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The oral history of Destiny’s Child’s legacy-making Survivor

The 15 year anniversary of Destiny’s Child album “Survivor” approaches on Sunday, May 1st. Entertainment Weekly caught up with Michelle Williams, who gave some insider stories on what it was like working on “Survivor”.

Still Bootylicious after all these years, Michelle Williams and other key players of the group’s pop classic share untold stories from the studio

The third album from Destiny’s Child debuted in May 2001, hit No. 1 on the Billboard 200, and cemented Beyoncé Knowles, Kelly Rowland, and Michelle Williams as one of the decade’s best pop trios. But before its release, the group underwent lineup turmoil: LeToya Luckett, LaTavia Roberson, and Farrah Franklin left the group and Williams was asked to join. So, for Survivor, Knowles wanted to write and produce all the songs, and show fans that the group was as strong as ever. Here’s how it all went down.

MICHELLE WILLIAMS: Beyoncé was tired of people talking about the Destiny’s Child members changing asking, who was going to be the last one to survive? As the new member, I was being protective over the girls because I was just starting to know them. There are member changes in groups all the time. Things happen. I believe in the journey Destiny’s Child had to take to fulfill the group’s mission: to continue to empower everybody.

WILLIAMS: We were just writing and eating, writing and eating in the studio. Chips, candy, smoothies, ordering a lot of Boston Market rotisserie chicken, the sweet potato casserole, corn bread. Of course Popeyes—which gave us life-membership cards during the Survivor era.

WILLIAMS: We got fan letters that said, “I’ve been bullied, but I put on Survivor before I go to school and it takes the fear away.” The legacy of Survivor is sisterhood and empowerment.

Read the full article here with more stories from writers and producers that worked on the album.

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