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... Today in R&B History | Destiny's Child Released Their Second Album 'The Writing's on the Wall'

Today in R&B History | Destiny's Child Released Their Second Album 'The Writing's on the Wall'

Updated: Aug 3, 2019



Destiny's Child's second album, 'The Writings On the Wall,' came out 20 years ago this week, on July 27, 1999, and graced our ears with hits such as 'Say My Name', 'Bug a Boo' and 'Bills Bills Bills.'


It's Destiny's Child's bestselling set, selling 6.4 million units to date in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan. It debuted, and peaked, at No. 2 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart on August 14, 1999. It debuted at No. 6 on the Billboard 200 chart on the same date.

8 Facts About Destiny's Child's 'The Writing's On The Wall'


1. 'The Writing's On The Wall' was Destiny's Child's last album with the original line-up.


2. The Writing's on the Wall spent 99 consecutive weeks on the Billboard 200 in the US in 1999/2000.


3. The music video for 'Bills Bills Bills' was shot in a beauty salon as a tribute to Beyoncé's mum.



4. The album earned Destiny's Child six Grammy nominations.


Two for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals, two for Best R&B Song, one for Record of the Year and one for Song of the Year.


5. Michelle and Farrah are in the video for 'Say My Name' but their vocals aren't on the track.


In between 'Say My Name' being recorded and the video being made original members LeToya Luckett and LaTavia Robertson left the group and were replaced with Michelle Williams and Farrah Franklin, who appear in the video although they never changed the recording.


6. 'The Writing's on the Wall' was certified 8× Platinum by the RIAA on November 6, 2001.


7. 'Say My Name' earned Destiny's Child two Grammy awards in 2001.


The awards were for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals and Best R&B Song.


Photo: Steve Granitz

8. 'Bills, Bills, Bills' was the ninth best-selling single of the year in the US.



Listen to The Writings On the Wall below.

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