Wednesday, April 30, 2014
When Pharrell snapped back, "Listen, you can’t just talk to me any kind of way..." Madonna suggested the pair take the conversation outside of the studio. They talked it over and Pharrell says, "We went upstairs and had our little battle...It was cool and we hugged it out."
Well, I would have loved to have been a fly on the wall upstairs!!! I'm sure it was nothing major because Pharrell appeared in the video for the song Give It 2 Me that they wrote together. The songs Williams wrote with Madonna were definitely the highlights of the album for sure. Take a listen to them below.
Friday, April 25, 2014
Madonna is practically made of money, and in 1989 she was beginning to realize it. She was (is) the queen of everything and was riding the wave of her latest #1 album and single Like a Prayer. Her second single from LAP was the funky, hard-driving smash Express Yourself. Madonna decided to put some of that hard-earned money to use and make what was, at the time, the most expensive music video EVER, coming in at $5 million (it's still the 3rd most expensive). Directed by David Fincher, the video was a tribute to the silent film Metropolis and featured Madonna as the ruler of an industrial world, using half-naked men as her slaves and playthings and getting chained up, for her pleasure, in the process. Hot! The song itself hit #2 on the Hot 100 and opened her 1990 Blond Ambition World Tour. A fan favorite and one of Madonna's signature songs, Express Yourself sounds as up-to-date today as it did back then. So dance your cooch off to Express Yourself. Happy Madonna Friday!!
Thursday, April 24, 2014
RACIST??? LOLOLOL!!! I love Japanese culture and I spend half of my time in Japan. I flew to Tokyo to shoot this video…
— Avril Lavigne (@AvrilLavigne) April 24, 2014
…specifically for my Japanese fans, WITH my Japanese label, Japanese choreographers AND a Japanese director IN Japan.While I personally don't think she is at all making fun of or belittling Japanese "Kawaii" culture...THIS JUST IN: I'm not Japanese. It's not really for me to say. I think she was inspired by the culture and wrote a song and made a video to reflect that respect. This is pretty much a repeat of Gwen Stefani's album Love. Angel. Music. Baby. from 2004 and her use of "Harajuku Girls". Many people were offended by her appropriation of Japanese culture and fashion, but both of these artists are very popular in Japan. Is it just a reflection of their acknowledging those fans? As for the song and video, they are bright and catchy, but Avril is 29. Seems a little immature. What do you think? Is this video racist?
— Avril Lavigne (@AvrilLavigne) April 24, 2014
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
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Friday, April 18, 2014
my review since I have it already -- I have my ways -- and it GOOD! The second single released from the album is a groovy, soulful jam called Rumble. It's sexy, rootsy and everything you expect from Kelis but with a retro-twist. It's a big ol' pile of YAAAAAAS! Check out the Christian Lamb directed video below that shows the outdoorsy side of the songstress. Now head over to iTunes to pre-order Food.
Erotica album, as I have noted before, is often thought of as all sex and no substance by those who didn't ever bother giving it a try, yet one of her most effective dance singles ever came from the underrated masterpiece, Deeper and Deeper. Released as the second single from Erotica in December 1992, Deeper and Deeper is a straight up call to the dance floor, hearkening back to Vogue, Causing a Commotion and Express Yourself. The song also, in part, follows Madonna's pattern of including a Spanish influence on her albums with the breakdown in the middle featuring acoustic flamenco guitar and castanets. Ole'! And DO NOT forget that Deeper and Deeper also references Vogue at the end of the song with the "Let your body move to the music. Let your bodY go with the flow" refrain. YAAAS! The video for the song, directed by Bobby Woods, features many of Madonna's friends including Sofia Coppola, Udo Kier, Debi Mazar and has Madonna, playing a character inspired by Warhol muse Edie Sedgwick, dancing in a nightclub, partying with friends and eating bananas. Ha! CAMPTASTIC! Madonna also debuted a new look: No eyebrows! She looks fierce, y'all!!! Deeper and Deeper climbed to #7 on the Hot 100 and was her 15th #1 on the Hot Dance Club Play chart in the US. Critics have called it one of her best Disco inspired singles ever. So, here is your dance-happy Madonna Friday song, Deeper and Deeper. Enjoy and Happy Madonna Friday!
Thursday, April 17, 2014
fashion line is quite literally everything. Of course, Victoria, like all the other Spice Girls, took her run at the charts solo as well and is actually the only Spice to hit the top ten in the UK with all of her single releases. Granted, she released three singles, BUT STILL!! I rather enjoyed some of her songs, like the cheeky ones below, and I certainly enjoy her style. Watch the videos below (the first one is HILARIOUS and campy and the second is sexy as all hell) and bask in her fierceness. Happy birthday, Vicki!
In 1983 women in rock were still pretty marginalized. There were a few up-and-comers trying to break that mold, including Madonna (who was yet to hit big) but the first woman to change the game, take control and ignite some girl power on the charts was Cyndi Lauper with her debut solo album She's So Unusual. Although it was released at the tail end of 1983, She's So Unusual really took off in 1984, so Cyndi toured the album last year but just released She's So Unusual: A 30th Anniversary Celebration on April 1st. The set comes packed with demo versions of the songs on the album, a demo of a left out track and some special remixes and B-sides. It's a doozy! Of course, upon its original release, She's So Unusual was praised by critics for Cyndi's unique voice and persona as well as the maturity of the songwriting and vocal performance. It was the first album by a woman to have four top 5 singles on the Hot 100 from one album with Girls Just Wanna Have Fun (#2), Time After Time (#1), She Bop (#3) and All Through the Night (#5). She had one more hit with Money Changes Everything (#27) as well. What is most remarkable about the album is that there is not a single filler song on it. Cyndi's flexible voice covered Prince (When You Were Mine) and Jules Shear (All Through the Night) as well as taking musical influence from ska, reggae and even covered a Boop-style song from 1929! She even not-so-subtly addresses the joy of female masturbation in the song She Bop. WERQ! She's So Unusual was showered with accolades including six Grammy nominations, including album of the year, and ten MTV VMA nominations. Cyndi won Best New Artist at the Grammy awards and home the Moon Man for Best Female Video for Girls Just Wanna Have Fun at the VMAs. She's So Unusual pops up on most "Best of" charts in music magazines including Rolling Stone's 2003 "500 Greatest Albums of All Time" (#494) and Slant Magazine's "Best Albums of the 80s" (#22). The album is an absolute jewel and a time capsule of early/mid 80s music. I saw Cyndi perform the album live last year and, let me tell you, that bitch can still sing every note. She's the real deal. Enjoy the album's videos below and the tracks not released as well, in order as they appear on the album. Here is Cyndi Lauper's seminal girl-power album, She's So Unusual.
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Golden Eye (YAAAAS!) and has a similar feel to it. Whatever You Want was written by, among others, none other than 80s/90s songstress Taylor Dayne and it boasts some awesomely sexy production by Trevor Horn. Of course, Tina was only about 56 (almost 57) when this song came out, so naturally she's in a body suit in the Stephane Sednaoui directed video. WHAT? Girl is looking S-N-A-T-C-H-E-D in this clip, y'all. It's very Tron, but with a sexy, strong black woman giving you legs for days. This song is, in my opinion -- which, to be clear, is all that matters -- one of Tina's best ever. Enjoy Whatever You Want and hump a 56 year old today. No. Wait. Don't. Ask first.
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
'm Free (Heaven Helps the Man) (#22 US, 1984) my actual favorite Kenny Loggins soundtrack song, I'm Alright (#7 US, 1980) from Caddyshack, Danger Zone (#2 US, 1986) from Top Gun, Meet Me Halfway (#11 US, 1987) from Over the Top, and Nobody's Fool (#8 US, 1988) from Caddyshack II, Kenny was the go-to dude to have a hit on MTV to promote your movie. Footloose, the song, soundtrack and movie, were all cultural phenomena when they hit in early 1984 and Footloose was the lead single. The song hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 on March 31st and stayed for three weeks, becoming the first of two #1 songs from the film, the other being Deniece Williams' Let's Hear It For The Boy. The video was put together using the now-iconic scenes from the film, especially the warehouse dance sequence. It sold the shit out of the film, girl!! Footloose hit #1 in Australia, Canada, New Zealand as well as her in the US. There is no doubt that anytime, anywhere there is an 80s playlist on, Footloose will be the ass-shaker coming up next. Here is the #1 song from 30 years ago today, Footloose by Kenny Loggins.
Monday, April 14, 2014
Friday, April 11, 2014
"You can't stop me now, 'cuz I'm right and I'm making advances. Let me show you how. Tonight I'll be taking my chances on you." The oft forgotten OTHER song from the Vision Quest Soundtrack, Gambler was the second single released in the UK from that film, which featured Madonna as a nightclub singer, after Crazy for You. The song was never released as a single in the US at the request of Madonna's record label, Sire, so it wouldn't compete the the Like A Virgin singles already flooding the market. Crazy For You had already hit #1 from the soundtrack for its label, Geffen, and Sire did not want a repeat in the US. And that, my friends, is how the music industry works. The video, however, was released to MTV to promote the film and Madonna performed it on her Virgin Tour, which is the video I included in this post. The song was written by Madonna all by herself and produced by John "Jellybean" Benitez, her frequent collaborator and sometimes boyfriend at that time. The song was released in other countries and was a top 10 hit in the UK (#4), Australia (#10), Ireland and Italy (#3) and other territories. I know I listened to the shiz out of this song on my little cassette player, so it was released in MY childhood bedroom/nightclub. Anyway, here is a forgotten classic by the one and only Madonna, Gambler. Enjoy your Madonna Friday!
Thursday, April 10, 2014
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
HERE to experience that treat. To accompany the announcement, here is her official lyric video, all neon and niceness. While this was not on my wish list of songs to be released as a single from Kiss Me Once (I would prefer Les Sex, Million Miles or Feels So Good) I do think it's quite catchy and having the uber-hot Pharrell attached is not gonna hurt. So check out I Was Gonna Cancel below.