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Single by Destiny's Child
from the album Survivor
Released May 20, 2001 (U.S.)
July 3, 2001 (world-wide)
July 23, 2001 (UK)
Format CD single, 12" single
Genre R&B, dance-pop
Length 3:27
Label Columbia
Writer(s) Beyoncé Knowles, Rob Fusari, Falonte Moore, Frank Tai Stevie Nicks
Producer Beyoncé Knowles, Rob Fusari, Falonte Moore,
Certification Platinum (ARIA)
Destiny's Child singles chronology

"Bootylicious" is a song by American R&B group Destiny's Child. It was written and produced by Rob Fusari, Falonte Moore, and band 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.


The song and its success

The song "Bootylicious" is about a confident woman taunting a man, suggesting that he is not ready because her body is "too bootylicious". Multi-platinum music producers Rob Fusari and Falonte Moore produced this record and featured a sample from the Stevie Nicks song "Edge of Seventeen", and Stevie herself appears in the beginning of the video. It is also one of the few times that Kelly Rowland takes the lead, having two verses to Beyoncé Knowles' one, though Knowles still ad libs. Despite Rowland's lead in the song, Kelly Rowland has mentioned that "Bootylicious" is the most irritating Destiny's Child song for her since she has heard it too many times.[2]

Chart performance

"Bootylicious" debuted at #66 on the Hot 100 on June 9, 2001 and climbed to its peak position nine weeks later, and remained on the chart for a relatively short nineteen weeks. The song became Destiny's Child's fifth consecutive No.1 on the Hot 100 Airplay chart, despite Mariah Carey's "Loverboy" keeping it from topping the Hot 100 Singles Sales. However, "Bootylicious" was most noted for keeping "Loverboy" from the No.1 spot on the Hot 100 chart, which would mark the first time that one of Mariah Carey's first single off an album would not hit #1.

In the UK Chart (2001) Peak position Greece IFPI Top 20 Singles Chart 18 Italy Top 50 Singles Chart 16 New Zealand RIANZ Singles Chart 4 Norwegian Singles Chart 5 Swedish Singles Chart 8 Swiss Singles Chart 11 UK Singles Chart 2 U.S. Billboard Hot 100 1 U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play 13 U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs 2 "Bootylicious" was released on July 23, 2001 and debuted at #2 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.


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"[3] is one of the best-known examples of the "bastard pop" 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.[4]

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. 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 also makes an appearance in the beginning of the song's video. Solange Knowles, Beyonce's sister, also makes a brief cameo in the video.

The song created moderate controversy, in a time when late '90s teen pop was pushing the boundaries of female sexuality and the group saw themselves as role models and bootylicious also mean that you have a large backside[5] for younger girls, 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, sexually suggestive dancing, and even close-ups on several dancers buttocks [6].

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 still dressed in their Jacksons style clothes including a single glove dedicated the video to Michael Jackson.

Cultural significance

The song popularised the portmanteau term 'bootylicious', a combination of the words booty and delicious. The success of the song came after the rise in media visibility of voluptuous 'non-skinny' personalities such as Jennifer Lopez, Beyonce, and later Kim Kardashian. 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 African-American, Hispanic and some Middle-Eastern women. The approving neologism 'bootylicious' has entered the mainstream English language[7] as part of the 'crossover' of African-American popular culture, fashion and sexual politics.

Credits and personnel

  • Lead vocals: Kelly Rowland, Beyonc√© Knowles, Michelle Williams
  • Vocal production - Beyonc√© Knowles, Kelly Rowland, Falonte Moore

Formats and remixes

  • "Bootylicious" (Album Version)
  • "Bootylicious" (Album Instrumental)
  • "Bootylicious" (Album A Cappella)
  • "Bootylicious" (Big Boyz Remix)
  • "Bootylicious" (Big Boyz Remix Instrumental)
  • "Bootylicious" (Ed Case Refix) ‚ÄĒ aka (Case Remix)
  • "Bootylicious" (Freeform Reform) ‚ÄĒ aka (Freeform Five Remix) ‚ÄĒ unreleased
  • "Bootylicious" (Love: Destiny Version) ‚ÄĒ unreleased
  • "Bootylicious" (M&J's Jelly Remix)
  • "Bootylicious" (Richard Vission's Club Mix)
  • "Bootylicious" (Richard Vission's D.J. Dub)
  • "Bootylicious" (Richard Vission's V-Quest Remix)
  • "Bootylicious" (Richard Vission's Edit)
  • "Bootylicious" (Rockwilder Remix) (feat. Missy Elliott) ‚ÄĒ with a separate music video
  • "Bootylicious" (Rockwilder Remix Instrumental)
  • "Bootylicious" (Rockwilder Remix A Cappella)
  • "Bootylicious" (Radio Edit)

Many unofficial or bootleg mixes have been released of this track, usually on limited vinyl promo's or special mix CD versions. Some listed below.

  • "Bootylicious" (Transient Mix)
  • "Bootylicious" (Ultimix Remix)
  • "Bootylicious" (UK Mix)
  • "Bootylicious" (Groove Chronicles Remix)
  • "Smells Like Teen Booty" aka "Smells Like Bootylicious" - Nirvana vs. Destiny's Child ("Smells Like Teen Spirit" / "Bootylicious" mash-up)


Chart (2001)[8][9][10] Peak
Australian ARIA Top 50 Singles Chart 4
√Ė3 Austria Top 40 23
Belgian (Flanders) Singles Chart 9
Belgian (Wallonia) Singles Chart 7
Canadian Top 100 Singles 4
Danish Singles Chart 12
Dutch Singles Chart 3
Finnish Singles Chart 11
French Singles Chart 14
German Singles Chart 10
Chart (2001) Peak
Greece IFPI Top 20 Singles Chart 18
Italy Top 50 Singles Chart 16
New Zealand RIANZ Singles Chart 4
Norwegian Singles Chart 5
Swedish Singles Chart 8
Swiss Singles Chart 11
UK Singles Chart 2
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 1
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play 13
U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs 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 ‚Äď Volume 2. The cast of the Fox television show Glee performed a cover version in the episode "Hairography".


External links

Preceded by
"U Remind Me" by Usher
Billboard Hot 100 number one single
August 4, 2001 ‚Äď August 11, 2001
Succeeded by
"Fallin'" by Alicia Keys

Simple English

Bootylicious is a song performed by R&B girl group Destiny's Child. It is on their third album Survivor 2001 and was the second single from the album. It was their fourth U.S. number-one single and reached the top-five in Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom. The music video was directed by Matthew Rolston.

The word "bootylicious" is a combination of "booty" (buttocks) and "delicious".

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