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Playlist: The Very Best of Destiny's Child
Destiny's Child - Playlist.jpg
Compilation album by
ReleasedOctober 9, 2012 (2012-10-09)
Destiny's Child chronology
Mathew Knowles & Music World Present Vol.1: Love Destiny
Playlist: The Very Best of Destiny's Child
Love Songs

Playlist: The Very Best of Destiny's Child is the third compilation album by American R&B girl group Destiny's Child. It was released on October 9, 2012 through Columbia Records matching with the fifteenth anniversary of Destiny's Child's formation. The compilation contained fourteen songs from the group's repertoire consisting of four studio albums.

Upon its release, the received positive reviews from critics who praised its track list featuring the band's most popular songs; however some of them noted the lack of new material as a downside. It peaked at numbers 77 and 17 on the Billboard 200 and the magazine's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart respectively, becoming the highest ranking release of the playlist album series through Legacy Recordings.

Background and release[edit]

On July 7, 2012, Mathew Knowles, the music manager of the group, revealed that Destiny's Child would reunite after a seven-year-long hiatus saying, "We still have our joint venture with Sony, and in November, we're putting out two Destiny's Child catalog records with new material".[1][2] During the interview, he also mentioned plans for a possible tour.[1][2] Later it was confirmed through a press release by Music World Entertainment, Columbia Records and Legacy Recordings on September 19, 2012 that the album would be a greatest hits compilation album titled Playlist: The Very Best of Destiny's Child and it would be released on October 9, 2012 to mark the group's fifteenth anniversary since its formation.[3]

The album contains fourteen songs from Destiny's Child's four studio albums: Destiny's Child (1998), The Writing's on the Wall (1999), Survivor (2001) and Destiny Fulfilled (2004).[3] Group members Beyoncé, Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams served as the producers for Playlist: The Very Best of Destiny's Child along with Mathew Knowles.[4]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[5]

Stephen Thomas Erlewine of the website AllMusic praised Playlist: The Very Best of Destiny's Child along with their other greatest hits compilation #1's for being "excellent overviews of the biggest and best female R&B group of their time".[5] He further noted similarities in their content as they shared twelve same songs on their respective track listings.[5] James Robertson of Daily Mirror magazine described the album as "amazing" and added that "unlike other albums that recycle good songs to ship some of their rubbish new material it's actually awesome".[6] Consequence of Sound writer Jeremy D. Larson described the compilation as "hit-heavy".[7] Chris Martins of Spin felt that the album "sans any big surprises" due to lack of newly recorded material by the group.[8] Gerrick D. Kennedy writing for the Los Angeles Times felt that "sadly, [the album] won't feature any goodies that a fan of the sassy pop-R&B group didn't already own" further noting that it covered "largely the same ground" as #1's.[9]

Commercial performance[edit]

On the Billboard 200 albums chart in the United States, Playlist: The Very Best of Destiny's Child debuted and peaked at number 77 on the chart issue dated December 8, 2012.[10] The album also spent an additional week on the chart.[11] The album performed better on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums where it peaked at number 17 and charted for a total of nine weeks.[12] In November 2012, Billboard magazine revealed that Playlist – The Very Best of Destiny's Child was the highest ranking album in Legacy Recording's Playlist series.[13] Following Destiny's Child reunion performance at the Super Bowl XLVII halftime show on February 3, 2013, the compilation climbed to number 66 on the iTunes Albums chart.[14]

Track listing[edit]

2."Bug a Boo"The Writing's on the Wall3:22
3."Emotion" (The Neptunes Remix)This Is the Remix4:14
4."Jumpin', Jumpin'"
  • Rufus Moore
  • Chad Elliott
  • Beyoncé Knowles
The Writing's on the Wall3:48
5."Independent Women" (Part 1)Survivor3:35
6."Say My Name"
The Writing's on the Wall4:00
7."No, No, No" (Part 2) (featuring Wyclef Jean)
Destiny's Child3:28
9."Lose My Breath"
Destiny Fulfilled4:02
10."So Good"
  • Briggs
  • Burruss
  • Beyoncé Knowles
  • Luckett
  • Roberson
  • Rowland
The Writing's on the Wall3:13
Destiny Fulfilled3:44
12."Bills, Bills, Bills"
  • Briggs
  • Burruss
  • Beyoncé Knowles
  • Luckett
  • Roberson
  • Rowland
The Writing's on the Wall3:44
13."Soldier" (featuring T.I. and Lil Wayne)
Destiny Fulfilled4:05
14."Illusion" (featuring Wyclef Jean & Pras of Refugee Camp)
Destiny's Child3:52

Credits and personnel[edit]

Credits for Playlist: The Very Best of Destiny's Child are adapted from the album's liner notes and the website AllMusic.[4][15]

  • 9th Wonder – producer
  • Jovonn Alexander – producer
  • Tim Anderson – project director
  • Vic Anesini – mastering
  • S. Barnes – composer
  • Angela Beyince – composer
  • K. Briggs – composer
  • Kevin "She'kspere" Briggs – composer, producer, vocal producer
  • Rob Carter – art direction, design
  • LaShawn Daniels – composer, vocal producer
  • Anthony Dent – composer, producer
  • Destiny's Child – primary artist
  • Patrick Douthit – composer
  • Jerry "Te Bass" Duplesis – producer
  • Chad "Dr. Cuess" Elliott – composer, producer
  • Fabrizio Ferri – photography
  • Rob Fusari – composer, producer
  • Calvin Gaines – composer
  • Sean Garrett – composer, vocal producer
  • Barry Gibb – composer
  • Robin Gibb – composer
  • Che Greene – producer
  • Clifford Harris – composer
  • Rich Harrison – composer, producer
  • V. Herbert – composer
  • Wyclef Jean – featured artist, producer
  • Fred "Uncle Freddie" Jerkins III – composer
  • Rodney "Darkchild" Jerkins – composer, producer
  • Maura K. Johnston – liner notes
  • S. Jolley – composer
  • Kandi – composer, vocal producer
  • Beyoncé Knowles – compilation producer, composer, producer, vocal producer
  • Mathew Knowles – compilation producer, composer
  • Lil Wayne – deatured artist
  • LeToya Luckett – composer
  • Falonte Moore – composer, producer
  • The Neptunes – producer
  • Stevie Nicks – composer
  • J.C. Olivier – composer
  • Poke & Tone – producer
  • Pras – Featured Artist, producer
  • Byron Rittenhouse – vocals
  • LaTavia Roberson – composer
  • E. Robinson – composer
  • Cory Rooney – composer, producer
  • Kelly Rowland – compilation producer, composer
  • Rod Spicer – photography
  • T.I. – featured artist
  • Henry Towns – A&R
  • Michelle Williams – compilation producer, composer

Release history[edit]

Country Date Format Label Ref.
Australia October 9, 2012 Sony Music [16]
United States [17][18]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Williams, Brennan (July 6, 2012). "Mathew Knowles Talks New Destiny's Child Album, Blue Ivy, Reality Television". The Huffington Post. Retrieved October 24, 2012.
  2. ^ a b Dinh, James (July 6, 2012). "New Destiny's Child Albums On The Way, Beyonce's Dad Says". MTV News. MTV Networks. Retrieved October 24, 2012.
  3. ^ a b "Destiny's Child's Playlist Compiles Signature Hits and Deep Album Tracks on First Release in Seven Years" (Press release). Destiny's Child's Official Website (Music World Entertainment/Columbia Records/Legacy Recordings). 2012-09-19. Retrieved October 23, 2012.
  4. ^ a b Playlist: The Very Best of Destiny's Child (Video album)|format= requires |url= (help). Destiny's Child. Music World Entertainment, Columbia Records, Legacy Recordings. 2012. 88697277472.CS1 maint: others (link)
  5. ^ a b c Thomas Erlewine, Stephen. "Destiny's Child – Playlist: The Very Best of Destiny's Child". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2012-10-23.
  6. ^ Robertson, James (2012-10-09). "We're celebrating Destiny's Child releasing a new album with this amazing playlist". Daily Mirror. Trinity Mirror. Retrieved 2012-10-23.
  7. ^ D. Larson, Jeremy (2013-01-10). "Destiny's Child reunites for new song "Nuclear", plus greatest hits compilation Love Songs". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved 2014-07-26.
  8. ^ Martins, Chris (2013-01-10). "Destiny's Child Reunite for 'Nuclear' First Song in Eight Years". Spin. Spin Media LLC. Retrieved 2014-07-26.
  9. ^ D. Kennedy, Gerrick (2012-09-20). "Destiny's Child to issue new greatest hits collection 'Playlist'". Los Angeles Times. Tribune Company. Retrieved 2014-07-27.
  10. ^ "The Billboard 200". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 2012-12-08. Retrieved 2014-07-26.
  11. ^ "Destiny's Child – Chart History – Billboard 200". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 2014-07-26.
  12. ^ "Destiny's Child – Chart History – Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 2014-07-26.
  13. ^ "Destiny's Child 'Love Songs' Coming January 29th – Features Newly Recorded Song 'Nuclear'" (Press release). Destiny's Child's Official Website (Music World Entertainment/Columbia Records/Legacy Recordings). 2013-01-09. Retrieved 2014-07-26.
  14. ^ Rahman, Ray (2013-02-04). "Beyonce, Destiny's Child get big post-Super Bowl bumps on iTunes". Entertainment Weekly. Time Inc. Retrieved 2014-07-26.
  15. ^ "Playlist: The Very Best of Destiny's Child – Destiny's Child: Credits". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2014-07-26.
  16. ^ "Playlist: The Very Best of Destiny's Child by Destiny's Child". iTunes Store (Australia). Apple Inc. Retrieved 2014-07-26.
  17. ^ "Playlist: The Very Best of Destiny's Child". (US) Amazon Inc. Retrieved 2012-09-24.
  18. ^ "Playlist: The Very Best of Destiny's Child – Destiny's Child". iTunes Store. (US) Apple Inc. Retrieved 2012-10-24.

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