SURVIVER (Destiny’s Child album)

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Survivor (Destiny’s Child album) – 2001

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: “Independent Women”, the Beyoncé-penned “Survivor”, “Bootylicious”, a cover of The Bee Gees’ “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.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. 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. In July 2000, just five months after joining, it was announced that Franklin would be leaving the group. According to the group, Franklin missed a handful of promotional appearances and concerts and was asked to leave the group. Franklin stated that she quit because of negative vibes in the group and her inability to assert any control in decision making.

Track listing

US edition

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 4:32

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 4:47

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

Credits and personnel

Mark J. Feist – producer, arranger, programming
Tony Maserati – mixing
Vladimir Meller – mastering
Dave Pensado – mixing
Nunzio Signore – guitar
Richard Travali – mixing
D’Wayne Wiggins – guitar, producer
Richard J. Davis – production coordination
James Hoover – engineer, vocal engineer
Walter Afanasieff – bass, programming, drum programming, arranger, producer, keyboards
Tom Coyne – mastering
Poke – producer
Corey Rooney – producer
Jim Caruana – engineer
Dexter Simmons – mixing
Poke & Tone – producer
Brian Springer – engineer, vocal engineer
Flip Osman – assistant engineer, assistant
Jill Topol – stylist
Destiny’s Child – main performer
Nick Thomas – mixing
Dan Workman – guitar, mixing, vocal engineer, engineer
Damon Elliott – producer, engineer
Troy Gonzalez – engineer
Anthony Dent – producer, engineer
Rob Fusari – producer
Beyoncé Knowles – vocals, songwriter, producer, vocal arrangement
Kelly Rowland – vocals, songwriter, vocal arrangement
Michelle Williams – vocals
Farrah Franklin – vocals
Michael McCoy – assistant engineer
Wassim Zreik – assistant
Mathew Knowles – producer, executive producer
Tina Knowles – hair stylist, stylist
Orlando Calzada – engineer
Michael Conrader – engineer
Dave Way – mixing
Marla Weinhoff – prop stylist
Greg Bieck – keyboards, digital programming, drum programming, engineer, programming
Pete Krawiec – assistant engineer
Kent Huffnagle – engineer
Ramon Morales – engineer
Falonte Moore – producer
K-Fam – producer
Errol McCalla – programming, producer
Bill Lee – producer
Woody Pornpitaksuk – author
Eric Seats – multi instruments
Robert Conley – programming
Terry T. – engineer
Thom Cadley – mixing
David Donaldson – keyboards, vocal engineer
Calvin Gaines – producer
David Gleeson – engineer