I can’t get enough of this amazing Madonna video mix…

As many of you already know, I love Madonna. She’s my favorite artist. Her impressive, pioneering, record-breaking, kick-ass career has not only inspired countless male and female artists, activists, and designers, it’s also continuously evolved and changed with the times. Since her entrance onto the pop culture scene – as a pop-disco queen with fishnet gloves and crucifix necklaces and earrings – she’s made one thing very clear: It’s her career and she is dictating the terms. “Don’t go for second best, baby…”

A friend of mine recently posted a video mix onto his Facebook of Madonna’s many hits and videos. I clicked the “play” icon and the rest is history – I absolutely adore it. I didn’t think it was possible to capture the in-charge, always-creative spirit of the Queen of Pop’s career. I was wrong and I’m glad I was.

Mixed and compiled by YouTube user “Jack Roeby Mixes,” the video is over 20 minutes long, a fact one easily forgets. Aside from music video clips, there are also sound bites and clips from the many television interviews she’s given and some of the films she’s starred in over the years. Watch and be amazed. If you aren’t at least impressed…..well, then that’s your problem 😉

 

 

photo credit: Mert and Marcus 2010

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Madonna, Mitt Romney & One World Trade Center in One Post

It’s been a little while since my last post and some very interesting things have happened since then. So, here’s my take on a few subjects that piqued my interest.

 

 

Madonna’s New Music Video, “Turn Up The Radio,” Came Out

Because I am a Madonna fan extraordinaire, it is only natural that I blog about her latest work. “Turn Up The Radio,” the third music video and single from her 12th and most recent studio album, MDNA, debuted on VEVO on Monday. In it, we see the Queen of Pop trying to get away from the paparazzi (while channelling a sort of updated ’60s go-go dancer look). The theme may be a bit cliché (escaping life’s troubles through music), but the video itself is different…in a good way. Throughout the video, Madonna embraces different kinds of people, from hipsters to a transgender woman, while riding through the Italian countryside in an old school car (not a car person – don’t know the model 😛 ). No matter who you are, turn up the radio until the speakers blow 😉

 

 

How Do You Solve A Problem Like Mitt Romney? Lie!

This election cycle wouldn’t be complete without some good ‘ole fashioned manipulation and outright lying. The Republican candidate for President, Mitt Romney, has many problems, one of which is his venture capital firm, Bain Capital. Under his supervision, thousands lost their jobs and had their lives ruined…but not according to Mitt Romney. He claims he left Bain in 1999 (before they effed up American workers’ lives by sending jobs overseas). There’s a big problem with that version of the story; It’s literally not true. Company documents show Romney in charge of Bain years after he supposedly left.

Then there’s his most recent distortion of reality, this time involving a campaign speech by President Obama. Romney claims the President told small business owners that they did not build their companies, that others are completely responsible for building their businesses. Outrageous, right? Wrong…here’s what President Obama actually said (in context):

“If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help.  There was a great teacher somewhere in your life. Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive.  Somebody invested in roads and bridges.  If you’ve got a business — you didn’t build that [public infrastructure].  Somebody else made that happen.  The Internet didn’t get invented on its own.  Government research created the Internet so that all the companies could make money off the Internet.”

Leave it to someone like Mitt Romney to turn a message of the goodness of public investments into one of something horrible. Way to go, Mitt.

 

 

One World Trade Center Update

One World Trade Center is expected to top out within the next few weeks. The steel structure has already made it to the top floor, 104 stories above Lower Manhattan. Concrete flooring is being installed above the 93rd floor and the beautiful glass facade that encapsulates the building has risen above the 80th floor. The tower is also 55 percent leased, which is a promising sign since two of the towers in the complex were stalled due to a lack of tenants. It should be noted that the federal government pushed the leased space to 55 percent – it has agreed to occupy six floors, or 270,000 square feet. The Vantone China Center (cultural/business center – 190,000 square feet) and Conde Nast (publisher – 1.2 million square feet) will also call the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere home.

incredible photo of One World Trade Center at sunset – July 2012

The Original “Girl Gone Wild”

As the anticipation and excitement for Madonna’s newest album builds, the Queen of Pop has been releasing snippets of songs on the new album. A couple of days ago, she released a steamy new video. The video, “Girl Gone Wild,” seems to be an homage to her earlier, “controversial” days in the early 1990s. It’s like a modern-day mash-up of her music videos “Express Yourself,” “Vogue,” “Justify My Love,” “Erotica,” and “Human Nature.” It’s sexy. It’s crazy. It’s vintage Madonna 2012. We love it. 🙂

 

*WARNING: This is the uncensored version of the video…

 

 

**Oh, and for those who say it’s a copy of Lady GaGa’s “Alejandro,” you don’t really know what you’re talking about. Madonna did the gender-bending-guys-in-heels thing first (1991’s “Justify My Love”). 😉

Madonna’s Most Memorable Live Performances

Madonna performed the best Super Bowl halftime show in NFL history. Was it spectacular? Yes. Was it memorable? Oh, yes. Were people talking about it. Twitter definitely says “yes.” As a matter of fact, there was an average of about 8,000 tweets per second for five minutes while the Queen of Pop put on one of the greatest, memorable shows in Super Bowl and television history. Celebrities and journalists also chimed in…

“Go on Madonna with your baaaad self. Loved it!” – CNN host Don Lemon

“Incredible halftime show love Madonna” – Chelsea Lately comedienne Heather McDonald

“Madonna just won the Superbowl XLVI” – Washington Post blogger/columnist & MSNBC contributor Ezra Klein

“Wow best halftime show ever!!! Wow Madonna! Wow” – Serena Williams

“Madonna killen the superbowl her show is soo fresh. Wowoowowowowowoowowowowowow!” – Snoop Dogg

“O. M. G. Madonna killed it BRILLIANT Halftime show!!!!!!!!!!!! SUPERB choreography & Madonna was FLAWLESS!” – Paula Abdul

“Madonna had the best Half-time performance of all time !! Everyone on that stage killed it! @nickiminaj @MIAuniverse @CeeLo” – Sean “P. Diddy” Combs

In case you missed the incredible, Roman-Egyptian goddess/cheerleader/church-choir-themed performance, watch it! It’s a must-see 🙂

**Update to this post as of February 6, 2012: The Super Bowl game itself garnered a 47.8 rating (apparently, that’s really good…). Madonna’s halftime performance garnered a rating of 48.3. Around 114 million people tuned in to watch the halftime show, the most in Super Bowl history. That’s right, Madonna officially won the Super Bowl. 😉 Her new single, “Give Me All Your Luvin'” is number two on iTunes (US store), her future album, MDNA is number one, and the music video “Give Me All Your Luvin'” is also number one**

Madonna - Bridgestone Super Bowl XLVI Halftime Show

Madonna has been pushing buttons, setting records and churning out hit songs for almost thirty years. Throughout her career, she’s delivered several great performances that had people talking and entertained, dancing their asses off in arenas around the world.

She’s been provocative. She’s been sexual. She’s initiated and sparked public dialogue on things like censorship, self-reliance, feminism, sex, homophobia, sexism and racism. She’s even received the wrath of the Vatican a couple times. Oh, and she’s also the most successful female artist of all time. She’s still a force of nature at age 53.

Here’s a few of Madonna’s most memorable moments live. Take a trip down memory lane or see what all the fuss was about “back in the day.” I’ve also provided her age at the time each video was originally aired live so you can see how timeless she is and the incredible shape she’s been in and maintained throughout her career. Watch the Queen of Pop put on some of the greatest shows on Earth. 🙂

MTV Video Music Awards – “Like A Virgin” – 1984 (age – 26)

MTV Video Music Awards – “Vogue” – 1990 (age – 32)

Opening of her Blonde Ambition World Tour with “Express Yourself” – 1990 (age – 32)

“Like a Virgin” from the Blonde Ambition World Tour – 1990 (age 32)

“Ray of Light” on Oprah – 1998 (age – 40)

“Nothing Really Matters” at the 1999 Grammmy Awards (age – 41)

“Music” from her Drowned World Tour – 2001 (age – 43)

“Like a Virgin/Hollywood” (ft. Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera and Missy Elliot) at the MTV Video Music Awards – 2003 (age – 45)

“Live To Tell” from her Confessions Tour – 2006 (age – 48)

“Music Inferno” from the Confessions Tour – 2006 (age – 48)

“She’s Not Me” from her Sticky & Sweet Tour – 2008 (age – 50)

“La Isla Bonita” from the Sticky & Sweet Tour – 2008 (age – 50)

It’s A Celebration

Here’s my first post of 2012…and…it’s about….Madonna. Twenty-twelve is going to be the Year of Madonna and to celebrate, here’s a great remix of 1983’s “Holiday” and 2009’s “Celebration,” mixed with the videos spanning her 29-year career.

Studio album number twelve is set to come out in a matter of months and her first single, “Give Me All Your Luvin’,” is being released later this month. A world tour is also expected later this year, which will be M’s ninth world tour. As a devoted Madonna fan and member of the Millennial Generation, I eagerly await the latest material from the one and only Queen of Pop.

Did They Just Say “Satan?!” Um, No

I don’t get the obsession people have with backmasking (supposed “hidden” subliminal messages within many popular songs). The human brain is wired to find patterns. You can find the words “Satan,” “demon” and maybe even “donut” in a common nursery rhyme played backwards if you’re told what to look for.

It’s called Pareidolia and it happens when people find a pattern or meaning where one does not exist. This is why people “report” having seen the Virgin Mary in a grilled cheese sandwich, a face on the surface of Mars and supernatural orbs and lights in poorly-developed photographs.

So, find any song you want and somehow find the song backwards. What one person hears as, say, “Satan,” another hears as gibberish. Then, when you know what to look for (like if the lyrics for the backwards track are on the screen), sure enough, you hear an “evil” message. It’s the same concept with constellations; there aren’t actually figures in the sky. The stars in the cosmos are randomly scattered. It’s humans who “find” shapes and see things that really aren’t there. It’s what we do

And if an artist has something to say or a statement to make, he or she is going to make it, not hide it in a song where it can only be discovered when played backwards.

Michael Shermer discussed the phenomenon at the 2006 TED Conference.

 

Madonna: Still The Reigning Queen Of Pop

Rolling Stone has declared Madonna “The Queen of Pop”….as if they even had to declare it.

The iconic magazine ran a poll where they asked readers to pick the Queen for the crown. Lady GaGa was in second place and Madonna was in first…with five times as many votes as GaGa.

Here’s what Rolling Stone had to say about the Number 1 pick:

To say that Madonna won this poll in a landslide would be like saying that she was a kind of popular pop singer in the 1980s. It wouldn’t even begin to explain the scope of the situation. She received five times as many votes as Lady Gaga, who landed in second place by a very comfortable margin. The only persistent criticism that Gaga has dealt with in recent years is that she’s too much like Madonna. It’s a hard shadow to escape. Madonna is a musical icon without peer. Her run of hits over the past 30 years is simply astounding, and when she hits the road, tickets sell like it’s a Led Zeppelin reunion tour. Sure, her last few albums didn’t match up to the classics. Nobody cares. She’s Madonna. Lady Gaga has accomplished more in recent years than any artist of her era, but she’s still got a long climb until she reaches Madonna level. It’s very likely that no other artist will ever reach it though. Her manager Guy Oseary recently tweeted that she’s started recording her 12th studio album, so clearly she has no intention of slowing down anytime soon.

As I’ve said countless times before, Madonna is and always will be the Queen of Pop. Squares have four sides, China is the most populous nation on the planet, adults have 206 bones in their bodies, Michael Jackson is the King of Pop, and Madonna is the Queen of Pop. End of story.

Madonna - 2008

**Back in 2008, Madonna was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame (the first year she was eligible – 25 years after her career started in 1983). Below is the video introduction from the ceremony: