Sunday, September 21, 2014

100 Best Singles of 1984: Pop's Greatest Year

From Prince to Madonna to Michael Jackson to Bruce Springsteen to Cyndi Lauper, 1984 was the peak of pop stardom. Here's the 100 best reasons why
From Prince to Madonna to Michael Jackson to Bruce Springsteen to Cyndi Lauper, 1984 was the year that pop stood tallest. New Wave, R&B, hip-hop, mascara'd hard rock and "Weird Al" Yankovic all crossed paths on the charts while a post-"Billie Jean" MTV brought them into your living room. In the spirit of this landmark year, here are the 100 best singles from the year pop popped. To be considered, the song had to be released in 1984 or have significant chart impact in 1984, and charted somewhere on the Billboard Hot 100. 
71. Jellybean, “Sidewalk Talk”
Hot 100 Peak: Number 18
Madonna penned the first single to be credited to her then-boyfriend, New York DJ John “Jellybean” Benitez, and handled vocal duties on its chorus. (The breathy Catharine Buchanan, who passed away in 2001, sang the verses.) Similar in style to the ramped-up club music that made tracks like the Benitez-produced
 “Holiday” early-Eighties radio staples, “Sidewalk Talk” distills the essence of New York — full of fast-moving possibility and flash, but to be handled with caution in order to be survived. M.J.
67. Madonna, “Like a Virgin”
Hot 100 Peak: Number One
If the hits from Madonna’s 1983 debut established her as a star, it was the title track from 1984’s Like a Virgin that vaulted her into icon status, rocketing to the top of the Hot 100 in its sixth week on the chart. Madonna has played up the ambiguity of the lyric, which has been interpreted in many ways (most famously and explicitly in Quentin Tarantino’s Reservoir Dogs), but the song was originally conceived by songwriter Billy Steinberg as a tender ballad inspired by a new love after a depressing heartbreak. It was Madonna herself, however, who suggested the title of the parody “Weird Al” Yankovic later recorded, “Like a Surgeon.” A.S.
2. Madonna, “Borderline”
Hot 100 Peak: Number 10
“I dared to believe this was going to be huge beyond belief, the biggest thing I’d ever had, after I heard ‘Borderline,'” Seymour Stein, the record man who signed Madonna, recalled. “The passion that she put into that song, I thought, there’s no stopping this girl.” His gut was right on target: The fifth and final single from Madonna’s 1983 debut album was her first to hit the Top 10. The melodic synth-a-palooza with the plunky low end was one of two on the LP penned by Reggie Lucas, who used a drum machine instead of a live drummer for the first time on the tune, doubling a synth bass with Anthony Jackson on electric bass guitar (“They’re playing so tight you can’t tell the difference,” Lucas said). Madonna turned in a sweetly-sung, restrained but emotional vocal (her voice wavers just so when she gets to “Feels like I’m going to lose my mind”) about a beau who has her heart twisted. The radio remix, which trims nearly three minutes from the tune, boasts one of Madge’s most iconic fade-outs, standing by as she “la la la”s into the void. C.G.

Friday, September 19, 2014

On the Cover of a Magazine...2008

2015 Official Calendar

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

I'll Remember...2000

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Madonna’s New Single Is Reportedly Almost Finished

Madonna is nearly ready to reassert her position on the throne.
The iconic #UnapologeticBitch has been teasing tons of alleged song titles and lyrics on her Instagram, taking selfies and hopping in the studio with seemingly dozens of talented acts, including DiploAviciiDisclosureand Natalia Kills among many others. (We’ve been feverishly rounding up all the latest on what to expect from the upcoming LP!)
Now, it seems the first taste of the MDNA follow-up is nearly upon us.
During an interview with Zane Lowe on BBC Radio 1 last night, this era’s most constant Madge collaborator Diplo spilled on the duo’s ongoing collaborations in the studio.
From PopJustice: “We did a bunch of stuff and I think she’s going to take about five or six of the songs we did. We wrapped up the first single last week, so we’re just fine-tuning the mix,” he casually offered.
While Billboard reports that the album isn’t due until 2015, there’s no reason why that lead single couldn’t drop, well…any day now. In a post-Beyoncé world, there’s just no telling what’s going to happen next.
Give us all your L-U-V today, Madge!
Are you excited for the return of Her Madgesty? Let us know in the comments below.
[via PopJustice]

Monday, September 15, 2014

This Week In Billboard Chart History:

click here to enter - "MUSIC" single in stores August 29th"
'Music' topped the Billboard Hot 100 on September, 16, 2000.  It was her first Billboard Hot 100 since 1995 (and her 12th and most recent leader).  By reaching number one, it made Madonna the second artist to achieve number one hits on the Hot 100 in the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s. The first was Janet Jackson, who had done the same achievement with "Doesn't Really Matter", which preceded "Music" as the Hot 100's number one single. "Music" was also the longest-running number one song on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play in the 2000s, with a longevity of five weeks at number one.  It eventually became the second most-successful dance song of the 2000s in the United States, reaching number two on the Hot Dance Club Play Decade-end Chart, behind Madonna's own "Hung Up" (2005).

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Strike a Pose...1989

Strike a Pose...1986

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Madonna, Diplo & Alicia Keys Hit The Studio Together For Madge’s New Album

Madonna Alicia Keys
Madonna has confirmed that she's collaborated with Alicia Keys on a song that will feature on her new album.
The 56-year-old pop icon posted a picture on Instagram, claiming that Keys had been "killing it" while recording for her upcoming LP.
Madonna has yet to confirm the release date for her 13th studio album, but has been teasing the recording process on Instagram with the hashtag #UnapologeticBitch.
The singer made the post in support of Keys's #WeAreHere project, named after her new single We Are Here, which calls for a more peaceful world for children.

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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Another big year for the Queen of Pop

Another big year for the Queen of Pop: Not only is she the highest selling female artist of all time but she also currently holds the records for the biggest annual earnings by a female artist as well! #SLAY

For the Record...La Isla Bonita

Release Date: 
Hot 100 Chart Peak: 4

Surely one of Madonna’s most timeless tracks is “La Isla Bonita,” the gentle, dreamy recollection of utopian San Pedro. As a romance, it’s touching, and as a personal reflection, it’s beautiful.

The Spanish-flavored track seems to be a favorite of Madonna's, as it has been included on the setlists of many of her concert tours. She also performed it at the 2007 Live Earth benefit show in London. "La Isla Bonita" was the fifth and final single from her "True Blue" album, and the cut reached No. 4 on the Hot 100.

"La Isla Bonita" was released in February 1987 as the fifth single from True Blue. It was the first of Madonna's top 10 singles to incorporate a Latin feel. The song was first offered to Michael Jackson. Madonna worked with Patrick Leonard to re-write some of the lyrics and "La Isla Bonita" became another top 5 pop hit. The accompanying video included an appearance by actor Benicio del Toro.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

I wouldn't interview Madonna if she begged me

In 2010 Bruce Forsyth appeared on the autobiography-interview show 'Piers Morgan's Life Stories' on ITV
Piers Morgan has reignited his ongoing feud with Madonna, insisting that she remains "banned" from all TV shows that he works on.

The Life Stories host said that the ban he placed on the US popstar from appearing on his CNN show was still in action on his British chat show.

"She's also banned from Life Stories," he told Digital Spy.

"If Madonna was in here now, naked, and begged me and offered herself on a plate, I would run a mile. And then I'd reinforce the ban for another 10 years."

He added: "If you're watching, [Madonna], you're not coming on. stop begging me."

On the Cover of a Magazine...1983

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Madonna: Has she teamed up with Apple's Siri for 'Unapologetic Bitch'?

Rumors are circulating that the singer's alleged new single - titled either 'Unapologetic Bitch' or 'Bitch, I'm Madonna' - samples Siri's voice. Siri is an artificial intelligence assistant found on Apple iPhone and iPad devices.

Madonna 'Unapologetic Bitch' in Siri.

The speculation was increased further when someone noticed that saying 'Unapologetic Bitch' into Siri swiftly loads Madonna's Wikipedia page, seemingly creating a link between the service and the superstar.

Searching Wikipedia online, 'Unapologetic Bitch' isn't mentioned on Madonna's main page, making the Siri search result even more curious.

What's more, while simply typing 'Unapologetic Bitch' into Google or Bing does bring up results relating to Madonna, the star's main Wikipedia page isn't even within the first 30 search results.

Madonna and daughter dine in Ann Arbor restaurant Cafe Felix

Now that Madonna's daughter is a student at the University of Michigan, sightings of the pop icon around Ann Arbor are inevitable.
Sunday, Madonna and her daughter, Lourdes Ciccone Leon, were spotted dining at Café Felix in Ann Arbor.
The seven-time Grammy winner came in shortly before the dinner rush Sunday and stayed for about an hour, according to David Ambrose, the bar manager at the restaurant at 204 S. Main St.
“She was delightful. She was really low key about it,” Ambrose said.
Madonna was joined by her daughter and a couple other guests who sat in a back booth of the restaurant. Ambrose said the staff was aware Madonna was there, but went out of their way to not draw any attention to the table.

Friday, August 29, 2014

'Heartbreak City' & 'Two Steps Behind Me'

Madonna has reportedly laid into Lady Gaga and ex-hubbie Guy Ritchie in songs which could end up on her new album.
Leaked lyrics from the track Heartbreak City allegedly slam Ritchie for:
"Getting what [he] came for, a bit of fame and fortune, and I’m no longer needed."

Though the lyrics have yet to be confirmed, multiple news sources corroborated that the song seemed to call out Ritchie. And, although Ritchie is not named, the lyrics seem very much from the heart.
While Gaga, who has praised Madonna as a major influence on her work, is the apparent target in the song Two Steps Behind Me, in which Madge sings: 
“You’re a copycat, where is my royalty? Did you study me hard enough? You're never gonna be, you're just a wannabe me. Like a sister all messed-up, who's gonna help you out? In your fantasy, you can try it all. But you can't be me.
'You can walk the walk, even talk the talk. But you'll always be two steps behind me.”

The both songs were recorded with Avicii, but that no final tracklist for the album has yet been decided. More than one track on the album is about the ending of their three year relationship which left Madonna more vulnerable than most people might think.

Neither track may actually end up on the new album, but the lyrics show that The Queen of pop, who celebrated her 56th birthday earlier this month, has not lost her touch.
After originally finding fame in the '80s with hits like Papa Don't Preach and True Blue, Madonna has gone on to have hits across four decades, establishing herself as one of the biggest musical icons of all time.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Madonna Revamps Her Website For A New Album?

For the past few months, we’ve been hearing about all of the work that Madonna has been doing in the recording studio with various songwriters and producers. Altho we have yet to hear official confirmation that Madonna is nearing completion of her project, it seems more and more likely that she is getting ready to announce … something. Yesterday, Madonna‘s official website was updated with new images and a new logo that seems to suggest that a new era of music is close at hand.

At this point, the biggest change to Madonna‘s site is this new logo. If I remember correctly, the last time Madonna released a new album, she started making small changes to her official website shortly before the official announcement was made. Now, I could be jumping the gun here but I’ve been hoping that Madonna is planning to drop her new album before the year is over. We shall see. For now, we ponder what that backwards N in her new logo means. HMMM

I'll Remember...1985

Sunday, August 24, 2014

I'll Remember...1995

And lots of available drugs!” Madge throwing shade before shade was a thing.
In honor of tonight’s VMAs, let’s pay tribute to one of the greatest moments in VMA history. Before STUNT QUEEN bitches pulled some stunts that they choreographed and planned with the help of several publicists and producers (see: Miley Cyrus rubbing her cold chicken ass on Robin Thicke’s douche stick at the VMAs and Beyonce letting it be known that she was carrying the chosen one at the VMAs), natural messes naturally and spontaneously pulled stunts for attention. Every time the VMAs rolls around, my mind automatically burps up the beautiful moment between Courtney Love and Madge. It was a beautiful moment, because it obviously wasn’t planned and magic happened when those two wrecks got together.
What do you think?

In 1995, Madge was still kind of fun and she only had a twig up her ass instead of a stick. And in 1995, Courtney Love was a human crack pipe in toddler lingerie and a dishwater, raggedy blonde mop that looked like Benji with mange (and she still is, actually). After Courtney tried to knock Madge out with her compact, Kurt Loder invited her up on the stage and gloriousness happened when Madge dragged and shit on her with just a few words.
I always wonder what happened to that compact. Courtney probably snorted it up later that night. But it should really be in the Smithsonian because it’s a big part of music history!

Saturday, August 23, 2014

For the Record...Don't Tell Me

Release Date: 
Hot 100 Chart Peak: 4

More ranch-hand glitch-hop from Music, except this time Madonna’s a lonesome troubadour defending her very being while invoking some tried-and-true country music imagery. The whole whirs and gyrates like a lasso, and it’s an unmistakable radio moment of the early 2000s.  

"Don't Tell Me" was the second single from the "Music" album and was co-written by Madonna's brother-in-law, recording artist Joe Henry. He would later release his own version of the track, re-titled "Stop," on his 2001 album "Scar."  Henry played the demo for his wife and she said, "You know, I can really hear Madonna singing this song. You should send it to her, you know, she's making a record in London right now." However, he claimed, "If I was going to pitch something to her, I could probably dig something up, but it certainly wouldn't be this." 

Later, his wife sent Madonna a copy of the demo, but it was so musically different from the record she was making that she didn't know how she could make any use out of it. After some time, he was talking to Madonna on the phone and she asked to rearrange the track to fit in better with the album, recording the song months later. Henry claimed in an interview that he was surprised that, lyrically, it remained completely intact.