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"Bills, Bills, Bills"
Single by Destiny's Child
from the album The Writing's on the Wall
ReleasedJune 15, 1999 (1999-06-15) (U.S.)
July 12, 1999 (1999-07-12) (U.K.)
September 14, 1999 (1999-09-14) (AUS)
FormatCD maxi single, 12" maxi single
Recorded1999[1]
GenreR&B, hip hop
Length4:16
LabelColumbia
Writer(s)Kevin Briggs, Kandi Burruss, Beyoncé Knowles, LeToya Luckett, Kelly Rowland
Producer(s)Eric "Nealante" Phillips
CertificationGold (RIAA)
Destiny's Child singles chronology
"Get on the Bus"
(1998)
"Bills, Bills, Bills"
(1999)
"Bug a Boo"
(1999)
 
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"Bills, Bills, Bills"
Single by Destiny's Child
from the album The Writing's on the Wall
ReleasedJune 15, 1999 (1999-06-15) (U.S.)
July 12, 1999 (1999-07-12) (U.K.)
September 14, 1999 (1999-09-14) (AUS)
FormatCD maxi single, 12" maxi single
Recorded1999[1]
GenreR&B, hip hop
Length4:16
LabelColumbia
Writer(s)Kevin Briggs, Kandi Burruss, Beyoncé Knowles, LeToya Luckett, Kelly Rowland
Producer(s)Eric "Nealante" Phillips
CertificationGold (RIAA)
Destiny's Child singles chronology
"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. It was written by band members Beyoncé Knowles, LeToya Luckett and Kelly Rowland along with Kandi Burruss and Eric "Nealante" Phillips for their second album The Writing's on the Wall (1999), featuring production by the latter.

Released as the album's lead single in June 1999, the song provided the quartet with their first chart-topper on both the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and Canadian RPM singles chart. A worldwide success, the track reached the top ten in Belgium, 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 Knowles' 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.

Chart performance[edit]

In the United States, "Bills, Bills, Bills" debuted at number 84 on the Billboard Hot 100 and climbed to number-one 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. In the United Kingdom, "Bills, Bills, Bills" peaked at number six and went onto sell over 165,000 copies.

Track listings[edit]

US 12" promo single[2]

Side A

  1. "Bills, Bills, Bills" (Maurice's Xclusive Livegig Mix) - 7:12
  2. "Bills, Bills, Bills" (Maurice's Xclusive Dub Mix) - 8:03

Side B

  1. "Bills, Bills, Bills" (Digital Black-N-Groove Mix) - 7:22
  2. "Bills, Bills, Bills" (Album Version) - 4:16
US 12" single[3]

Side A

  1. "Bills, Bills, Bills" (Album Version) - 4:16
  2. "Bills, Bills, Bills" (Digital Black-N-Groove Club Mix) - 7:16
  3. "Bills, Bills, Bills" (A Capella) - 4:00

Side B

  1. "Bills, Bills, Bills" (Maurice's Xclusive Livegig Mix) - 7:33
  2. "Bills, Bills, Bills" (Maurice's Xclusive Dub Mix) - 8:04
US CD maxi-single[4]
  1. "Bills, Bills, Bills" (Album Version) - 4:16
  2. "Bills, Bills, Bills" (Digital Black-N-Groove Club Mix) - 7:07
  3. "Bills, Bills, Bills" (A Capella) - 4:02
  4. "Bills, Bills, Bills" (Maurice's Xclusive Livegig Mix) - 7:34
  5. "Bills, Bills, Bills" (Maurice's Xclusive Dub Mix) - 8:03
US CD single 38K 79175
  1. "Bills, Bills, Bills" (Album Version) - 4:16
  2. "Bug-A-Boo" (snippet) - 1:18
  3. "So Good" (snippet) - 1:03
  4. "Now That She's Gone" (snippet) - 1:11
UK CD maxi-single[5]
  1. "Bills, Bills, Bills" - 4:16
  2. "Bills, Bills, Bills" (I Can't Go For That Remix) - 3:57
  3. "No, No, No" (Part II) (featuring Wyclef Jean) - 3:30
UK limited edition CD single
  1. "Bills, Bills, Bills" - 4:16
  2. "Bills, Bills, Bills" (Maurice's Xclusive Livegig Mix) - 7:33
  3. "With Me" (Part II) (featuring Master P) - 4:14
French 12" single[6]

Side A

  1. "Bills, Bills, Bills" - 4:16
  2. "I Can't Go For That" (Bills, Bills, Bills Remix) - 3:57

Side B

  1. "I Can't Go For That" (Bills, Bills, Bills Remix - Radio Edit) - 3:38
  2. "I Can't Go For That" (Bills, Bills, Bills Remix - W/O Rap) - 3:22
French CD single[7]
  1. "Bills, Bills, Bills" - 4:16
  2. "I Can't Go For That" (Bills, Bills, Bills Remix) (Radio Edit) - 3:38
European CD maxi-single COL 665287 2[8]
  1. "Bills, Bills, Bills" - 4:16
  2. "I Can't Go For That" (Bills, Bills, Bills Remix) (Radio Edit) - 3:38
  3. "I Can't Go For That" (Bills, Bills, Bills Remix) - 3:57
  4. "No, No, No" (Part I) (featuring Wyclef Jean) - 4:07
  5. "With Me" (Part II) (featuring Master P) - 4:14

Charts[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1999)Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[9]26
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[10]8
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)[11]10
Canada Singles (RPM)[12]7
Canada Dance Singles (RPM)[13]1
France (SNEP)[14]20
Germany (Media Control AG)[15]19
Netherlands (Mega Single Top 100)[16]9
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[17]12
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[18]30
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[19]28
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[20]6
US Billboard Hot 100[21]1

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1999)Position
Canada Singles (RPM)[22]64
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[23]21

Certifications[edit]

RegionCertificationSales/shipments
United States (RIAA)[24]Platinum1,000,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
xunspecified figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

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  10. ^ "Ultratop.be – Destiny's Child – Bills, Bills, Bills" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
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  13. ^ Canadian dance peak position
  14. ^ "Lescharts.com – Destiny's Child – Bills, Bills, Bills" (in French). Les classement single.
  15. ^ "Die ganze Musik im Internet: Charts, News, Neuerscheinungen, Tickets, Genres, Genresuche, Genrelexikon, Künstler-Suche, Musik-Suche, Track-Suche, Ticket-Suche – musicline.de" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
  16. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Destiny's Child – Bills, Bills, Bills" (in Dutch). Mega Single Top 100.
  17. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Destiny's Child – Bills, Bills, Bills". Top 40 Singles.
  18. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Destiny's Child – Bills, Bills, Bills". Singles Top 60.
  19. ^ "Destiny's Child – Bills, Bills, Bills – swisscharts.com". Swiss Singles Chart.
  20. ^ "Destiny's Child" UK Singles Chart.
  21. ^ "Destiny's Child Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot 100 for Destiny's Child.
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  23. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 1999". Retrieved 2010-08-28. 
  24. ^ "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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