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Released May 1, 2001
Recorded 2000-2001
Length 55:29 (US)
69:53 (International)
Label Columbia
Producer Anthony Dent, K-Fam, Mark J. Feist, Rob Fusari, Beyoncé Knowles, Errol "Poppi" McCalla Jr., Falonte Moore, Pole & Tone, Rapture & E. Seats, Cory Rooney, J. R. Rotem, Dwayne Wiggins
Survivor is the third studio album by American girl group Destiny's Child. It was 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. It features the number-one singles "Bootylicious" and "Independent Women", the album-titled song "Survivor" and a cover of The Bee Gees' ballad "Emotion".

In the US, the album debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 chart on May 19, 2001 with first week of sales of 663,000 units and stayed at number one for two weeks straight.

The album received two Grammy nominations for Best R&B Album and Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals (Survivor), but only won Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals. The single "Independent Women Part I" won Top Hot Dance Maxi-Singles Sales at the Billboard Music Awards of 2001. "Survivor" also won Best R&B Video at the MTV Video Music Awards of 2001, Best R&B/Soul Single by a Group, Band or Duo at the Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards of 2001 and Favorite Singing Group at the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards of 2001.


Critical receptionEdit

The album garnered positive to mixed reviews. Survivor received a score of 63/100 on Metacritic, based on 17 reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews". 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." 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."

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.

Commercial performanceEdit

Survivor, entered the Billboard albums chart at number one with the highest first-week sales figures (more than 663,000) 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. With two number one UK singles ("Independent Women Part I" and "Survivor"), Destiny's Child holds the record for most number one UK singles by any US female group. The last female American group to have a number one UK single was The Bangles with "Walk Like an Egyptian" in 1987.

"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. The album has sold over 10 million copies worldwide.

Track listingEdit

US editionEdit

  1. "Independent Women"
  2. "Survivor" with "Bootylicious" prelude
  3. "Bootylicious"
  4. "Nasty Girl"
  5. "Fancy"
  6. "Apple Pie à la Mode"
  7. "Sexy Daddy"
  8. "Independent Women Part II"
  9. "Happy Face" with "Emotion" prelude
  10. "Emotion"
  11. "Dangerously in Love"
  12. "Brown Eyes" with "The Story of Beauty" prelude
  13. "The Story of Beauty"
  14. "Gospel Medley" (Dedicated to Andretta Tillman)
  15. "Outro (DC-3) Thank You"

International editionEdit

  1. "Independent Women Part I"
  2. "Survivor" with "Bootylicious" prelude
  3. "Bootylicious"
  4. "Nasty Girl"
  5. "Fancy"
  6. "Apple Pie à la Mode"
  7. "Sext Daddy"
  8. "Perfect Man"
  9. "Independent Women Part II"
  10. "Happy Face"
  11. "Dance With Me"
  12. "My Heart Still Beats" featuring Beyoncé / with "Emotion" prelude
  13. "Emotion"
  14. "Brown Eyes"
  15. "Dangerously in Love" with "The Story of Beauty" prelude
  16. "The Story of Beauty"
  17. "Gospel Medley" (Dedicated to Andretta Tillman)
  18. "Outro (DC-3) Thank You"

Awards and nominations[1][2]Edit

Awards show Year Nominated work Category Result
American Music Awards 2002 Survivor Favorite Soul/R&B Band/Duo/Group Won
Favorite Pop/Rock Album Won
Grammy Awards Best R&B Album Nominated
"Survivor" Best R&B Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group Won
MTV Europe Music Awards 2001 Best Song Nominated
MTV Video Music Awards Best Group Video Nominated
Best Pop Video Nominated
"Independent Woman Pt. 1" Best Video from a Film Nominated
"Survivor" Best R&B Video Won
Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards "Independent Woman Pt. 1" Best R&B/Soul or Rap Song of the Year Nominated
"Survivor" Best R&B Soul Single Group, Band or Duo Won
2002 Survivor R&B/Soul Album of the Year, Group, Band or Duo Won
Soul Train Music Awards 2001 "Independent Woman Pt. 1" Best R&B/Soul Single, Group, Band or Duo Nominated

Charts and certificationsEdit

Chart (2001) Peak
Australian Albums Chart 2
Austrian Albums Chart 3
Belgian Albums Chart (Flanders) 1
Belgian Albums Chart (Wallonia) 5
Canadian Albums Chart 1
Danish Albums Chart 1
Dutch Albums Chart 1
Finnish Albums Chart 3
French Albums Chart 11
German Albums Chart 1
Italian Albums Chart 10
Japanese Albums Chart 12
New Zealand Albums Chart 1
Norwegian Albums Chart 8
Polish Albums Chart 1
Swedish Albums Chart 5
Swiss Albums Chart 1
UK Albums Chart 1
US Billboard 200 1
US R&B/Hip-Hop Albums 1
Country Provider Certification Sales
Australia ARIA 2× Platinum 140,000
Austria IFPI Platinum 20,000
Brazil ABPD Gold 100,000
Canada CRIA 4× Platinum 400,000
Denmark IFPI Platinum 30,000
Netherlands IFPI 2× Platinum 160,000
Finland IFPI Platinum 34,122
France SNEP Gold 250,000
Germany BVMI Platinum 300,000
New Zealand RIANZ 2× Platinum 30,000
Norway IFPI Platinum 30,000
Poland ZPAV Gold 30,000
Sweden IFPI Platinum 100,000
Switzerland IFPI Platinum 45,000
United Kingdom BPI 3× Platinum 900,000
United States RIAA 4× Platinum 4,000,000