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Destiny's Child

With an eye-popping wardrobe, stunning choreography, a spectacular stage show and an irresistibly glitzy barrage of R&B pop, Destiny's Child were not only one of the best-loved bands of the 2000s, but one of the greatest girl groups of all time. Their focal point - the charismatic Beyoncé Knowles - originally linked up with LaTavia Roberson and Kelly Rowland in Girl's Tyme in the early 1990s, managed by Beyoncé's father Matthew Knowles, while her mother Tina designed their stage outfits. After a series of name changes they settled on Destiny's Child, releasing their self-titled debut album in 1998 but, on the back of compelling singles Bills Bills Bills and Say My Name, it was their second album The Writing's On The Wall (1999) that transformed them into a pop phenomenon. Michelle Williams and Farrah Franklin replaced LeToya Luckett and LaTavia Roberson (though Franklin left after a year and they continued as a trio) and despite resultant legal wrangles, their popularity rose even more. Third album Survivor included the now classics Independent Woman and Bootylicious but, as Beyoncé's fame eclipsed even Destiny Child's and they split after a 2006 farewell tour.

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07-07-2011