By Maura Gavaghan
What separates the fans from the stans of King Bey? Well, for starters … Lots and lots of DVDs.
Fans listen to her songs on their iPods and watch her latest music videos on MTV and YouTube while they get ready for a night out. Stans (aka mega-obsessive fans) make Beyoncé a part of their daily lives. They have a space in their bedrooms dedicated to the preservation of DVDs released by the Diva herself and pride themselves on knowing the choreography to each of Beyoncé's music videos (not just "Single Ladies," like the average fan might). They get very upset if you ever dare suggest she is anything less than perfection (not that we ever would … we promise) and may even come after you on Twitter for daring to question anything the pop star does.
So before you head out to purchase Beyonce's highly anticipated "Live at Roseland" DVD, a 2-disc set that includes highlights from her four intimate performances at New York's historic venue last August, take a look at your fan status. If you think you are ready to take it to the next level, consider purchasing some of these DVDs to prepare yourself for the November 21 release of "Live at Roseland":
The B'Day Anthology Video Album (2007)
Beyonce's first video album is an essential part of a committed stan's DVD collection. The B'Day Anthology Video Album features thirteen music videos from Beyonce's amazing second studio album, B'Day (2006), and behind-the-scene footage, providing fans with nearly seventy minutes of Beyonce-loving bliss.
If you are not a Bey stan, you may not be familiar with "Freakum Dress":
The Beyoncé Experience Live (2007)
No collection would be complete without a live DVD of an epic Beyonce concert. "The Beyonce Experience Live" was filmed at the Staple Center in Los Angeles during her worldwide tour behind B'Day and includes back stage footage!
Above and Beyoncé Video Collection and Dance Mixes (2009)
The creative title of this video album alone is a reason for every devoted fan (or rising stan) to buy a copy! Consisting of two discs, this collection includes six music videos from Beyonce's 2008 studio album, I Am… Sasha Fierce, followed by dance remixes of the songs – basically a dance party in a neatly packaged DVD set.
Stans and everyday fans alike know and love "Single Ladies":
Beyoncé: I Am… World Tour (2010)
Finish off your Beyonce basics with the live concert DVD of her "I Am… World Tour." Filmed in the presence of over a million fans, this DVD captures some of the best moments of the tour, which spanned from March 2009 to February 2010, including guest appearances from Jay-Z and Kanye West. Did we mention this was Beyonce's directorial debut as well? Must have!
A few other things to consider:
Feature films: "Goldmember" (2002), "Carmen – A Hip Hopera" (2002), "Dream Girls" (2007), "Cadillac Records" (2009)
Destiny's Child Memorabilia: Start with "Destiny's Child Fan Packs I and II"!
Good luck on your journey to stan-dom!