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chart success, this album indeed featured a greater creative input from the quartet, despite their still reliance on a heavyweight production crew including Rodney Jerkins, Missy Elliott, Chad Elliot, and Dwayne Wiggins of Tony! Toni! Tone!
The quite good new-beginning was followed with the release of the quartet 2nd single "Bug a Boo," which didn't perform as well, but the third single "Say My Name," was another massive hit, their biggest so far. The ultimate success of "Say My Name" in hitting number one on both the pop and R&B charts for three weeks apiece in early 2000 made Destiny's Child a pop-cultural phenomenon. Fortuitously, in line with the success of "Say My Name," the group also faced an in-conflict, in which in December 1999, Roberson and Luckett wanted to split with manager Mathew Knowles, who according to them kept a disproportionate share of the band's profits, attempted to exert too much control, and unfairly favored his daughter and niece. While neither Roberson nor Luckett intended to leave the group, the relationship grew worse, and when the video for "Say My Name" premiered in February 2000, fans were surprised to find two new members, Michelle Williams and Farrah Franklin, joining Knowles and Rowland.
Felt infuriated with the "illegal replacement," Roberson and Luckett took legal action in March, suing both Knowles and their former band mates for breach of partnership and fiduciary duties. This legal battle was soon continued to a war of words in the press. Apart from the dispute, Destiny's Child next single entitled "Jumpin' Jumpin'" hit the Top Ten, and "The Writing's on the Wall" went on to sell a massive eight million copies. However, this didn't mean the battle was over, rather it kept continuing. In July 2000, just five months after joining, Farrah Franklin split with the group, citing an official reason. By means of which, she had missed several promotional appearances and concert gigs, although in later interviews she said it was the too much negativity and too little control in the group environment that made her exited from the group. Now becoming a trio, Destiny's Child was tapped to record a single dubbed "Independent Women, Pt. 1" which was released in October that same year and which was the theme song for the film version of Charlie's Angels. This single rocketed the charts and spent an astonishing 11 weeks at number one, made Destiny's