Where did it all go wrong?
That seems to be what a lot of Destiny's Child fans are wondering lately. The sassy R&B quartet had made it all the way down the yellow brick road to chart success, finding superstar status with a multi-platinum second album in "The Writing's On The Wall," fuelled by the huge hit singles "Bills, Bills, Bills" and "Bug A Boo." Then came a terse and sudden announcement in February that original members LaTavia Roberson and LeToya Luckett were out of the group, with newcomers Farrah Franklin and Michelle Williams taking their place alongside Kelly Rowland and Beyoncé Knowles.
Fans who had been unaware of the switch were plenty surprised to get their first glimpse of the new Destiny's Child upon the release of the video for "Say My Name." And those who were aware were just as surprised, as the new clip surfaced swiftly after the announcement had gone out. The remade, remodelled DC made the rounds of the Grammy Awards and the Soul Train Awards, with no reason for the switch given beyond the typical "creative differences" or "undisclosed reasons." The group's revamping seemed too smooth, too seamless, too sudden -- suspiciously so, for some. What was the deal?
The spanner in the works made itself apparent five weeks after the official announcement, as LeToya and LaTavia filed suit against the group and its manager, Matthew Knowles (Beyoncé's father and Kelly's legal guardian), listing a host of managerial transgressions and abuses among its complaints (see "Destiny's Child Sued By Former Members"). Destiny's Child quickly cancelled all press, leaving manager Knowles to respond that the real truth would be revealed in court (see "Destiny's Child Manager Responds To Suit"). The seemingly painless switch had quickly become an ugly mess, and in the meantime, no one was really talking.
Until now, that is. MTV News' Chris Connelly and John Norris recently sat down with both parties -- exiled members LaTavia and LeToya and Destiny's Child (version 2.0), respectively -- to find out what's going on with the hottest R&B girl group that's going these days. We also dipped into our archives for a retro interview with all four members of the original Destiny's Child upon the release of their smash, "The Writing's On The Wall."
You'll get the scoop, plus plenty of exclusive RealVideo, right here in our MTV News Online feature.