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Above and Beyoncé
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Remix album / video album by Beyoncé
Released June 16, 2009
Recorded 2008–2009
Genre
Length 51:10 (video collection)
50:04 (dance mixes)
Label
Director
Producer
Beyoncé chronology
I Am... Sasha Fierce
(2008)I Am... Sasha Fierce2008
Above and Beyoncé: Video Collection & Dance Mixes
(2009)
I Am... Yours: An Intimate Performance at Wynn Las Vegas
(2009)I Am... Yours: An Intimate Performance at Wynn Las Vegas2009
Beyoncé video chronology
The Beyoncé Experience Live
(2007) The Beyoncé Experience Live2007
Above and Beyoncé: Video Collection & Dance Mixes
(2009) Above and Beyoncé: Video Collection & Dance Mixes2009
I Am... Yours: An Intimate Performance at Wynn Las Vegas
(2009) I Am... Yours: An Intimate Performance at Wynn Las Vegas2009

Above and Beyoncé: Video Collection & Dance Mixes is a remix and video album by American singer Beyoncé. It was released on June 16, 2009 through Columbia Records and Music World Entertainment exclusively to Walmart and J&R, although it was later made available through other retailers. Consisting of two discs, the album features music videos on one disc and dance remixes on the other. Above and Beyoncé: Video Collection & Dance Mixes peaked at number thirty-five on the US Billboard 200, and received generally favorable reviews from music critics. It also appeared on US Billboard's component charts, Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums and Dance/Electronic Albums. The remix version of "Ego" included on the album, featuring Kanye West, was nominated for Grammy Award for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration at the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards (2010).

Background and content[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.

Release and artwork[edit]

On June 15, 2009, the behind-the-scenes footage was broadcast on BET's Access Granted.[3][4] The remix video for "Ego" 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 Walmart and J&R, on June 16, 2009.[6] The dance mixes only were made available via MP3 format through Amazon Music the same day,[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]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[10]

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: "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]

Commercial performance[edit]

Above and Beyoncé: Video Collection & Dance Mixes debuted at number thirty-six on the US 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 US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, Above and Beyoncé: Video Collection & Dance Mixes debuted[16] and peaked at number twenty-three, spending forty-three weeks on the chart.[17] Among the US Dance/Electronic Albums, the album debuted at number two, placing below Lady Gaga's debut studio album The Fame (2008).[18] It spent a total of forty-eight weeks on the chart, including twenty-four weeks in the top ten.[19] Above and Beyoncé: Video Collection & Dance Mixes was ranked at number nine on the year-end US Dance/Electronic Albums for 2009,[20] and at number twenty-one for 2010.[21]

Track listing[edit]

Above and Beyoncé: Video Collection & Dance Mixes – Disc one (Video Collection)
No. Title Writer(s) Director(s) Length
1. "If I Were a Boy" Jake Nava 5:06
2. "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)" Nava 3:19
3. "Diva" Melina Matsoukas 4:06
4. "Halo" Philip Andelman 3:45
5. "Broken-Hearted Girl" Sophie Muller 4:40
6. "Ego" (Remix featuring Kanye West)
  • Knowles
  • Frank Gatson Jr.
4:53
7. "Ego" (Fan exclusive)
  • Williams
  • Lilly
  • Knowles
  • Knowles
  • Gatson Jr.
3:57
8. "Behind the Scenes: the Videos"   Ed Burke 19:02
Above and Beyoncé: Video Collection & Dance Mixes – Disc two (Dance Mixes)
No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "If I Were a Boy" (Maurice Joshua Mojo UK Remix)
  • Gad
  • Jean
  • Gad
  • Knowles
  • Joshua[a]
6:29
2. "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)" (DJ Escape & Tony Coluccio Remix – Club Version)
  • Stewart
  • The-Dream
  • Harrell
  • Knowles
  • Stewart
  • The-Dream
  • Knowles
  • DJ Escape[a]
  • Tony Coluccio[a]
6:57
3. "Diva" (Karmatronic Club Remix)
  • Knowles
  • Bangladesh
  • Garrett
  • Bangladesh
  • Garrett
  • Knowles
  • Achilles Sparta[a]
  • Péter Krajczár[a]
5:08
4. "Halo" (Dave Audé Club Remix)
  • Knowles
  • Tedder
  • Bogart
  • Tedder
  • Knowles
  • Audé
8:55
5. "Broken-Hearted Girl" (Catalyst Remix)
  • Babyface
  • Eriksen
  • Hermansen
  • Knowles
  • Stargate
  • Knowles
  • James Cruz[a]
4:46
6. "Ego" (OK DAC Remix)
  • Blac Elvis
  • Lilly
  • Knowles
  • Blac Elvis
  • Lilly
  • Knowles
  • OK DAC[a]
6:29
7. "Sweet Dreams" (Harlan Pepper & AG III Remix)
  • Jonsin
  • Wilkins
  • Love
  • Knowles
  • Harlan Pepper & AG III Remix[a]
6:43
8. "Ego" (Remix featuring Kanye West)
  • Blac Elvis
  • Lilly
  • Knowles
  • Blac Elvis
  • Lilly
  • Knowles
4:44
Notes

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from AllMusic and Above and Beyoncé: Video Collection & Dance Mixes's liner notes.[22][23][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
  • E. Kidd 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
  • Jim Jonsin – writing
  • Hagai Shaham – production
  • Mark "Spike" Stent – mixing
  • 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
  • Blac Elvis – writing
  • Dontae Winslow – trumpet
  • John Winter – production
  • Andrew Wuepper – assistance

Charts[edit]

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format(s) Label(s) Ref.
Japan June 16, 2009 CD+DVD (Walmart and J&R exclusive) Sony Music [28][29]
United States
[7][6]
Germany June 18, 2009 CD+DVD (Walmart and J&R exclusive) Sony Music [30][31]
Canada August 18, 2009 [32]
November 3, 2009 CD+DVD [33]
United Kingdom RCA [34][35]
United States
  • Columbia
  • Music World
[8]
Austria February 1, 2010 Digital download (iTunes Store exclusive; dance mixes only) Sony Music [36]
Canada [37]
Switzerland [38]
United States
  • Columbia
  • Music World
[9]

References[edit]

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