Personalities | Destiny’s Child | Twenty-First Century | Rock

(Vocal group, 1997–2005)

In the most famous incarnation, the trio of Destiny’s Child (Beyoncé Knowles, Kelly Roland and Michelle Williams) were an extremely successful and hard-working vocal group that formed in Texas in 1990 as a quartet. After numerous line-up changes the group found their stride in 2000 with the soulful ‘Say My Name’ and the party-rocking ‘Jumpin’ Jumpin’’. A tie-in single with the film Charlie’s Angels the same year (‘Independent Women Pt. 1’) saw mass chart domination. Later singles such as ‘Bootylicious’ and ‘Survivor’ (both 2001) raised the band’s cool factor further, leading to a fourth album, Destiny Fulfilled (2004) – and by 2005 they were even able to release a convincing best of album.

Managed by Knowles’ father Mathew, the trio eventually split that year (albeit perhaps temporarily), with each member already pursuing a solo career. Knowles’ was the most successful after work with then boyfriend/rapper Jay-Z resulted in the infectious smash hit ‘Crazy In Love’ (2003).

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Rock, general editor Michael Heatley


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