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Destiny's Child Biography

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Birth Place: Houston, Texas, U.S.
Years Active: 1997–2006
Genres: R&B, Pop, Soul

Destiny's Child (also known as DC or DC3 or DC4, depending on which version) was an American R&B girl group whose final, and perhaps most-recognized, line-up comprised lead singer Beyoncé Knowles alongside Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams. Formed in 1997 in Houston, Texas, Destiny's Child members began their musical endeavors in their pre-teens under the name Girls' Tyme, comprising Knowles, Rowland, LaTavia Roberson and LeToya Luckett. After years of performing independently, they signed to Columbia Records and changed to their current name.

Destiny's Child released their self-titled debut album in the United States in February 1998 and it peaked at #67 on the Billboard 200 Albums chart. It earned a platinum certification in the United States by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). The album's lead single, "No, No, No," reached #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles chart and was certified platinum by the RIAA. Its follow-up singles, "With Me Part 1" and "Get on the Bus" failed to reproduce the success of "No, No, No.”

After the success of their debut album, Destiny's Child released “The Writing's on the Wall,” in July 1999 and eventually became their breakthrough album peaking at #5 on the Billboard 200. "Bills, Bills, Bills" was released as the album's lead single and reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming their first U.S. #1 single. The album's third single, "Say My Name,” topped the Billboard Hot 100 for three consecutive weeks. The album eventually sold over eight million copies in the U.S., gaining 8× platinum certification by the RIAA. The fourth single, "Jumpin' Jumpin',” also became a Top 10 hit.

Destiny's Child then recorded the theme song for the film version of “Charlie's Angels.” Released as a single in the U.S. in October 2000, "Independent Women Part 1" spent eleven consecutive weeks atop the Billboard Hot 100 and was the longest running #1 of that year in the U.S.

Their third album, “Survivor,” was released in the spring of 2001 and entered the Billboard 200 at #1. The third single from that album "Bootylicious" reached #1 in the U.S. as the title track, "Survivor" and reached #2. The album was certified 4× platinum in the U.S.

In October 2001, the group released a holiday album, “8 Days of Christmas,” which contained updated versions of several Christmas songs and managed to reach #34 on the Billboard 200. In February 2001, Destiny's Child won two Grammy Awards for "Say My Name" for Best R&B Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group and Best R&B Song.

After a three year hiatus working on solo projects, the group reunited to record their fourth and final studio album, “Destiny Fulfilled” in November 2004. The album reached #2 in the U.S. and was certified 3× platinum. Four singles were released from the album, the lead "Lose My Breath,” "Soldier,” "Cater 2 U" and "Girl.” The first two reached #3 in the U.S.

On June 11, 2005, while in the middle of their worldwide concert tour, Destiny Fulfilled... and Lovin' It Tour in Barcelona, Spain, the group announced their breakup to facilitate their continued pursuit in individual aspirations and that naming the album “Destiny Fulfilled” was not a coincidence of sort.

The group then released their greatest hits album, “#1's,” in October 2005 including two new tracks, "Stand Up For Love,” and "Check on It,” a song Knowles recorded for The Pink Panther's soundtrack. The debuted at #1 in the U.S. "Stand Up For Love" was released as Destiny's Child's last single.