Throwback Thursday: Destiny’s Child – “No, No, No”

Throwback Thursday: Destiny’s Child – “No, No, No”

This past weekend in Los Angeles, the original Children of Destiny were all at the same place at the same time, proving that time heals most if not all wounds. LeToya Luckett, LaTavia Roberson and Kelly Rowland all came out to support Beyoncé at the world premiere of Renaissance: A Film by Beyoncé. Michelle Williams, who would make up a third of the final Destiny’s Child roster, was also in the house.

It’s not the first time all five women got together — there’s a scene in the Renaissance film where they share a moment backstage. However, this reunion was far more public, and for many fans who’ve followed them from the beginning, it had them wondering what could’ve been if they remained a quartet.

Unfortunately, we’ll never know the answer to that question. And fortunately, Michelle was just what the group needed fulfill its destiny.

As an homage to the original lineup, let’s take a look at the song that started it all: “No, No, No.” Released in October 1997, it would be renamed “No, No, No (Part 1)” after the release of the Wyclef-Jean-assisted “No, No, No (Part 2).” Part 2 would go on to be the more popular version, but Part 1 is no less special.

The core parts of “No, No, No” were written by Rob Fusari (future ex-boyfriend to Lady Gaga). Vincent Herbert (future ex-husband to Tamar Braxton), Mary Brown and Calvin Gaines would later help him finish writing the song after it was determined that it would be recorded by Destiny’s Child — a decision that was only made after Vincent had told a Columbia Records exec that he would give the song to Brandy (who was signed to another label) if they didn’t let DC record it. And the rest is history.

The music video for “No, No, No” might seem cute and almost amateurish compared to their more recent work, but when you consider that you’re looking at a bunch of 16-year-old girls, it’s easier to see them for the superstars-in-training that they really were.

Powered by the remix (a.k.a. Part 2), “No, No, No” would become a global hit, peaking at No. 3 in the US and No. 5 in the UK.

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