Friday, April 17, 2015

KYLIE MINOUGUE DISCUSSES AGEISM AND MADONNA

Pop goddess Kylie Minogue is not going to sit idly by and watch The Queen get age-shamed. No, ma'am. Kylie recently spoke to The Herald Sun about her view on getting older in the business and what we all want from Madonna.
"There’s common ground for myself and Madonna there. I don’t even take notice of how old my friends are. It’s a sign of the times today that age isn’t that relevant. Certainly not to me or my generation. Therefore it’s kind of hard to explain. Having said that I’ll be the first one to joke ‘Oh come on, I’m not in my undies again am I?’ I did a lingerie shoot the other day, it’s kind of astounding, but it’s happening and I’m not forcing it. I’m just going with the flow. I don’t think people want to see Madonna in an old Greek lady’s house dress on the stoop do they? They want glamour, they want fantasy. Maybe it doesn’t make sense in every day life, whatever normal is, I don’t even know any more. But it’s definitely something I struggle to even talk about. You just want to get past it, basically. For me it’s just about taste. There’s a certain way to do things. I hope I get it right more often than I get it wrong."

NEW MUSIC: FLORRIE - TOO YOUNG TO REMEMBER

Model, singer, producer, drummer and all around cool chic Florrie is back again with a nostalgic, romantic little tune called Too Young To Remember. The pop-rock track calls back to the early 90s and late 80s, dropping a couple of Madonna titles like Justify My Love and Like A Prayer along the way, and rocks along in a pastel-tinted video. Lots of bad old clothes and ancient technology to jolt your memory. Ha. Here is Too Young To Remember by Florrie and get the EP on iTunes now.

MADONNA FRIDAY: FIRST SINGLES FROM ALL 90s ALBUMS RANKED

Picking between these songs is like picking which Kardashian or Duggar is the most revolting! Delving into Madonna's second decade as The Queen of Pop is an interesting adventure. Her sound continued to evolve with experimentation and changes in her personal and spiritual life. From the jazzy chanteuse of I'm Breathless, the oversexed vamp of Erotica, the soulful songstress of Bedtime Stories to the enlightened diva of Ray of Light, there was no shortage of revelatory singles and remarkable images. Her 90s output was eclectic, emotional and sexy. Here is my ranking of the lead singles from each of Madonna's 90s albums. Again, the rules apply: In determining this ranking I took into consideration not just which was my favorite song, but how well it represented what was in store for the album, sonically and tonally, and the impact it had on me personally during the era of Madonna's career it kickstarted. So take it in, y'all.
4. Vogue (I'm Breathless) - While Vogue is undeniably one of Madonna's biggest, brightest, most enduring hits, it really has little to nothing to do with the concept album I'm Breathless. Full of jazzy, Broadway-inspired numbers, including three by the King of Broadway Stephen Sonheim, I'm Breathless was inspired by the film Dick Tracy in which Madge played Breathless Mahoney, one of her most successful film roles. Vogue was written prior to the concept for the album even came about as a B-side to the Like A Prayer single Keep It Together. When record execs heard the amazing dance track they decided it was too good to throw away on a B-side (NO SHIT, SHERLOCK!), so Madonna and Shep Pettibone took it back, spruced it up and, to tie it into an old Hollywood theme, added the "rap" section, made possibly the greatest video of all time, and the rest is history. But, again, Vogue does not in anyway represent the tone of I'm Breathless, unlike second single Hanky Panky, so it's #4 on my list.

3. Secret (Bedtime Stories) - The three top songs on this list were hard to pick between. Each one is a perfect set up for the albums they promoted and each are very different. Secret is perhaps one of Madonna's most soulful singles ever, and Bedtime Stories in criminally underrated as an album. I guess that Secret did set up the album wonderfully, but there are also a few genres going on within Bedtime Stories. While Secret and it's accompanying Harlem-set video perfectly represent the soulful R&B of many of the tracks, there are also some hints of what was to come with Ray of Light in the songs Bedtime Story and Sanctuary and even some New Jack Swing on the excellent Human Nature. So Secret will sit at #3 on this ranking.

2. Frozen (Ray of Light) - Madonna discovers Kabbalah, becomes an evolved spiritual being and changes the music game in the process. Frozen was a revelation when it was released. Before Frozen and the album Ray of Light electronic music was confined to club and trance music. Madonna and William Orbit gave it heart, edge and even sorrow with their collaboration on Frozen. Electronic music is now as much a part of pop as anything else. The music incorporated some of the visuals of mysticism and Kabbalah as well, featuring dark, icy effects and Madonna dressed in black with dark locks. Frozen is easily one of Madonna's most dramatic and heartfelt efforts and opened the Ray of Light era with a bombastic array of sound and fury.

1. Erotica (Erotica) - I had never noticed that the lead singles from each of Madonna's 90s albums were all one word titles. Huh. Anyway, the best lead single from any of Madonna's 90s output, in my opinion, has to be Erotica. The album Erotica is an absolute masterpiece, untouched by any other album of its time, or pretty much anytime IMO, and the single Erotica set it up brilliantly. Cold, industrial and sexy all at once, Madonna coos over a hard beat and deep club sounds to bring out the dirtiest, darkest parts of our sexuality. The video gives a behind-the-scenes peak at the making of her SEX book, and it doesn't disappoint. The album supplied some of her best work ever and kept within the theme of icy sexuality even while bringing in the hidden longing of Rain and Waiting or the bitchy kiss-off of Bye Bye Baby. Erotica was the perfect opening for one of the greatest eras in pop music history, which is why its her greatest lead single of the 90s.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

RICH WHITE LADIES - WIMBLEDON. WEIRD AND AMAZING

Like two likable versions of Azealia Banks, Rich White Ladies hail from The Bronx and are here to take over the world. Here is their fantastic ode to female strength and, well, tennis, Wimbledon. I have to say that I might be obsessed with this now. It has become my life. So fucking catchy, campy and fun!!! Game, set, match, ladies. Their EP is available on iTunes HERE.

NEW RIHANNA VIDEO: AMERICAN OXYGEN

This is a little more like it. After the travesty of Bitch Better Have My Money, Rihanna gets serious with American Oxygen. The song and the video show both sides of the United States, the good and the bad, the dark and the light. It's quite powerful imagery and definitely boosts the song, IMO. Watch below.

THROWBACK THURSDAY: WHITNEY HOUSTON'S DEBUT ALBUM

1985 saw the official arrival of arguably the best voice in the history of pop music, Whitney Houston. Her self-titled debut album blew the loads minds of the record buying/radio listening public and America's sweetheart was born. Now Whitney had appeared briefly to duet the previous year on Jermaine Jackson's self-titled album and also on the 1984 comeback album, Love Language, by Teddy Pendergrass. This, by the way, disqualified her from Best New Artist category at the Grammy Awards the year her debut was released, which is a controversy to this day. Anyway.....the first single from the album Whitney Houston was the smooth, sexy You Give Good Love. If this didn't move your hand down your significant other's pants, you are a eunuch, girl! YGGL hit #3 on the Hot 100 and topped the R&B charts and probably got about a million people pregnant in the process. The all-important follow up single was Saving All My Love. An ode to infidelity (yep), this song gave Whitney her first of many #1 singles on the Hot 100 and won her first Grammy for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance and moved your hand down someone else's significant other's pants. Work!! From this point on, all bets were off. Girl was unstoppable. How Will I Know hit #1 in February 1986, and The Greatest Love of All topped the charts in May of that year. Whitney became the first artists to have their debut album produce three #1 singles, and the first female artist to ever achieve that feat. The album has sold over 13 million copies in the US and 25 million worldwide, was nominated for Album of the Year at the Grammys, and appears on almost every list of the greatest albums of all time. There is no denying that this album launched one of the brightest stars to ever burn into the conscience of the music listening world. Whitney is greatly missed. Here are the videos for the singles from 1985's Whitney Houston. Please take note of 1) THAT BODYSUIT and the very unsanitary work outfits of the people working in the kitchen in the You Give Good Love video 2) the bright AF 80s-tastic ENTIRE video for How Will I Know and 3) 23 year-old Whitney looking like the hottest possible version of your 3rd grade teacher in The Greatest Love Of All video. Enjoy the throwback, lovers.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

KINGSHIP RELEASES VIDEO FOR AMAZING BACKSTREET BOYS COVER: SHOW ME THE MEANING OF BEING LONELY

Yes, that Show Me The Meaning of Being Lonely!!! Taking the sweet boyband pop sound and hyping it up to rock-god level. KINGSHIP takes the BSB classic and gives it some major balls. Singer Chris Hall and the boys rock it out and the video, directed by Steven Mertens, is a sci-fi fantasy spectacular. I love this cover, you guys!! Check out Kingship's new EP The Neon Kingdom on iTunes!

HUMPDAY SEXY SONG: BRITNEY SPEARS - 3

It's a sexy song and the number Brit can count to! I kid!! I love me some Britney Spears. Never one to shy away from the sexy, Britney went full orgy on her 2009 single 3. Referencing those gods of sex Peter, Paul and Mary (WHAT?) Britney coos her way through a plea to "me, you and he" and writhes around in a sexy video until we are all ready to pop! The song hit #1 on the Hot 100 and gave all those adventurous people out there a theme song to listen to while they put an extra set of genitals in their bed. FUN FACT: In this video ABOUT THREESOMES they actually edit out the word "sin" during the "living in sin is the new thing" and replace it with "this". Huh? I guess the Biblebangers don't mind a little group play as long as you don't call it a sin. Ha! Anyhoozers, try not to hump the nearest couple to you while listening to the Humpday Sexy Song, 3.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

THE #1 SONG 30 YEARS AGO TODAY WAS....

....We Are The World by USA for Africa. Originally conceived by Harry Belafonte, USA for Africa was borne out of the idea started by the famine relief single Do They Know Its Christmas by the British supergroup Band Aid. USA for Africa was made up of some of the biggest recording artists of all time...and LaToya Jackson. We Are The Word was written by Lionel Richie and Michael Jackson and produced by Quincy Jones and Michael Omartian (only to have Cyndi Lauper come in and steal the whole shebang with one amazing line) and it went on to sell over 20 million copies. The song hit #1 on the Hot 100 on April 13, 1985 and stayed at the top spot for 4 weeks, also hitting #1 on various charts around the world. Since its release, We Are The World and USA for Africa have raised over $63 million for humanitarian aide. Not too shabby for a bunch of pop stars. Anyway, here is the historic single that sat at #1 30 years ago today, We Are The World.

Monday, April 13, 2015

HAPPY MONDAY SONG: JANET JACKSON - RUNAWAY

All this talk about the Happy Janet Trifecta (When I Think Of You, Escapade and All For You) and I totally forgot about this sunny gem!!! Runaway was a new track from Janet's very first greatest hits package, Design of a Decade 1986/1996. Written with her long time producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, the track is as bright and sunny as Janet's smile. Runaway made Janet the first woman to ever debut in the top 10 on the Hot 100 and eventually went on to peak at #3 on the chart. There is no denying that this is classic Janet and the video is a beautiful dance around the world that will bring a smile to your face and maybe some other body parts as well. So here is your Happy Monday song, Runaway by Janet Jackson.

Friday, April 10, 2015

MADONNA FRIDAY: FIRST SINGLES FROM ALL 80s ALBUMS RANKED

Madonna was undoubtedly the biggest female pop star of the 80s, and arguably the biggest of all pop stars, so every time she was gearing up to release a new album we couldn't wait to hear the lead single. Here I have put together the lead singles from all of Madonna's full length albums for you from Madonna (1983) to Like a Prayer (1989). Some of the most exciting, legendary singles in pop music history. So which one was the greatest lead single? In determining this ranking I took into consideration not just which was my favorite song, but how well it represented what was in store for the album, sonically and tonally, and the impact it had on me personally during the era of Madonna's career it kickstarted. I'm complicated. Read below to find out which song fits where, bitch. I'm not just going to list them for you, lazy!! Happy Madonna Friday.
4. Everybody (Madonna) - Though Everybody was released in October '82 and Madonna, the album, wasn't released until July '83, Everybody was officially the first single and its success on the Dance and Club charts was the reason Madonna was able to record her debut full-length album. Even though Everybody is an absolute joy, it didn't quite kick the album into high gear. That honor would go to third single Holiday, which was Madonna's first Hot 100 hit (#16) and moved the newly released album up the chart.

3. Live To Tell (True Blue) - Live To Tell, though officially considered the lead single from True Blue, was ACTUALLY released as a song from Madonna's then-husband Sean Penn's film At Close Range. She wrote it with Patrick Leonard and presented it to Sean for his birthday to help promote the film. It was released right before the album True Blue though and is considered its first single. I LOVE this song. It is dark and moody and one of Madonna's best vocal performances. The only thing that keeps it from being higher on this list is that it doesn't exactly set up the album True Blue as a whole. True Blue is brighter, sunnier and more of a summer album in total than the tone of Live To Tell lets on. Papa Don't Preach, the second single, was a much better representation of what was to come with True Blue.

2. Like A Virgin (Like A Virgin) - As far as setting up an album, it doesn't get (very) much better than this. With the help of producer Nile Rodgers, Madonna combines sound, concept and style all in one hard hitting, sexy punch to set up one of the most iconic albums of the 1980s and of her career. Like A Virgin was naughty, shocking, ironic and. most importantly, iconic from the moment we first heard it. It was the perfect introduction to follow up singles Material Girl, Angel and Dress You Up. There is only one better.

1. Like A Prayer (Like A Prayer) - I mean......COME ON! There is no way to better kick off an album than with a great melody, a perfect beat and a gospel choir. Am I right, ladies? Like A Prayer dwarfed in scope and sound all other previous first singles and set up what was her highest artistic achievement of the 1980s. The album, the single and all following singles (Express Yourself, Cherish, Oh Father, Keep It Together) form as perfect an era as perfect could be. Like A Prayer set the bar for lead singles from that point on, her greatest lead single of the 80s.

DANNII MINOGUE RETURNS TO PERFORMING AT SYDNEY MARDI GRAS

It's been a long, long time since Dannii Minogue, Kylie's sister, has performed her own music in public. She hasn't even released a single since 2007's Touch Me Like That. Well the wait is over. Performing at Sydney Mardi Gras, one of the biggest gay pride events in the world, Dannii took the stage to perform some of her greatest hits (pretty much unknown to this part of the world, but hits in Australia and the UK) like Put The Needle On It, This Is It, I Begin To Wonder, Who Do You Love Now and new single Summer of Love. Dannii is looking GOOOOOD, y'all!! Watch below and enjoy.

MADONNA PERFORMS 'BITCH, I'M MADONNA' ON THE TONIGHT SHOW

YAAAAAS!!! For her first public performance of her club banger Bitch, I'm Madonna, The Queen did it UP!! Mounting a full-scale performance throughout the studio, the audience and the stage, Madonna took over all of The Tonight Show's business and nailed the shit out of the track with some help from some her son Rocco, Diplo, a Nicki Minage collage and some incredibly fierce dancers. Here it is, folks. The Queen!!!


MADONNA, JIMMY FALLON & THE ROOTS SING HOLIDAY + HER STAND-UP DEBUT

Madonna was on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon and, like he often does with musical guests, he had The Roots join in on a jam sessions with classroom instruments. What song did they choose? Of course Madonna's very first big hit, 1983's Holiday! It's nice to see Madonna have some fun with the boys. She also did one of the most awkward stand-up routines you've ever seen. It's kind of hilarious to see her do something she's clearly not good at. Enjoy below!!


Thursday, April 9, 2015

CARLY RAE JEPSEN IS BACK AND MEANS BUSINESS. CHECK THIS OUT

Carly Rae Jepsen is determined to not become just another one (HUGE) hit wonder. The Call Me Maybe songstress has not only come back with one of the catchiest songs since....well.... Call Me Maybe in I Really Like You, but the preview for another song from her upcoming album (release date TBA) All That is an 80s inspired delicious ballad. It sounds like and Exposé/Seduction/Sweet Sensation 80s girl group confection and I am LIVING for it. Check out the video for I Really Like You (featuring none other than Tom Hanks!!) and the new track All That below. She's not fucking around, y'all!!