103 SCORE: 7.133 TOTAL POINTS: 214 2016: 89/113 (-14) | 5.886 (+1.247) HIGHEST SCORE: 10 x 2 ( @Sprockrooster, @TéléDex ) LOWEST SCORE: 3.5 x 1 ( @Ana Raquel ) MY SCORE: 6.25/10 So this was actually a tie with Best Thing I Never Had and both received two 10s, so I had to look at the next highest scores and Video Phone received a high 9.5 score, which broke the tie. Released as the eighth(!) single from Beyoncé’s massively successful third studio album, I Am… Sasha Fierce, Video Phone got the extra special treatment of a remix featuring shiny, new superstar on the scene, Lady Gaga. The song was co-written with the Diva team, Shondrae ‘Bangladesh’ Crawford and Sean Garrett, with Lady Gaga joining for the remix. In an era where phones had started to get somewhat decent quality cameras, Video Phone was an ode to putting on a show for your man’s video phone, with consent. Like with Diva, Beyoncé gets to flex her rap-singing muscles again and Gaga gets to join in on the fun for a verse. Reviews for the song weren’t particularly positive at the time and for sure, it is not a great Beyoncé song by any means. I have always found an appeal for Video Phone in the verses which Beyoncé effortlessly flows, however the chorus lacks any kind of punch to keep up with the Sasha-fierceness of the verses. A lot of the negative reviews focused on wanting her to go back to "singing proper songs" or complaining about the "moaning and groaning" on the track, which are criticisms which are typically levelled at a woman popstar. Those I don’t agree with. Gaga manages to keep up with Beyoncé with her solo verse and her pre-chorus is pretty good as well. She ends up adding some much needed excitement... It’s just so weird to think this was like fucking 13 YEARS AGO. The absolute roller coaster rides Beyoncé and Gaga have taken us on within those years. Phew! The remix was released on November 17, 2009, which was just over a month after Beyoncé had asked Gaga to be on the remix. They were at a Billboard Women In Music luncheon, accepting the Woman of the Year and Rising Star awards when Beyoncé had the idea. And I’m positive seeing Gaga perform at the VMAs a few weeks prior would have excited her. It’s funny because, at the time, Beyoncé was enjoying major mainstream success, whereas Gaga was literally grabbing the industry by its balls and flipping it on its head. I say "this is funny", because in the coming years, these roles would reverse as Beyoncé would find herself being the more controversial figure and Gaga would spend years dominating the mainstream. The remix ended up peaking at No.65 on the Billboard Hot 100 and overall the song has sold over 700,000 copies worldwide. It wasn’t really a big hit anywhere, and I think the hype for Gaga’s song featuring Beyoncé, aptly titled Telephone, rightfully overshadowed this one. But, it’s still really fucking cool that we got two collaborations from two of the hottest popstars on the planet within such a short space of time. I remember being so fucking excited for the music video. It was announced mid-October 2009 that Beyoncé and Gaga were working on a video with Hype Williams, and I remember Gaga saying that she wanted to feel her Beyoncé fantasy. She let Gaga into her world, and Gaga wanted to honour her in that way. The video starts off with an homage to Quentin Tarantino’s Reservoir Dogs with Beyoncé walking to camera and all her male dancers in suits walking behind her. We then get into multiple different fashion moments throughout the video. The main highlight though is, of course, Beyoncé and Gaga’s scenes together. They both wear white leotards, have long flowing hair, dance around with toy guns and have a cute lil dance breakdown together. Beyoncé released a making of which provides a very cute look at chemistry. Like with Telephone, Video Phone never got a live performance featuring both Beyoncé and Lady Gaga. Beyoncé did include the song on the I Am… World Tour setlist, but she used it solely as a dance number.