By Danielle Genet
It’s no surprise that the world still misses Destiny’s Child. After all, the post-Destiny’s Child career successes each lady has experienced are a testament to the fan favor the women created. Now, the women who used to work as a harmonious trio (and remain real-life friends) are about to battle it out on the charts.
This past week, Michelle Williams dropped the single “Love Gun,” which is said to be the first single off her forthcoming, still-untitled fourth studio album. Williams, according to her Broadway Playbill biography, was “the first member of the group to explore solo terrain,” focusing on focused on gospel music with Heart to Yours (2002) and Do You Know (2004).
Gospel music came naturally to Williams, who first started singing in church as a child. Williams moved in another direction with the release of her third studio album, 2008’s Unexpected, and its lead single “We Break the Dawn” had a nice run on the Hot Dance Airplays chart. Throughout her music career, Williams has also acted on both television and on stage in Broadway musicals like Aida, The Color Purple and Chicago and, most-recently, in the play What My Husband Doesn’t Know. Williams is also a minority owner of the WNBA team The Sky.
Kelly Rowland’s third solo album, the hotly anticipated Here I Am, hit stores July 26. Her performance at the 2011 BET Awards of the lead single “Motivation” proved Rowland’s still as fierce as ever. Here I Am is the first album Rowland has made without past manager Matthew Knowles and Music World Entertainment after splitting amicably in 2009. Rowland began her solo career while still involved with Destiny’s Child when she lent her vocals to Nelly’s hit “Dilemma” in 2002 and has continued to be a powerful player in the music industry with two solo albums, Simply Deep (2003) and Ms. Kelly (2007).
Rowland has also worked in film, appearing in Freddy vs. Jason and The Seat Filler and in television as host of the first season of Bravo’s The Fashion Show and judge on The X Factor in the UK. No stranger to collaborations, Rowland’s upcoming album features prominent rappers such as Lil’ Wayne, Nelly and Big Sean, allowing Rowland to expand her fan base and appeal.
The, of course, there’s Beyonce, known to many as Queen B, who has proven effortlessly over and over again that motivation and drive and a large bit of girl power can produce gold. Beyonce’s fourth solo album, 4, was released last week and has already hit No. 1 on the Billboard 200 album chart. Beyonce has three other chart-topping albums, Dangerously in Love, B’Day and I Am…Sasha Fierce, and she’s won a staggering 16 Grammys (13 as a solo artist and 3 with Destiny’s Child).
Do you think “Love Gun” or “Motivation” have the strength to overpower Beyonce’s singles this summer? Let us know in the comments!