The Writing's on the Wall

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The Writing's on the Wall
Studio album by Destiny's Child
Released July 27, 1999 (1999-07-27)
Recorded December 1998—March 1999
Genre R&B[1]
Length 64:52
Label Columbia
Producer
Destiny's Child chronology
Destiny's Child
(1998)
The Writing's on the Wall
(1999)
Survivor
(2001)
Singles from The Writing's on the Wall
  1. "Bills, Bills, Bills"
    Released: June 15, 1999
  2. "Bug a Boo"
    Released: August 23, 1999
  3. "Say My Name"
    Released: November 7, 1999
  4. "Jumpin, Jumpin"
    Released: April 17, 2000

The Writing's on the Wall is the second album by American girl group Destiny's Child, released on July 28, 1999 in the United States. The album featured production from Missy Elliott, Kevin "She'kspere" Briggs, Rodney Jerkins Eric Nealante Phillips, and Beyoncé among others and featured guest appearances from Missy Elliott and R&B trio Next. The Writing's on The Wall spawned four singles, including the number one-hits "Bills, Bills, Bills" and "Say My Name". This is the last album with the group's original line-up.

The album saw the group taking creative control from writing and producing their own tracks working closely with producer Eric Nealante Phillips and singer-songwriter Xscape member Kandi Burruss. "Bills, Bills, Bills" and "Bug a Boo" were among the first songs written and produced by the group.

The album debut at number six on the Billboard 200 chart on August 14, 1999 with first-week sales of 132,000 units and later peaked at number five on May 6, 2000. It earned Destiny's Child six Grammy nominations for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals (twice), Best R&B Song (twice), Record of the Year and Song of the Year. The Writing's on the Wall was certified 8× Platinum by the RIAA on November 6, 2001.

Billboard magazine ranked The Writing's on the Wall at number 39 on the magazine's Top 200 Albums of the Decade.[2]

Chart performance[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[3]
Entertainment Weekly B[4]
Robert Christgau B+[5]
Rolling Stone 2/5 stars[6]
The New Rolling Stone Album Guide 4/5 stars[7]

In the United States the album debuted at #6 on the Billboard 200 on August 14, 1999 selling over 132,000 copies in its first week and slipped to #10 the following week with 100,000 copies. It remained in the Top 40 for most of 1999 and had sold over 1.6 million copies by the end of the year according to Nielsen SoundScan and was certified 2× platinum in January, 2000. Nine months after its release The Writing's on the Wall, following the huge success of its third single, the Billboard Hot 100 number one "Say My Name", returned to the top ten peaking at #5 on May 5, 2000. During its first year on the chart it spent 47 out of 52 weeks in the Top 40 (including 11 weeks in the Top 10) or better and was the tenth best-selling album of the year 2000 selling 3.8 million copies during the year. The Writing's on the Wall enjoyed its best week of sales more than one year after its release when it sold over 163,000 units during Christmas week 2000, and by the release of the group's third album Survivor it had scanned 5.8 million in the U.S. and shipped over 7,000,000. The Writing's on the Wall spent 99 consecutive weeks on the Billboard 200 (from the summer of 1999 to the spring of 2001) and was certified eight-time platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America on November 8, 2001. It has sold 6,347,000 copies to date in the United States according to Nielsen SoundScan,[8] and over 700,000 at BMG's Music Club.

Worldwide The Writing's on the Wall was a similarly huge hit and became one of the best-selling R&B albums of all-time. It achieved gold, platinum and multi-platinum status across Europe and was certified 2× platinum by the IFPI in early 2001 in recognition of 2 million albums sold. In Canada the album peaked within the top and was certified 5× platinum (500,000 sales), it was certified 3× platinum in the United Kingdom, New Zealand and Australia.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Intro (The Writing's on the Wall)" (Beyoncé Knowles, LaTavia Roberson, Kelly Rowland, LeToya Luckett) – 2:05
  2. "So Good" (Kevin "She'kspere" Briggs, Kandi Burruss, B. Knowles, L. Luckett, L. Roberson, K. Rowland) – 3:13
  3. "Bills, Bills, Bills" (E. Phillips, K. Briggs, Kandi, B. Knowles, L. Luckett, K. Rowland, L. Roberson) – 4:16
  4. "Confessions" (featuring Missy Elliott) (M. Elliott, D. Holmes, G. Thomas) – 4:57
  5. "Bug a Boo" (K. Briggs, Kandi, B. Knowles, L. Luckett, L. Roberson, K. Rowland) – 3:32
  6. "Temptation" (Dwayne Wiggins, C. Wheeler, A. Ray, B. Knowles, K. Rowland, L. Luckett, L. Roberson) – 4:05
  7. "Now That She's Gone" (Chris Valentine, K. Fambro, D. Boynton, T. Geter, L. Simmons, A. Simmons) – 5:35
  8. "Where'd You Go" (P. Status, C. Stokes, L. Roberson, L. Luckett, K. Rowland, B. Knowles) – 4:15
  9. "Hey Ladies" (K. Briggs, Kandi, B. Knowles, L. Luckett, L. Roberson, K. Rowland) – 4:16
  10. "If You Leave" (featuring Next) (T. Turman, R. L. Huggar, C. Elliot, O. Hunter) – 4:35
  11. "Jumpin, Jumpin" (R. Moore, Chad Elliot, B. Knowles) – 3:50
  12. "Say My Name" (Rodney Jerkins, Fred Jerkins III, LaShawn Daniels, B. Knowles, L. Luckett, K. Rowland, L. Roberson) – 4:31
  13. "She Can't Love You" (K. Briggs, Kandi, B. Knowles, L. Luckett, I. Lindo, K. Rowland, L. Roberson) – 4:04
  14. "Stay" (Darryl Simmons) – 4:51
  15. "Sweet Sixteen" (D. Wiggins, J. Watley, B. Knowles, K. Rowland) – 4:12
  16. "Outro" (Amazing Grace... Dedicated to Andretta Tillman) (John Newton) – 2:38
  • Note: Tracks one through fifteen end with a short spoken interlude which relates to the following song, which is spoken by the band members. Each interlude is in the style of the Ten Commandments and are listed on the front of the disc.

Credits and personnel[edit]

Charts and certifications[edit]

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