Bills, Bills, Bills

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"Bills, Bills, Bills"
Single by Destiny's Child
from the album The Writing's on the Wall
Released June 15, 1999 (1999-06-15) (U.S.)
July 12, 1999 (1999-07-12) (U.K.)
September 14, 1999 (1999-09-14) (AUS)
Format CD maxi single, 12" maxi single
Recorded December 1998[1][2]
Genre R&B, pop
Length 4:16
Label Columbia
Writer(s)
Producer(s) Kevin Shek'spere Briggs[3]
Certification Gold (RIAA)
Destiny's Child singles chronology
"Get on the Bus"
(1998)
"Bills, Bills, Bills"
(1999)
"Bug a Boo"
(1999)

"Bills, Bills, Bills" is a song by American girl group Destiny's Child. It was written by band members Beyoncé Knowles, LeToya Luckett, LaTavia Roberson, and Kelly Rowland along with Kandi Burruss and Kevin "She'kspere" Briggs for their second album The Writing's on the Wall (1999), featuring production by the latter.

Released as the album's lead single in June 1999, the song provided the quartet with their first chart-topper on both the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and Canadian RPM singles chart. A worldwide success, the track reached the top ten in Belgium, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom and entered the top forty on the majority of the charts in appeared on. Critically acclaimed, the song was nominated for two Grammy Awards for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals and Best R&B Song at the 42nd awards ceremony. The accompanying music video for "Bills, Bills, Bills", directed by Darren Grant, was shot in a beauty salon as a tribute to Knowles' mother Tina.

Responses[edit]

Sporty Thievz, the same group that wrote "No Pigeons" as response to TLC's "No Scrubs", wrote a response to "Bills, Bills, Bills" entitled "No Billz (Why, Why, Why)." Sporty Thievz were also featured on "I Can't Go For That", a re-recorded remix of Bills, Bills, Bills with new lyrics, produced by the Trackmasters, along with a female rapper called Jazz.

Chart performance[edit]

In the United States, "Bills, Bills, Bills" debuted at number 84 on the Billboard Hot 100 and climbed to number-one five weeks later, dethroning Jennifer Lopez's debut single "If You Had My Love" from the top spot where it had remained for a month. It was Destiny's Child's first song that peaked at number one on the Hot 100 chart. "Bills, Bills, Bills" also reached number one on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks for nine consecutive weeks, making it one of the longest running number one singles ever on the chart and the most weeks at the summit in 1999. It was also the ninth best-selling single of the year in the US. In the United Kingdom, "Bills, Bills, Bills" peaked at number six and went onto sell over 165,000 copies.

Track listings[edit]

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
United States (RIAA)[26] Platinum 1,000,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
xunspecified figures based on certification alone

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ http://soulculture.com/features/interviews/destinys-child-the-writings-on-the-wall-lp-revisited-by-co-writer-kandi-burruss-return-to-the-classics/
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  15. ^ Canadian dance peak position
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  19. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Destiny's Child – Bills, Bills, Bills". Top 40 Singles.
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  21. ^ "Destiny's Child – Bills, Bills, Bills – swisscharts.com". Swiss Singles Chart.
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  23. ^ "Destiny's Child Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot 100 for Destiny's Child.
  24. ^ "Top Singles – Volume 70, No. 8, December 13, 1999". RPM. Retrieved 2011-02-01. 
  25. ^ "Billboard Top 100 – 1999". Retrieved 2010-08-28. 
  26. ^ "American single certifications – Destiny's Child – Bills, Bills, Bills". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH

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