As this week marks the 18th anniversary of Beyoncé’s debut album ‘Dangerously In Love,’ From The Vault is back today saluting infectious classic – ‘Naughty Girl.’
Released as the last single from the set in 2003, ‘Girl’ was written by Bey alongside Scott Storch who also produced the track. It’s built around an interpolation of Donna Summer’s disco classic ‘Love To Love You Baby.’
The diva declares that she’s “feeling sexy” and is ready to become the object of her desire’s naughty girl.
Commercially, the tune was yet another global hit for Queen Bey peaking at #3 in the US, #2 in Canada, #9 in Australia, and #10 in the UK.
The 1950´s inspired video was directed by Jake Nava – the very man behind the visuals for the album’s first two singles. With its cabaret and burlesque theme, it is reminiscent of the work of Fred Astaire, Cyd Charisse, and other entertainers of that era.
Adding to the spectacle, Beyoncé was joined by Usher in select dance sequences.
The visual won Best Female Video at the 2004 MTV Video Music Awards. Deservingly.
As the singer has often pointed out, it’s crazy to think that some at her label didn’t initially believe the project had legs. Because, 18 years later, it’s proving that it has many.
‘Naughty Girl’ and its parent album presented a more sensual side to Yoncé, but still retained that flair the world fell in love with during her Destiny’s Child days.
This release in particular also ushered in a whole new persona for the artist, one which put more emphasis on showmanship and visuals. The rest, as they say, is history.
We’re ready for the next chapter whenever Bey’s ready!