Bills, Bills, Bills

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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)
(see Release history)
FormatCD maxi single, 12" maxi single
Recorded1998[1]
GenreR&B
Length4:16 (Album/Main Version)
3:59 (Radio Edit)
LabelColumbia
Writer(s)Kevin Briggs, Kandi Burruss, Beyoncé Knowles, Courtney Hughes, Kelly Rowland
ProducerNealante'
CertificationGold
Destiny's Child singles chronology
"Get on the Bus"
(1999)
"Bills, Bills, Bills"
(1999)
"Bug a Boo"
(1999)
The Writing's on the Wall'' track listing
"So Good"
(2)
"Bills, Bills, Bills"
(3)
"Confessions"
(4)
 
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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)
(see Release history)
FormatCD maxi single, 12" maxi single
Recorded1998[1]
GenreR&B
Length4:16 (Album/Main Version)
3:59 (Radio Edit)
LabelColumbia
Writer(s)Kevin Briggs, Kandi Burruss, Beyoncé Knowles, Courtney Hughes, Kelly Rowland
ProducerNealante'
CertificationGold
Destiny's Child singles chronology
"Get on the Bus"
(1999)
"Bills, Bills, Bills"
(1999)
"Bug a Boo"
(1999)
The Writing's on the Wall'' track listing
"So Good"
(2)
"Bills, Bills, Bills"
(3)
"Confessions"
(4)

"Bills, Bills, Bills" is a 1999 hit single by Destiny's Child, released as the first single from their second album The Writing's on the Wall. It echoed the female empowerment sentiments of TLC's single "No Scrubs", and featured the same producer (Eric Nealante Phillips) and songwriter (Kandi Burruss). The song provided the quartet with their first US chart-topper in July 1999[citation needed], and also reached the UK Top 10.[2] The album featured a greater creative input from the quartet, although they still relied on a heavyweight production crew including Rodney Jerkins, Missy Elliott, Chad Elliot, and Dwayne Wiggins of Tony! Toni! Toné!. The song was nominated for two Grammy Awards: "Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals" and "Best R&B Song" at the 42nd Annual Grammy Awards. Glee covers the song in the Super Bowl episode (2nd Season) with actor Darren Criss leading in a performance with the Dalton Academy Warblers.

Contents

Music video

The music video for "Bills, Bills, Bills" (directed by Darren Grant) was shot in a beauty salon as a tribute to Tina Knowles, group member Beyoncé Knowles' mother. It was also the first of three videos that would include Farrah Franklin, though she played only a minor role as a salon client.

The clip is featured on the video compilation The Platinum's on the Wall and as an enhanced video on the UK CD Part1 edition of the "Bug a Boo" CD-Single.

Release history

RegionDate
United StatesJune 15, 1999 (1999-06-15)
United KingdomJuly 12, 1999 (1999-07-12)
AustraliaSeptember 14, 1999 (1999-09-14)
GermanySeptember 21, 1999 (1999-09-21)

Responses

Despite the success of the single, some listeners[who?] questioned the theme, interpreting the demand that the man pay the woman's bills and the accompanying threat of leaving him if he did not as male bashing. Additionally, the man in the song is subjected to insults, accusing him of being a "triflin', good for nothing type of brother." Destiny's Child countered that their lyrics were meant to be empowering for women.

Certain lyrics within the song reveal that the targets of its criticism are men who do not repay debts, not all men in general. These include lines such as "Now you've been maxing out my card," "And then you use my cell phone / Callin' whoever that you think's at home / And then, when the bill comes / All of a sudden you be acting dumb," and "And now you ask to use my car / Drive it all day and don't fill up the tank." These same complaints are referred to in the refrain, when the women ask, "Can you pay my bills? / Can you pay my telephone bills? / Do you pay my automo' bills?"

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.

Track listing

US Single

12" Promo[3]

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
12" Single[4]

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
CD Maxi-Single[5]
  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
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 Single

CD Maxi-Single[6]
  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

France Single

12" Single[7]

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
CD Single[8]
  1. "Bills, Bills, Bills" - 4:16
  2. "I Can't Go For That" (Bills, Bills, Bills Remix) (Radio Edit) - 3:38

European Maxi Single

CD Maxi-Single COL 665287 2[9]
  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

Formats and remixes

"Bills, Bills, Bills" (Radio Edit)
"Bills, Bills, Bills" (Acapella)
"Bills, Bills, Bills" (#1's Edit)
"Bills, Bills, Bills" (Instrumental)
"Bills, Bills, Bills" (Ben Jay Remix)
"Bills, Bills, Bills" (Digital Black-N-Groove Club Mix Instrumental)
"Bills, Bills, Bills" (Digital Black-N-Groove Club Mix)
"Bills, Bills, Bills" (Digital Black-n-Groove Club Radio Remix)
"Bills, Bills, Bills" (DJ Def Club's Xclusive Mix)
"Bills, Bills, Bills" (Maurice's Xclusive Dub Mix)1
"Bills, Bills, Bills" (Maurice's Xclusive Livegig Mix)
"Bills, Bills, Bills" (Maurice's Xclusive Mix)1
"Bills, Bills, Bills" (UK Garage Mix)
"Bills, Bills, Bills" (D'n'D 2-Step Mix)
"I Can't Go For That" ('BBB' Trackmasters Remix Radio Edit) (feat Jazz-Ming & Sporty Thievz)
"I Can't Go For That" ('BBB' Trackmasters Remix) (feat Jazz-Ming & Sporty Thievz)
"I Can't Go For That" ('BBB' Trackmasters Remix Acapella) (feat Jazz-Ming & Sporty Thievz)
"I Can't Go For That" ('BBB' Trackmasters Remix Instrumental)
Notes

Credits and personnel

Chart performance

"Bills, Bills, Bills" debuted at #84 on the Hot 100 and climbed to #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 the first Destiny's Child song that peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The song also won a BMI Pop award for being the most played song. Before "Bills, Bills, Bills," the only top ten single the group had achieved was "No, No, No Pt. 2".

"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 this chart and the most weeks at the summit in 1999. It was also the ninth best-selling single of the year in the U.S.

In the UK "Bills, Bills, Bills" peaked at number six and went onto sell over 165,000 copies.

Peak positions

Chart (1999)Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[10]26
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[11]20
Belgium (Ultratop 40 Wallonia)[12]8
Canadian RPM Singles Chart[13]7
Canadian RPM Dance Chart[14]1
France (SNEP)[15]20
Germany (Media Control AG)[16]19
Netherlands (Mega Single Top 100)[17]9
New Zealand (RIANZ)[18]12
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[19]30
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[20]28
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[21]6
US Billboard Hot 100[22]1

End of year charts

End of year chart (1999)Position
Canadian RPM Singles Chart[23]64
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[24]21

References

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  13. ^ "Top Singles - Volume 69, No. 24, October 04 1999". RPM. http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/rpm/028020-119.01-e.php?brws_s=1&file_num=nlc008388.8433&type=1&interval=24&PHPSESSID=c6btf3r8hs459qqt5ln3o3dcv5. Retrieved 2011-02-01. 
  14. ^ Canadian dance peak position
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  16. ^ "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.
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  24. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 1999". http://longboredsurfer.com/charts.php?year=1999. Retrieved 2010-08-28. 

See also