Day 323: Independent Women

Song: “Independent Women Part 1” by Destiny’s Child
Reached #1: November 18, 2000 (their third, 11 weeks)
Previously: Day 199

Hello, Angels…

“Independent Women” was the first hit single from Destiny’s Child Version 2.0.

Of course, the fact that it came from the Charlie’s Angels soundtrack certainly helped, but the song is fairly catchy. 

When you watch the video, you see version 2.1 of Destiny’s Child – Beyoncé featured on lead vocals, Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams backing her up.  But that’s not the version that recorded the song.  When the song was done for Charlie’s Angels, the group was still a quartet.

Williams and Farrah Franklin had just joined the group after Beyoncé’s father ended a brief rebellion from LaTavia Roberson and LeToya Luckett by firing them.  However, Franklin didn’t work out, and she was let go sometime between the studio work on the single and filming for the video. 

Some reports claim that the version of “Independent Women” on the group’s Survivor album had Franklin’s vocals removed – while the Charlie’s Angels version may have included them.  Who can know these things?  Certainly not anyone outside the group…

To date, “Independent Women” remains the biggest single of Destiny’s Child’s career.

Tomorrow, the prototype girl group that Destiny’s Child was clearly modeled after…

No other songs reached #1 on November 18.


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