Beyoncé [Platinum Edition]

Beyoncé [Platinum Edition]

by BeyoncéBeyoncé

CD(Bonus Tracks / Bonus DVD / with Booklet)

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The first 346 days of Beyoncé's 2013 were eventful enough. She headlined the Super Bowl XLVII half-time show, joined by Destiny's Child partners Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams. The trio released "Nuclear," an excellent song disregarded for not being an anthem. A documentary, Life Is But a Dream, aired on HBO. There were appearances on albums by Rowland, the-Dream, and husband Jay-Z, as well as a Soundcloud upload "Bow Down/I Been On," passionately debated for its aggression and vulgarity, and the more "ladylike" "Standing on the Sun," a clothing retailer tie-in. And then, on December 13, while engaged in a world tour and when no one expected it, she released her fifth solo studio album with accompanying videos. Easily her best album since B'day, it's among her most entertaining and sexually explicit work, yet it's substantive in every respect. Beyoncé co-wrote and co-produced all of the songs with A-listers like Pharrell, Timbaland, James Fauntleroy, Hit-Boy, and the-Dream, as well as emerging Detroiters Detail and Key Wane and the previously unknown Boots. There are deep references to Beyoncé's competitive show biz upbringing and acknowledgments of her beloved Houston hometown. "Mine" and "Blue" involve vivid expressions regarding the turbulence and thrill of motherhood. Central track "***Flawless" opens with Ed McMahon's introduction of her preteen group on Star Search, incorporates the combative "Bow Down" and a portion of celebrated Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's TED talk on feminism, as well as a booming, quotable-packed victory lap. It concludes with McMahon's dismissal of her group, as if to say, "Yeah, but look at me now." There's also a whole lot of romance, heartache, and, most prominently, monogamous sex -- in the kitchen, in a chauffeur-driven car, while drunk. Best of all is "Blow," playfully risqué boogie loaded with instantly memorable lines -- "I'm-a let you be the boss of me," for instance -- and a slick tempo change-up. Soul throwback ballad "Rocket" is a close second, another amusing mix of metaphorical and explicit come-ons. It opens with an elegantly delivered "Let me sit this ass on you." When the album came out, the release itself dominated the chatter. In time, it should be seen as a career highlight from a superstar -- one of the hardest-working people in the business, a new mother, in total control, at her creative and commercial peak. [The CD/DVD Platinum Edition of the album, released in November 2014, was packaged in a compact clam shell box. In addition to the original album and DVD set, the set contained another audio disc with two new songs ("7/11," "Ring Off") and a handful of remixes (featuring Nicki Minaj, Kanye West, Jay-Z, Pharrell Williams, and Mr. Vegas), along with a live DVD (filmed during the Mrs. Carter Show tour), and a booklet-size 2015 calendar.]

Product Details

Release Date: 11/24/2014
Label: Sony
UPC: 0888750384423
catalogNumber: 503844


Album Credits

Performance Credits

Beyoncé   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

Mike Dean   Composer
Darryl Pearson   Composer
Jerome "J-Roc" Harmon   Composer,Producer
Timbaland   Producer
Christopher "Tricky" Stewart   Composer
Terry Richardson   Video Director
Chris Godbey   Composer
Pharrell Williams   Composer,Producer
Shawn Carter   Composer
Tim Mosley   Composer
Beyoncé Knowles   Composer,Producer,Executive Producer,Video Director
Hype Williams   Video Director
Justin Timberlake   Composer,Producer
Sia Furler   Composer
Jonas Akerlund   Video Director
Kasseem Dean   Composer
Ryan Tedder   Composer,Producer
Makeba Riddick   Composer
Angela Beyince   Composer
Sean Garrett   Composer
James Fauntleroy   Composer
Jake Nava   Video Director
Garland Mosley   Composer
Hit Boy   Producer
Detail   Producer
Ed Burke   Video Director
Melina Matsoukas   Video Director
Nick Van De Wall   Composer
Noah Shebib   Composer,Producer
Joshua Coleman   Composer
Aubrey "Drake" Graham   Composer
Adidja Palmer   Composer
noel fisher   Composer
Kelly Sheehan   Composer
Thomas Wesley Pentz   Composer
Sidney "Omen" Brown   Composer
Frank Ocean   Composer
Caroline Polachek   Composer,Producer
Terius Nash   Composer,Producer
Todd Tourso   Video Director
Key Wane   Producer
Chauncey Hollis   Composer
Solange Knowles   Composer
Francesco Carrozzini   Video Director
Miguel Pimentel   Composer
Rasool Diaz   Composer
Brian Soko   Composer
Andre Proctor   Composer
Dwane Weir   Composer
Boots   Composer,Producer
Bill Kirstein   Video Director
Ammo   Producer
Ricky Saiz   Video Director
Rey Reel   Composer,Producer
Pierre Debusschere   Video Director
Jordan Kenneth Cooke Ullman   Composer

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