Lose My Breath

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"Lose My Breath"
Single by Destiny's Child
from the album Destiny Fulfilled
Released September 21, 2004
Format CD single, digital download, maxi single
Genre R&B, hip hop
Length 4:01 (album version)
3:33 (radio edit)
Label Columbia
Writer(s)
Producer(s)
  • Jerkins
  • Knowles
  • Garrett
Destiny's Child singles chronology
"Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer"
(2004)
"Lose My Breath"
(2004)
"Soldier"
(2004)
Music sample

"Lose My Breath" is an R&B and hip hop song performed by the American group Destiny's Child. It was written by Beyoncé Knowles, Kelly Rowland, Michelle Williams, Rodney Jerkins, LaShawn Daniels, Fred Jerkins III, Sean Garrett, and Shawn Corey "Jay-Z" Carter for Destiny's Child's fourth studio album, Destiny Fulfilled (2004). The song was already developed by Jerkins before it came to Destiny's Child. After hearing the song, they altered it with help from Jay-Z.

"Lose My Breath" was released as the album's lead single in late 2004, considered as their comeback after a three-year hiatus. The single was critically and commercially successful, receiving positive responses from critics and the public. "Lose My Breath" reached the top spot on most charts in Europe, making it one of Destiny's Child's most successful single releases.

The song was nominated at the 2005 Grammy Award for "Best R&B Vocal Performance by a Duo Or Group". The single's music video, which features Destiny's Child in three characters, also received nominations.

Writing and composition

American record producer Rodney Jerkins, who had previously collaborated with the group on the 2000 single "Say My Name", had worked on the material before Destiny's Child knew about it. Beyoncé Knowles and Michelle Williams heard only the drums of the track and they liked it. They went to their band mate Kelly Rowland, who was excited without hearing it after seeing their expressions. Alongside Jerkins, the group asked for help from American rapper Jay-Z. Jay-Z made a chorus without hearing the track. They took the chorus and wrote the verses and bridge around it.1

"Lose My Breath" is an R&B and a dance-pop song performed with a brightdance beat and a tempo of 120 beats per minute.2 The song is composed in the key of E major and is set in common time, and the vocal elements of the song span from the low note ofC4 to the high note of D5.2 The song features fast snare drum sequences and choppy beats with hand-clappy percussion similar to a drumline of a marching band, and clipped synthesizer blips.34 The sequence is actually sampled from the drumline of the University of Michigan Marching Band.5 The lyrics are constructed in the chorus-verse pattern. The song opens with a chorus following Beyoncé's rendition of the first verses. The chorus follows, leading to Rowland's second verses. The chorus is repeated twice before the bridge by Michelle. Kelly sings a short ad lib, and then the trio ending with a repeated chorus.

Release and reception

Following the three-year hiatus of the group, "Lose My Breath" was considered as their comeback release. The single was released to markets in different dates. On October 29, 2004, a maxi single was released in Australia, featuring the album version of the track, two remixes and the new song "Why You Actin'".3 In the United States, the single was released in a different version. On November 2, "Lose My Breath/Soldier" and "Lose My Breath/Game Over" singles were released.6 The single was included in the "Soldier/Lose My Breath [Remixes]" and "Soldier/Lose My Breath".6

Jenny Eliscu of Rolling Stone referred to "Lose My Breath" a "sweat-soaked" track and a "percussive sex romp" where Destiny's Child "pant in time to a marching-band beat."7 Nick Reynolds of the BBC called the military drumming of the track "exciting" and its keyboard stabs "nasty". He compared the song to Public Enemy's "Bring the Noise", Missy Elliott's "Pass That Dutch" and to The Supremes.8 Tom Sinclair of Entertainment Weekly commented that the song has more nervous energy than their previous single "Bootylicious".4 Eric Henderson of Slant Magazine called the song a "thigh-snapper" and called it responsible for the "increased use of paradiddling drumsticks as sex toys."9 Tom Breihan of Pitchfork Media complimented Jerkin's drum programming calling it "incredible". But he added that "it needs a tune."10

"Lose My Breath" was nominated at the 2005 Grammy Awards for "Best R&B Vocal Performance by a Duo Or Group".11 At the 23rd Annual ASCAP Pop Music Awards, British record company EMI received the Publisher of the Year title for publishing several songs including "Lose My Breath".12 It also garnered as one of the Most Performed Songs in 2005.13

Chart performance

"Lose My Breath" entered the top ten of the Billboard Hot 100 prior to its physical release. The single debuted at number 30 on October 2, 2004.14 After the release, "Lose My Breath" sat at number three on November 6.15 It did not reach a higher position and stayed at its peak position for four weeks,16 becoming Destiny's Child's ninth top ten single. The single stayed on the chart for 23 weeks. "Lose My Breath" was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America on April 28, 2005.17

"Lose My Breath" was more successful in European charts. In the United Kingdom, the single debuted at number two, becoming its peak position in that country.16 It failed to reach the top spot, beaten by Eminem's "Just Lose It", U2's "Vertigo" and Girls Aloud's "I'll Stand by You" for its four-week-long run at second place. It remained within the top ten for seven consecutive weeks and spent a total of 11 weeks on the chart. The single topped the charts in Belgium, Ireland, Italy and Switzerland.16 "Lose My Breath" entered the top ten in Austria, Denmark, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway and Sweden.16 In Germany, it's the band's best-charting single, reaching #3.

Across Oceania, the single had similar reception. The single debuted in Australia at number five on November 15, 2004.18 It peaked at number three, three weeks after its debut.19 It stayed on the chart for 17 weeks. In New Zealand, the single debuted at number 16 on November 15.20 The single spent seven weeks there.16

Music video

Rowland, Knowles and Williams in the music video for "Lose My Breath" (2004).

The music video for "Lose My Breath" was directed by Marc Klasfeld, who had previously worked with Sum 41, Nelly and Alien Ant Farm, and was shot in Los Angeles, California on October 8, 2004.2122 Destiny's Child had rehearsals for the video late in September and early in October.21 They prepared three routines for the song to identify their three personalities in the video.21 The music clip is featured on the DualDisc editions of the albums #1's and Destiny Fulfilled and on the Bonus DVD of the Destiny Fulfilled Tour edition.

The video takes place in an alleyway, where the girls are having a dance-off with the crowd. It is a showdown of an "in-fashion" and "street" Destiny's Child. Towards the end, the third Destiny's Child even "fiercer" takes the floor.21 Michelle represents the "in-fashion" Destiny's Child, Beyoncé represents the "fierce" Destiny's Child, and Kelly represents the "street" Destiny's Child.

"Lose My Breath" premiered on MTV's Total Request Live. The video debuted on the video program on October 26, 2004 at number eight.23 It stayed there for 36 days.23 On Muchmusic's Top 30 countdown, the video debuted on November 6 at number 26.24 It peaked at number seven on January 15 and January 22, and charted for 12 weeks.24 The music video was nominated for the "Best Dance Video" category at the 2005 MTV Video Music Awards, but lost to Missy Elliott's "Lose Control".25

Formats and track listings

  • UK CD1
  1. "Lose My Breath" (Album Version) - 4:02
  2. "Why You Actin'" - 4:29
  • UK CD2
  1. "Lose My Breath" (Album Version) - 4:02
  2. "Lose My Breath" (Maurice's Nu Soul Mix) - 5:54
  3. "Lose My Breath" (Paul Johnson's Club Mix) - 6:07
  • Maxi CD single COL 675399 2
  1. "Lose My Breath" (Album Version) - 4:02
  2. "Lose My Breath" (Maurice's Nu Soul Mix) - 5:54
  3. "Lose My Breath" (Paul Johnson's Club Mix) - 6:07
  4. "Why You Actin'" - 4:29
  • US CD single
  1. "Lose My Breath" (Album Version) - 4:02
  2. "Game Over"
  • German Pock It-CD (3inch) COL 675399 3
  1. "Lose My Breath" (Album Version) - 4:02
  2. "Lose My Breath" (Paul Johnson's Club Mix) - 6:07

Credits and personnel

Charts and certifications

Certifications

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Australia (ARIA)54 Platinum 70,000^
Belgium (BEA)55 Gold 25,000*
France (SNEP)56 Silver 125,000*
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)57 Gold 20,000x
United States (RIAA)58 Gold 500,000^
Ringtone
United States (RIAA)58 Gold 500,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
xunspecified figures based on certification alone

See also

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