accolades to come, the group won two Grammy Awards and an American Music Award. In 2001, Destiny’s Child teamed up with Beyonce’s sister Solange to make The Proud Family’s theme song.
The group decided to start to focus more on their own solo careers and projects. Michelle released a gospel album, which reached number one on the Billboard Top Gospel Albums chart in 2002, and Kelly collaborated with Nelly on his single “Dilemma” and the single became a worldwide hit. She became the first member of the group to have a number one single. On the other hand, Beyonce co-starred in the film Austin Powers in Goldmember and she recorded her first solo single for the film’s soundtrack “Work it Out.” Kelly then made her solo album debut with Simply Deep, which helped the launch of her solo career. She also appeared in the horror film Freddy vs. Jason and Beyonce appeared in her second film The Fighting Temptations. Next, she appeared on Jay-Z’s single “03 Bonnie & Clyde” and this was just a stepping stone for her legendary solo career.
In 2003, Beyonce released her debut album Dangerously in Love and it sold 317,000 copies in the first week. The hit singles “Crazy in Love”, “Baby Boy”, Me, Myself, and I”, and “Naughty Girl” were successful on the charts and this album is still till this day, one of her best selling albums selling 11 million copies worldwide. She won five Grammy Awards and tied Lauryn Hill, Norah Jones, and Alicia Keys for the most Grammys received in one night by a female artist.
Later on in 2003, the group was back together and added Beyonce's younger sister Solange to the group as the fourth member, but this was only a publicity stunt to promote Solange’ debut solo album.
The group actually got back together after three years apart. They recorded their fourth and final album called Destiny Fulfilled. They all equally participated in writing the album and producing it as well. The album went three times platinum in the U.S and is one of the best selling albums of 2005. It sold over eight million copies worldwide and some of the popular singles were “Soldier”, Carter 2 U”, “Lose My Breath” and “Girl.” They went on tour to promote the album and they announced the group's breakup on June 11th, 2005. They wanted to start pursuing their own individual aspirations after being together for 14 years.
Beyonce, Kelly and Michelle went on to pursue their own solo careers, but of course Beyonce went above and beyond both of them. Beyonce turned into Queen Bee and became one of the most successful female artists in history. Beyonce still involved her girls in some of her music and music videos, and vice versa. Kelly went on to have a decent solo career as well. Destiny’s Child has made some appearances performing for different events like the Superbowl Halftime performance in 2013. The last we’ve seen of Destiny’s Child was Coachella in 2018, when Beyonce reunited the group in her headliner performance.
So I hope I gave all you Destiny’s Child or Beyonce fans a chance to relive the past. Destiny’s Child was another legendary female R&B group that helped shape the 90’s but definitely the early 2000’s. I hope you enjoyed today’s video as we looked into “What Happened to Destiny’s Child.”