Hear ‘Nuclear,’ first new Destiny’s Child song in eight years

Destiny's Child (Kelly Rowland, left, Beyonce Knowles and Michelle Williams) are seen performing the national anthem before the start of the 2006 NBA All-Star game at the Toyota Center in Houston.
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Hear that? That’s the sound of the Internet freaking out over the release of “Nuclear,” the first new single from Destiny’s Child in eight years. (Or maybe it’s just this reporter.)

After a whirlwind 48 hours for DC-3 fans that included Beyoncé announcing the multi-platinum trio -- which went their separate ways in 2005 -- would release a new compilation and reunite during the singer’s halftime performance at next month’s Super Bowl comes a new song, which was released to Mashable on Friday (warning: link contains profanity).


However, fans hoping for a swelling, fiery comeback that would rival sassy radio anthems such as “Bootylicious,” “Independent Woman Pt. I,” or “Lose My Breath” might be a bit disappointed with the Pharrell Williams-produced cut, which is a more low-key offering.

Co-written by Destiny’s Child member Michelle Williams with James Fauntleroy and Lonny Bereal, the track offers a throwback to those ‘90s R&B; grooves that will satisfy purists of the genre – especially those missing the honey-dipped harmonies the trio perfected.

“You had your dreams / And I had mine / As wide open when we dream together / They want to know how we keep our … together / They’re wondering / It’s just evolution / We’re just getting better/ When the two become one, on a quantum level,” Beyoncé sings at the opening of the song.

“Nuclear” is the lone new track on “Destiny’s Child — Love Songs,” a collection of the group’s self-described “sensual” work coming to stores Jan. 29. “Love Songs” follows last year’s collection of fan favorites, “Playlist -- The Very Best of Destiny’s Child.”


The trio is expected to tease a medley of their signature hits and debut “Nuclear” during the Super Bowl performance, which will reportedly end with Beyoncé’s new single.

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