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Born This Way: The Collection

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Born This Way: The Collection
Box set by Lady Gaga
Released November 18, 2011 (2011-11-18)
Recorded 2010–11
Length
  • 1:54:23 (disc 1)
  • 1:13:38 (disc 2)
  • 1:11:27 (disc 3)
Label
Lady Gaga chronology
  • Born This Way: The Collection
  • (2011)

Born This Way: The Collection is the third compilation album by American singer-songwriter Lady Gaga, released on November 18, 2011, by Interscope Records. The three-disc set includes her second studio album Born This Way, the remix album Born This Way: The Remix, and the DVD Lady Gaga Presents the Monster Ball Tour: At Madison Square Garden. Photographer Nick Knight shot the cover of the release, which showed Gaga wearing a dress made of slime by designer Bart Hess. The box set was enclosed as a digipak with new booklets. The release received positive feedback from reviewers, but had minor commercial success, only entering charts in Greece, Italy, and South Korea.

Background[edit]

In October 2011, Lady Gaga announced plans to release a box set titled Born This Way: The Collection and a remix album titled Born This Way: The Remix.[1] The box set was first released in Germany on November 18, 2011, and consisted of a 17-track version of Gaga's second studio album, Born This Way, the aforementioned remix album and a DVD release of the HBO concert special Lady Gaga Presents the Monster Ball Tour: At Madison Square Garden. Along with the collection, she also planned to release a coffee table book called Lady Gaga x Terry Richardson, containing pictures shot during The Monster Ball Tour.[2][3] The album cover was released on October 21, 2011. The image shows Gaga wearing a dress made of slime by designer Bart Hess, a Perspex hat made by Charlie le Mindu, and heels by Alexander McQueen.[4][5] Photographer Nick Knight shot the cover, and was initially one of the outtakes from the imagery shot for Born This Way, later re-touched and re-used as the box set's cover. New booklets were also provided alongside the regular ones and the whole case was in a digipak.[6]

Reception[edit]

Stephen Thomas Erlewine of AllMusic gave a positive review, saying that the album is "for any fan of the singer who somehow has failed to pick up any or all of these along the way, this is a convenient way to grab all this Gaga at once".[7] Idolator created a contest for a fan to win the box set, by tweeting about the release and e-mailing the website.[8] Born This Way: The Collection debuted on the Greek Albums Chart at number 67 on the chart of December 16, 2011.[9] The following week the album climbed eighteen positions, reaching number 49, which became its peak there.[10] The album debuted on South Korean International Albums Chart at number 18 on the chart of December 3, 2011, remaining on the chart of South Korea for just one week.[11]

Track listing[edit]

Notes

(*) denotes co-producer.

Charts[edit]

Chart (2011) Peak
position
Greek Albums (IFPI)[10] 49
Italian Albums (FIMI)[13] 98
Korean International Albums (Gaon)[11] 18

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label Edition
Germany[2] November 18, 2011 CD+DVD Universal Music Standard
Canada[14] November 21, 2011
Japan[15] Streamline, Interscope, KonLive
United Kingdom[16][17] Polydor
Streamline, Interscope, KonLive
United States[18]
Canada[19] November 29, 2011 Deluxe
Japan[20] Polydor
United States[21] December 27, 2011 101 Distribution

References[edit]

  1. ^ Vena, Jocelyn (October 7, 2011). "Lady Gaga To Release Monster Ball DVD, Remix Album". MTV News. Viacom. Retrieved November 5, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "Born This Way – The Collection [CD+DVD, Box-Set]" (in German). Amazon.de. Retrieved December 27, 2011. 
  3. ^ Lipshutz, Jason (October 7, 2011). "Lady Gaga Announces 'Monster Ball' DVD, 'Born This Way' Remix Album". Billboard (Prometheus Global Media). Retrieved November 5, 2011. 
  4. ^ Daw, Robbie (October 2, 2011). "Lady Gaga's 'Born This Way: The Remix' & 'The Collection' Covers Revealed". Idolator. Spin Media. Retrieved December 26, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Lady Gaga surprises with "Born This Way: The Collection" artwork!". Made to be Now. Retrieved December 26, 2011. 
  6. ^ Nick, Knight (2011). Born This Way: The Collection (Media notes). Santa Monica: Interscope Records. p. 3. 602527877310. 
  7. ^ a b c d Erlewine, Stephen Thomas (November 29, 2011). "Born This Way: The Collection". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved December 26, 2011. 
  8. ^ Adickman, Ericka (November 22, 2011). "Lady Gaga 'Born This Way: The Collection' Giveaway". Idolator. Spin Media. Retrieved December 26, 2011. 
  9. ^ "Top-75 Albums Sales Chart". IFPI Greece. Archived from the original on December 15, 2011. Retrieved December 15, 2011. 
  10. ^ a b "Top-75 Albums Sales Chart". IFPI Greece. Archived from the original on December 26, 2011. Retrieved December 26, 2011. 
  11. ^ a b "2011년 50주차 Album Chart" (in Korean). GAON. November 27, 2011. Retrieved August 8, 2012. 
  12. ^ a b c "Born This Way: The Collection CD". UK Universal Music Store. Retrieved December 26, 2011. 
  13. ^ "Italy Albums Top 100 (November 22, 2011)". Billboard (United States: αcharts). Retrieved June 9, 2012. 
  14. ^ "Born This Way: The Collection (2CD + DVD)". Amazon.ca. Retrieved December 27, 2011. 
  15. ^ "Born This Way: Collection [Import, From US]" (in Japanese). Amazon.co.jp. Retrieved December 27, 2011. 
  16. ^ "Born This Way – The Collection [CD+DVD, Box Set]". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved December 27, 2011. 
  17. ^ "Born This Way: The Collection [Box Set]". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved December 27, 2011. 
  18. ^ "Born This Way – The Collection [2 CD / DVD Combo] [CD+DVD]". Amazon.com. Retrieved December 27, 2011. 
  19. ^ "Born This Way: the Collection: Deluxe Edition [Import]". Amazon.ca. Retrieved December 27, 2011. 
  20. ^ "Born This Way: the Collection: Deluxe Edition [CD+DVD, Import, From US]" (in Japanese). Amazon.co.jp. Retrieved December 27, 2011. 
  21. ^ "Born This Way: the Collection: Deluxe Edition [Import]". Amazon.com. Retrieved December 27, 2011.