Bills, Bills, Bills

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"Bills, Bills, Bills"
Destiny's Child – Bills, Bills, Bills (single).jpg
Single by Destiny's Child
from the album The Writing's on the Wall
B-side "Bills, Bills, Bills (I Can't Go for That)"
"Bug a Boo"
"So Good"
"Now That She's Gone"
"No, No, No" (Part I)
"No, No, No" (Part II)
"With Me" (Part II)
Released June 14, 1999 (1999-06-14)
Format
Recorded December 1998[1][2]
Genre
Length 4:15
Label Columbia
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s) Shek'spere[4]
Destiny's Child singles chronology
"Get on the Bus"
(1998)
"Bills, Bills, Bills"
(1999)
"Bug a Boo"
(1999)
"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 from their second studio album The Writing's on the Wall (1999). It was written by Beyoncé Knowles, LeToya Luckett, LaTavia Roberson, Kelly Rowland with Kandi Burruss of Xscape and Kevin "She'kspere" Briggs, and produced by the latter.

Released as the album's lead single in June 1999, the song provided the quartet with their first chart-topper on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart. A worldwide success, the single reached the top-ten in Belgium, Canada, 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 Beyoncé's 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. In 2015, New York-based rock band They Might Be Giants recorded a cover version.[5]

The song was also performed a cappella by the fictional Dalton Academy Warblers group on the American musical television series Glee in the eleventh episode of the second season, entitled The Sue Sylvester Shuffle.

Chart performance[edit]

In the United States, "Bills, Bills, Bills" debuted at number 84 on the Billboard Hot 100 and climbed to number 1 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.[6] In the United Kingdom, "Bills, Bills, Bills" peaked at number six and went on to sell over 165,000 copies.[citation needed]

Track listing and formats[edit]

Charts and certifications[edit]

Black feminist approach[edit]

“Bills, Bills,Bills” has become a specific type of representation of Black womanhood. This specific type is clearly labeled and articulated throughout the song’s lyrics and music video.[citation needed] This particular image of Black womanhood is marked by financial independence, aspirationalism, intersectionality, and Black female sexuality. For the specific time period, the music industry saw an emergence of Black female girl groups and artists, such as TLC (“No Scrubs”) and Whitney Houston (“It’s Not Right But It’s Okay”), who sang proudly about the intricacies of being a Black woman in non-receiving relationships.[clarification needed] This emergence of support gave way to a form of R&B where Black women could freely express their troubles and issues within their own life. Looking at “Bills, Bills, Bills” through a Black feminist lens helps to unpack the ways in how this song helped Black women to understand the particular image that Destiny’s Child aimed to portray: an independent woman who depends on herself financially, emotionally, mentally and physically. Contextualizing this song to the “socioeconomic conflict and alienation combined with gender divisions in 1990s African American communities did much to shape and inform the mass market R & B of the period” (Brooks) allows to show how the past contextualization can also be applied to current Black Feminist politics that still encourage self-dependency and self-growth.[clarification needed]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  36. ^ "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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