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Girls to Women

Houston's Destiny's Child scales pop chart, meets fans

HP: This album lays down a lot of "commandments" for men. How personal did you get with this album?

LeToya: A lot deeper than the first album. We got to write 11 out of the 14 songs. Beyonce got to co-produce seven. So, all of this stuff just really came from us. It's like having a conversation with Destiny's Child the whole album. I think everyone can relate to this album, both young and old. Though the music touches the young people. And I think anybody that's been in a relationship can really, you know, relate to this album.

HP: At any point during the recording of this album did you feel you had to make this album to prove you're more than the "No, No, No" girls?

Beyonce: I think the more albums you come out with, the more you gotta prove yourself because you wanna be successful every time. And we worked really hardŠ The publicity brotha reminds the ladies that time is about to be up. Beyonce tells him to hold on. ŠPeople always told us about the second-album jinx, and we wanted to prove everybody wrong. So, in order to do that, you know, we just worked extra hard.

HP: What's next for y'all?

Beyonce: Hopefully getting more into any part of the entertainment business that we possibly can. That means modeling, acting, more producing and writing, some movies, anything. Probably get our own clothes line or something like that. Just getting more involved with the entertainment industry.

HP: Let's end this on the Barbara Walters question. What do you want people to take with them after listening to this new album by Destiny's Child?

Kelly: Hopefully they'll see our vocal maturity and just our maturity from young girls to young women.

Destiny's Child performs with Nas, 702, Blaque, Lil' Troy, JT Money, Sporty Thievz and others as part of the Summer Cooldown concert Saturday, August 21, at Hofheinz Pavilion, University of Houston, 4800 Calhoun, at 8 p.m. Call (713)629-3700.

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