DESTINY'S CHILD: The Start
In 1990, auditions were held in Houston, Texas for a girl group. Girl's Tyme was formed with Támar Davis, Beyoncé Knowles, Kelly Rowland, LaTavia Roberson, Nikki Taylor and Nina Taylor. Girl's Tyme began rehearsing a variety of R&B, rap, and pop songs. And created choreographed dance routines to accompany the songs and began appearing in venues and events all over the Houston area.
When the group generated a buzz, they ended up on the television show Star Search, which was expected to be their big break. This did not happened, instead turned out to be the first of many failures and changes for the group. Three members left, Támar Davis, Nikki Taylor and Nina Taylor. With 3 remained, one new member was added, LeToya Luckett. Beyoncé father, Matthew Knowles, becomes the group's manager, after Andretta Tillman (LaTavia Roberson and LeToya Luckett manager) deies from terminal illness. Following months, the group made several name changes. Beyoncé mother, Tina Knowles becames the group's stylist. And it was Tina Knowles that came across word Destiny in her bible (The Book of Isaiah.) that caught her eye. Matthew Knowles, then added child. Thus was the name for the group, Destiny's Child.
DESTINY'S CHILD: Breakthrough and more changes
In 1997 the group signed with Columbia Records and in February 17 1998 released their self-titled debut album. It managed to sell over 500,000 copies, which earned them a gold certification by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). Destiny's Child also gained three Soul Train Lady of Soul awards. They were featured on the Why Do Fools Fall in Love soundtrack with the song "Get on the Bus" (featuring Timbaland). The group got to tour as an opening act on TLC's 'Fanmail' tour and Christina Aguilera's debut tour.
After the success of their debut album, Destiny's Child re-entered the studio quickly, and came out with their second album, The Writing's on the Wall. Released July 27 1999, it became one of the biggest selling albums released by a female group. Certified eight times platinum in the USA. Had 4 hit singles: "Bills, Bills, Bills", "Bug a Boo", "Say My Name" and "Jumpin' Jumpin'".
Then in December 1999, LaTavia Roberson and LeToya Luckett attempted to split with their manager, but they never intended to leave the group. It wasn't until the music video for "Say My Name" surfaced in February 2000, they found out. Prior to the video premiere, Knowles announced on TRL that original members Luckett and Roberson had left the group. The group had included Michelle Williams and Farrah Franklin. Shocked to find themselves replaced by 2 new members, they filed with a lawsuit against Matthew Knowles, Beyoncé Knowles and Kelly Rowland, but withdrew the case against Beyoncé and Kelly, but continued to sue Matthew Knowles. The case was eventually settled, with Luckett and Roberson continuing to receive royalties from their contributions as founding members of the group.
If a ugly split wasn't enough, Franklin Franklin left the group, 5 months after performing with Destiny's Child. According to the group, Franklin was asked to leave due to missed promotional appearances and concerts. However, Franklin disclosed that she left because of the negativity surrounding the strife and her inability to assert any control in the decision making.
DESTINY'S CHILD: Down to 3
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DESTINY'S CHILD: Recap
Destiny's Child is known as one of the biggest selling female groups in history, selling over 50 million records worldwide and winning awards from left to right. Receiving accolades and platinum or gold records, as well.
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Destiny's Child music releases.
(soon) A brief induction to Beyonce's solo career.
(soon) A brief induction to Kelly's solo career.
(soon) A brief induction to Michellee's solo career.