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Madonna Is Working Hard On New Album: "These Dark Circles Are For All My Fans"
The pop icon recently shared that she is currently working on her 14th studio album. What can we expect from the singer who has reinvented herself time and time again? We have some thoughts
The GRAMMY-winning Queen of Pop aka Madonna has put out countless enduring hits over the years, and has played a role in many iconic moments in music, fashion and culture, but she is far from finished. The singer has confirmed that she is working on her next album to be released in 2019. What can we expect from her 14th studio album?
Never one to follow the crowd or current trends, but instead creating and shifting them herself, the pop icon has famously reinvented herself time and time again. Now, as she launches a new product in her skincare line – complete with a futuristic aesthetic and a high-fashion campaign to match – she reminds us that this is just a side-gig. In a recent interview with fashion and beauty site WWD, she discusses the line and her own personal approach to beauty, subtly adding that she is working on new music. "I'm finishing my record, which I'm going to release next year. Yep, in between rose mist spray and serums, I'm actually making music. Can't quit my day job," she shares.
Her most recent album is 2015's Rebel Heart, and touches on some of the themes and sounds we've heard from Madonna over the years. Its songs include edgy religious overtones on "Holy Water," "Devil Pray" and others, heavy dance floor beats on "B*h I'm Madonna," which features Nicki Minaj, and tongue-in-cheek social commentary throughout, especially on "Illuminati."
As Madonna does best, she supported Rebel Heart with a no-holds-barred world tour complete with plenty of costume changes, dance sequences, breathtaking stage design and, of course, provocative religious themes including large crosses which were danced upon. It could be argued by some that she has "done" the religious commentary motif to its fullest and we are ready for the next phase of the star, but why? It is something that she does well and has weaved into her style and music in different ways and at different points over the years, and it is pretty certain that she could do it in a new, refreshing way.
In fact, at this year's MET Gala, for which the theme was, quite fittingly, Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination, the star performed three songs, her breakout single "Like A Prayer," a new unreleased single "Beautiful Game," and Leonard Cohen's classic "Hallelujah." In May, she teased the new song on social media, but to date the only recording of it is from that performance, whose video she finally shared with fans months later, on her 60th birthday in August. We can only hope that this will be the first single off of her upcoming album and a taste of what we can expect from it. The song gave us full Madonna drama and intensity, with the lyrics critiquing the current state of the world.
"It's a beautiful game, that I've never learned./People tell me to shut my mouth, that I might get burned./Keep your beautiful lies, 'cuz I'm not concerned./'Cuz your world is such a shame, 'cuz your world's obsessed with fame," she sings.
The song felt powerful following "Like A Prayer," and perhaps is a hint that she is going back to her roots a bit more in her sound, as the 1989 album of the same name also gave us such lively pop classics including "Express Yourself" and "Cherish." We can only wait to see if her next album offers a taste of upbeat pop tracks, some dancefloor-ready jams, a heavy dose of socially critical commentary and perhaps even a few unexpected collabs.
Allen Hughes' "The Defiant Ones" Wins Best Music Film | 2018 GRAMMY
Director Allen Hughes' four-part documentary takes home Best Music Film honors for its portrayal of the unlikely partnership that changed the music business
The team behind The Defiant Ones celebrated a big win for Best Music Film at the 60th GRAMMY Awards. The crew awarded include director Allen Hughes and producers Sarah Anthony, Fritzi Horstman, Broderick Johnson, Gene Kirkwood, Andrew Kosove, Laura Lancaster, Michael Lombardo, Jerry Longarzo, Doug Pray & Steven Williams.
In a year rife with quality music documentaries and series, the bar has been set high for this dynamic category. The Defiant Ones is a four-part HBO documentary telling the story of an unlikely duo taking the music business by storm seems better suited for fantastical pages of a comic book, but for engineer-turned-mogul Jimmy Iovine and super-producer Dr. Dre, it's all truth.The Defiant Ones recounts their histories, their tribulations and their wild success. These include first-hand accounts from those who were there in Iovine's early days, such as Bruce Springsteen and U2's Bono, as well as those on board when Dre and Iovine joined forces, such as Snoop Dogg and Eminem.
The competition was stiff as the category was filled with compelling films such as One More Time With Feeling, Two Trains Runnin', Soundbreaking, and Long Strange Trip.
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Pearl Jam Named Record Store Day 2019 Ambassadors
Pearl Jam's Mike McCready says "if you love music," record stores are the place to find it
Record Store Day 2019 will arrive on April 13 and this year's RSD Ambassadors are Pearl Jam. Past ambassadors include Dave Grohl, Metallica, Run The Jewels (Killer Mike and El-P), and 61st GRAMMY Awards winner for Best Rock Song St. Vincent.
McCready was also the 2018 recipient of MusiCares' Stevie Ray Vaughan Award.
The band was formed in 1990 by McCready, Jeff Ament, Stone Gossard, and Eddie Vedder, and they have played with drummer Matt Cameron since 2002. They have had five albums reach No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and four albums reach No. 2.
"Pearl Jam is honored to be Record Store Day's Ambassador for 2019. Independent record stores are hugely important to me," Pearl Jam's Mike McCready said in a statement publicizing the peak-vinyl event. "Support every independent record store that you can. They're really a good part of society. Know if you love music, this is the place to find it."
With a dozen GRAMMY nominations to date, Pearl Jam's sole win so far was at the 38th GRAMMY Awards for "Spin The Black Circle" for Best Hard Rock Performance.
Pearl Jam will be performing on March 3 in Tempe, Ariz. at the Innings festival, on June 15 in Florence, Italy at the Firenze Rocks Festival and at another festival in Barolo, Italy on June 17. On July 6 Pearl Jam will headline London's Wembley Stadium.
Portugal. The Man To Aida Cuevas: Backstage At The 2018 GRAMMYs
Also see James Fauntleroy, Reba McIntire, Latroit, and more after they stepped off the GRAMMY stage
What do artists do the moment they walk off the GRAMMY stage from presenting, accepting an award or performing? Now, you can find out.
Also see Best Pop Duo/Group Performance GRAMMY winners Portugal. The Man posing with their first career GRAMMY Award, Best Roots Gospel Album GRAMMY winner Reba McIntire right after she walked offstage, Best R&B Song GRAMMY winner James Fauntleroy, Best Remixed Recording GRAMMY winner Latroit, and many more, with these photos from backstage during the 60th GRAMMY Awards.
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Original Misfits Unleash One Night Only L.A. Reunion Show
Dark punk legends to play first show with Glenn Danzig and Jerry Only since last year's Riot Fest reunion
There's big news today for punk-rock fans aware that the Misfits made much more than just T-shirts.
The massively influential punk band announced a special show touted as the "only 2017 performance in this world… or any world" and billed as "The Original Misfits" in Los Angeles at the Forum on Dec. 30.
This will be the first Misfits show featuring original singer Glenn Danzig and original bassist Jerry Only with long-time guitarist Doyle Wolfgang von Frankenstein since the band reunited for a pair of Riot Fest appearances in Chicago and Denver in 2016. Last year's Riot Fest gigs, which featured drummer Dave Lombardo, marked the first time in 33 years the original Misfits members played together.
"OK Los Angeles, you've waited almost 35 years for this, here's your chance to see the "Original Misfits" in this Exclusive L.A. only performance." said Glenn Danzig. "No Tour, No BS, just one night of dark metal-punk hardcore brutality that will go down in the history books. See you there."
Tickets for this "one night only" show go on sale Friday, August 25.