Bootylicious

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"Bootylicious"
Single by Destiny's Child
from the album Survivor
B-side"Cards Never Lie"
ReleasedUnited States May 20, 2001 (2001-05-20)
Australia July 3, 2001 (2001-07-03)
United Kingdom July 23, 2001 (2001-07-23)
FormatCD single, 12" single
Recorded2000
Sugarhill Studios (Houston),
Sound on Sound Studios (New York)
GenreR&B, hip hop soul
Length3:27
LabelColumbia
Writer(s)Beyoncé Knowles, Rob Fusari, Falonte Moore, Stevie Nicks
ProducerBeyoncé Knowles, Rob Fusari, Falonte Moore
Destiny's Child singles chronology
"Survivor"
(2001)
"Bootylicious"
(2001)
"Emotion"
(2001)
 
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"Bootylicious"
Single by Destiny's Child
from the album Survivor
B-side"Cards Never Lie"
ReleasedUnited States May 20, 2001 (2001-05-20)
Australia July 3, 2001 (2001-07-03)
United Kingdom July 23, 2001 (2001-07-23)
FormatCD single, 12" single
Recorded2000
Sugarhill Studios (Houston),
Sound on Sound Studios (New York)
GenreR&B, hip hop soul
Length3:27
LabelColumbia
Writer(s)Beyoncé Knowles, Rob Fusari, Falonte Moore, Stevie Nicks
ProducerBeyoncé Knowles, Rob Fusari, Falonte Moore
Destiny's Child singles chronology
"Survivor"
(2001)
"Bootylicious"
(2001)
"Emotion"
(2001)

"Bootylicious" is a song by American R&B group Destiny's Child. It was written and produced by Rob Fusari, Falonte Moore, and group member Beyoncé Knowles for the band's third studio album Survivor (2001), and contains a prominent sample from the 1981 recording "Edge of Seventeen",[1] as written and performed by Stevie Nicks.

The track was released as the album's second single from the album in 2001 and became the band's fourth U.S. non-consecutive number-one single. It also reached the top-five in Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom.

Although the term "bootylicious" was first coined by rapper Snoop Dogg in 1992, the popularity of this track caused the word to be added to the Oxford English Dictionary (defined as "(of a woman) sexually attractive") in 2004.

Contents

Background and composition

"Bootylicious" was written and produced by Beyoncé Knowles, Rob Fusari and Falonte Moore, and was recorded at Sugarhill Studios, Houston, and Sound on Sound Studios, New York City.[2] There are conflicting stories about the song's origins. According to Knowles, she was inspired to write the song on a flight to Japan as she was listening to the guitar riff of Stevie Nicks' song "Edge of Seventeen", which reminded her of a "voluptuous woman".[3] According to Fusari, he wanted to build a track on a sample of Survivor's "Eye of the Tiger". Unable to locate the song, he chose to sample "Edge of Seventeen" instead. He wanted to replay the guitar riff himself in the studio so as not to lose publishing royalties, but group manager Mathew Knowles would not let him do this. He reportedly later told Fusari in response to Beyoncé's claims of writing the song, "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."[4] Kelly Rowland has mentioned that "Bootylicious" is the most irritating Destiny's Child song for her since she has heard it too many times.[5] Uncharacteristic of Destiny's Child songs of the time, Rowland sings the majority of the lead vocals.

The lyrics of the song have long been debated. The most common confusion resulting in the line "I don't think you're ready for this cheddar" being incorrectly interpreted as "I don't think you're ready for this jelly". However Kelly Rowland is said to prefer the jelly interpretation, both Beyoncé Knowles and Michelle Williams favor cheddar, due to its characteristic firmness.

According to the sheet music published by EMI Music Publishing at Musicnotes.com, "Bootylicious" is an R&B song set in common time with a medium hip-hop tempo of 104 beats per minute. It is written in the key of D#minor, and Destiny's Child's vocals span from G3 to B5.[6]

Questions about Authorship

In the February 27, 2010 edition of Billboard magazine, Rob Fusari is interviewed about his career and briefly discusses the song and its genesis. In the article he states that he alone had the idea for the song and had originally intended to use another guitar riff but after not being able to find it he happened to come across the Stevie Nicks CD instead. He goes on to say that he was so upset when he saw Beyoncé claim credit for the song in an interview with Barbara Walters that he telephoned Mathew Knowles. According to Fusari, Mr Knowles told him "People don't want to hear about Rob Fusari, producer from Livingstone, NJ... that's not what sells records".

The Knowles wanted to give credit to Stevie Nicks since it was her original song and contacted her about sampling the song. Fusari wanted to play the riff himself to obtain more publishing rights, which could have created copyright issues with Nicks. Further homage was paid to Nicks with her appearance in the original "Bootylicious" video. Beyoncé did mention in several interviews Rob Fusari's contribution to the song. Knowles never took credit for composing the music for the song and always stated that the music for the track was sent to her.

Chart performance

"Bootylicious" debuted at number 66 on the Hot 100 on June 9, 2001 and climbed to its peak position nine weeks later, though remained on the chart for a relatively short nineteen weeks. To date, this remains the last song by a girl group to top the U.S. charts. The song became Destiny's Child's fifth consecutive number one on the Hot 100 Airplay chart, despite Mariah Carey's "Loverboy" keeping it from topping the Hot 100 Singles Sales.

In the UK, "Bootylicious" was released on July 23, 2001 and debuted at number two on the singles chart behind the Atomic Kitten cover single "Eternal Flame". It sold over 169,000 copies and propelled Survivor back to the top of The Official UK Albums Chart.

Remixes

A hip hop-styled remix (the "Rockwilder Remix") was produced by Rockwilder, Knowles, and Missy Elliott. This version was issued to urban markets, and had a hip-hop culture-based music video to accompany it, in which Beyoncé wears a belt that has the word "Bootylicious" misspelled as "Bootyliciuos", as pointed out by Carson Daly on an episode of TRL.

A combination of the R&B vocals from this song and the grunge rock music of Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit"[7] is one of the best-known examples of the "bastard pop" or "mashup" genre, where elements from seemingly incompatible songs are mixed together. A later mashup used the music of Stevie Wonder's "Superstition" with the "Bootylicious" vocals.[8]

Music video

The music video for "Bootylicious", directed by Matthew Rolston, showed Destiny's Child performing dance steps from Michael Jackson's famous "Billie Jean" performance from the special Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever. During the video, moves from several other Michael Jackson videos can be seen such as parts of the choreography from "Thriller", "Beat it", "Bad" and "The Way You Make Me Feel". Dance moves that were used by Jackson during live performances of "They Don't Care About Us" can be seen as well.

As the group is dancing, the members appear in several different costumes. These scenes are interloped with the group dancing in front of a dance troupe made of all boys. Stevie Nicks makes an appearance in the beginning of the song's video. Solange Knowles, Beyoncé's sister, also makes a brief cameo in the video.

The music clip is featured on the DualDisc edition of the album #1's and as an enhanced video on the UK and French editions of the Single. The video for the "Rockwilder Remix" featuring Missy Elliott is available on the Single "Emotion Bootylicious Survivor - The Urban Remixes".[9]

Live performances

Destiny's Child opened the 1st Annual BET Awards with a performance of "Bootylicious".[10] They performed it on both Michael Jackson: 30th Anniversary Special concerts. According with Kelly Rowland, he liked this song so much, and when he saw them for the first time, he started to sing it, and they got very surprised.

Cultural significance

The song created moderate controversy, in a time when late '90s music was pushing the boundaries of female sexuality. Destiny's Child was claiming "G-rated fun" and confidence in body image though the lyrics, yet the music video suggested much more with the group wearing lots of make-up, form-fitting clothes, performing sexually suggestive dancing, and the video featuring close-ups on several dancers' buttocks.[11]

The group later performed the song in front of Jackson for his thirtieth Anniversary concert, complete with their rendition of his dance moves. Before the premiere of the video on MTV's Making the Video, the girls dedicated the video to Michael Jackson.

The song popularized the portmanteau term 'bootylicious', a combination of the words booty and delicious, although the term had already been coined by Snoop Dogg in the song "Fuck wit Dre Day (And Everybody's Celebratin')" (aka "Dre Day" from Dr. Dre's 1992 album The Chronic) as a pejorative. Bootylicious is also mentioned by a character named Champ in the 1993 "Homey, Don't Ya Know Me?" episode of A Different World. The term was also used previously in the 1999 video game Duke Nukem: Time to Kill as the name of a strip club.[12] The success of the song came after the rise in media visibility of voluptuous personalities like Jennifer Lopez and later Beyoncé. There was a media perception that the appearance of these women corresponded to an appreciation of the supposedly neglected larger hips and thighs common in the figures of Black and Hispanic women. The approving neologism 'bootylicious' has entered the mainstream English language[13] as part of the 'crossover' of African-American popular culture, fashion and sexual politics.

Recognition

In September 2011, VH1 ranked "Bootylicious" number 19 on its list of The 100 Greatest Songs of the 2000s.[14]

Credits and personnel

Source:[2]

Track lisitings

European/Australian CD Single[15]

  1. "Bootylicious" - 3:27
  2. "Survivor" (Jameson Full Vocal Remix) - 6:18
  3. "Survivor" (Digital Black-N-Groove) - 3:58
  4. "Survivor" (CB200 Club Anthem Mix) - 6:21
  5. "Independent Women Part 1" (Live at The Brits 2001) - 3:52

European 2-Track CD Single COL 671393 1[16]

  1. "Bootylicious" (Album Version) - 3:27
  2. "Bootylicious" (Ed Case Refix) - 4:45

European Enhanced CD Single COL 671393 2[17][18]

  1. "Bootylicious" (Album Version) - 3:27
  2. "Bootylicious" (Ed Case Refix) - 4:45
  3. "Bootylicious" (M&J's Jelly Remix) - 3:40
  4. "Bootylicious" (Music Video)

UK Enhanced CD Single Part 1

  1. "Bootylicious" (Album Version)
  2. "Bootylicious" (Ed Case Refix)
  3. "Cards Never Lie"
  4. "Bootylicious" (Music Video)

US CD Single[19]

  1. "Bootylicious" (Album Version)
  2. "Bootylicious" (Richard Vission's V-Quest)

US Maxi Single[20]

  1. "Bootylicious" (Album Version)
  2. "Bootylicious" (Richard vs V-Que Remix)
  3. "Bootylicious" (Richard vs DJ du Remix)
  4. "Bootylicious" (Big Boyz Remix)
  5. "Bootylicious" (Case Remix)

US Vinyl[21]

Side A

  1. "Bootylicious" (Richard Vission's V-Quest)
  2. "Bootylicious" (Richard Vission's D.J. Dub)

Side B

  1. "Bootylicious" (Big Boyz Remix)
  2. "Bootylicious" (Big Boyz Remix Instrumental)
  3. "Bootylicious" (Album Version)
  4. "Bootylicious" (Album Instrumental)

Official versions

Note: The "Love: Destiny Version" features re-recorded vocals by Beyoncé on the chorus. This version is available on the 2001 EP "Love: Destiny". However the version used in the TV commercial contains additional vocals with different lyrics in the intro and in the chorus, which remains unreleased.

Charts

Chart (2001)Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[22]4
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[23]23
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[24]9
Belgium (Ultratop 40 Wallonia)[25]7
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[26]4
Denmark (Tracklisten)[27]12
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)[28]11
France (SNEP)[29]14
Germany (Media Control AG)[30]16
Ireland (IRMA)[31]5
Italy (FIMI)[32]16
Netherlands (Mega Single Top 100)[33]3
New Zealand (RIANZ)[34]4
Norway (VG-lista)[35]5
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[36]8
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[37]11
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[38]2
US Billboard Hot 100[39]1
US Hot Dance Club Songs (Billboard)[40]13
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[41]2

Cover versions

English rock band Keane performed a medley consisting of "Bootylicious" and Christina Aguilera's "Dirrty" on Jo Whiley's Live Lounge. An audio recording is available on Radio 1's Live Lounge – Volume 2. The cast of the Fox television show Glee performed a cover version in the episode "Hairography".

References

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  2. ^ a b #1's (CD liner). Destiny's Child. Sony BMG Music Entertainment. 2005. p. 7.
  3. ^ Beyoncé Knowles (August 2, 2009). I Am... Yours: An Intimate Performance at Wynn Las Vegas (DVD). Sony Music. Event occurs at 1:03:50. ISAN ISAN 0000-0002-37DF-0000-A0000-0000-7.
  4. ^ Marks, Craig (2010-02-24). "Producer Rob Fusari Dishes on Lady Gaga, Beyoncé". Billboard. http://www.billboard.com/news/producer-rob-fusari-dishes-on-lady-gaga-1004070301.story. Retrieved 2012-02-26.
  5. ^ ContactMusic.com 2008
  6. ^ "Destiny's Child - Bootylicious Sheet Music". Musicnotes.com. EMI Music Publishing. http://www.musicnotes.com/sheetmusic/mtdVPE.asp?ppn=MN0075647. Retrieved March 29, 2011.
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  8. ^ YouTube: "Destiny's Child vs Stevie Wonder - Bootystition"
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  10. ^ "BET Networks PR Website - News Releases". Bet.mediaroom.com. 2001-06-22. http://bet.mediaroom.com/index.php?s=43&item=217. Retrieved 2011-09-19.
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  12. ^ "Regreso al Pasado: Duke Nukem - Artículo en MERISTATION". Meristation.com. http://www.meristation.com/v3/des_articulo.php?pic=PC&id=cw4d961eba91806&idj=&idp=&tipo=art&c=1&pos=9. Retrieved 2011-09-19.
  13. ^ bootylicious accepted by Oxford English Dictionary
  14. ^ Anderson, Kyle (September 29, 2011). "U2, Rihanna, Amy Winehouse, Foo Fighters fill out VH1's '100 Greatest Songs of the '00s'". Entertainment Weekly. Time Inc.. http://music-mix.ew.com/2011/09/29/vh1-100-greatest-songs-of-2000s-list/. Retrieved October 2, 2011.
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Preceded by
"U Remind Me" by Usher
Billboard Hot 100 number one single
August 4, 2001 – August 11, 2001
Succeeded by
"Fallin'" by Alicia Keys