Bills, Bills, Bills

"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.

"Bills, Bills, Bills"
Single by Destiny's Child
from the album The Writing's on the Wall
ReleasedJune 14, 1999 (1999-06-14)
RecordedDecember 1998[1][2]
Genre
Length4:15
LabelColumbia
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)Shek'spere[3]
Destiny's Child singles chronology
"Get on the Bus"
(1998)
"Bills, Bills, Bills"
(1999)
"Bug a Boo"
(1999)
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Music video
"Bills, Bills, Bills" on YouTube

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.

Chart performance

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.[4] In the United Kingdom, "Bills, Bills, Bills" peaked at number six and went on to sell over 165,000 copies.

Cover versions

Sporty Thievz, the same group that wrote "No Pigeons" as an answer song 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 rapper called Jazz.

In 2015, New York-based rock band They Might Be Giants recorded a cover version,[5] later released on their album Phone Power.

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.

Track listing and formats

Charts

Certifications

Region CertificationCertified units/sales
Belgium (BEA)[46] Gold 25,000*
United Kingdom (BPI)[47] Silver 200,000
United States (RIAA)[48] Platinum 1,000,000^

* Sales figures based on certification alone.
^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.
Sales+streaming figures based on certification alone.

See also

  • List of number-one R&B singles of 1999 (U.S.)
  • List of Billboard Hot 100 number-one singles of 1999

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