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J’aime Paris

The Paris attacks are horrifying and an attack against all humanity. Life must be valued over beliefs. Paris is a beautiful city full of art and love. Remember that not all humanity is bad and stay strong.

Madonna has been singing “La Vie en Rose” for her current RebelHeart tour, here is her performance live.

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Music Video Review: Bitch I’m Madonna

From Madonna’s 13th studio album “Rebel Heart” and 3rd single release, the music video for “Bitch I’m Madonna” released today on Tidal.

Anyone who knows me at all knows how much of a Madonna fan I am (I even won front row tickets to the Sticky & Sweet Tour) but this music video was disappointing. Being a big fan from the Ray of Light era, I’ve watched Madonna blend like a chameleon and change with the times.

The “Living for Love” and “Ghosttown” music videos from Rebel Heart were ok enough, but “Bitch I’m Madonna” is quite a departure from Madonna’s usual sound (featuring trap music) and look (I’ve never seen Madonna in hot pink hair extensions).

Madonna’s performance on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon was very exciting and fresh and I hadn’t been THAT excited to see a Madonna performance in ages because it was a great performance with tons of energy.

Watch Madonna on Jimmy Fallon Here:

I feel Madonna tried to capture that energy into this music video, and it doesn’t really land on it’s feet. The video follows Madonna strutting down a hotel hallway engaging in kissing guys and girls, joining flash mobs and sock puppets, which ends up on the top of the building partying. The celebrity cameos are screenshots and Nicki Minaj isn’t on set, just on a screen next to Madonna. Most of the celebrity cameos, including Nicki Minaj who raps on the track, filmed separately off the set, which kind of takes the viewer out of the moment. It was fun to see Rita Ora and Chris Rock, but once Beyonce, Miley and Katie Perry flash on screen obviously not recorded on stage with Madonna, just brought down the energy. This wasn’t the video I was expecting, something new from Madonna, something exciting, it was just another music video. I honestly felt the teaser trailer was more interesting than the actual video.

“Bitch I’m Madonna Teaser Trailer”

Madonna, I love you, and yes, we all know you’re the Queen of Pop, but please bring it and do something really new. I’m rooting for you.

Celebrity Cameos: Rita Ora, Chris Rock, Diplo, Miley Cyrus, Beyonce, Katie Perry, Nicki Minaj, Kanye West and Madonna’s sons Rocco and David.

I’m going to say it’s 2 1/2 stars out of 5. It’s great to see the Queen do her thing, but there wasn’t much dancing, the outfits were fun but stars are lost on the injected celebrity cameos. Would have been a hell of a lot more exciting to see all those celebrities dancing in the same room with Madonna and I know Madonna CAN do better. Also a ton of Madonna fans were quite pissed that this music video was released on Tidal. That means any country that doesn’t have Tidal, those fans had no other option to watch the video. Not really a great move for Madonna, a worldwide release is better than a domestic release.

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New Music: Katy B. and Madonna

Hello Music Fans!

Lately I’ve been listening to Katy B.’s “Still”. A beautiful song and I’m upset she isn’t more popular in the U.S. What’s going on? She has a great look, voice and music! “Still” is a beautiful ballad.

Also, today Madonna released 3 more songs from her upcoming Rebel Heart album which is set to release in March. I’m loving “Hold Tight” out of the three (Joan of Arc and Iconic). The song gets interesting by the chorus.

Hope you enjoy the songs!

~e

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Most Influential Albums

I haven’t written in this blog for a hot minute. Been busy starting my business and also performing around LA. I had a gig last night at the Viper Room on the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood and I’m performing Friday, October 7th at El Cid, 9pm, near Silverlake. So, things are picking up, but still working on things.

I’ve been thinking about this topic for a couple of days, and I thought I should write this out. There are some albums that really had an impact on my life. I wanted to write about my favorite albums, but that was tough, because what I like keeps changing, so I thought some of these top albums are actually the most influential albums, the albums that came into my life at an important time in my life that I cannot forget.

So, here goes!

First off, Madonna’s Ray of Light album.

This album came out in 1998, over a decade ago. This album came after Evita and Madonna’s first child, Lola. Giving up her weights for yoga, Madonna changed her beliefs and this album is her most spiritual yet. The album won four Grammys and launched a comeback touring career in 2001 with the Drowned World Tour (in which I happily attended).

I remember when this album came out, on VH1 (when they actually showed music!) They had a massive, I mean massive video documentary on Madonna’s music career, hours of showing her music videos and chronicling her life. After that, I was a bonafied fan. I loved the Frozen music video, I loved the messages and this album also came out the year my mother passed away. This album means a lot to me, it launched my Madonna obsession, and it’s a beautiful, classic album that still holds up beautifully today, and still today, nothing really can compare or sounds similar to this album.

Next up for me is Michael Jackson’s Dangerous Album.

I know, I know, what about Thriller? Off the Wall? Bad? He had way better albums. Yes, but Dangerous came out in the 90s when I was growing up, and to me, it just blew me away with the timing, rhythm and production. Yes, I’m gonna be the cheese standing alone, but I liked this album. I wanted to sing and dance like Michael Jackson. It was like flying. I started twirling and I taught myself how to dance. “Who is It”, the syncopation and rhythm is ridiculous, one of my top MJ songs of all time. Also, the music video releases of “Black or White” and “Remember the Time” were huge. I remember waiting by the TV, watching MTV WAITING for the release of the music video. That JUST doesn’t happen anymore. Those were huge music videos. I wanted to create music like that, music that inspired people, that made people excited. I wanted to fly like Michael.

Aaliyah’s last studio album has a special place in my heart. That album is true soul and R&B and those songs talk about domestic abuse, being the other woman, and other topics that I still don’t hear about. A very soulful album, from the late Aaliyah, she proved that she had more soul crooning a note than a diva belting out her heart. It wasn’t about being a complicated singer, her voice was smooth and wiser beyond her years. I love this album and I pull it out from time to time. The production still holds up to today and her voice was one of a kind.

Alanis Morissette with Jagged Little Pill did things with lyrics that’s hard to say anyone else has done. Her syllables were all over the place and she made things work and broke the rules in song writing that not only was catchy, but started a mini-revolution of girl power. Her angst-ridden songs let women be pissed off at their exes, in a way that really doesn’t get talked about at all. Usually break up songs are sad, with a lonely feel, Morissette was like, dude, you screwed me over and you’re gonna hear about it! It was one of my first albums I ever bought and I remember lying in bed with my walkman waking up in the morning to this album, listening to it over and over. What a great first album to buy and get hooked into. I feel sorry for people that buy whatever pop fluff is out now.

Another album, I actually don’t really listen to much anymore, but has made an effect on me, was TLC’s Fanmail. I travelled to Paris and Spain and I remember listening to this album while driving around Europe. This was a great power group, and this album was awesome with “Scrubs” Yes! A song about these loser guys that we’re sick of! I gotta remind myself of that song more often. There were song great songs and productions on this album. Sometimes I’ll hear a female R&B singer copy what TLC has done with their sultry voices and melodies, but it’s not the same.

Please don’t shoot me for this next selection, but Ace of Base’s The Bridge was an awesome Pop album, and if you listen to it, you’ll definitely see where Lady Gaga has gotten a lot of her inspiration. The Bridge pushed the boundaries with Pop music and synths. The melodies and lyrics are great, they sing about different kinds of topics, and it would be awesome to hear a modern day version of this album. Ace of Base is bomb, and I always come back to this album. I heard “Beautiful Life” on an airplane and instantly loved it.

And I’m going to have to stop for now. I’m missing albums of course, there are so many albums that have influenced me, but this is a pretty good start. As you can see, I love 90s pop and rhythm.

What are your most influential albums? Please write a blog and post a link to your list in my comments section. 🙂

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The Fall of Gaga

I have stated previously in this blog, that I wanted this blog to be about good music, and not to be like Perez Hilton and rip apart artists, condemn musicians and the like. I rather put out positive posts and instead of ripping apart a well-known artist, to use that time to talk about a lesser-known artist.

I don’t want to rip apart Lady Gaga, and I won’t, but I did want to comment on the reactions I’ve seen lately on her music. From personal Facebook fans to anonymous people on Vevo and Youtube, there is a backlash against Gaga that I’m wondering will garner steam and take down the eccentric Queen of the Pop Universe from her throne.

Lady Gaga’s latest songs seem like reincarnations of her previous hits, but not only that, the production doesn’t seem the same as the Fame Monster album. Lady Gaga’s first single, “Born this Way” was a disappointment. The lyrics were great, and amazing for the gay community. The song itself, not up to par as her previous hits. “Judas” came out, and just reminds me of a copy of “Bad Romance” and “Alejandro”. Then, “The Edge of Glory” came out, and it almost seems unrecognizable as the same artist that was so groundbreaking and poppy in the beginning of her career.

The fans have definitely noticed and are lashing out. What surprises me the most, is how quickly they turned on her. They loved her with a fervor, then they turn around and hate her, all over the internet. Denouncing her, saying they won’t be fans anymore. I can’t really say Lady Gaga sold out, she’s the most artistic she’s ever been in her career and her lyrics are more button-pushing than ever before. She is actually talking about issues in these songs, which is commendable, although the delivery isn’t coming across the same. With easier songs to stomach, dance songs can go straight into catchy dance hooks. With these issue-pushing songs, it’s not as catchy, and the songs are darker because the lyrics actually reflect the mood of the song.

I’m not a die-hard fan of Lady Gaga, my Queen of Pop will always be Madonna. Although, I respect Gaga’s artistic integrity and her messages she cultivates with her music videos. She’s the only “artist” as of this moment. Katy Perry and Rihanna are just regurgitating whatever images the major record labels want them to do, and we all know what happens if that goes on for too long (*coughs* Britney Spears). This is what I think, and I’m not sure what is really going on behind the scenes for all these artists, but sometimes it’s just plain noticeable when an artist is really relaying a message, or just playing dress up.

Those are my two cents on this Pop music battle, and as far as Lady Gaga’s future, hopefully she picks up with some original catchy songs, lest I fear the fans will bury her alive…

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Dance Remixes

In honor of the new remix album for Tron Legacy Reconfigured, I wanted to list some of my favorite remixes. Hope you enjoy!

 

 

 

Madonna – “Frozen” (Franck Martinez remix 2009)

An amazing remix of “Frozen”

 

La Roux – “I’m Not Your Toy” (Jackbeats Remix)

The instruments on this remix is totally different. Ethereal and funky at the same time.


 

Miike Snow – “Silvia” (Sebastian Ingrosso & Dirty South Remix)

A hauntingly beautiful remix.

 

30 Seconds to Mars “Kings and Queens” (LA Riots Vocal Mix)

Very upbeat, dancey version of “Kings and Queens”

 

Cher “You Haven’t Seen the Last of Me” (Dave Aude Radio Edit)

It’s Cher! There’s no other voice like that.


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The Art of Lady Gaga: Born This Way Music Video

Lady Gaga’s latest single, “Born This Way” exploded on the music charts. Lady Gaga tweeted that she had to release the song early because she was so excited about the track. She performed the song at the Grammy’s, emerging out of an iridescent egg and wearing latex to promote safe sex.

Last week, the music video for “Born this Way” was released online, topping Vevo’s charts.

The music video starts off like a 70s Sci-Fi movie, with 70s sounding music to boot. The purple triangle and the rainbow are gay symbols, and I think the unicorn also adds to the symbols. Unicorns are also known for purity and innocence. Gaga explains that she is the Queen of an alien territory in space, and she is an eternal mother. She promotes goodness, and there is also another mother of evil in space. Lady Gaga has explored feminist theories, images and also pushes the envelope with homosexuality.

With the explanation of a Queen Mother, Gaga is promoting the most feminine thing of all, being able to give birth. She sheds light on giving birth as a sense of control. Since she can give birth, she has control of the universe. A very strong message and image as well, as we see through a double mirror of babies being born. This is something not really explored in music videos, and it feels strange to see such an image, but it is also very interesting that Gaga has embraced her femininity and also takes the strength that being a woman has enormous control and power.

There is also a starry outline of a uterus, again giving power to being a woman. Lady Gaga shows a production line of Gaga heads, explaining that she has giving birth to a race of peace. Although, with peace there is evil, and Lady Gaga explores the duality, and also is wondering with such perfection (such as the human race) how could there NOT be evil? How could there NOT be duality in life?

In the lyrics, Gaga explains that every human being is born perfect the way they are. The music video and song both complement each other giving the message that human beings are perfect the way they are, and that we should love ourselves and others because of this perfection. It’s a good message, it’s a deep message and apparently a message that is resonating, being a top selling hit on the charts. The song has, in a way, turned into a gay anthem. With the lyrics, “don’t be a drag, just be a queen” a heavy reference to gay people. Also, the lyrics, “born this way” is it also referring to being gay isn’t a choice, it is something that you are born with. I like the images in the video, the skull painted faces, the monster looking figures, etc.

There has been criticisms that Lady Gaga was copying Madonna’s “Express Yourself”. Being a HUGE Madonna fan myself, I was mystified what comparisons others were claiming. I really didn’t hear anything similar. The only similarities I could gather is the drum beat is similar, which isn’t copying, and that Lady Gaga “talks” in the beginning of the song similar to “Express Yourself” when Madonna talks in the beginning of the song. There is also talking in the middle of the song, which there really isn’t in “Born This Way”. “Vogue” had talking and a sort of rap in the middle of the song, but again, this is just song structure, it’s not copying the song. Lady Gaga already has done talking in songs, such as in “Dance in the Dark”. Regardless, I don’t see the similarities and if someone wants to point it out more clearly to me, please do.

What did you think of this music video? What do you think of the song? Personally, I wasn’t blown away by the song when I first heard it, it’s starting to slowly grow on me.

Also check out my blog’s on Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance”: https://elenamusic.wordpress.com/2011/02/09/the-art-of-gaga-lady-gagas-bad-romance-music-video-explained/

Lady Gaga’s  “Telephone”: https://elenamusic.wordpress.com/2011/02/23/art-of-lady-gaga-telephone-music-video/

And refresh yourself with Madonna’s “Express Yourself”: https://elenamusic.wordpress.com/2011/02/18/blast-from-the-past-fridays-madonna-express-yourself/

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