Survivor (Destiny's Child song)

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"Survivor"
Destiny's Child - Survivor (Single).png
Single by Destiny's Child
from the album Survivor
ReleasedMarch 6, 2001 (2001-03-06)
RecordedJuly 2000[1][2][3]
StudioSugarHill (Houston)
Genre
Length4:14
LabelColumbia
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
  • Anthony Dent
  • Beyoncé Knowles
Destiny's Child singles chronology
"Independent Women Part I"
(2000)
"Survivor"
(2001)
"Bootylicious"
(2001)
Alternative cover
DVD single cover
DVD single cover
Music video
"Survivor" on YouTube

"Survivor" is a song recorded by American group Destiny's Child for their third studio album of the same title (2001). It was written and composed by group member Beyoncé, Anthony Dent, and Mathew Knowles. "Survivor" was inspired by a joke that a radio station had made about the fact that three members had already left the group, comparing the band to the reality game show Survivor.[4] Beyoncé was inspired to take the negative comment and turn it into a positive by writing a song out of it.[4] The song was released as the lead single from Survivor on March 6, 2001, by Columbia Records.

"Survivor" was a commercial success, peaking at number two on the US Billboard Hot 100 and topping the charts in Ireland, Norway, and the United Kingdom. Critically acclaimed, the song won the Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals at the 44th Annual Grammy Awards (2002). Its accompanying music video won the 2001 MTV Video Music Award for Best R&B Video, while the song also won a Soul Train Lady of Soul Award for Best R&B/Soul Single, Group, Band or Duo. In 2017, Billboard ranked the song at number 40 on their list "100 Greatest Girl Group Songs of All Time".[5] Additionally, BET named it the tenth best song of the 2000s.[6]

Background and development[edit]

In 2000, Destiny's Child members LaTavia Roberson and LeToya Luckett split from Beyoncé and Kelly Rowland, and were replaced by Michelle Williams and Farrah Franklin. Soon afterwards Franklin was also dismissed from the group.[7] According to Knowles, the group was publicly compared to the reality series Survivor, which inspired her to "write us out of all that negativity."[8]

Composition[edit]

The song is performed in the key of G minor, with a tempo of 81 beats per minute in common time. In the harmonic minor scale, it follows a chord progression of Gm–Cm7–D, and the group's vocals span an octave and a half, from G3 to C5.[9]

Music video[edit]

The accompanying music video for "Survivor" premiered on Making the Video on March 6, 2001. It was directed by Darren Grant and is styled in the sense of three survivors living on an uninhabited island. It also shows a brief prelude to how the girls got shipwrecked. Following their shipwreck, they uncover an island where they change clothes and walk into a waterfall leading to a deserted temple where it transforms into a dance break. It storms on through the dance bridge and the prelude of the shipwreck. After this, a helicopter starts buzzing leading to where the members are racing out of the island for their escape.

The video was released on DVD with a live performance of "Independent Women Part I" at the 2001 Brit Awards on May 15, 2001. The release was a standard full-frame transfer that preserved the original aspect ratio of the video, with an English soundtrack rendered in Dolby Digital Stereo.[10] It was featured on the DualDisc edition of their greatest hits album #1's (2005), on the international edition of Survivor (2001) as an enhanced video, on the Walmart-exclusive DVD titled Fan Pack (2004), and on Destiny's Child Video Anthology (2013). Director Cary Joji Fukunaga got his start in the film industry as a camera production assistant on the video.[11]

Commercial performance[edit]

"Survivor" debuted at number 43 on the US Billboard Hot 100, making it the group's second highest-debuting single to date, behind "Lose My Breath" at number 30. It quickly ascended through the chart, reaching its peak position of number two within a month. However, it was blocked out of the summit spot by Janet Jackson's "All for You", remaining at number two for seven consecutive weeks. The song was not released on physical formats until after its airplay had peaked; it topped the Billboard Hot Dance Music Maxi-Singles Sales chart for eight weeks. It also peaked at number five on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. The single stayed atop the Hot 100 Airplay chart for five consecutive weeks and peaked at number three on the Hot 100 Singles Sales chart. Its DVD edition peaked at number nine on the US Top Music Videos chart.[12]

In the United Kingdom, "Survivor" debuted at number one on the UK Singles Chart, selling 104,000 copies in its first week. It had sold 260,000 copies by the end of 2001, and has sold over 832,000 copies as of April 2021.[13] It also topped the charts in Ireland and the Netherlands, while peaking at number two in Canada and number three in New Zealand.

Controversy[edit]

Former group members LeToya Luckett and LaTavia Roberson filed a lawsuit against Knowles, Rowland, and former manager Mathew Knowles; they claimed some of the lyrics in "Survivor", such as "You thought I wouldn't sell without you/sold nine million", violated a previous agreement that prevented either party from insulting the other.[14]

Track listings[edit]

Credits and personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Certifications and sales for "Survivor"
Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[77] Platinum 70,000^
Belgium (BEA)[78] Gold 25,000*
Denmark (IFPI Danmark)[79] Gold 45,000double-dagger
Norway (IFPI Norway)[80] Gold  
Sweden (GLF)[81] Platinum 30,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[82] Platinum 832,000[13]
United States (RIAA)[83] Platinum 1,000,000double-dagger
United States (RIAA)[84]
Video single
Gold 25,000^

* Sales figures based on certification alone.
^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.
double-dagger Sales+streaming figures based on certification alone.

Release history[edit]

Release dates and formats for "Survivor"
Region Date Format(s) Label(s) Ref.
United States March 6, 2001 Columbia
Australia April 9, 2001 Maxi CD Sony Music
France
Germany
Japan April 11, 2001 CD SME
United Kingdom April 16, 2001
Columbia
France May 2, 2001 CD Sony Music
United States May 8, 2001 Columbia
May 15, 2001 DVD

See also[edit]

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