Destiny's Child Video Anthology

Destiny's Child Video Anthology is the fourth video album by American recording group Destiny's Child. It is a sixteen-music video collection, filmed by the group with various directors during their music career (1997 – 2005). The album was produced by Akil Brown with members Beyoncé, Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams and their manager Mathew Knowles also serving as executive producers. To promote the album, Destiny's Child collaborated with several publications which offered copies to their readers through their websites. The album was first released on May 31, 2013 through Columbia Records. Upon its release, it received positive reviews from music critics who praised the visuals included complete with the accompanying choreography.[1][2] However, one writer felt the album was incomplete and argued that many videos were omitted from the track listing.

Destiny's Child Video Anthology
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ReleasedMay 31, 2013 (2013-05-31)
Recorded1997–2005
GenreR&B
Length59:12
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Destiny's Child chronology
Love Songs
(2013)
Destiny's Child Video Anthology
(2013)

Background and release

The album was announced via a press release on Destiny's Child's website on April 16, 2013. It was released through Music World Entertainment, Columbia Records, and Legacy Recordings, and was the group's third record release with the latter. Destiny's Child Video Anthology contained sixteen music videos for fourteen songs filmed throughout the band's music career.[3][nb 1] It was produced by Akil Brown with members Beyoncé, Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams as well as their manager Mathew Knowles serving as executive producers.[4] All the featured videos are presented in an aspect ratio – 1.33:1.[3]

The cover artwork used for the release of the DVD is taken from the music video of "Cater 2 U" (2005) directed by Jake Nava and it features the members of Destiny's Child dressed in long form-fitting blue fishtail evening dresses;[5] it was shot at Red Rock Canyon State Park in California by photographer Daniel Moss.[4] For the release, Destiny's Child partnered with the website TheDrop.fm on May 21, 2013 which offered a prize pack to its readers featuring the album, two T-shirts and the group's tourbook.[6] Jet magazine also organized a contest on its official website offering to give away five copies of the DVD.[7] A similar contest was organized on Juicy magazine's official website, offering five copies from the album to five of its readers.[8] To further promote the album, the group was featured on the R&B division of the Vevo channel at YouTube on June 4, 2013. Destiny's Child Video Anthology was first released in the UK and Germany on May 31, 2013. It was later released in the US on June 4 and on the country's iTunes Store two days later, while the following day it was released in Australia.[9] In Japan, Destiny's Child Video Anthology was released on June 26, 2013.[10]

Reception

Gregory Heaney from the website AllMusic positively reviewed the video album, writing, "[it] combines the group's considerable vocal talents with their amazing choreography, delivering the total Destiny's Child package as a video greatest-hits compilation".[11] Jacob Rohn from the website Black Entertainment Television (BET) felt that "While each later became a star in their own right, Destiny's Child as a group was known for their edgy and visually magnetic videos".[12] He further finished his review by writing, "Destiny's Child Video Anthology is a must-have for any DC fan and anyone that misses the time when music videos were at their peak."[12] A writer of ABC News Radio similarly noted that the album was created for "fans who studied all their moves" and remember the choreography.[13] Tanner Stransky of Entertainment Weekly felt the album was the most "indulgent" memory trip to the period of the late-1990s and early-2000s memory lane. He further described the videos as "gaudy, stupid fun".[14] However, a more mixed review came from The Morton Report writer Chaz Lipp who felt that the album was incomplete and noted that eight other videos from the group's videography were not released.[nb 2] He remarked that the unreleased videos for the songs, most notably the ones from the holiday album 8 Days of Christmas could have been included as bonus selections. Lipp concluded that Destiny's Child Video Anthology "hits its peak with the group's best single, the irresistibly funky 'Bootylicious'".[3]

Track listing

No.TitleDirector(s)Length
1."No, No, No" (Part I)Darren Grant4:30
2."No, No, No" (Part II) (featuring Wyclef Jean)Grant3:27
3."Bills, Bills, Bills"Grant4:04
4."Bug a Boo"Grant3:14
5."Say My Name"Joseph Kahn3:59
6."Jumpin', Jumpin'"Kahn3:26
7."Survivor"Grant4:09
8."Independent Women Part I"Francis Lawrence3:57
9."Bootylicious"Matthew Rolston3:29
10."Bootylicious" (Remix) (featuring Missy Elliott)Little X4:17
11."Emotion"Lawrence3:56
12."Lose My Breath"Alan Smithee3:38
13."Soldier" (featuring T.I. & Lil Wayne)Ray Kay4:04
14."Girl"Bryan Barber3:52
15."Stand Up for Love" (2005 World Children's Day Anthem)Rolston4:26
16."Cater 2 U"Jake Nava4:10
Total length:59:12

Credits and personnel

Credits are adapted from the album's liner notes.[4]

Notes

  1. Two music videos for the song "Bootylicious" are placed on the album – the first one is the clip containing the original album version while the second is a video filmed for the remix featuring American rapper Missy Elliott. Similarly, two videos for "No, No, No" are included dubbed as Part I and Part II containing the original album version of the song and a remix featuring Haitian hip hop artist Wyclef Jean.[3]
  2. In his review for The Morton Report, Chaz Lipp remarked that the following music videos by Destiny's Child were not included in the album: "With Me" (1998), "Get on the Bus" (1998), Refugee Camp Remix of "Bug a Boo" (1999), So So Def Remix of "Jumpin', Jumpin'" (2000), "8 Days of Christmas" (2001), "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (2001), "Nasty Girl" (2002).[3]

References

  1. "Review: Versatile Friedman proves he deserves a following". TribLIVE.com.
  2. "Destiny’s Child - The Video Anthology". EDGE Atlanta, GA.
  3. Lipp, Chaz (2013-04-09). "Music DVD Review: Destiny's Child - The Video Anthology". The Morton Report. Retrieved 2014-07-25.
  4. Destiny's Child Video Anthology (Video album) |format= requires |url= (help). Destiny's Child. Music World Entertainment, Columbia Records, Legacy Recordings. 2013.CS1 maint: others (link)
  5. Railton & Watson 2011, p. 8 –10
  6. Tan, Emily. "10 Things You Didn't Know About Destiny's Child". Thedrop.fm. Retrieved 2014-07-25.
  7. "Giveaway: Destiny's Child Video Anthology". Jet. Johnson Publishing Company. 2013-06-04. Archived from the original on 2013-08-16. Retrieved 2014-07-25.
  8. "Win It: Score Destiny's Child New Video Anthology!!!". Juicy. Harris Publications. 2013-06-03. Archived from the original on 2014-08-08. Retrieved 2014-07-25.
  9. "Video Anthology, The Destiny's Child". JB Hi-Fi. Retrieved 2014-07-25.
  10. "Video Anthology: Destiny's Child (デスティニーズチャイルド)" (in Japanese). HMV (Japan). Retrieved 2014-07-25.
  11. Heaney, Gregory. "Video Anthology - Destiny's Child". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2014-07-25.
  12. Rohn, Jacob (2013-06-04). "Destiny's Child Releases Video Anthology". Black Entertainment Television (BET). BET Networks. Retrieved 2014-07-25.
  13. ""The Destiny's Child Video Anthology" Coming This June". ABC News Radio. American Broadcasting Company (ABC). 2013-04-16. Retrieved 2014-07-25.
  14. Stransky, Tanner (2013-06-02). "Guilty Pleasures for Summer 2013". Entertainment Weekly. Time Inc. Retrieved 2014-07-25.

Bibliography

  • Railton, Diane; Watson, Paul (2011). Music Video and the Politics of Representation. Edinburgh, Scotland: Edinburgh University Press. pp. 8–10. ISBN 9780748633234.

Further reading

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