702The Internet has been buzzing with rumors of Beyonce’s record label
being unhappy with her new album. Columbia Records allegedly thinks a
reunion of Destiny’s Child would be better for Queen Bey. Many believe
the only reason the label is saying this is because they dropped Kelly
Rowland as a solo act and now her single, “Motivation,” is charting
higher than “Run The World (Girls).” Whether this is true or not, one
thing remains. We need some girl groups to get back in the studio.
Check out our list and see if you agree.

10. Danity Kane
We got to witness their rise to fame and fall from grace. The saddest
part about the group disbanding is they did so right as they were
hitting their stride. “Damaged” was one of the biggest singles in
2008. If that isn’t enough, Danity Kane is the first female outfit to
have their first two albums debut at number one on the Billboard
charts. Show stoppers for real.

9. Zhane
There aren’t too many things better than being at a party when “Hey
Mr. DJ” blares through the speakers. Jean Norris-Baylor and Renee
Neufville debuted as part of Queen Latifah’s Flavor Unit crew. After
the initial success of “Hey Mr. DJ,” the duo dropped moderate hits,
“Groove Thang” and “Sending My Love.” The reasons the disbanded has
never been discussed, but they need to come back. The party is longing
for another anthem, ladies.

8. Total
Kima, Keisha, and Pam had swag for days. Strong vocals and harmonies
over hip hop edged beats was a winning formula for the former Bad Boy
artists. “Can’t You See” is still one of the crown jewels out of the
Sean Combs’ company’s catalog. Their last official appearance
together was in 2001. Total, you got us sitting home waiting for
another album. Ten years is too long.

7. 702
Named after their Las Vegas area code, 702 was a lovely trio with
beauty, talent, and attitude. Under Missy Elliott’s guidance, Meelah,
Misha, and Irish had a string of hits in the late ’90s. After a brief
hiatus and reunion, the girls permanently disbanded in the fall of
last year. The last time anybody heard from them was the failed album,
Star. After that, everyone was asking, “Where these girls at?”

6. Brownstone
You know there’s got to be something special about you when you form a
group and within a year Michael Jackson signs you to his label.
Brownstone was thought to become a major force in the industry during
their mid-1990s run. How can you deny the harmonies and vocal power
shown on the smash hit, “If You Love Me?” Through the member changes
and disappointing follow up album, Brownstone still has a place in the
girl group hall of fame. If only they could get along long enough to
drop new material.

5. Floetry
Repping Philly via London, Floetry was a breath of fresh air to the
R&B world. The Floacist, Natalie Stewart, spit poetic lines as
songstress, Marsha Ambrosius, wowed audiences with her writing ability
and vocal prowess. There’s no way you can have a bedroom playlist and
not include a Floetry joint. Although we like the music both have
released as solo artists, we love the work they did together.

4. Salt-N-Pepa
This group claimed the top of the rap charts from the late eighties
well into the next decade. They were trendsetters.The asymetrical cuts
women are still rocking today is because of these ladies. With hits
like “Push It,” “Whatta Man,” and “I’ll Take Your Man,” confidence was
never an issue. However, the subject matter of their material became
one for Cheryl “Salt” James. She became a Christian and didn’t feel
those lyrics should be coming out of a saved woman’s mouth. James is
the perfect example of every saint once being a sinner. Never mind all
that, can we please get a new album? It’s very necessary.

3. Xscape
Jermaine Dupri’s singing clique was one of the best during their time.
Comprised of sisters, LaTocha and Tamika, Kandi, and Tiny, they had
slow jams galore. “Do You Want To” and “Understanding” being a few out
of the many. The ladies called it quits in 2005 after Kandi was
replaced by Keisha Miles. Internet rumors added to speculation Kandi
left because of a falling out with LaTocha and Tamika. Will they ever
kiss and make up? Hopefully, I need more records like “The Softest
Place On Earth” in my life.

2. Destiny’s Child
Call them what you want, they had star power. Beyonce and her back up
vocalists, Kelly and Michelle, took the world by storm. They became
the best selling female group by selling 50 million albums worldwide.
Bey’s success as a solo artist aside, Kelly and Michelle aren’t doing
too bad themselves. Michelle won rave reviews in the Broadway and West
End productions of Chicago. After several delays, Kelly is getting
some shine with a third album in the works. That’s good and all, but
we need more tracks like “Survivor.” That song exemplifies the intense
chemistry they had. We need more of it.

1. TLC
Sadly, this will never happen. Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes died in a car
accident in Honduras in 2002. But you can’t blame us for wishing.
Before losing the title to our number two spot holders, TLC was the
best selling girl group of all time. The ATL trio held the title for
almost 10 years. nobody has classics like them. “Waterfalls,” “Creep,”
“Aint Too Proud To Beg.” Need I say more? Didn’t think so.

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