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Girl power

Destiny's Child can take credit for probably the highest number of splits and reunions

IT IS the band that displaced TLC from its `biggest female Hip-hop act' status. Known for their split-offs and reunions, which became as popular as their unique brand of music, the trio is known to have taken woman power to a whole new level thanks to its whiplash lyrics. Take a bow, Destiny's Child.

Destiny's Child is one of the very few bands where the individual members have been as successful (if not more) in their solo careers as well. The band originally started off with Beyonce Knowles and LaTavia Robertson from Houston, Texas (United States) in 1990, and went on to give the other `diva' groups like En Vogue a run for their money. Two years later, Beyonce's cousin Kelly Rowland joined the duo and in 1993 LeToya Luckett came in, after which the group made recording debut with a track called `Killing Time,' which was featured in the soundtrack of the film `Men In Black.' The actual onslaught on the chart began with a track called `Say My Name' from the second album `Writings On The Wall,' and just when the group's popularity was on an all-time high, the splitting act began. Finally, it was with the 2000 album `Survivor' that established Destiny's Child as one of the most powerful hip-hop bands in recent times.

A week back, Destiny's Child shook the international music scene by reuniting yet again, for its new album `Destiny Fulfilled.' The first single, `Lose My Breath' is being played by all the popular DJs in the country, mainly owing to its lyrical power and a bass-line that reminds you of 50 Cents' `In The Club.' `Soldier,' the second video, is a little slower but grows on you after repeated listening. Other tracks such as `Bad habit' and `Cater 2 You' are potential hits, and can be expected to enter the charts in the months to come.

A. VISHNU

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