When Beyoncé sang, “Who run the world? Girls,” she had every right to make that assertion and it has nothing to do with the fact that there was an entire Jeopardy category devoted to Queen Bey. As the woman who nabbed the cover of Time's Most Influential People issue, Beyoncé knows of what she speaks. But all of that can't be acknowledged without mentioning her powerful position as frontwoman of uber successful R&B group Destiny’s Child. Throughout the early to mid 2000s, the women of DC reigned supreme, dropping chart-topping hits like nobody's business and racking up a ton of commercial success and some of music’s highest accolades along the way.
In 2001, the group nearly dissolved after a public fallout led to them parting ways with two of the original group members, but thankfully for the millions of Destiny’s Child fanatics, the group's missing limbs regenerated into a new foursome, which eventually whittled down to a workable trio of Beyoncé, Kelly and Michelle, affectionately known as DC3.
If all that DC history feels like it happened an entire lifetime ago, then this list of 10 things that were different when Destiny’s Child ruled the world just might make you a little nostalgic for the past—or in some cases, maybe not.
The iPod didn't exist
In 1999, DC released their second album The Writing's on the Wall that basically launched them into world-ruling status—two years before Apple released its first line of iPods in 2001.
Taylor Swift was only 11 years old
When DC ruled the world, Swift was performing at local events and learning how to play the guitar.
Kim Kardashian couldn't break the Internet
Meanwhile, Kanye West was breaking ground in the hip-hop world
There was NO Twitter
There was no Instagram either
Seriously…what is life without selfies?!?
Facebook was just for college kids
Apparently, it’s the complete opposite these days…or so I’ve been told.
Bowl ads were way cheaper
In 2003, well before DC showed up and showed out for their 2014 Super Bowl halftime performance, a 30-second ad cost $2,100,000. This year, it cost about $4 million.
Bill Clinton was president...
If all this stuff makes you feel old, soothe your age-related sorrow by remembering that Destiny’s Child has gotten older right along with you, yet they can somehow stick landings like this:
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