MMF Celebrates Black History in Music, Feb. 17

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On February 17, 1998, Destiny’s Child released their self-titled debut album via Columbia Records. The group was made up of Houston Texans (left to right): Kelly Rowland, LaTavia Roberson, LeToya Luckett, and  Beyoncé Knowles.

The album featured hits ‘No, No, No’ and ‘With Me’ and spent 26 weeks on the Billboard 200. It went on to sell 1 million copies in the U.S. and 3 million world wide. The album also awarded the girls Best R&B/Soul Album at the Soul Train Awards.

The ladies followed up this album with The Writing’s on the Wall in 1999, but despite the success of the album two of the bandmates, LaTavia Roberson and LeToya Luckett left the group. This did not stop the success or end the name Destiny’s Child as Beyoncé and Kelly stayed and Michelle joined the group. They did try to add a fourth person, Farrah Franklin, but that did not work out and the group went from being a quartet to a trio.

With the new group the ladies went on to release 2 more albums, Survivor and Destiny Fulfilled. In between those albums all the ladies went solo. Beyoncé and Kelly stayed along the lines of R&B while Michelle went the Gospel route. They teamed back up at last year’s Super Bowl and based off social media all the ladies, past and present members, are still great friends.

 

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