Before there was Katy Perry and Justin Bieber, there was a pre-Nipple Gate Janet Jackson and Shaggy. Yes folks, we’ll be taking you back to the good ol’ days of 2001.
Warning: the music you are about to hear is not exactly my favourite nor is it possibly yours, but they were all the shit at one point of another. Let’s face it: we probably all own the CDs and the songs will probably be stuck in your head all week. SorryNotSorry.
“It Wasn’t Me” By Shaggy
Not only was this song impossible to get out of your head, it’s about cheating and trying to lie your way out of it! Not cool, Shaggy! It stayed at number 1 for two weeks.
“Ms. Jackson” by OutKast
Actually, this is one song from 2001 that should have a permanent place in your favourite iTunes playlist.
Butterfly by CrazyTown
This song was huge and I’m guilty I liked it. Listening to it now makes me hate it. Does that ever happen to you?
I don’t know if I should be embarrassed or insanely proud that I know most of the cringe-worthy songs highlighted in this video that oh-so conveniently condenses 1999 into ten minutes. For example, I totally remember rocking out to Mambo No. 5 and Shania Twain’s “I Feel Like a Woman” (I was 8, okay?). But I also find myself going “damn, that’s a really good song” the longer I watch. TLC’s “Unpretty” and Mariah Carey’s “Heartbreaker feat. Jay Z” are one of the best songs ever.
There were a lot of ups and downs when it came to 1999. I mean, Pokémon Snap was possibly the worst idea for a video game but Sonic was amazing. Then there was 10 Things I Hate About You which, by the way, is still one of my favourite movies. AND FIGHT CLUB! Thank you, Brad Pitt for starring in Fight Club!
Ugh. Someone get me a time machine. Let me go back to the days of Backstreet Boys, bad haircuts and Pokémon!
I was seven when I first saw Beyoncé sing and shake on TV. Even though she shared the stage with the three other members of Destiny’s Child back then, it was clear that Bey was the queen. With her doc Life Is But a Dream finally giving us a glimpse into her personal life, let’s check out the R&B diva’s evolution from talent show to Super Bowl show-stopper.
Beyoncé Giselle Knowles was born in Houston, Texas on September 4, 1981. Even though we’ve been saying Bey’s fabulous name for years, her family only let us in on its origin at the Life Is But a Dream premiere. Turns out it comes from her mom’s maiden name Beyince. Luckily for us, Beyoncé definitely has way more diva-worthy oomph.
She sang everywhere she could
One school play was all it took for little Bey to fall in love with acting, music and dancing. She became a choir and talent show queen, out-singing older kids and getting standing ovations since she was seven. Check out this clip to see eight-year-old Beyoncé werking a talent show in 1989!
First girl group!
Nine-year-old Beyoncé formed the group Girls Tyme with her cousin and future Destiny’s Child BFF, Kelly Rowland in 1990. The R&B gang included original DC members LeToya Luckett and LaTavia Roberson. The girls perfected their dance moves in Beyoncé’s backyard when they weren’t wowing talent show crowds.
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Kelly, Michelle and Beyonce, I don’t think you can handle this? The fierce trio always sported matching outfits, and I secretly wanted to be the fourth member, even if that meant me being backup to Queen B (I totally wouldn’t care). The girls recently released a new song, with many fans rejoicing. Beyonce is set as a performer at the SuperBowl half-time show, causing lots of speculation whether the three of them will perform together then. Michelle Williams gave the disappointing news on a radio interview saying, “It is rumored.” Throwback to some of their best jams: “Say My Name,” “Bootylicious,” and “Survivor.”[beyhive1992]
Don’t tell me you never owned any of the the guy’s famous puppet dolls, replicated from their second studio album, “No Strings Attached.” If anyone else is waiting for some type of reunion to happen, let me know because I’ll actually do anything I can to make it happen. N*SYNC was actually my very first concert and Justin was my first crush (not Bieber). With Justin Timberlake now having his own musical comeback, the odds are slim that a reunion will happen anytime soon. Sigh… Throwback to some of their best jams: “Bye Bye Bye,” “Gone,” and “Tearin’ Up My Heart.” [nsyncishere]
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“Nuclear” – Destiny’s Child
Beyonce Knowles, Michelle Williams and Kelly Rowland recently got together to record their first track together since 2004, which will appear on their upcoming album Love Songs. “Nuclear” is surprisingly low-key for the women’s first recording in almost a decade, but it’s supposed to be a throw back to old school R&B. With soft vocals and ambient production by Pharell, the track works as a re-kindling of 90s style R&B music.
“I Come Apart” – A$AP Rocky ft. Florence Welch
If you feel like treating yourself to the deluxe version of A$AP Rocky’s upcoming album Long.Live.A$AP, you will be rewarded with an exclusive, bonus collaboration between A$AP and British songstress Florence Welch. It’s a pretty unexpected combination, but works well with A$AP’s lyrics about the pain of separation and Florence’s rich vocals bringing a feminine voice. A$AP Rocky’s new album drops Jan. 15.
“C’mon” – Ke$ha
In her new video, Ke$ha is an overworked waitress sick of being abused by her boss and decides to quit on the spot. As she sits on the curb in her daisy dukes and plaid shirt, a fun van appears out of nowhere and our favourite auto-tunes, glitter-loving party girl goes on a wild adventure with furry animals. It sure beats working at the “Awful House.”
“Sugar and Spice” – Willow Smith Read more…
Because news of the Destiny’s Child reunion is so exciting, here is a video of Beyonce and Michelle Williams keepin’ it real. Showing off their “respect my gangster” handshake, these two ladies show just how much street cred they really have. (Let’s just hope Kelly Rowland is in on this too!)
Beyonce reminded us how dayam fine she is on the new cover of GQ, flaunting leopard red panties with zipper pockets and an athletic blue cut-off T-shirt. It’s been a pretty good couples day for Beyonce — not that she ever really has any BAD days in our eyes. Along with covering the Feb. 2013 issue she announced that she’ll be releasing a new song with her old R&B group Destiny’s Child, who haven’t recorded together in EIGHT YEARS!!
On top of that, the 31-year-old is releasing a new album with over 50 songs in the pipeline, collaborating with people like Pharell, Timbaland and Justin Timberlake.
You can read more about Bey in the new issue of GQ, and check out more photos below!! How excited are you for her new album??
Destiny’s Child is returning with a new single after an eight year hiatus.
WHAT?! My inner fangirl was screaming after I heard Justin Timberlake is returning to music and now it’s just wandering alone somewhere lost and confused because the excitement was just too much. What decade is it? Is this real? I’m sooo scared.
Their new track “Nuclear,” produced and co-written by Pharrell Williams, will appear on a Love Songs compilation, released on Jan. 29. According to Pitchfork, the album is a greatest hits style release featuring “romantic, passionate and sensual selections recorded between 1997 and 2004.”
The R&B group haven’t recorded together since their fifth album, Destiny Fulfilled, released in November 2004. Beyonce is also reportedly releasing a studio album in 2013, the first since her 2011 album, 4.
Are you more excited for Justin Timberlake or Destiny’s Child’s new music?
While it has been almost a decade since Destiny’s Child’s last full-length album, the group comprised of Beyonce Knowles, Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams may be recording a new album soon!
According to Mathew Knowles, Beyonce’s father and former manager of Destiny’s Child, the group has previously unreleased material that will appear on two compilation releases via his Music World Entertainment label partnership with Sony.
“We still have our joint venture with Sony, and in November, we’re putting out two Destiny’s Child catalog records with new material,” Knowles told The Huffington Post when asked about his label’s upcoming plans.
And beyond the new songs, Knowles also talked about the possibility of a Destiny’s Child reunion tour!
“It takes a year of planning to do these tours, but first it starts with the artist wanting to do it. And I think the ladies are still working happily in their solo careers,” he explained.
“I hope in the next five years that there is a reunion tour. I think it would be incredible.”
Considering this, the decision is obviously up to the trio who have all been busy focusing on their solo careers.
Beyonce, as we know, has become a massive hitmaker and recently just became a mother to a baby girl named Blue Ivy. Kelly, has also fared quite well hitting No. 1 with Lil’ Wayne on ‘Motivation’ and is set to do the same with her new single ‘Ice’. As for Michelle, the gospel singer has been successful on Broadway and is set to launch a clothing line in partnership with African brand Koshie O.
Guys, what do you think of this potentially exciting news? Will there ever be a Destiny’s Child reunion?
Beyonce’s “Dance For You” video goes to show what a powerhouse she is – entirely makes us forget that she’s pregnant.
The latest cut from her album 4 will be featured in the deluxe edition of B’s “Live at Roseland” DVD, which drops on Tuesday, November 29th.
“The whole time I definitely was thinking, ‘Everyone knows, everyone can see,’” said the Grammy-winner before the screening of her new concert this past Sunday in New York.
“When you’re pregnant, it’s a little bit harder to breathe, so it was hard doing all the choreography and singing at the same time,” said the 30-year-old singer in an onstage interview, who admitted it became very difficult to hide while recording the four sold-out nights in at Roseland Theatre in August.
From Destiny’s Child classics to major hits from her solo career before launching into 4 in it’s entirety. It will also include intimate interviews, home videos of rehearsals and clips of Beyonce in a wedding dress.
In this the-Dream produced cut, the sultry R&B jam has her showing her gratitude in the form of a seductive dance sequence. The black-and-white clip is reminiscent of a private-eye/detective classic that could easily be a Victoria Secret product placement.
Find out for yourself:
Not only is Kelly Rowland infuriated with Matthew Knowles (Beyonce’s father), but it seems as though the ultimate punishment is having to head to Chicago on Tuesday for a lawsuit against the former Destiny’s Child group.
The lawsuit, citing copyright infringement on the hit single “Cater 2 U” is Matthew’s fault, according to Rowland. According to people.com, Rowland states that Matthew has a long history of trying to get songwriters to add Beyonce’s name to songs she didn’t compose, just so she gets publishing royalties, and not it’s coming back to haunt all three former members of the girl group.
The girls, who had remained close for several years, have distanced themselves from each other. Rowland fired Matthew as her manager earlier in 2009. A source had this to say about Beyonce and Rowland’s relationship:
“She and Beyoncé remained cordial at first. But things have gotten tense since Kelly griped that Matthew is the cause of this lawsuit.”
This reeks of familiarity. According to perezhilton.com, Beyonce was called out by Ne-Yo for her declaring that she wrote the hit Irreplaceable, and he issued a statement that said she was not involved in the lyrics and was barely involved in the accompanying music.
Former Destiny’s Child singer Kelly Rowland performed for a packed house Thursday at Tao’s Worship in Las Vegas, reports Perez Hilton. Rowland was celebrating the finale of her Bravo series, The Fashion Show.
She hit the stage to perform her single When Loves Takes Over after partying in the VIP section of the restaurant.
Earlier this year, Rowland parted ways with her manager, Matthew Knowles, the father of her former band mate Beyonce.
During her current “I Am… Sascha Fierce” tour, singer Beyonce will not allow photographers to shoot her from behind, reports Perez Hilton.
“Beyonce’s costumes are so tiny and her choreography is so complicated that inevitably she sweats,” said an insider. “It looks pretty gross, so no one is allowed to shoot her from that particular angle anymore.”
The tour began in March and ends in November, and is the third world tour for the former Destiny’s Child member. Beyonce will perform in 87 cities across North America, Europe, Japan and Australia. The tour kicked off in Edmonton, followed by shows in Saskatoon, Winnipeg and Vancouver. She will return to Canada on July 20 and July 21 for concerts in Toronto and Montreal, respectively.
It’s not unusual for an actor to release an album, or a musician to star in movies and television. What’s rare is to do both before the age of 16. (And to be a pretty hot dancer, to boot.)
Mishon just became legal to drive in the United States, but he has already starred in three seasons of ABC’s Lincoln Heights and is releasing his second LP, The Yearbook, this fall.
With a two singles circulating the airwaves, “Excuse Me, Mama” and “Just a Kiss,” attention is flying fast and heavy at the budding triple threat. Mishon was taken under the wing of producer extraordinaire Vincent Herbert, who signed the young R&B singer to his new label Streamline Records, a joint venture with Interscope. Herbert, known for working with major pop stars such as Lady GaGa, Destiny’s Child and Toni Braxton, produced The Yearbook alongside Mishon.
Kelly Rowland has officially been appointed 2008 Ambassador for the MTV Staying Alive Foundation.
The foundation empowers young people who are working to eliminate HIV and AIDS in their communities.
“I am honoured to work with The Staying Alive Foundation in its mission to transform attitudes to HIV and AIDS around the world,” the Destiny’s Child alum commented in a press release. “The Foundation continues to recognize and reward young people whose relentless mission is to encourage, educate and empower their peers in the fight against HIV and AIDS. I am excited to be a part of this remarkable initiative and look forward to supporting Staying Alive in all its efforts to change the prevailing culture of ignorance which fosters and perpetuates this disease.”
Rowland will kick off her first solo tour and new role simultaneously, when she visits Africa in June. There she will visit tour some of the grassroots projects supported by the Foundation.
Her new album, ‘Ms Kelly Deluxe’, will be released May 12.
Mariah Carey may have led the nominations last night at the 33rd annual American Music Awards, but the real winners were Destiny?s Child, Tim McGraw, Kelly Clarkson, the Black Eyed Peas, and Green Day, each of whom walked away with two awards apiece. Even though Carey had four nods, she ended up with only one statuette for Favorite Female Artist in the Soul/R&B category.
Carey opened up the show, broadcast live on ABC from the Staples Center in Los Angeles, with a performance of her newest single, ?Don?t Forget About Us.? Other singers who took to the stage over the three-hour-long ceremony included Lindsay Lohan, Hilary Duff, Kenny Chesney, the Eurythmics, Santana, Gwen Stefani, and Cyndi Lauper and Sarah McLachlan, who performed a duet of Lauper?s ?80s hit, ?Time After Time.? The Rolling Stones closed the show live via satellite from Salt Lake City.
Destiny?s Child, which gave its last performance on Jimmy Kimmel Live earlier this month, won the award for Favorite Band, Duo or Group in the Soul/R&B category, as well as Best Album for their final record, Destiny Fulfilled. Only one member of the trio, Kelly Rowland, was on hand to accept the award.
Her former bandmates, Beyonce Knowles and Michelle Williams, were not the only nominees who failed to show up at the AMAs. Some other notable absentees included Clarkson, Eminem, the Black Eyed Peas, Green Day and 50 Cent.
AMA nominees are selected based on record sales, and winners determined by a national poll of 20,000 listeners.
Complete List of Winners:
Male Artist: Will Smith
Female Artist: Gwen Stefani
Band, Duo or Group: Black Eyed Peas
Album: American Idiot (Green Day)
SOUL/RHYTHM & BLUES:
Male Artist: R. Kelly
Female Artist: Mariah Carey
Band, Duo or Group: Destiny’s Child
Album: Destiny Fulfilled (Destiny’s Child)
Male Artist: Tim McGraw
Female Artist: Gretchen Wilson
Band, Duo or Group: Brooks & Dunn
Album: Live Like You Were Dying (Tim McGraw)
Male Artist: Eminem
Female Artist: Missy Elliott
Band, Duo or Group: Black Eyed Peas
Album: The Massacre, (50 Cent)
Favorite Artist: Kelly Clarkson
Favorite Artist: Shakira
Favorite Artist: Coldplay
Favorite Artist: Mary Mary
New Artist (all genres): Sugarland
T-MOBILE TEXT-IN AWARD: Kelly Clarkson
After announcing their retirement in June, Destiny?s Child has at last taken their final bows. The superstar trio gave what was billed their last performance yesterday on Jimmy Kimmel Live.
The late-night show host handed over the entire hour to the chart-topping R&B group as they performed both indoors and outdoors in front of 1,000 lucky fans. Radio contest winners were flown in from across the United States to witness Beyonce Knowles, Michelle Williams, and Kelly Rowland sing their hits “Survivor,” and their new single, ?Stand Up for Love? for the last time.
However, mourning fans shouldn?t rule out a future reunion. Asked by Kimmel if the split would be permanent, Rowland replied, “You never know.?
Rowland added that the group is parting amicably. ?I think the most beautiful thing is that we’re not parting because there were problems,? she said. ?We’re parting because we’re celebrating each others’ growth.”
Destiny?s Child released a greatest hits album, #1?s, earlier this month. It shot to the top of the Billboard 200 chart in its first week of sales.
After their current world tour, Destiny’s Child will split up.
According to their record label, the trio will pursue solo careers after playing shows in North America this summer.
News broke Sunday night when MTV reported that Kelly Rowland announced to an audience in Spain on Saturday that this would be their last European appearance together.
“Thanking their fans for years of love and support, Beyonce Knowles, Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams announced that they would be retiring as Destiny’s Child and moving forward to pursue personal goals and individual careers in music, theater, television and film,” a statement from their label said.
“As a group, we’ve been blessed with success and the greatest fans in the world,” the group said collectively. “We have been working together as Destiny’s Child since we were nine, and touring together since we were fourteen. After a lot of discussion and some deep soul searching, we realized that our current tour has given us the opportunity to leave Destiny’s Child on a high note, united in our friendship and filled with an overwhelming gratitude for our music, our fans, and each other. After all these wonderful years working together, we realized that now is the time to pursue our personal goals and solo efforts in earnest. This is a time of natural growth for all of us. No matter what happens, we will always love each other as friends and sisters and will always support each other as artists. We want to thank all of our fans for their incredible love and support and hope to see you all again as we continue fulfilling our destinies.”
Their North American tour begins July 9 in St. Louis. Vancouver will be the site of Destiny’s child’s last concert, slated for September 10. The “Destiny Fulfilled…And Lovin’ It” tour will feature Mario, Amerie and Tyra as openers.
Following 2001′s “Survivor” album, the group went on a 3-year hiatus. Each member pursued solo careers, but Knowles became such a huge star that many wondered if she’d return to the group. When she did, the question became how long she’d stay with the group.
Rowland and Williams each released successful albums, but not nearly as successful as Knowles’ “Dangerously in Love.”
Beyonce, featuring Kelly and Michelle… ok we’ll give them some respect.
Destiny’s Child (better? we bolded it) have released dates for their upcoming North American tour.
The trio will tour together for the first time in four years.
The “Destiny Fulfilled … And Lovin’ It Tour” (can you take a guess who is sponsoring it? You’re wrong if you guessed Burger King) will begin July 9 and will end two months later on September 10 in Vancouver.
Amerie and Mario will open on some dates.
Here are the dates, with more to be announced:
7/9 – St. Louis, MO @ Savvis Center
7/10 – Memphis, TN @ FedEx Arena
7/12 – Nashville, TN @ Gaylord Arena
7/15 – Atlanta, GA @ Phillips Arena
7/16 – Tampa, FL @ St. Pete Times Forum
7/17 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Office Depot Center
7/20 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Mellon Arena
7/22 – Charlotte, NC @ Verizon Amphitheatre
7/23 – Virginia Beach, VA @ Verizon Amphitheatre
7/24 – Raleigh, NC @ Alltell Pavilion
7/28 – Albany, NY @ Pepsi Arena
7/29 – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
7/31 – Washington, DC @ MCI Center
8/3 – Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun
8/5 – Philadelphia, PA @ Wachovia Center
8/6 – Boston, MA @ TD North Bank Garden
8/7 – Hershey, PA @ Hershey Park Stadium
8/9 – Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre
8/10 – Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Center
8/12 – Cleveland, OH @ Gund Arena
8/13 – Columbus, OH @ Nationwide Arena
8/14 – Auburn Hills, MI @ The Palace of Auburn Hills
8/19 – San Antonio, TX @ SBC Center
8/20 – Houston, TX @ Toyota Center
8/23 – Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center
8/26 – Las Vegas, NV @ Mandalay Bay Arena
8/27 – Phoenix, AZ @ America West Arena
9/1 – Los Angeles, CA @ Staples Center
9/2 – Anaheim, CA @ Arrowhead Pond
9/3 – Oakland, CA @ Oakland Arena
9/4 – San Jose, CA @ HP Pavilion
9/9 – Seattle, WA @ Key Arena
9/10 – Vancouver, BC @ GM Place
Will Solange Knowles join Destiny’s Child? Matthew Knowles said yes. Beyonce says no.
Beyonce tells MTV that the group will remain a trio, despite claims by her father and the group’s manager, Matthew, that her sister, Solange, might be joining the group.
“The Solange rumour is definitely a rumour,” Beyonce said. “She’s not going to be a member of Destiny’s Child.”
She said the group will record in the new year.
“We’ve all grown so much … it’s going to be incredible. Hopefully, we’ll own next summer.”