Survivor (Destiny's Child album)

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Survivor
Studio album by Destiny's Child
Released May 1, 2001 (United States)
Recorded Spring 2000; July 2000—2001[1]
Genre
Length 59:37 (Standard)
Label Columbia
Producer
Destiny's Child chronology
The Writing's on the Wall
(1999)
Survivor
(2001)
8 Days of Christmas
(2001)
Singles from Survivor
  1. "Independent Women"
    Released: September 14, 2000
  2. "Survivor"
    Released: February 13, 2001
  3. "Bootylicious"
    Released: May 20, 2001
  4. "Emotion"
    Released: November 13, 2001
  5. "Nasty Girl"
    Released: April 2, 2002

Survivor is the third studio album by American girl group Destiny's Child. It was first released by Columbia on May 1, 2001, in the United States. The album involves production by lead singer Beyoncé Knowles and J.R. Rotem with additional production from Poke & Tone, Cory Rooney and Mark J. Feist. Five singles were released from the album: "Bootylicious" and "Independent Women", the Beyoncé-penned "Survivor", a cover of The Bee Gees' ballad "Emotion", and "Nasty Girl".

In the US, the album debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 chart on May 19, 2001 with first-week sales of 663,000 units and stayed at number one for two consecutive weeks. It earned Destiny's Child three Grammy nominations for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals, Best R&B Song, and Best R&B Album. Survivor was certified quadruple Platinum by the RIAA on January 7, 2002. Billboard magazine ranked Survivor at number 70 on the magazine's Top 200 Albums of the Decade.[4]

Conception[edit]

Background[edit]

In December 1999, LeToya Luckett and LaTavia Roberson tried to split with their manager, Mathew Knowles, claiming that he was keeping too much of the group's profits and that he favored Beyoncé Knowles and Kelly Rowland.[5] When the music video for "Say My Name" debuted in February 2000, Roberson and Luckett found out that they were being replaced with Michelle Williams, a former backup singer for Monica, and Farrah Franklin, an aspiring singer-actress.[5] In July 2000, just five months after joining, it was announced that Franklin would be leaving the group.[5] According to the group, Franklin missed a handful of promotional appearances and concerts and was asked to leave the group.[5] Franklin stated that she quit because of negative vibes in the group and her inability to assert any control in decision making.[5]

Recording[edit]

After emerging as the group's focal point, Knowles assumed more control taking a greater hand in writing the material and even producing some of the record herself.[6] Knowles wrote and produced almost every single track on the album, although, Knowles didn't intend to write and produce most of the songs on the album.[7] She explained, "I only wanted to do like three songs... The label kept saying "Do another song, do another song, do another song". It wasn't planned. It wasn't like I said, OK, I'm going to take charge."[7] The album was originally planned to be called Independent Women, but was later changed to Survivor because of the turmoil that has coincided with the group.[8]

The song "Survivor" was inspired by a joke that a radio station had made about the fact that three members had already left the group.[9] Knowles was inspired to take the negative comment and turn it into a positive thing by writing a song out of it.[9] Knowles wrote the song "Bootylicious" on a plane flight to London while listening to the track "Edge of Seventeen" by Stevie Nicks when the word "Bootylicious" just popped in to her head.[7] This claim has been highly disputed as Rob Fusari said in a 2010 interview that he alone had the idea for the song and had wanted to use a guitar riff from the song "Eye of the Tiger" but after not being able to find it used a similar riff from the Stevie Nicks song "Edge of Seventeen". After hearing Beyoncé claim credit for the song in an interview with Barbara Walters, he telephoned Mathew Knowles,

And he explained to me, in a nice way, he said, "People don't want to hear about Rob Fusari, producer from Livingston, N.J. No offense, but that's not what sells records. What sells records is people believing that the artist is everything." And I'm like, "Yeah, I know, Mathew. I understand the game. But come on, I'm trying too. I'm a squirrel trying to get a nut, too."[10]

While recording sessions were going on, Rowland recorded the song "Angel" which appeared on the soundtrack of Down to Earth.[6]

Reception[edit]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic (63/100)[11]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[12]
The A.V. Club (unfavorable)[13]
Blender 4/5 stars[11]
Entertainment Weekly B+[3]
NME (7/10)[14]
Playlouder 4/5 stars[15]
Robert Christgau (2-star Honorable Mention)[16]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[17]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 3.5/5 stars[18]
Slant Magazine 3/5 stars[19]

The album garnered positive to mixed reviews. Survivor received a score of 63/100 on Metacritic, based on 17 reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[11] Entertainment Weekly praised the album saying that "(Survivor) is the divas' premature, but inevitable growing pains album." Spin magazine commented that "Survivor is relentlessly inventive in its recombinations."[20] But New York Magazine was less impressed saying: "All fifteen tracks are one-dimensional disses and dismissals of scantily clad women, vengeful boyfriends, and the group's assorted doubters." Allmusic commented that the album is "as contrived and calculated as a Mariah Carey record, only without the joy."[12]

The album won the Soul Train Lady of Soul Award for Best R&B/Soul Album of the Year, the Teen Choice Award for R&B/Soul Album of the Year – Group, Band, or Duo, and the American Music Award for Favorite Pop/Rock Album. Destiny's Child won the Grammy Award for Best R&B Vocal by Duo or Group for the song "Survivor". Survivor itself was nominated for Best R&B Album.[21]

Commercial performance[edit]

Survivor, entered the Billboard albums chart at number one with the highest first-week sales figures (more than 663,275) of any female group in the SoundScan era and the highest first-week sales figures of any album in Columbia Records' history.

Survivor debuted at number one in over nine countries, including the United Kingdom where it was certified 3× Platinum by BPI for sales of over 900,000 and went on to sell over a million copies. It also reached number one in Canada, selling over 31,000 copies in its first week (and was eventually certified 4× Platinum, for sales of 400,000 copies), as well as debuting or peaking in the top ten in Australia, Sweden, Japan, France, Italy, Finland and Poland. With Survivor, Destiny's Child became the first US female group to have a number one album on the UK charts since Diana Ross and the Supremes hit the position 24 years ago with a greatest hits package. Survivor is the first album of original studio material (i.e., not a greatest hits collection) by a female American group to hit number one in the 43-year history of the UK chart.

"Survivor", the album's title track, spent six weeks at the number-two position on the Billboard Hot 100. "Independent Women Part I" (also featured in the remake film Charlie's Angels and on its soundtrack) occupied the number one slot on Billboard's Hot 100, R&B and dance charts. The video for the following single from Survivor, "Bootylicious", featured a cameo by Stevie Nicks.

In Europe the album was certified 2× Platinum in recognition of two million albums sold across the continent; its sales have since surpassed the three million mark. The album was certified 2× Platinum in Australia. The IFPI reported that Survivor was the 3rd best-selling album worldwide of 2001 with 7.8 million copies sold during the year.

Track listing[edit]

US edition[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Independent Women"   B. Knowles, S. Barnes, C. Rooney, J. C. Olivier Beyoncé Knowles, Poke and Tone, Cory Rooney 3:42
2. "Survivor" (includes "Bootylicious" prelude) B. Knowles, A. Dent, M. Knowles Beyoncé Knowles, Anthony Dent 4:14
3. "Bootylicious"   B. Knowles, R. Fusari, F. Moore, S. Nicks Beyoncé Knowles, Rob Fusari, Falonte Moore 3:28
4. "Nasty Girl"   B. Knowles, A. Dent, M. Bassi N. Hacket Beyoncé Knowles, Anthony Dent 4:18
5. "Fancy"   B. Knowles, D. Wiggins, J. Rotem Beyoncé Knowles, Dwayne Wiggins 4:13
6. "Apple Pie à la Mode"   B. Knowles, R. Fusari, F. Moore Beyoncé Knowles, Rob Fusari, Falonte Moore 2:59
7. "Sexy Daddy"   B. Knowles, D. Elliott Beyoncé Knowles, Damon Elliott 4:07
8. "Independent Women Part II"   B. Knowles, R. Stewart, E. Seats, F. Comstock, D. Donaldson   3:46
9. "Happy Face" (includes "Emotion" prelude) B. Knowles, R. Fusari, C. Gaines, B. Lee, F. Moore Beyoncé Knowles, Rob Fusari, Calvin Gaines, Bill Lee, Falonte Moore 4:20
10. "Emotion"   B. Gibb, R. Gibb Beyoncé Knowles, Mark J. Feist, Matthew Knowles 3:56
11. "Dangerously in Love"   B. Knowles, E. McCalla Jr Beyoncé Knowles, Errol "Poppi" McCalla Jr. 4:53
12. "Brown Eyes" (includes "The Story of Beauty" prelude) B. Knowles, W. Afanasieff Beyoncé Knowles 4:36
13. "The Story of Beauty"   B. Knowles, K. Fambro Beyoncé Knowles, Ken "K-Fam" Fambro 3:32
14. "Gospel Medley" (Dedicated to Andretta Tillman) B. Knowles, K. Franklin, R. Smallwood Beyoncé Knowles 3:25
15. "Outro (DC-3) Thank You"   B. Knowles, K. Rowland, M. Williams, R. Fusari, B. Lee, C. Gaines Beyoncé Knowles, Rob Fusari, Bill Lee, Calvin Gaines 4:03

International edition[edit]

Cat. number: Europe COL 501783 2,[22] Australia 501703 2[23]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Independent Women Part I"   B. Knowles, S. Barnes, C. Rooney, J. C. Olivie Beyoncé Knowles, Poke and Tone, Cory Rooney 3:42
2. "Survivor" (includes "Bootylicious" prelude) B. Knowles, A. Dent, M. Knowles Beyoncé Knowles, Anthony Dent 4:14
3. "Bootylicious"   B. Knowles, R. Fusari, F. Moore, S. Nicks Beyoncé Knowles, Rob Fusari, Falonte Moore 3:28
4. "Nasty Girl"   B. Knowles, A. Dent, M. Bassi N. Hacket Beyoncé Knowles, Anthony Dent 4:18
5. "Fancy"   B. Knowles, D. Wiggins, J. Rotem Beyoncé Knowles, Dwayne Wiggins 4:13
6. "Apple Pie à la Mode"   B. Knowles, R. Fusari, F. Moore Beyoncé Knowles, Rob Fusari, Falonte Moore 2:59
7. "Sexy Daddy"   B. Knowles, D. Elliott Beyoncé Knowles, Damon Elliott 4:07
8. "Perfect Man"   B. Knowles, R. Stewart, E. Seats Rapture Stewart, Eric Seats 3:41
9. "Independent Women Part II"   B. Knowles, R. Stewart, E. Seats, F. Comstock, D. Donaldson   3:46
10. "Happy Face"   R. Fusari, C. Gaines, B. Knowles, B. Lee, F. Moore Beyoncé Knowles, Rob Fusari, Calvin Gaines, Bill Lee, Falonte Moore 4:20
11. "Dance With Me"   B. Knowles, C. Schack, K. Karlin Beyoncé Knowles, Soulshock & Karlin 3:43
12. "My Heart Still Beats" (feat. Beyoncé) (includes "Emotion" prelude) B. Knowles, W. Afanasieff Walter Afanasieff, Beyoncé Knowles 4:08
13. "Emotion"   B. Gibb, R. Gibb Beyoncé Knowles, Mark Feist, Matthew Knowles 3:56
14. "Brown Eyes"   B. Knowles, W. Afanasieff Walter Afanasieff, Beyoncé Knowles 3:25
15. "Dangerously in Love" (includes "The Story of Beauty" prelude) B. Knowles, E, McCalla Jr Beyoncé Knowles, Errol "Poppi" McCalla Jr. 4:53
16. "The Story of Beauty"   B. Knowles, K. Fambro Beyoncé Knowles, Ken "K-Fam" Fambro 3:32
17. "Gospel Medley" (Dedicated to Andretta Tillman) B. Knowles, K. Franklin, R. Smallwood Beyoncé Knowles 3:25
18. "Outro (DC-3) Thank You"   B. Knowles, K. Rowland, M. Williams, R. Fusari, B. Lee, C. Gaines Beyoncé Knowles, Rob Fusari, Bill Lee, Calvin Gaines 4:03

Credits and personnel[edit]

Charts and certifications[edit]

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