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Queen Latifah on Today’s Girl Groups: Everyone’s Busy Chasing Destiny’s Child, Which You’re Never Going to Get


Frank Micelotta/FOX/PictureGroupQueen Latifah stars in Lee Daniels‘ new Fox series, Star, about a girl group trying to make it in the music business. But, Latifah says, for girl groups today, the music industry is a mixed bag.

“I’m not an expert on girl groups. I just know that the music business has always been a business of ebbs and flows. And unfortunately there a lot of people who have a lot of money who make things happen who are followers, and not really leaders,” Latifah told reporters at a Wednesday Television Critics Association panel event.  

“If someone else has it, ‘Oh I want the next that. I want the next that. I want the next that.’ When there’re a lot of original groups that could be different and successful and sustainable. But because you’re so busy chasing Destiny’s Child, which you’re never gonna get, you get the lower versions of that and it kinda make it all seem a little corny, a little cheaper,” she added. 

And even though her view of the industry may sound a bit dismal, the multi-talented entertainer believes that girl groups still have a fighting chance in the business. 

“I think it’s a good time for girl groups because there’s just something magical, to me, about seeing women, young women, use their voices and be connected to one another and express messages through music, to people,” she said.  

“Particularly other young women. It’s just something that moves us.” 

You can watch Star, Wednesday on Fox, at 9 p.m. ET.  

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