The long-awaited Beyoncé -Lady Gaga collaboration "Video Phone" premiered on the VH1 website today, even though it’s not supposed to be released until Thursday. Watch it below. The result is a colorful, fashion-filled video that opens with Beyoncé re-enacting the beginning of Reservoir Dogs by walking down an alley with men in suits, followed by a barrage of unusual costume changes, including a black and white latex leotard and a clear latex bra. When the first verse begins, Beyoncé is shown teasing two men who have cameras for heads.
Photo from "Video Phone" showing Beyoncé and Lady Gaga brandishing toy guns
Gaga doesn't actually show up until halfway through the clip and I guess the director, Hype Williams, wanted to make sure Gaga didn’t over shadow Beyoncé, because Gaga’s wearing a relatively tame white leotard while flashing a yellow plastic gun (to match her yellow shoes?).
Photo of Lady Gaga backstage during the "Video Phone" shoot
During Lady Gaga’s verse, she and Beyoncé sing to the camera while shooting more toy guns.
Photo of Beyoncé and Lady Gaga getting cozy during their dance on "Video Phone"
Beyoncé and Gaga then do a synchronized dance while sitting on chairs in white leotards in front of a white backdrop. After that, they perform a seductive dance in collaboration.
Photo of Beyoncé with a colorful plastic rifle towards the end of "Video Phone"
Then Beyoncé channels Bettie Page through her wardrobe and hairstyle. Throughout the video, the two women shoot guns and crossbows at men. The video ends with Beyoncé firing a rifle while riding a stationary motorcycle.
Photo of Beyoncé and Lady Gaga doing their synchronized chair dancing in "Video Phone"
"Video Phone," which was directed by Hype Williams, is from the upcoming Beyoncé album CD, I Am….Sasha Fierce, the Deluxe Edition of which drops in stores November 23, 2009.
Photo of Beyoncé at the beginning of her "Video Phone" video
Over all, I was kind of disappointed. The song didn’t seem catchy and there wasn’t nearly enough Gaga for me!
Photo of Lady Gaga, wearing her now famous thorny, feathery face wreath at the 2009 Video Music Awards (VMAs) show with Beyoncé
From VH1: “Get it while it’s hot! Watch the extended music video for Beyonce’s latest single, "Video Phone," which debuted this morning at 12:01a.m. Enjoy lots of slithering and shaking by Beyoncé in a variety of belly-baring ensembles, as well as a cameo chair dance by a svelte Lady Gaga in a white leotard. We can’t think of a better way to kick off your Tuesday."
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