Girl (Destiny's Child song)

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"Girl"
Single by Destiny's Child
from the album Destiny Fulfilled
B-side "Got's My Own"
Released January 16, 2005 (2005-01-16)
Format CD single, 12" maxi single,
digital download
Recorded 2004
Genre R&B
Length 3:44
Label Columbia
Writer(s)
Producer(s)
  • Douthit
  • Rowland
  • Knowles
Destiny's Child singles chronology
"Soldier"
(2004)
"Girl"
(2005)
"Cater 2 U"
(2005)

"Girl" is an R&B song performed by R&B girl group Destiny's Child. It was written by Beyoncé, Kelly Rowland, Michelle Williams, Darkchild, Ric Rude, Angela Beyince, Sean Garrett, and Patrick Douthit for Destiny's Child's fourth and final studio album Destiny Fulfilled (2004).

Produced by Beyoncé, and 9th Wonder, the song contains elements and samples from the song "Ocean of Thoughts and Dreams" as written by Don Davis and Eddie Robinson and performed by The Dramatics. Released as the album's third single, the single peaked at number 23 on the US Billboard Hot 100, making it Destiny's Child's lowest charting single since 1999's "Bug a Boo".

Music video[edit]

The video[1] is split into two "universes": Destiny's Child in Beyoncé's apartment and the same trio on a fictional television show. The video begins with Beyoncé, Michelle, and Kelly entering Beyoncé's apartment and settling down with snacks and wine as they watch a fictional show styled after Sex and the City. After the mock credits, Beyoncé and Michelle meet Kelly for lunch. Throughout the video, the women at home respond to the events of the program through gestures and actions, while, on the television, the dialogue of the song matches the conversation of the women in the restaurant.

Beyoncé confronts Kelly about her sad demeanor and suspected boyfriend problems, but Kelly feigns shock and insists that nothing is wrong. Neither Michelle nor Beyoncé is convinced. Viewers can see that, on one occasion, her boyfriend took hours to come home without explanation and, when he finally arrived, a hurt Kelly threw his food away before running upstairs to cry. Kelly admits to some problems, while making excuses for her boyfriend, such as his busy schedule and her own moodiness. Beyoncé, however, rolls her eyes at the thin excuses, and assures Kelly that she and Michelle love her and she need not suffer alone. At this, Kelly begins to cry and laugh at the same time. Michelle goes on to tell her of the day she confronted Kelly's boyfriend when she saw him browsing through jewelry with another woman.

Later on, Kelly can seen be seen looking cold and angry as her boyfriend comes home. He arrives apologetic, but Kelly perks up, dangling a pair of fuzzy handcuffs. He smiles and begins to follow her upstairs. In the immediately following scene, he is naked except for a pair of boxers (in some versions, his rear-end is blurred out) and handcuffed to the balcony. With her bags packed and the handcuff key in hand, she leaves—laughing happily. The girls are finally seen walking down the city street, holding hands, as an image of them passes by on a city bus.

Kelly Rowland's 2013 single "Dirty Laundry" contained revelations about her being the victim of domestic abuse "almost a decade" ago. The time line follows that she was going through the ordeal between the release of the Destiny's Child albums Survivor (2001) and Destiny Fulfilled (2004) and perhaps after. Considering the lyrics of "Girl" and the roles the women portray in the music video, it is widely speculated that the song was inspired by the domestic abuse Rowland suffered.

The music video is featured on the Bonus DVD of the Destiny Fulfilled Tour edition as well as on the Japanese version of the DVD Destiny's Child: Live in Atlanta.

Chart performance[edit]

The song was chosen to be a single over "Cater 2 U" in a vote at Destiny's Child's official site. However, the song underperformed in comparison with earlier singles, peaking at number 23 on the US Billboard Hot 100 singles chart and number 10 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.[2] The single suffered from low downloads, which kept it from reaching the top 20. After "Girl" underperformed, Destiny's Child released "Cater 2 U" as the fourth single from the album.

Despite "Girl" peaking at a disappointing position in the U.S., the single picked up strong airplay and videoplay in the UK. It became a top 10 entry for the band, gaining a number six peak.[2] "Girl" was the group's final single on the European music market, as subsequent singles, "Cater 2 U" and "Stand Up for Love" were both cancelled due to their underperformance in the American charts. The song did very well in New Zealand though, reaching number six. In Australia, "Girl" became a top 5 hit in both the Urban and ARIA official charts.[2]

Track listings[edit]

  • Australian Single
  1. "Girl" (Radio Version)
  2. "Girl" (JS Club Mix)
  3. "Girl" (Junior Vasquez Club Dub)
  4. "Girl" (The Freshman Remix)
  5. "Got's My Own"
  • European Single COL 675808 2
  1. "Girl" (Radio Version)
  2. "Girl" (Junior Vasquez Club Dub)
  3. "Girl" (JS Club Mix)
  4. "Girl" (The Freshman Remix)
  5. "Got's My Own"
  • Remixes Single
  1. "Girl" (Single Version)
  2. "Girl" (Maurice Joshua "U Go Girl" Remix)
  3. "Girl" (Single Version Instrumental)
  4. "Girl" (Junior Vasquez Club Dub)
  5. "Girl" (JS Club Mix)
  • UK CD Part 1[3]
  1. "Girl" (Radio Edit)
  2. "Girl" (Kardinal Beats Remix)
  • UK CD Part 2
  1. "Girl" (Radio Edit)
  2. "Girl" (JS Club Mix – Maurice Joshua Remix)
  3. "Got's My Own"

Charts and certifications[edit]

Credits and personnel[edit]

Official versions[edit]

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label
United States January 16, 2005 (2005-01-16) CD single
12" maxi
digital download
Columbia
United Kingdom February 25, 2005 (2005-02-25)
Australia March 3, 2005 (2005-03-03)
Germany March 16, 2005 (2005-03-16)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Video on YouTube
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o ""Girl" History". a-Charts. Retrieved 2008-03-16. 
  3. ^ "Destiny's Child CD Singles, Destiny's Child CDs, Buy Rare Destiny's Child CDs". Mattscdsingles.com. Retrieved 2011-02-20. 
  4. ^ Steffen Hung. "Destiny's Child – Girl". italiancharts.com. Retrieved 2011-02-20. 
  5. ^ "Romanian Top 100" Please see "Issue 36" of the year 2005
  6. ^ "ARIA Charts – End Of Year Charts – Top 100 Singles 2005". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved April 27, 2013. 

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