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B'Day Anthology Video Album

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B'Day Anthology Video Album
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ReleasedApril 3, 2007
Recorded2006–2007
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Length69:36
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Beyoncé chronology
Beyoncé: The Ultimate Performer
(2006)
B'Day Anthology Video Album
(2007)
Irreemplazable
(2007)
Beyoncé video chronology
Beyoncé: The Ultimate Performer
(2006)
B'Day Anthology Video Album
(2007)
The Beyoncé Experience Live
(2007)

B'Day Anthology Video Album is the first video album by American singer Beyoncé. It features thirteen music videos for songs from her second studio album, B'Day (2006) and its deluxe edition (2007). It was released through Columbia Records, Sony Music and Music World Entertainment exclusively through Walmart stores on April 3, 2007 alongside the deluxe edition, but was later serviced to other retailers. Beyoncé shot nine videos for the album, and four pre-filmed videos were also included. B'Day Anthology Video Album has been certified double platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). Outside North America, the album was featured as a bonus disc to the deluxe edition of B'Day. The "Still in Love (Kissing You)" video was the subject of a copyright infringement lawsuit, therefore only initial pressings of the album contain its video.

Background[edit]

Cquote1.png First it was just "Green Light" and "Upgrade U". Let's sneak in "Kitty Kat". We might as well put in "Suga Mama". We gotta do "Get Me Bodied", that's the dance record. Gotta do something for "Beautiful Liar", that's the song with Shakira, of course we know we gotta do a video for that ... If I had another week I probably would have shot three more videos. Cquote2.png
—Beyoncé, "Anthology Behind the Scenes"[1]

Beyoncé said that she filmed B'Day Anthology Video Album because she "always wanted to do a video album" so that her fans wouldn't have to log onto YouTube to watch her music videos, but could instead play them via DVD.[2] Beyoncé knew what the videos' choreography would be before the filming began. She also planned her hairstyles, outfits and make-up. Beyoncé wanted each video to look different, and therefore she used different film techniques, fashion and styling.[2] B'Day Anthology Video Album contains thirteen music videos and behind the scenes footage. The videos for "Déjà Vu", "Ring the Alarm", "Irreplaceable" and "Listen" had been shot prior to the album's filming.[3] The other nine videos were filmed in a two-week period.[4][5] B'Day Anthology Video Album contains music videos for all of the songs from the standard edition of B'Day except for "Resentment".[5] It also includes videos for "Beautiful Liar", "Flaws and All" and "Still in Love (Kissing You)", which were featured only on the deluxe edition. According to Vibe, the thirteen videos on B'Day Anthology Video Album gave Beyoncé the record of the most music videos released in a twelve-month period.[3]

Release and promotion[edit]

B'Day Anthology Video Album was released through Columbia Records and Music World Entertainment exclusively through Walmart on April 3, 2007, the same day that the deluxe edition of B'Day was released.[6] The video album was made available to other retailers on June 19, 2007.[7][8] Outside North America, the video album was featured as the second disc on the deluxe edition of B'Day albeit without "Anthology Behind the Scenes".[9] Irreemplazable, an extended play (EP) featuring Spanish-language recordings, was included as the bonus disc in North America.[10] Prior to its release, copies of the videos were ripped from an advance album and leaked onto the internet in MP4 form.[11] Beyoncé promoted the album by appearing on television shows Today and The Early Show, while television channel VH1 Soul aired several of its videos.[12]

Critical reception[edit]

Sal Cinquemani of Slant Magazine criticized the music videos for the songs on B'Day Anthology Video Album, writing that "none of them are anything special, though most will please narrow-minded fans".[13] To celebrate the album's tenth anniversary, Billboard published "Beyoncé's Best Fashion Moments from Her Decade-Old 'B'Day Anthology Video Album'", the list in which Billboard editor Da'Shan Smith commented on ten best outfits Beyoncé wore in the music videos, on April 3, 2017, and stated: "The project has delivered audiences some of the singer's most iconic looks. In every frame she appears in, Beyoncé oozes a radiant confidence, wearing stunning outfits and costumes to match. Here is the project's ten best looks – from House of Deréon signatures to impromptu costume designs and haute couture get ups."[14] The same day, Vibe published a list in which Smith ranked all thirteen music videos from the worst to the best; he stated: "B'Day Video Anthology Album must be heralded as an important pop culture artifact. As expressed before, it's the birther of Beyoncé's passion for providing fans visual sequences they need to tell an album’s story. Imagine a B'Day without its Anthology—although the go-go and funk infused tracks already made an impression upon audio listens only, the visuals made the record pop to life."[15]

Commercial performance[edit]

B'Day Anthology Video Album debuted at number twenty-four on the US Top Music Videos chart dated April 28, 2007.[16] It was certified double platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) on October 3, 2007, denoting the shipments of 200,000 copies.[17]

Controversy[edit]

Beyoncé covered Des'ree's song "Kissing You" for the deluxe edition of B'Day and retitled it "Still in Love (Kissing You)". She filmed a video of the song for B'Day Anthology Video Album; however one of the conditions set out by Des'ree's publishers, the Royalty Network, was that Beyoncé didn't release the song in video form. The Royalty Network filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against the involved parties seeking US$150,000 in damages.[18] Infringing copies of B'Day Anthology Video Album were recalled in April 2007, and in October 2007 the lawsuit was dismissed with prejudice.[19] Later copies of the album did not contain "Still in Love (Kissing You)".[20]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleDirector(s)Length
1."Beautiful Liar" (featuring Shakira)3:34
2."Irreplaceable"Anthony Mandler4:17
3."Kitty Kat"1:03
4."Green Light"Matsoukas3:31
5."Upgrade U" (featuring Jay-Z)
  • Matsoukas
  • Knowles
4:38
6."Flaws and All"
  • Cliff Watts
  • Knowles
4:14
7."Get Me Bodied" (Extended Mix) (featuring Kelly Rowland, Michelle Williams and Solange Knowles)
  • Mandler
  • Knowles
6:42
8."Freakum Dress"
3:21
9."Suga Mama"
  • Matsoukas
  • Knowles
3:37
10."Déjà Vu" (featuring Jay-Z)Sophie Muller4:06
11."Ring the Alarm"Muller3:33
12."Listen" (director's cut)Diane Martel3:49
13."Still in Love (Kissing You)" (later removed)
  • Watts
  • Knowles
4:41
14."Credits" 0:51
15."Anthology Behind the Scenes"Ed Burke17:39
Notes
  • The length of each of the music videos includes a five-second bumble bee introduction, except for "Green Light", which is listed as a continuation of "Kitty Kat" and therefore has no introduction. The credits and "Anthology Behind the Scenes" also don't include introductions.

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from the video "Credits".[1]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2007) Peak
position
US Music Videos (Billboard)[21] 24

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United States (RIAA)[22] 2× Platinum 200,000^

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Beyoncé Knowles (April 3, 2007). B'Day Anthology Video Album (DVD). Sony BMG.
  2. ^ a b "Beyonce releases 'B'Day' video album". USA Today. Gannett Company. April 5, 2007. Retrieved April 19, 2011.
  3. ^ a b "Who recorded the most music videos in one calendar year?". Vibe. InterMedia Partners. March 2008. p. 56. ISSN 1070-4701.
  4. ^ Associated Press (April 9, 2007). "People: Imelda Staunton, Jackie Chan, Sean Connery". The New York Times. Retrieved April 19, 2011.
  5. ^ a b Vineyard, Jennifer. "Beyoncé: Backstage At The B'Day Videos". MTV News. Archived from the original on June 24, 2011. Retrieved April 19, 2011.
  6. ^ "For The Record: Quick News On Mariah, Notorious B.I.G., Paul Wall, Beyonce, Shakira, Fall Out Boy & More". MTV News. MTV Networks. February 13, 2007. Retrieved April 19, 2011.
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  8. ^ "Beyoncé – B'Day Anthology Video Album (2007)". Amazon.com. Retrieved April 19, 2011.
  9. ^ "B'Day Deluxe Edition [CD]". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved April 19, 2011.
  10. ^ "B'day [Deluxe Edition]". Amazon.com. Retrieved April 19, 2011.
  11. ^ Garrity, Brian (April 28, 2007). "Ripping Clips". Billboard. Vol. 119 no. 17. Nielsen Business Media. ISSN 0006-2510.
  12. ^ George, Raphael (April 21, 2007). "Special Edition Lifts Beyoncé". Billboard. Vol. 119 no. 16. Nielsen Business Media. ISSN 0006-2510.
  13. ^ Cinquemani, Sal (April 7, 2007). "Upgrade B". Slant Magazine. Retrieved December 1, 2013.
  14. ^ Smith, Da'Shan (April 3, 2017). "Beyoncé's Best Fashion Moments From Her Decade-Old 'B'Day Anthology Video Album'". Billboard. Retrieved July 22, 2017.
  15. ^ Smith, Da'Shan (April 3, 2017). "A Ranking Of Beyonce's 'B' Day Anthology Video Album' – Vibe". Vibe. Retrieved July 22, 2017.
  16. ^ "Top Music Videos". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media. April 28, 2007. Note: Billboard.biz subscription is required. Search for Top Music Videos April 28, 2007.
  17. ^ "Gold & Platinum: Search Results". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved April 19, 2011.[permanent dead link]
  18. ^ Vineyard, Jennifer (April 24, 2007). "Beyonce's B'Day Over? Singer Pulls Deluxe Editions Due To Lawsuit". MTV News. MTV Networks. Retrieved February 4, 2011.
  19. ^ The Royalty Network Inc. v. Columbia Recording Corporation et al (October 12, 2007). Text
  20. ^ Collis, Clark (May 4, 2007). "'B'Day' Blues". Entertainment Weekly. Time Warner. Retrieved February 27, 2011.
  21. ^ 28, 2007/music-video "Music Video Sales: April 28, 2007". Billboard.
  22. ^ "American video certifications – Beyonce – B'Day". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Video Longform, then click SEARCH.