Beyonce and Kelly are celebrating the release and success of their solo albums 4 and Here I Am. Though Destiny’s Child retired their mics, Kelly, Michelle and Beyonce reunited at Kelly’s album release party for a picture which spawned the remembrance of Destiny’s Child’s massive girl group success. When mentioning girl groups though, one can not speak of such achievement without acknowledging TLC.
TLC which stood for Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins, Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes and Rozanda “Chilli” Thomas, introduced 90’s music to a mixture of R&B, funk and what people called “new jack swing” with their debut song “Ain’t To Proud To Beg.” T-Boz’ voice was unlike anything we had heard from a female, raspy in nature and raw with a tom-boy spirit. TLC’s following album Crazy Sexy Cool made them the first female group to receive a diamond status from the RIAA, selling over 22 million copies after it’s release in 1994. “Creep,” “Waterfalls” and “Red Light Special” were all singles from the Grammy Award winning album. The album was ranked number 377 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. TLC’s next album FanMail sold 5 million copies and was the last album featuring all three of the original members. Lisa Lopes died in 2002.
Destiny’s Child debuted on the music scene in 1997 under the name “Girls’ Tyme.” The group consisting of Beyonce, Kelly, Latavia and Latoya were signed to Columbia Records where they released number one singles “No, No, No Pt 2,” “Bills, Bills, Bills” and “Say My Name” off the debut album The Writing’s On The Wall; which has sold 15+ million copies to date! Destiny’s Child were on their way to super stardom when the group lost Latoya and Latavia to personal differences which they blamed on Beyonce and management. That didn’t stop DC, they regrouped with two new members and released Survivor. Survivor has sold 12 million copies since, but then addition Farrah Franklin didn’t make it past that album. Destiny’s Child moved forward with Kelly, Beyonce, and Michelle producing albums 8 Days Of Christmas and Destiny Fulfilled.
Destiny’s Child: 50+ Million
TLC: 45+ Million
TLC and Destiny’s Child have both been labeled the “greatest girl group of all time” but there can only be one group at the top…who do you all think should have the title?
TLC “Red Light Special” Vs. Destiny’s Child “Cater To You”
TLC “Scrubs” Vs. Destiny’s Child “Bills, Bills, Bills”
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