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-- by Abbey Goodman

"I'm sorry," Beyoncé said, as if this is really something to apologize for, "but the new versions of the songs are even hotter than the originals."

She is, of course, speaking about Destiny's Child songs on the new album This Is the Remix, the LP on which many of the group's hits from its three previous albums Destiny's Child (1998), The Writing's on the Wall (1999) and Survivor (2001) are flipped by such hitmakers as Timbaland, Rockwilder and the Neptunes.

 "Nasty Girl" remix
(Azza's Nu Soul Mix)

 This Is The Remix
 (Sony)
You need no introduction to Beyoncé Knowles, Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams. We've seen the ladies of Destiny's Child (er, all six of them) maintain a strong presence in the face of an ever-changing musical landscape, appear on countless awards shows and crank out hit after hit, from "Bills, Bills, Bills" to "Say My Name" to "Survivor."

What you may not know, though, is that the members of Destiny's Child have been recording remixed versions of their singles after each one was released, ever since their very first single, "No, No, No," off of their self-titled debut.

Instead of the usual hands-off approach to remixing records — sending in the vocals to the producer to lay a different track underneath — Destiny's Child got in the studio with the new producers. "I love the fact that we re-sing the song," Beyoncé said, "because you hear [other] remixes where they just speed up the vocals and you sound like a chipmunk."

Beyoncé explained the group's motivation for consolidating the remixed singles into the present album. "After doing different remixes for all the singles, we realized that it was so many songs a lot of people never heard 'cause the radio was still playing the original," she said. "That's a great problem to have, but a lot of our fans were like, 'Where can I hear these songs?' They would hear them at parties and clubs, but then didn't know where to get them."

Some fans, of course, do know where to get them. Recognizing the realities of modern-day technology and the competing interests of artists, fans and record labels, the trio offered politically correct guidance about using the Web to obtain the remixes. "If you're going to buy it on the Internet," Michelle said, "get it off of Amazon.com or Best Buy or something."

"There but nowhere else!" Kelly warned with a laugh.

 "Bootylicious"
(Rockwilder remix)

This Is The Remix
 (Sony)
It seems that some pranksters on the Internet beat Destiny's Child to the punch. Michelle claimed that somebody did a remix of "Bootylicious" online called, "I don't want to say it," she said with a smirk of embarrassment. Then, finally, she whispered the title, "Smells Like Booty." What she's referring to is a cut that popped up online recently that lays the vocal track from "Bootylicious" over the music from Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit." Needless to say, the girls did not commission that track for This Is the Remix.


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