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Beyoncé’s Publicist Spills The Tea On Destiny’s Child’s Early Days & Columbia Records’ Low Expectations Of Them
Before Destiny’s Child became the mega group we know them as today, they were simply a teen girl group that record executives didn’t expect much from, so says their then-publicist Yvette Noel-Schure. Yvette, who still handles publicity for Beyoncé under her own PR firm Schure Media Group, revealed in an interview with The Jake Sasseville Show that during her stint of employment with Columbia Records, her boss pretty much wanted her to babysit the foursome until they either transferred to another label or went back home to Texas.
“I remember sitting at Columbia Records and Larry Jenkins, who I will praise to the day I die for giving me that opportunity, he said ‘We just signed a girl group from Houston, you just came from Black Beat, you can get along with these teenagers, dah. You should take them, dah.’ ‘” Yvette recalled.
She went on to note that at the time, due to the success of girl groups such as TLC and En Vogue, label execs simply expected the group being signed to Columbia to be nothing more than a learning experience for the teens.
“I knew in that moment that he did not know what the capacity for success would be for this girl group. TLC was so big, En Vogue a little older and killing it vocally and I don’t know if the plan was to set in place. I believe in that moment, Larry said, ‘If nothing comes of this, Yvette can teach them a few things and I don’t know that he expected me to be a great publicist to this great group. I think he thought ‘For as long as we have them on the label, Yvette can be a mother figure …”
Although Yvette says that while there wasn’t a whole lot that she was able to teach the girls, she was able to mold them into the poised public figures we know them as today.
“I sat down with them [Destiny’s Child] and did makeup lessons but they were pretty advanced in terms of beauty because Ms. Tina Knowles was such a central figure in the lives of the girls of Destiny’s Child. Not just Beyoncé, but Kelly who was raised in her house, LaTavia and LeToya, the original two members, their friendship blossomed in that house. They understood about hair and how they wanted to look, it was the most incredible thing. But I knew in that moment that if Columbia Records trusted me with these young women, and if Tina Knowles and Matthew Knowles trusted me to leave a room and leave me with these young women and knew that if they walked out of a room, I wasn’t going to be shooting up a needle or smoking a blunt or cursing. These were young girls. I knew the responsibility of that moment and I knew being a publicist was not what I needed to do. I needed to be a teacher, a guide and a mentor.”
“There wasn’t a lot I could teach those girls, they could sing the ‘ABC’s’ and make me look like … but it was about ‘Here’s how I live my life,’ ‘Here’s how I come to work and I work really, really hard.’ I can not teach you how to sing but I will tell you that when you enter the room, your interview has begun. Everything is on the record, what you say, what you did, if you were slumping in your chair — so don’t slump in your chair because that’s going to be part of the description in the interview.”
“One of the things I know that Beyoncé probably appreciates about me, especially now that she has created her own family… is that I always said to the girls, at the end of everything, ‘I’m going home to my babies.’ It got to the point where the girls of Destiny’s Child used to mouth it to me after the interviews or a press day and I would say ‘I’m going to meet my babies’ and they’d mouth ‘She’s going to meet her babies.’
I was making it very clear that the work is over now for me.”
Listen to Yvette’s full interview on the next page.
The ’90s girl groups we all loved at one time have seemingly all disappeared. That era was overrun with women doing their thing, dominating the radio with break-up playlists, love making tunes and pre-game records. You can’t talk about ’90s R&B without giving a nod and some love to the ladies and gents who banded together to provide perfect harmonies for our ears to bump to.
In this new age where technology dominates and artists become stars courtesy of Vine, Instagram and YouTube, it’s hard to miss that there are no reigning girl groups around. The industry has become saturated with solo artists all producing the same sound and looking the exact same, and the industry is also littered with failed reunion attempt after failed reunion attempt from folks who still can’t seem to get along. What’s changed?
In this new scope of music, it seems like the outlook is pretty grim. Can there be another TLC? Can there be another girl group with an impact thanks to songs that detail a little bit of everything, including the struggle of battling depression, calls for unity and even safe sex? With plenty of social injustices in the world, there is certainly a void for women to fill.
How about the records that made you feel s*xy and empowered at the same time? Xscape’s “Tonight” vocalized women’s desires without being crass, and the group maintained a sense of elegance – baggy clothing and all.
Even with Diddy’s Making The Band, a group of talented young women who managed to top the charts couldn’t foster a lucrative career as one unit. Danity Kane’s early success appeared promising with their self-titled album, knocking pop veteran Christina Aguilera’s Back to Basics album out of the No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200. But after touring and starring on a reality show, they couldn’t get it and keep it together. Everyone wanted to do something different and animosity between members was crazy. Breaking up. Making Up. And now Danity Kane have broken up for good after a physical scuffle between Aubrey O’Day and Dawn Richard. At this point, their track record is almost synonymous to Chris Brown and Karrueche Tran’s relationship–just unstable.
There is unfortunately no rule book or recipe to concoct the new millennium guide to success, but there is a market being ignored due to the lack of staying power from girl groups. The inability for women to remain and dominate as a band begs the question of whether or not the power in numbers has dissipated? Judging by Beyoncé, Kelly Rowland and Michelle – all of whom have gone on and led prosperous lives post Destiny’s Child – it appears the proof is in the pudding.
I miss having a group like 702 or En Vogue dazzle audiences with their powerful range and dance moves, and I hope that the historic revolving door in music allows for girl groups to shine and reign atop the charts once again. At this very moment, however, I’ll continue to play oldies but goodies and live out the music I miss with the help of YouTube.
Yesterday, we told you that former Destiny’s Child singer, Farrah Franklin, was arrested this past weekend for disorderly conduct. Besides sources claiming that alcohol definitely played a role in the arrest, not many details were released regarding the incident. However, more recent reports are suggesting that things got pretty crazy the night she was locked up.
For one, TMZ is reporting that police officers discovered Franklin laying down on a lawn that did not belong to her, which is when she allegedly told officers that she was planning to “sleep in the woods” because she had nowhere to go.
The way the story is being told, Franklin was flown out to Myrtle Beach by Tampa Bay Buccaneers player Da’Quan Bowers. The pair reportedly spent a night out on the town with Houston Texans player Ricky Sapp and the alcohol was flowing pretty freely. The trio then went back to Sapp’s place and Farrah’s highly-inebriated condition became apparent to everyone.
Things got so out of hand that Sapp and Bowers reportedly decided to call the police, which is when Franklin reportedly fled the scene. The pro athletes told officers that they believed the singer had been doing drugs that night, as she ventured into the bathroom for extended periods of time throughout the evening. After searching the neighborhood, officers found her sprawled out on a neighbor’s lawn. Officer’s described the singer as “highly intoxicated” and “unstable on her feet.” She reportedly denied using drugs when officers asked.
While she did not specifically address reports that she was using drugs, Franklin did have this to say to Instagram followers about her mugshot and allegations about her behavior:
“That part! I’m good just hate the dumb media sometimes, but hey this is the job I signed up for. So I respect it #TurnDownForWhat #TeamFARRAH #GodsChild #Instagram”
So far, Franklin’s reps have not returned our calls for a request to comment.
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I’m going to let you in on a little secret… I’ve been harboring a deep desire to dance. Every since my aunt Annette made my sisters and I watch a VHS of all of Michael Jackson’s music videos up until “Smooth Criminal” when we were children, I have loved everything that is choreographed and put to music.
However, I’m a little shy to dance on a stage… in front of a crowd… with eyes watching me. So, I dance in private, while practicing these popular music videos with amazing choreography. And if I was a betting person, I would bet you have too (or at least marveled at them). Which videos you ask?
Reality TV fans sometimes choose if they want a particular reality star to come back. And LaTavia Roberson wasn’t a fan favorite on “R&B Divas: Atlanta” for her lack of fierceness and insecurities with singing.
Singing is a major part of the “R&B Divas” series and sometimes the divas faced insecurities with getting back out there and performing. But in most cases, these women overcame their fears.
Roberson struggled throughout the season to ever sing for real. And when she did VERY rarely sing — she did like a note or two. Also, she didn’t sound up to par with her cast mates.
The only diva to be on her side with her reluctance to sing was Meelah Williams – who like Roberson was in a 90s girl group. Unlike Roberson, Williams isn’t afraid to blow!
But the other divas asked and sometimes pushed Roberson to sing, which hardly ever worked — only causing friction between them and Roberson .
But leave it to KeKe Wyatt to call out some nonsense, and that’s exactly what she did with Roberson — asking her, “Are you a diva or not?”
It was the question on many fans’ minds about Roberson and her insecurities as a singer.
But Da Brat – during one of the season three’s episodes — said it best. She can’t be considered a diva if she doesn’t sing!
And the fans took to Twitter to share how much they agree with the criticism.
“Latavia needs to get over it [go] get therapy #RBDivasATL not being in Destiny’s Child DESTROYED her MIND,” wrote one Twitter critic.
“The only way y’all goin hear LaTavia sing is if y’all pull out them old DC albums and listen to the background vocals cuz ch…” another critic tweeted.
Another fan of the show said, “still can’t believe LaTavia storyline was all about her not wanting to sing smh. What a waste of tv time.”
But some critics questioned her ability to sing altogether. Maybe she doesn’t sing because she knows she doesn’t sound too well.
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‘It’s Going On MY Album:’ Michelle Williams Makes It Clear That ‘Say Yes’ Isn’t A Destiny’s Child Song
Destiny’s Child fans were ecstatic to learn that the trio would be somewhat reuniting for Michelle Williams’ new single “Say Yes.” And somehow, in all of the excitement, some people interpreted the track as a sign that a new Destiny’s Child album is in the works. Unfortunately, that isn’t the case. But we’re content for now seeing the ladies coming together to promote one another’s solo careers.
“There was an interview we did some years ago saying that we would participate, in whatever capacity, on each other’s solo projects,” Michelle explained to MTV News. “Whether that is appearing with Beyoncé from time to time on her tours, or on shows, or Kelly’s album, so this was my turn now to have them on an original song on my album.”
Michelle adds that it was awesome being able to reunite with her former group members.
“Filming the video for ‘Say Yes’ was fun. It was amazing. It was incredible.”
Not to be confused, though, Michelle made it clear that “Say Yes” is her project and simply features her DC-3 sisters.
“It feels wonderful [to work with them], and no matter how much we try to say it’s not a Destiny’s Child song because it’s not going on a Destiny’s Child album. It’s going on MY album featuring Beyoncé and Kelly. It’s the same way Kelly featured us on her album. But no matter how much we try to separate ourselves when we’re together, it is what it is. This is the group!'” she said laughing.
While we would loveeeeee another Destiny’s Child album, we’ll take what we can get for now
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A few days ago, we let you know that there would be a video for Michelle Williams’ new gospel song “Say Yes” and today on “Good Morning America,” Williams released it. Just as the song calls for, the video is colorful and vibrant, Michelle is doing a little bop and two step while people dance and sing along with the ladies of Destiny’s Child. I was really on the fence about this song when I first heard it, but the more I listen, the more I dig it. And the video just makes it all that much better.
Take a look at the visuals in the fun video below and tell us what you think.
The single is featured on Michelle’s upcoming album, Journey to Freedom due out on September 9.
Up next for Michelle is working as a mentor on the new new Oxygen show “Fix My Choir.” along with gospel great Shirley Caesar and Mary Mary.
You can also watch the Behind the Scenes video of the shoot below.
Last week, we told you about the new Michelle Williams single “Say Yes” featuring her former bandmates Beyoncé and Kelly Rowland. Naturally, anytime there’s even a thought about the three of them reuniting, folks get excited.
And so it’s really not surprising that news of the video shoot leaked as well and fans swarmed the location. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter (THR), Michelle Williams explained how it all went down.
“We heard all this commotion going on while we were filming, We filmed at somebody’s house and they probably got excited and called their cousins and friends and, next thing you know, the whole town was on one street. … I woke up to the news of the song being leaked and I just hate when that happens because it was an unmastered version. At the same time, I was overwhelmed by the support. I know things happen for a reason. I don’t want anyone to think I’m pissed. I’m not.”
As we mentioned before, the song “Say Yes” is an ode to the Nigerian song more than a hundred years old. Harmony Samuels, who’s worked with the likes of Jennifer Hudson, Chris Brown, Ariana Grande and Maroon 5 and is also Nigerian says, “I don’t think anyone knows who wrote it or who started singing that chorus. When the song leaked last week, so many people from Africa and Nigeria were trying to let me know where it came from.”
Michelle also told THR how the girls got involved with the track.
“They received an advance copy of the album and called saying, ‘We love ‘When Jesus Says Yes’… there has to be a Destiny’s Child mix of the song,'” Williams recalls. “Kelly did it and Beyonce got right in the studio and did her part. I kept it a secret because I didn’t want anyone to know until it was time.”
And naturally, they had an amazing time filming with one another.
“It was so much fun,” says Williams. “It was like we were little kids again. I have their back and they have mine. They have showed themselves to be loyal to me time after time. They have proven they are my sisters time and time again.”
“Say Yes” is the first single from Williams’ fourth album Journey To Freedom, which is set to come out sometime in September. Williams says the single is “an urban inspiration record so sonically it’s very urban with pop infusion in there. I made sure that every genre of music I have ever done is represented on there.”
Michelle says that she’s hoping this studio effort will appeal to some of the fans who stopped following her career once she decided to pursue gospel music.
“Destiny’s Child had millions of fans but the second I did ‘gospel’ they were like, ‘We love you but I don’t know…’ My message is that I’m here to inspire and to encourage and give hope. Whatever you want to do, you can do. I’m not saying it’s going to be easy, but I’ve been there. I have been down in a dark place and I want to tell people my story of how I got to that dark place and how I’m free from it now.”
The year 1994 marked the beginning of Hot 97’s epic annual Summer Jam concert. Twenty years later, the concert featuring the biggest names in hip-hop and r&b is still going strong and continues to showcase the biggest names in music. Here’s a look back at some of the most memorable moments from Summer Jam.
The Notorious B.I.G.’s Only Performance At Summer Jam
The year was 1995 and Bigge Smalls was the king of New York rap. The year before he released his debut single Juicy and then followed that up with the platinum-selling album, Ready To Die. When he descended onto the Summer Jam stage in ‘95 as the headliner, the crowd went wild. Dressed like a dapper don in a three-piece suit, Big had the crowd on its feet for his entire set. That would be the first and last time the Brooklyn rapper would perform for the radio station’s mega concert. He was shot and killed nearly two years later.
Destiny’s Child is back!
But not really. Beyoncé and Kelly Rowland have come to Michelle Williams’ side to support her in the release of her new gospel song, “Say Yes.” Solange Knowles also reportedly provides vocals on “Say Yes.” The song, seemingly inspired by the Nigerian Christian song “When Jesus Say Yes (Nobody Can Say No)” gets a funky revamp courtesy of Williams and her girls. It sounds like a dance song more than a gospel track thanks to the EDM aspects of it, but the lyrics definitely give God all the praise:
There’s no limit to what You can do
Cause it all belongs to You
Yes, it all belongs to You
(No rushing now)
You’re almighty and all powerful
And it all belongs to You
Yes, it all belongs to You
The ladies take turns tackling verses on the uplifting and uptempo track, which I’m sure will have you bobbing your head or at least tapping your foot (or having a praise break at your desk).
This isn’t the first time the ladies have reunited for a track since Destiny’s Child disbanded. The ladies teamed up for Rowland’s, “You’ve Changed” for Talk A Good Game, and did a Neptunes-produced track called “Nuclear” for a recently released DC compilation album called Love Songs. “Say Yes” will be featured on Williams’ upcoming album, Journey To Freedom.
I definitely enjoyed it, but what about you?