Beyonce shoots down Destiny's Child reunion

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

From the beginning, Matthew Knowles had plans of turning his daughter, Beyonce, into a solo superstar. Growing up, Beyonce and her friends loved to sing. Realizing their talent, Matthew Knowles quickly turned them into a girl group. Before the end of the 1990s, he had them signed to a major label. Quickly, Destiny's Child became a household name.

However, the overall plan was for Beyonce to become a solo star and she was often the lead singer. Early in her career, however, Beyonce was not too great of a singer. People argue to this day Kelly Rowland is the best singer in the group. In 2002, Rowland broke away from the group and released her debut album. Soon, Rowland found herself a star in her own right.

Looking at the success of Kelly Rowland, Matthew Knowles soon had a plan laid out for Beyonce. He used her relationship with Jay-Z to have her placed on his album, The Blueprint 2. The result of her appearance on the album was their massive hit, "'03 Bonnie & Clyde." This served as the launching pad for her own debut album in 2003. She recruited Jay-Z for the sequel to their original hit, "Crazy In Love." The song would top the Billboard Hot 100 during the summer of 2003.

With Beyonce and Kelly Rowland both major mainstream stars, Destiny's Child was falling apart. The group consisted of Beyonce, Rowland, and Michelle Williams. Matthew Knowles felt it would be best if the group recorded one last album. The fact of the matter was Beyonce was doing too good as a solo star to be a part of this group. There were rumors of friction, anyway, and it was best to simply end things. Matthew Knowles also realized how big both Beyonce and Kelly were and he felt this, coupled with a goodbye album, would result in high record sales for the album.

In 2004, Destiny's Child reunited for one final album, named Destiny Fulfilled. The title of the album stemmed from the overall goal of the group. While the girls were in the group to be successful, they all knew one day they would go solo. Kelly Rowland went solo in 2002 and Beyonce followed in 2003. In November of 2004, the album was released to the public. Five singles were released from the album and the first three singles all landed in the top five on the Billboard Hot 100. At the 2005 BET Awards, they performed their final hit, "Cater 2 U," and performed it for Magic Johnson.

This was the perfect way to say goodbye, but for the past few months, there have been rumors of a possible reunion for the group. In the time since the release of Destiny Fulfilled, Beyonce has gone from superstar status to megastar status. She is currently in the studio working on her fourth studio album, while Rowland is trying to rebuild her career. While the girls still talk with each other on a regular basis, they have outgrown each other. As big of a star as Beyonce is now, she would not be able to revert back to being in a girl-group, especially in her late twenties. Recently, Beyonce addressed the rumors about the reunion.

When she was asked about Destiny's Child reuniting, Beyonce said the group will not be reuniting. She said she still loves the group and the members, past and present, but her schedule is too hectic to take away time and record an album with the group. However, she did not write off possibly collaborating with the girls on one of their albums. All of the girls from the group are working on new albums. Michelle Williams, however, now records only gospel music.


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