Independent Women

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"Independent Women Part I"
Single by Destiny's Child
from the album Survivor and the Charlie's Angels soundtrack
Released September 14, 2000
Format CD single, 12" single, maxi single, digital download
Recorded May 2000 (Part 2), July 4, 2000 (Part 1)
SugarHill Studios
(Houston, Texas)[1][2][3][4][5]
Genre
Length 3:37
Label Columbia
Writer(s)
Producer(s)
Destiny's Child singles chronology
"Jumpin' Jumpin'"
(2000)
"Independent Women"
(2000)
"Survivor"
(2001)

"Independent Women" is a song by American girl group Destiny's Child. The song first appeared as the soundtrack to the 2000 film adaption of Charlie's Angels, and later included in the group's third studio album, Survivor (2001). It is also the first single with Michelle Williams and Farrah Franklin on vocals. Originally, part two of the song was the actual song and part one was known as the Pasadena remix, but it was chosen in favor of the original and was dubbed part one.

Released as the soundtrack's leading single in fall 2000, the song held the number one spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for eleven consecutive weeks from November 2000 to February 2001. Later it was named the 18th most successful song of the 2000s, on the Billboard Hot 100 Songs of the Decade.[6] The song was included later on their third LP Survivor. Billboard likened the song's release strategy to being influenced by Janet Jackson's "Doesn't Really Matter", saying the group "began planting the seeds for the upcoming release" in a similar vein.[7] The song appeared in The Proud Family episode "Don't Leave Home Without It."

Background[edit]

"Independent Women" was used as a soundtrack to the 2000 film adaption of Charlie's Angels. It was revealed that Knowles' father and then-manager, Mathew, submitted the track to the Charlie's Angels soundtrack without her knowledge.[8]

Reception[edit]

The song was nominated for Best Song Written for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media at the 2001 Grammy Awards. It was also ranked at number 85 on the list of Britain's favorite 100 songs, published in May 2002.[9]

The song was the 25th best selling of 2000 in the UK.

Music video[edit]

The music video was shot in Los Angeles from August 27 to September 1, 2000 and directed by Francis Lawrence. Destiny's Child take part of a futuristic Charlie's Angels boot camp and sit in a classroom to watch footage of Charlie's Angels. They learn from them and try out the challenges in several steps: agility (dancing), altitude (skydiving), combat (martial arts fighting) and speed (motorbike). At the end, the women are greeted by the ever-mysterious "Charlie". The band also performs in a huge disco set in between the scenes.

The music video premiered on MTV's Making the Video and is featured on the DualDisc edition of the album #1's and on the DVD release of Charlie's Angels.

Chart performance[edit]

"Independent Women" was a chart success in the United States. The single made its debut at number one on the Billboard Hot 100, during which Charlie's Angels just filled North American movie theaters. The feat gave the group their third number-one single in the country.[10] The single hold to the top position in the following week, which was seen as buoyed by the strong box office performance of the film and the heavy rotation it received.[11] The song had a massive radio airplay, staying almost ten weeks at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 Airplay,[12] significantly contributing to the performance of the single on the main chart. Subsequently, the single spent eleven consecutive weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 top position.[13] During its tenth week at the top spot, the music press had expected that the single would fall off the top position because of strong competition at retail;[14] however, it sustained due to the high sales of the single's maxi version, released in December 2000.[13] It was in the 2000-2001 edition of the Guinness Book of World Records for longest-running song by a female group. "Independent Women" also topped the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart for three weeks, becoming Destiny's Child fourth number one single on this chart.[12]

In the United Kingdom, "Independent Women Part One" debuted at number one, becoming the group's first number-one single in the country.[15][16] The British Phonographic Industry has certified the single gold for sales of over 400,000 physical singles. It also reached the number one position in Canada, Ireland, and New Zealand. It is also Destiny's Child's most successful single to date.

Track listings[edit]

European CD single COL 669822 2

  1. "Independent Women" (Part 1) (album version) – 3:41
  2. "Independent Women" (Joe Smooth 200 Proof 2 Step Mix) – 4:17
  3. "Independent Women" (Maurice's Radio Mix)1 – 3:54
  4. "Independent Women" (Victor Calderone Club Mix)1 – 9:36

UK CD single part 1 670593 2

  1. "Independent Women" (Part 1) (album version) – 3:41
  2. "Independent Women" (Victor Calderone Club Mix)1 – 9:36
  3. "Independent Women" (Maurice's Radio Mix)1 – 3:54

UK CD single part 2[17]

  1. "Independent Women" (Part 2)
  2. "Say My Name" (Timbaland remix)
  3. "So Good"
  4. includes Charlie's Angels movie poster

US CD single 44K 79493
US vinyl single

  1. "Independent Women" (Part 1) (album version) – 3:41
  2. "Independent Women" (Victor Calderone Drum Dub Mix)1 – 5:30
  3. "Independent Women" (Victor Calderone Club Mix)1 – 9:36
  4. "Independent Women" (Maurice's Independent Man Remix)1 – 7:30
  5. "8 Days of Christmas" – 3:29
Notes
  • 1 These remixes contain newly recorded vocals, arranged by Maurice Joshua.

Credits and personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

References[edit]

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  6. ^ Hot 100 Decade Songs
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Billboard Hot 100 number-one single
November 18, 2000 – January 27, 2001
Succeeded by
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Billboard Hot Dance Club Play number-one single
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