Above and Beyoncé: Video Collection & Dance Mixes

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Above and Beyoncé
Remix album / video by Beyoncé
Released June 16, 2009
Recorded 2008–2009
Genre R&B, electronica, dance
Length 51:10 (video collection)
50:04 (dance mixes)
Label Columbia
Director Jake Nava, Beyoncé, Sophie Muller, Melina Matsoukas, Philip Andelman, Ed Burke
Beyoncé chronology
I Am... Sasha Fierce
(2008)
Above and Beyoncé
(2009)
I Am... Yours: An Intimate Performance at Wynn Las Vegas
(2009)

Above and Beyoncé: Video Collection & Dance Mixes is a remix and video album by American R&B singer Beyoncé. Consisting of two discs, the album features music videos on one disc and dance remixes on the other. It was initially released on June 16, 2009 through Wal-Mart stores and J&R exclusively, although it was later made available through other retailers. Above and Beyoncé peaked at number thirty-five on the Billboard 200, and was received positively by Andy Kellman of Allmusic, who rated it three out of five stars. It also appeared on Billboard's component charts, Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums and Dance/Electronic Albums.

Background and release[edit]

Above and Beyoncé comprises two discs. The first contains the music videos of six of the singles from her 2008 studio album, I Am... Sasha Fierce: "If I Were a Boy", "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)", "Diva", "Halo", Broken-Hearted Girl" and "Ego". It also features a "fan exclusive" cut of the "Ego" video and behind-the-scenes footage of the shooting of the videos. The second disc hosts electronica dance remixes of the songs,[1][2] as well as of the album's sixth single, "Sweet Dreams". A mix of "Ego" with a rap verse from Kanye West closes the album. On June 15, 2009, the behind-the-scenes footage was broadcast on BET's Access Granted.[3][4] The alternative "Ego" video premiered afterwards.[4]

The cover art of Above and Beyoncé was previewed by People magazine in May 2009.[5] The album was originally released exclusively to Wal-Mart stores and J&R, on June 16, 2009.[6] The dance mixes only were made available via MP3 format through Amazon.com on June 16,[7] and the whole album was released to the online store on November 3, 2009.[8] The iTunes Store began selling the remixes on February 1, 2010.[9]

Reception[edit]

Allmusic's Andy Kellman called the album "a nice set for devoted fans who haven't already shelled out for all the mixes", and awarded it three out of five stars.[10] In 2011, Maura Gavaghan writing for MTV, said that "The creative title of this video album alone is a reason for every devoted fan... to buy a copy".[11] She added that the dance remixes of the songs make a "dance party in a neatly packaged DVD set".[11] Above and Beyoncé debuted at number thirty-six on the Billboard 200 chart dated July 4, 2009,[12] selling 14,000 copies that week.[13] It later peaked at number thirty-five, spending fourteen weeks on the chart.[14][15] On the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, Above and Beyoncé debuted[16] and peaked at number twenty-three, lasting forty-three weeks in the chart.[17] Among the Dance/Electronic Albums, the album debuted at number two, placing below Lady Gaga's The Fame.[18] It spent a total of forty-eight weeks on the component chart, including twenty-four weeks in the top ten.[19] Above and Beyoncé was ranked at number nine on the year-end Dance/Electronic Albums Chart for 2009,[20] and number twenty-one on the 2010 chart.[21]

Track listing[edit]

Disc one: Video Collection
No. Title Writer(s) Director(s)[22] Length
1. "If I Were a Boy"   Toby Gad, BC Jean Jake Nava 5:06
2. "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)"   Christopher Stewart, Terius Nash, Thaddis Harrell, Beyoncé Jake Nava 3:19
3. "Diva"   Beyoncé, Shondrae Crawford, Sean Garrett Melina Matsoukas 4:06
4. "Halo"   Beyoncé, Ryan Tedder, E. Kidd Bogart Philip Andelman 3:45
5. "Broken-Hearted Girl"   Kenneth Edmonds, Mikkel S. Eriksen, Tor Erik Hermansen, Beyoncé Sophie Muller 4:40
6. "Ego" (Remix featuring Kanye West) Elvis Williams, Harold Lilly, Beyoncé Beyoncé, Frank Gatson Jr. 4:53
7. "Ego" (Fan exclusive) Williams, Lilly, Beyoncé Beyoncé, Frank Gatson Jr. 3:57
8. "Behind the Scenes: The Videos"     Ed Burke 19:02
Disc two: Dance Mixes
No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s)[22][23] Length
1. "If I Were a Boy" (Maurice Joshua Mojo UK Remix) Gad, Jean Toby Gad, Beyoncé, Maurice Joshua* 6:29
2. "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)" (DJ Escape & Tony Coluccio Remix – Club Version) Stewart, Nash, Harrell, Beyoncé Tricky Stewart, The-Dream, Beyoncé, DJ Escape*, Tony Coluccio* 6:57
3. "Diva" (Karmatronic Club Remix) Beyoncé, Crawford, Garrett Bangladesh, Sean Garrett, Beyoncé, Achilles Sparta*, Peter Krajezar* 5:08
4. "Halo" (Dave Audé Club Remix) Beyoncé, Tedder, Bogart Ryan Tedder, Beyoncé, Dave Audé* 8:55
5. "Broken-Hearted Girl" (Catalyst Remix) Edmonds, Eriksen, Hermansen, Beyoncé StarGate, Beyoncé, James Cruz* 4:46
6. "Ego" (OK DAC Remix) Williams, Lilly, Beyoncé Blac Elvis, Harold Lilly, Beyoncé, OK DAC* 6:29
7. "Sweet Dreams" (Harlan Pepper & AG III Remix) Beyoncé, James Scheffer, Wayne Wilkins, Rico Love Jim Jonsin, Wayne Wilkins, Rico Love, Beyoncé, Peterson & Alan Gordan* 6:43
8. "Ego" (Remix featuring Kanye West) Williams, Lilly, Beyoncé Blac Elvis, Harold Lilly, Beyoncé 4:44

(*) denotes remix and additional production

Credits[edit]

Credits for Above and Beyoncé's', adapted from Allmusic and CD's liner notes.[22][24]

  • Kory Aaron – assistance
  • Damien Alexander – artists and repertoire
  • Phillip Andelman – direction
  • Dave Audé – production, remixing
  • Babyface – writing
  • Christian Baker – assistance
  • Bangladesh – writing
  • Tim Blacksmith – management
  • Evan Bogart – writing
  • Ed Burke – direction
  • Domenic Capello – mixing
  • Jim Caruana – engineering, vocal engineering
  • Fusako Chubachi – art direction
  • Tony Coluccio – remixing
  • Tom Coyne – mastering
  • James Cruz – mastering
  • Kim Dellara – executive production
  • DJ Escape – remixing
  • The-Dream – writing
  • Mikkel Storleer Eriksen – engineering, instrumentation, writing
  • Jens Gad – drums
  • Toby Gad – arrangement, engineering, production, instrumentation, writing
  • Tim Gant – keyboards
  • Sean Garrett – writing
  • Alan Gordon – engineering
  • Matt Green – assistance
  • Kuk Harrell – engineering, writing
  • Matt Hennessy – engineering
  • Ty Hunter – stylist
  • Jim Jonsin – production
  • Maurice Joshua – remixing
  • Grant Jue – production
  • Chris Kantrowitz – executive production
  • Anthony Kilhoffer – vocal engineering
  • Kimberly Kimble – hair stylist
  • Juli Knapp – artists and repertoire
  • Beyoncé – executive production, production, writing, vocals vocal production
  • Mathew Knowles – executive production
  • Tina Knowles – creative consultant
  • Melissa Larsen – production
  • Harold Lilly – production, writing
  • Peter Lindbergh – photography
  • Rico Love – producer, writing, vocals, vocal production
  • Philip Margiziotis – horn
  • Melina Matsoukas – direction
  • Jake McKim – artists and repertoire
  • Michael Paul Miller – assistance
  • Sophie Muller – director
  • Jake Nava – director
  • Jeff Pantaleo – executive production
  • Dave Pensado – mixing
  • James Scheffer – writing
  • Hagai Shaham – production
  • Mark "Spike" Stent – mixing
  • Christopher "Tricky" Stewart – writing
  • Ryan Tedder – arrangement, engineering, instrumentation, production, writing
  • Francesca Tolot – make-up
  • Lidell Townsell – keyboards
  • Jennifer Turner – marketing
  • Randy Urbanski – assistance
  • Miles Walker – engineering
  • Wayne Wilkins – production, writing
  • Elvis Williams – writing
  • Dontae Winslow – trumpet
  • John Winter – production
  • Andrew Wuepper – assistance

Charts[edit]

Release history[edit]

Country Date Format Label
United States[7] June 16, 2009 Digital download (dance mixes only) Columbia Records
United States[nb 1][6] CD/DVD
Japan[25][26] Sony Music Japan
Germany[27][28] June 18, 2009 Sony Music
Canada[29] August 18, 2009
Canada[30] November 3, 2009
United Kingdom[31][32] RCA Records
United States[8] Columbia Records
Austria[33] February 1, 2010 Digital download (dance mixes only) Sony Music
Canada[34]
Switzerland[35]
United States[9] Columbia Records
  1. ^ Only at Wal-Mart and J&R Music New York

References[edit]

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